Reader asks about husband’s smelly shoes

Dear Heloise: My husband has a problem with his shoes: They smell terriblE. How can I get his shoes to smell better? — C.H. in Arizona

This is a common problem. If the inside soles can be removed, take them out. Dampen the bottom inside of the shoes using a hand sanitizer or disinfecting spray, then let the shoes dry overnight. — Heloise

Egg water

Dear Heloise: After boiling eggs, I use the cooled water on my houseplants. Egg water is rich with growth-stimulating minerals. Also, in winter, melt snow at room temperature and water your houseplants with this mineral-packed water. — Gillian B., Orem, Utah

Retire abroad

Dear Heloise: My wife and I want to retire in France in a few years. We’re a little nervous about things, such as buying a home, banking, medical care, etc. How safe is it to move from the U.S. to another country in retirement? — Doug and Alice R., Blaine, Minn.

First, Medicare will not pay for medical bills outside of the U.S. However, keep Medicare, because you have the option of returning to the U.S. without paying Medicare premiums, which follows a lapse in coverage. Banking is generally safe, although some countries do not have Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. insurance. Rent for about six months to a year before you buy a place, to make certain you really want to live in that country. If you decide to purchase a place, consult with a lawyer who specializes in real estate laws. Make certain you understand what you’re getting into. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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