My favorite thing about being your humble blogger is getting feedback from my readers. Most of the time your letters are so kind and encouraging—containing tips, questions or other relative information. Only now and then do I get a negative “Shame on you!” or “Choose your words more carefully!” which I take under advisement while hitting delete. Many times though, your messages offer additional information regarding something I’ve written about, from which all of us can benefit.
RABBITS IN THE GARDEN. Blood meal (garden center) works really well to send bunnies away from any kind of garden—flowers or vegetables. Blood meal is also a natural rabbit and deer repellant that works incredibly well. Just sprinkle it on the soil around each plant. Keeps squirrels out too! (As always, read the product label for instructions and cautions, especially if you have pets. -mh) Kath
BEST SHOE REPAIR. You asked, so here’s my contribution for the best shoe repair in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Minn. area: Gene’s Hartland Shoe Repair. Gene’s been repairing shoes for many decades. His website (hartlandshoes.us) has tons of helpful information about caring for shoes, too. He’s just the best! Sue
DENTAL SAVINGS PLANS. My husband and I were able to use a Dental Savings Plan to save money on braces for our son, much of which was not covered by insurance. Another option people could consider is going to a dental school at a university. While I attended college at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, that is where I received my dental care. The cost was far less. You do sometimes spend a little more time there due to procedures being checked by professors and students working more slowly. The care I received was exceptional and the cost was fractional. I recommended this to a friend recently after her dentist told her it would be $8,000 for one dental implant. The cost dropped to $3,000 at the clinic. Joan
HOTEL SOAPS AND TOILETRIES. Local food pantries are always in need of personal care items for clients who live in the community. This allows the food pantry to focus their limited income on purchasing food for clients, while still being able to provide personal care items to help clients maintain their dignity. Thank you for providing such a great forum to share and educate your reader community. Lynlee
INEXPENSIVE APPLIANCES. If you are going to need a new appliance in the near future, the best deals are to be had on or near Black Friday (this year it will be Nov. 25). Of course 99.8% of the shopping population are shopping for Christmas gifts, not appliances. That’s the reason you can get the best of just about any model for as much as 50% off. Cathy
Dear Readers: Keep those cards, letters ( your lovely handwritten and manually typed letters are especially appreciated) and email messages coming! You just might turn up right here in a future column.