Dear Crabby, My In-Laws are driving me crazy, what can I do?

Dear Crabby, I have a real tough time with my in-laws. I want to get along with them and always hope for a good experience, but it usually ends up with me being offended and upset, and then my husband and I get in a fight about it later. Is this normal? What can I do to change this outcome? Sincerely, Ida Know Dear Ida Know, Well to answer your first question, "Is this normal?” I would say, “Yes!” There is something cosmically consistent about in-laws that make families get all fired up. I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What if I am afraid of boats?

Dear Crabby, I have always been afraid of boats. I don't know why, but I am not a very good swimmer and I assume that is why I don't enjoy them.  My family wants to go out on a boat this summer, but I am just terrified.  Is there anything I can do to get over this fear? Sincerely, Ineeda Floatee Dear Ineeda Floatee, This is a tough one for me.  I grew up around boats and I love being out on them.  As a child my father had a cabin out on Harsens Island, just across the way from … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, This is not my mom’s meatloaf!

Dear Crabby, My wife always insists on making this meatloaf that she had growing up, but it tastes nothing like my mother's! I have tried to ask her to make my mother's version, but she only does so once in a while and usually very begrudgingly.  What should I do? Sincerely, Ma Mazboy Dear Mr. Mazboy, Well, I'm pretty sure you are not the first person to have that conversation in your house. As a matter of fact, I had the same conversation with my wife many moons ago. These talks … [Read more...]