Dear Crabby, Can mommy get quiet time?


Dear Crabby, I'm the parent of four very small children. I love to read. However, every time I try to sit down with a good book, I am bombarded with various interruptions. I end up reading and rereading the same two sentences over and over. I have become so frustrated that I have stopped trying to read. Is it worth trying to pursue my passion again? Sincerely, Frazzled Frannie Dear Frazzled Frannie, It seems like I have been where you are myself. I know that at times we can get so … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you like tent camping?


Dear Crabby, My son wants me to stay overnight in a tent with him, but I just do not want to. Have you ever had this dilemma? If so what did you do to get out of it? Sincerely, Bad Dad Dear Bad Dad, Oh the joys of sleeping out in nature under the stars and being one with nature! Ya, it’s not my thing either. I have spent a few nights out there in my life, but none of my experiences made me want to do it again. The first time I stayed out was during summer camp when I was in the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do you like your eggs?

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Dear Crabby, My husband and I recently got married and I want to try to make his eggs the way he likes them. But the problem is that I can't stand the way he likes them, so I find myself making them my way and hoping he will change. Do you think it is possible for people to change, or should I just figure out how to make his eggs his way? Sincerely, New Wife Dear New Wife, I think your new hubby has as good a chance at changing his likes as you do changing yours! I mean why make the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are toilets clean?


Dear Crabby, A family member of mine does not feel like any toilet is clean. They will not use public restrooms and they do not even like to use other people's bathrooms when visiting. Do you think toilets are really that dirty or can I convince my relative that they are safe? Sincerely, Clean Slate Dear Clean Slate, I know that your relative is not alone in this feeling. I have encountered many people who feel the same way about toilets in general. It is a place that deals with a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Front seat or back?


Dear Crabby, My kids are always fighting over who gets the front seat and who gets the back seat. How can I solve this issue for them? Sincerely, Polly Perfect Dear Polly Perfect, Ah yes, the old fighting to get away from mom routine. I have seen this and played into that trap many times. It seems like they want to be away from the parents at some ages and close to them at others. I simply told them that if they could not figure it out on their own that I would solve the problem my … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How did it all begin?

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Dear Crabby, I stumbled onto your column recently and then went back to read some of your writings over the last four years and was very impressed. How did you get started with the advice column and how do you get all this wisdom you impart on others? Sincerely, Kris Kiss Up Dear Kris Kiss Up, I'm not sure why, but for some reason I seem to like you better than all the other people who have written to me so far! To answer your last question first, I have so many answers because I am … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who can use Essential Oils?


Dear Crabby, I am new to this essential oil routine. Can anyone use them? Do they really work? If they have been around for thousands of years how come we are just now hearing of their benefits? Sincerely, Need Ann Oilchange Dear Need Ann Oilchange, It is a sad day when people are coming to me about advice for using essential oils! I am a cranky old curmudgeon that is old school when it comes to health care. However, I do have a daughter and a wife that love this stuff and have been … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why are men so rude?

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Dear Crabby, Why are men blunt about people's weight? Women are usually kind and consider other peoples feelings, but men do not care. How can we teach these men some manners! Sincerely Polite Patty Dear Polite Patty, I know this dynamic all too well. I remember when I put in an extra ten pounds or so and ran into an old friend from high school once. The first thing out of his mouth was, "Boy you're getting fat!" I asked if he was serious and he said yes. I thanked him and started … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is up with ‘Duck Dynasty?’


Dear Crabby, Why is everyone so crazy about Duck Dynasty these days? All I see are a bunch of country guys with long beards acting goofy and shooting ducks! Half the world loves them and half the worlds hates them. Why all the fuss over these guys anyway? Sincerely, Duck Dude Dear Duck Dude, I have only watched one episode of this show on television. From what I saw these guys seem to enjoy family, faith, and ducks. They also appear to make a lot of money from their duck business. I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will we break the record for snowfall in 2014?


Dear Crabby, I heard that we have a chance to break the snowfall record from 1881 this year. Wouldn't that be exciting? I have been marking the snowfall numbers on my calendar at work and I am hoping for a huge office party when we finally break the record! What are your plans for celebrating? Sincerely, Overly Perky Dear Overly Perky, What are my plans for celebrating? So far I have been closing my eyes and hoping that when I open them it will be the middle of May with temps in the … [Read more...]