DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a sofa bed I would like to give away. If anyone is interested, please call me at 615-3203.

—Diane, Livermore Falls

ANSWER: I’m sure someone will be very appreciative of this offer, Diane. Thank you for your generosity.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for the name of the facility that wanted personal items to put in their gift closet for their residents. My co-workers and I are interested in helping but can’t remember the name of the organization.

— Laura, no town

ANSWER: I believe Bolster Heights Residential Care Facility is the place you’re thinking of. They asked for donations of items for Christmas gifts in the Aug. 23 Sun Spots. Donated items needed include Word Search books, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions, hats, mittens, and scarves for men and women, puzzles, pens, pencils, notebooks, calendars and anything you think would make someone happy. When you’re shopping, take a moment and a few dollars to choose a little gift for these sweet people. The facility is at 24 Bolster St. in Auburn. Phone 784-1364.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In regard to the request for computer help in the Oct. 4 Sun Spots; there is Angela’s Computer & Media Shoppe.  She’s a senior herself and focuses on assisting residential customers who need help with their computers, printers, tablets, phones, Wi-Fi routers, audio and video equipment, and televisions. She especially helps seniors and children with software use, troubleshooting, repairs, and is reasonably priced.  You can find her information at Her phone number is 520-9573 or 517-6506. You can add her to your Rolodex!

— No name, no town

ANSWER: Angela sounds like a real find! I’ll be giving her a call myself!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You are a very good source of information. In August, there was a lot said in the paper about an instant pot, but nothing was written about what it is or where to get one. Help.

— No name, no town

ANSWER: Instant pots are a combination pressure cooker and slow-cooker so you can cook slowly or on speed-dial, depending on how you program it. You can make yogurt, cook rice, a big hunk of meat, mac and cheese … there are a plethora of cookbooks out there to go with this unit.

You can find an Instant Pot at any store that sells small kitchen appliances and on Amazon, of course. I’ve seen them for anywhere from $60 to $200, depending on how big they are and how many dials and gizmos they have.

Although not a fan, readers, write to tell us if you love your Instant Pot, how much you use it, and what are your favorite meals to make in it. I have an open mind and will take your opinion of the Instant Pot under advisement. Promise.

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