Dear Crabby, Why are Halloween Tchotchkes Suddenly Everywhere?

Dear Crabby, My sister and I went out this past weekend for a little retail therapy in the hopes of scoring some great end-of-the-summer deals. Do you know what we found instead? Halloween! Nearly every store we walked into had full-blown Halloween and fall displays. Is it just me or is it too early for all this? Thanks,Mindy Midsummer Dear Mindy Midsummer, Ugh. I’d really love to know what sort of calendar retailers are working off from. It has to be different from what I have … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are You Excited About the Canadian Border Reopening?

Dear Crabby, Did you hear the news? After more than a year of having the U.S.--Canadian border closed, it’s finally opening back up! I’m so excited! Will you be visiting Canada anytime soon? Thanks! Luc Loonie Dear Luc Loonie, Slow your maple syrup there, buddy. That poutine ain’t going anywhere and don’t forget we have Tim Hortons on this side as well. Anyway, it was announced in July that Canada plans to reopen the border with the United States to all nonessential, fully … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s your Favorite Word?

Dear Crabby, What's your Favorite Word? Sincerely, Verbo Smith Dear Verbo, Well, I have words that I say a lot, words I like to hear, and words I don't like to hear. There are overused words that make me cringe and old school words that make me look twice when someone utters them. Then there are the words that I hear too often, but don't want to hear - those are the same words I mutter to myself when I stub my toe. I say no quite a bit. Usually to questions: Dear Crabby Gives … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you have a Morning Ritual?

Dear Crabby, Do you have a Morning Ritual? Sincerely, Susie Sunshine Dear Susie, I go to sleep with only one plan for the morning -- to wake up! And ever since I was born, that plan has worked. Once I'm up and realize I'm alive (that may take a few moments), I do start to fall into a simple routine. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Way back when, when the kids were in school and I had a full time job, things were different. There was an alarm clock that I never needed -- my internal … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Super Power would you want?

Dear Crabby, If you could have just one, what Super Power would you want to have? Sincerely, Lainie Lane Dear Lainie, Just one ... um? Well, to pick just one we should look at a few of the popular ones, such as super human strength, flight, super speed, x-ray vision, invisibility, telekinesis, telepathy, and the power to control the elements. Of course, there are all kinds of super powers, but the famous ones are always the conversational powers. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Super … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Cut the Cord?

Dear Crabby, I'm Tired of Paying Too Much for Cable, Should I Cut the Cord? Sincerely, Susie Scissors Dear Crabby Gives Advice Dear Susie, Cutting the cord is far easier than cutting the rug. Learning to dance is difficult, saving money is super easy. It's one of the few things young people are right about - you don't need cable television. Ask anyone from Gen Y or Gen Z and they'll tell you to stop spending money on cable and get yourself an antenna and/or a streaming service. I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will We have Rain all Summer?

Dear Crabby, Will We have Rain all Summer? Sincerely, Reva Skye Dear Reva, Rain, rain, go away; Come again another day; Rain, rain go way ... Remember that cute nursery rhyme. I bet a lot of folks are signing that tune right now. Dear Crabby Gives Advice After a dry spring, most people were praying for rain. Well, now you can see the power of prayer works in mysterious ways. We've had all our normal summer rainfall amounts in the last two weeks - there was flooding all over … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Has the White House Gone to the Dogs?

Dear Crabby, I saw a blurb over the weekend that President Biden’s 13-year-old German Shepherd, Champ, had passed away. So, that got me wondering about presidential pets. Are they always dogs? Thanks! M.R. EdDear M.R. Ed, No matter your political affiliation, it’s always hard when a family loses a cherished pet. Unless it’s a goldfish. Then you just flush those suckers down the toilet and buy another before your daughter notices. But you ask an interesting question and I was … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are My Collectibles Worth Any Money?

Dear Crabby, My children recently informed me that they have no interest in inheriting my vast Precious Moments figurine collection. And frankly, I’m tired of dusting them. Do you think they would be worth selling? Thanks, Ronda Remberance Dear Ronda Remberance, First, how dare they! Secondly, my kids have pretty much told me and Mrs. Crabby the same thing. Our collections are very personal, and it hurts a bit when others don’t appreciate them the same way we do. I have half a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Does Everyone Forget About Flag Day?

Dear Crabby, Last year, I was the only person on my street to fly the Stars and Stripes for Flag Day. Do people just not know about it, or do they just not care?   Thanks,M. Erica Dear M. Erica, Well, just so no one forgets this year, Flag Day is Monday, June 14. In fact, it’s always recognized on June 14. Personally, I think the reason it isn’t on people’s radar is because it’s shoehorned between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. That and the fact, it’s not a national … [Read more...]