Tips for surviving those long, boring flights

Dear Heloise: On LONG FLIGHTS, many passengers get tired, bored and very uncomfortable. Here are some suggestions on what to take with you on those long flights:

* Headphones that cancel out noise or a chatty neighbor.

* Neck pillow — maybe it’s not glamorous, but your neck will thank you.

* Hand sanitizer — wipe down your service tray.

* An eye mask might help with taking a nap.

* Hand cream, lip balm and face mist — your skin will dry out on a plane.

* A pashmina or a thin cover for warmth.

— Wendy in California


Dear Heloise: My husband and I love nothing more on these chilly mornings than a hot cup of coffee and your cinnamon butter on my homemade cinnamon rolls. Would you please reprint the recipe for others who might enjoy this yummy butter? — Lois W., Durango, Colo.

Lois, I love this butter on so many things. To make it, you’ll need:

1/2 pound butter or margarine

3 tablespoons cinnamon

1/2 pound powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients well with an electric mixer. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: Recently, I stepped on a nail that went through my shoe and into my foot. My doctor said I needed a tetanus shot, which is not pleasant but very necessary. There is now a Tdap vaccine to protect people against tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria. Three in one! We may not like being stuck with a needle, but protecting ourselves and our children against these illnesses is important for all of us. — Carl Z., Eagle Pass, Texas


Dear Heloise: I keep getting phone calls from someone telling me that I have money left in banks and other accounts, which they can help me get for a fee of 10%. They said there’s a ton of paperwork, but they’ll handle that for me. All I have to do is send them the 10% once they find out how much is owed to me. This sounds like a scam, but what if it’s true? — Homer T., Piedmont, Del.

Homer, you don’t need them. If there is unclaimed money, you can find out for yourself without paying them 10%. You can find help at the website www.usa.gov/unclaimed-money.

With so many scam artists around these days, you’re better off doing the search yourself. You also can call the AARP Fraud Watch at 877-908-3360 to help you determine whether or not someone is trying to pull a scam on you. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: You had the recent hint about the couple who had a battery-operated doorbell to signal one another. We do, too.

The wife and I are both in our upper 80s. Sometimes, one of us is sleeping in one room and the other is in a chair in another room.

We also have found that a cordless doorbell is a good tool to use when help is needed. — G.B., Plymouth, Ind.


Hints from Heloise run occasionally in Lifestyles. Readers may send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE, or email: Heloise@Heloise.com. Letters won’t be answered personally.


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