Dear Crabby, Should I Fear the 2015 Leap Second?

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Dear Crabby, I heard we get an extra second this year. What is the Leap Second and should I fear it? Please Respond Quickly, Justin Thyme Hello Justin Thyme, Well that doesn’t happen until the end of June this year, but I guess there’s no time like the present. I’m sure you’ve heard of Leap Year – when every four years we have a February 29 – and how we get an extra day. It’s sort of like that, but not as regular. We add a second to our clocks on average every 18 … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should We Retire Out of State?

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Dear Crabby, I'm so tired of the cold weather, should we retire out of state and leave Michigan? Sincerely, Chilly Willy Dear Chilly Willy, I understand your frustration with our Michigan winters. So far this year it seems to be a repeat of last year, but without the snowfall. Warmer climates can be intoxicating when you’re wearing everything you own and you look like that kid from A Christmas Story. More than half the country will have freezing temperatures this week, so I’m … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Keep My Kids Entertained?

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Dear Crabby, Well, the excitement of Christmas is over and the ‘I’m bored’ phase has set in with my kids. Any suggestions on how to keep them entertained in the New Year? Thanks, Louise Loco Dear Louise Loco, Let me guess: your kids were so over their Christmas gifts by the time Monday rolled around. Boy, do I remember that. And at the start of the New Year, it can be hard to come up with fresh ideas for fun that doesn’t include you finding a closet to hide in until Christmas … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Bother to Make Any New Year’s Resolutions?

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Dear Crabby, It’s hard to believe that a week from today it will be another new year. So, I’m wondering if I should make any resolutions. What do you think? What are your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions? Thanks, Nate Nouveau Dear Nate Nouveau, Let me first start by saying you’re fat and lazy. Okay. Now that I’ve got your undivided attention… the problem with many New Year’s resolutions is that people make the same ones year after year along the lines of ‘I’m … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Get Out of Going to Holiday Parties?

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Dear Crabby, As if putting up decorations and running all over the place for presents wasn’t taking up enough of my time, now my wife tells me we’ve got all these holiday parties we have to attend. Ugh. Any advice on how I can skip this headache? Thanks, Edward McScroogin Dear Edward McScroogin, What! You don’t enjoy having to get all dressed up, go to the house of someone you barely know, eat room-temperature appetizers and drink watered-down punch? I’m right there with you … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Any Suggestions on Holiday Family Traditions to Try?

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Dear Crabby, My children are just getting old enough that my husband and I want to start holiday family traditions. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Hannah Holiday Dear Hannah Holiday, In my opinion children are what make the holidays tolerable. Well, most children… usually. Anyway, I guess it all depends on how active you want to be and how much money you want to spend to create said holiday memories. A lot of people seem to be into something called Elf on the Shelf, which … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Much Money Should I Spend on Christmas Gifts?

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Dear Crabby, It’s been a week since my mailbox and inbox was taken over by Black Friday ads and Cyber Monday emails. While I want to help the economy and I certainly want to give great gifts to family and friends, I’m overwhelmed trying to decide how much I should spend. Can you help? Sincerely, Sally Spendthrift Dear Sally Spendthrift, Last week I gave my two cents on whether it’s worth the hassle shopping on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the like. As I said in that post all … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Shop on Black Friday?

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Dear Crabby, Do You Shop on Black Friday? Sincerely, Hunter Diels Dear Hunter Diels, Seems like the holidays bring out the shopping questions all too much. I’ve tried shopping on Black Friday, it was horrible, and I’ll never do that again. All that yelling and running – I mean people have died trying to get in a store – no bargain or deal is worth that. I’ve tried buying gifts on the Internet, something called Cyber Monday. That too was a disaster. Shopping is just a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Size Turkey Should I Buy?

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Dear Crabby, What size turkey should I roast for Thanksgiving Dinner? Thanks, Birdy Day Dear Birdy Day, The bigger, the better, I always say. When it comes to Thanksgiving, America’s first holiday, go big! Leftovers are one of the best things about the noble bird. Now that I’m retired, it lends itself to turkey leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner – for days – until it is gone. They say one and half pounds per person. I say plan on five pounds per person. I convince Mrs. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Happend to Fall?

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Dear Crabby, The first day of winter is still six weeks away, what happened to fall? Sincerely, Seasonally Confused Dear Seasonally Confused, Just a couple weeks ago, I was giving advice on how to enjoy fall. I was basing that advice on the premise that fall would be here. Of course, you can still partake in those activities, but it does seem we lost fall somewhere. Perhaps Halloween scared it away. On the other hand, maybe winter paid fall off so winter could come early. The best … [Read more...]