Heloise brings it home . . . again

How I managed to get this far in life without realizing these handy little tabs existed is a mystery to me.
It’s a mystery to me how I managed to get this far in life without realizing these handy little tabs existed.

The handy Hints From Heloise column in many daily newspapers is a source of endless entertainment. I’ve blogged about this in the past (click here for Hints from Heloise Live On). Sometimes her readers come up with great tips like the one about depressing the little cardboard tabs at either end of your aluminum foil or Saran Wrap dispenser to prevent the roll from popping out when you pull on it. That brilliant little tidbit was news to this old Boomer and has improved my life immensely. Every so often though, the advice is so way over the top I have to share and today’s was a real “corker”.

Sandra M. of Lexington, Kentucky ran into a problem I also recently experienced. The little cork or rubber stoppers in the bottom of salt and pepper shakers sometimes deteriorate and no longer fit tight enough to hold the contents. This is a common problem which could have involved a lot of legwork visiting kitchen or hardware stores to find replacements that fit. My solution was to go to Amazon.com, search salt and pepper shaker stoppers and presto, dozens of replacement parts were instantly available to be delivered to my doorstep for less than five dollars. I made my choice, clicked Place Order and a few days later multiple pairs of perfect stoppers arrived in my mailbox in a little bubble envelope.

Save these handy dandy little cork things from any trombone you have lying around and your salt and pepper shakes will never be useless again.
Save those handy dandy little cork thingies from the spit valve of any trombone you have lying around and your salt and pepper shakers will never be useless again.

Here’s how Sandra M. solved the problem.“I discovered brass wind instrument (trumpet, trombone) water key (spit valve) corks, which are sold at music stores that have and service brass wind instruments. The corks come in various sizes . . . and because I needed a small number, the store gave them to me free.”

While I admit Sandra was more far more clever than I was in that she got hers for free and she was infinitely more resourceful than I’ll ever be, all I can say is, “Holy s$%&!”. How she ever managed to make the connection between salt and pepper shaker stoppers and horn musical instruments’ spit valve is . . . well, let’s just say, it blows me away. I’m amazed she doesn’t have her own newspaper column.

Click the “Follow” icon to receive automatic notifications

of new BOOMERBROADcast postings.

Feel free to share this blog post via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail

or other social media links below.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
MA from Toronto
MA from Toronto
7 years ago

Seriously … forget the salt and pepper shakers. I just got up and checked my aluminum foil and saran rolls and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Wow.. who knew??? Well, apparently everyone but me.

Mavis Garland
Mavis Garland
7 years ago

Your observations and comments gave me a real laugh out loud moment Lynda! Thanks also for the tip on where I can obtain new stoppers for my ceramic salt and pepper shakers. Before your blog, I never knew they deteriorated.

Lynda Davis
7 years ago
Reply to  Mavis Garland

So glad you “got it”. Thanks, Mavis.  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: http://www.boomerbroadcast.net Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: lyndadavis1@yahoo.ca For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link: http://www.lulu.com  or http://www.amazon.com