Dear Crabby, Are Dandelions a Weed or a Wildflower?

Dear Crabby, Are Dandelions a Weed or a Wildflower? Sincerely, Tara X.   Dear Tara, The answer to that question depends are where you stand. If you stand in my yard, then we call them weeds. However, if we stand in your yard, we could call them wildflowers. The truth is, they're a perennial herb. They come back every spring, go bonkers to mid-summer, then calm down a bit. I have fond memories from my childhood of waiting until Dandelions went to seed, making a wish, and blowing the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Cutest Animal in the World?

Dear Crabby, What's the Cutest Animal in the World, and not Just as Babies, but Those Who Stay Cute their Entire Lives? Sincerely, Bellus Lepus   Well, Bellus, I don't normally think about animals as being cute or ugly - I normally rate them based on taste and flavor - so I would put cows, pigs, ducks, and chickens at the top. However, I bet you're looking for a ranking as far as looks - soft and cuddly - are concerned. But what will be the criteria? Lots of women will say every … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Zoom?

Dear Crabby, What is Zoom? Sincerely, Chatty Sue   Well Hello Chatty Sue - how do, do you do? Zoom is the noise every little boy makes when playing with toy cars and trucks, as well as what they shout out when riding a bike or running around the house like tiny over-caffeinated cab drivers ... "I take you to airport, zoom, zoom, zoom." There's just something about boys adding sound effects to everything they do. Oh, you may have noticed that doesn't go away as they get older. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Michigan Still Planning on Holding Elections?

With all the COVID-19 craziness going on, I sometimes forget we’re in an election year. Will we still be able to have our remaining 2020 elections? I heard some states are canceling them. Also, do you know if there has ever been a time in history where a national election has been postponed or canceled? Thanks! Vonda Voter Dear Vonda Voter, I have to admit that after our presidential primary election back in March, it has been kind of nice not to be hit over the head on a daily basis … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where’s All the Road Construction?

Dear Crabby, Before life as we knew it came to a grinding halt, there was road construction everywhere. Nowadays, I occasionally see a patch crew. It seems with less traffic that now would be the perfect time to get the bulk of the road work completed. Is it not considered ‘essential?’ What am I missing here? Thanks! Arnold Autobahn Dear Arnold Autobahn, You make an excellent observation. It seems like only yesterday, that I was musing whether or not the construction in our state … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Are the Community Gardens?

Dear Crabby, Does Rochester Hills have any community gardens? It seems like with what is happening in the world right now, they sure would come in handy as the victory gardens did during the World Wars. Thanks! George Greenthumbs Dear Mr. Greenthumbs, I remember victory gardens! Let me tell you, it was quite the sight to see all these mini gardens sprout up all over the urban landscape of Detroit. Up until then, the only ‘gardens’ I’d seen where when we traveled to Oakland county … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the Easter Bunny an Essential Employee?

Dear Crabby, Ever since this pandemic started, our lives (and everyone else) have been turned upside down. In the midst of getting everything together to homeschool (!), I just looked at the calendar and realized this Sunday is Easter! Can we still have Easter or is now the time I fess up to the kids that my husband and I are the Easter Bunny? Thanks! Josephine Cottontail Dear Josephine Cottontail, Ahh, yes. Right about now your inbox and Facebook feed should be flooded with ads for … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Have Any Ideas For a Spring Break Staycation?

Dear Crabby, Another month and everything is still shut down. Since most of us were looking forward to spring break plans (which are now canceled) I wondered if you had any great staycation ideas we could try to alleviate the endless boredom we all feel. Thanks, Serenity Ahora Dear Serenity Ahora, Staycation? I believe you mean Coronacation. That is what all the hip kids are calling this moment in history. But lucky for you, this introvert has plenty of ideas to help you get over … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Sports are on TV Right Now?

Dear Crabby, With Everything Being Canceled, What Sports (if any) are on TV Right Now? Sincerely, Missy May Sports   Hello Missy May, I'm missing my sports too! Being locked up (so to speak) without much to watch. I'm already tired of the virus news on TV ... I know, I know ... we're a hot spot. But I just am tired of it all. The kids and grandkids can't come near me, and Mrs. Crabby keeps her distance (but that's nothing new). So what is there to do or watch? Well, if you … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine?

Dear Crabby, What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine and How Does it Work? Sincerely, Youno Touchme   Dear Youno, Ah, yes, another coronavirus question. They just keep coming in. It's like all my readers are stuck inside without much to do. And since most of my readers are older like me, that's a normal day without a health crisis. Every new scare offers the world new terms. 2020 will be remembered as bringing us self-quarantine, self-monitor, and social distancing. But what's the … [Read more...]