Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation?

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Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation? Thanks, Summer Thyme Dear Ms. Thyme, Seems as though this question comes up in one form or another every summer, and boy are you getting a jump on it. Usually, half way into summer vacation, parents are frazzled and kids are driving them crazy. I’m a firm believer that if you have children, you must accept 18 years of frazzlement and craziness. Perhaps you’re a planner and just need good advice. You are correct … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Should I Have a Garage Sale?

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Dear Crabby, When Should I Have a Garage Sale? Sincerely, Sally Sales   Ms. Sales, Here in Michigan, the best time is now! Spring, that is. People are sick and tired of being stuck inside and are looking for any reason to get out and about. As students finish classes and lawn mowers start mowing, folks are ready to clear out their junk and make a few bucks to go buy more junk. The trick is to get that sale going before there’s too much competition. Granted, you want some … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with ‘Convenience Fees?’

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Dear Crabby, I’m a lifelong music fan, but lately when I’ve gone to buy tickets I have sticker shock by all the extra ‘convenience fees’ added to the price! What are they for and why are they so much? Thanks, Regina Rocknroll Dear Regina Rocknroll, Hmmm. The last concert I got dragged to was an anniversary present for Mrs. Crabby and I. Usually, I try to avoid going to concerts since crowds (and people in general) annoy me, but it was our 50th anniversary and our kids wanted … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are We So ‘Selfie’ Obsessed?

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Dear Crabby, Every time I turn around, everyone from teens to senior citizens are taking ‘selfies’ with their smartphones. When did we become so obsessed with documenting our lives like this? Thanks, Nancy Narcissist Dear Nancy Narcissist, Oh, you’ve noticed that too, eh? Just the other day some whippersnapper nearly knocked me off my feet because she was backing up (not paying attention, of course) all while trying to get just the right angle for her selfie! She didn’t even … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Let My Teenager Go on a Senior Trip?

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Dear Crabby, My teenage daughter wants to go on her school’s senior trip. She says it’s a rite of passage and the last time she’ll get to be with her friends before they head off in different directions. I think it sounds like a big expense and a chance to get in trouble. What would you do? Thanks, Dave Doubtful Dear Dave Doubtful, I remember my senior trip. It was on the steamboat, the SS South American. We went from Detroit to Niagara Falls and it cost $35.00 – and that … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s So Great About Michigan?

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Dear Crabby, I’m planning my summer vacation and want to visit some new places. A friend suggested I look at Michigan, but I recently heard Madonna badmouth her former home state. Is visiting Michigan worth spending my hard-earned money and vacation time? Thanks, Wendy Wanderer Dear Wendy Wanderer, Yep. It’s true. Madonna probably won’t be starring in any Pure Michigan ads in the near future… or ever… but that’s her loss because Michigan is definitely worth visiting. Our … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Did the Easter Bunny Become Chocolate?

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Dear Crabby, My wife and I have been busy buying stuff for the grandkids Easter baskets and she insists that they each get a chocolate bunny. Have these little guys always been around or are they relatively new? According to the Mrs. you can’t have Easter without one. Thanks, Fred Sweets Dear Mr. Sweets, Now that I think about it, it does seem like chocolate Easter bunnies have been around for a long time. I know I remember my siblings and I getting one in our baskets. Aside from … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Coffee Good For You?

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Dear Crabby, Some say yes and others say no, but I want to know if coffee is good for you? Thanks, Joe Brewer Dear Mr. Brewer, One day coffee is good for you and the next it’s bad for you. Back-and-forth goes the debate, the true never-ending story. The Crabby Household usually has a pot of coffee going. My first doctor tried to get me to quit, but he died. I kept drinking coffee. My second doctor demanded I quit the black nectar roast, he died too. I told this to my current doctor, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Really Spring?

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Dear Crabby, Is spring finally coming this weekend? Thanks, Shirley Springer Dear Ms. Springer, Why yes, according to my At-A-Glance Calendar my wife got me so I wouldn't forget doctor appointments and plans with the grandkids, spring starts on Friday, March 20. Of course, as we all know, in Michigan the weather could change quickly and we could lapse back into Winter. The snow is all but gone here in the Rochester Area. Only small piles left from snow plows seem to be lingering. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Deal with a Troubled Relative?

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Dear Crabby, For over 20 years my mother-in-law has been neglecting her son (my husband) and grandchildren in favor of her other son who has multiple addiction problems. It seems like he gets all the attention, while we get ignored, but are expected to drop everything and help out—no questions asked. Needless to say this really irks me. Should I stay silent or do you think I should say something to her for the sake of my family? I know this question is a little heavier than what you usually … [Read more...]