Dear Betsy

Dear Betsy - Advice Column

With a tip of the hat to the enduring appeal of the “Dear Abby” column, Betsy, the oldest of the R&R cows and self-proclaimed boss lady, unveils her new advice column. Learn more about Betsy.


Dear Betsy: Is it true that we won’t see any snow in Florida this winter? — Roger, the Rabbit

Dear Roger: Probably not. But brace yourself for the snowbirds, old people are on their way down from the Far North right now.


Dear Betsy: Are you going to the staff Christmas party? And if you are, do you have any icebreaker conversation you could recommend? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: You can borrow my old stand-by: “I apologize in advance for what I’m going to say to you at this holiday party.”


Dear Betsy: I’m really trying to watch my weight and eat healthy. Are cupcakes considered health food? – Cocoa, the Babydoll sheep

Dear Cocoa: Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin… and muffins are healthy. You’re welcome.


Dear Betsy: Did you manage to get all your Christmas shopping done on Black Friday? – Hershey, the Babydoll Sheep

Dear Hershey: So far, holiday shopping has consisted of me buying myself presents, so I’d call it a success.

Thanksgiving Day 11.22.2018

Dear Betsy: Why do folks get so excited about Black Friday? – Hershey, the Babydoll Sheep

Dear Hershey: Because they get to spend $200 on a tent and $78 on Starbucks, spend 11 hours outside on a sidewalk to save $30 on a new TV. My guess is they flunked math class.


Dear Betsy: I’m thinking about having some family over for the holidays, but I don’t want any cat fights like last year. Any advice? – Boris, the Russian Blue Cat

Dear Boris: You could try stuffing the turkey with prozac for a truly stress-free holiday.


Dear Betsy: I’m worried that Pedro won’t find me attractive when I get old. What do you think? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Beauty fades, and so will his eyesight. There’s no sense worrying.


Dear Betsy: Are you going to reset your clocks when Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend? – Fiona, the Miniature Donkey

Dear Fiona: No. They’ll finally all be right again as I never bothered to changed them last spring.


Dear Betsy: Are you decorating for Halloween this year? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Actually, I’ve been working at it all year. I let the cobwebs go in my house, and now they’re the perfect decoration for Halloween!


Dear Betsy: I was in my bee costume last weekend and I felt something weird underneath it. What could it have been? Scruff, the Dog

Dear Scruff: When you’re in your bee suit and you feel sweat running down your back, that’s fine. When you feel sweat running up your back, that’s a bee.”


Dear Betsy: Got any advice for that “glass half empty” feeling? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: Simple. Just add vodka and stir. You’ll feel better before you know it.


Dear Betsy: I need some advice on how to drop some extra weight fast. Can you help? – Cocoa, the Babydoll Sheep

Dear Cocoa: Just change your scale unit from pounds to kilograms and you’ll lose half your weight overnight! Worked for me.


Dear Betsy: I’m very annoyed that my kids seem to disappear and won’t come when I call. Any suggestions? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Easy. Turn off the internet and watch them magically appear.


Dear Betsy: Someone told me the other day that they think I have CDO. What is that, anyway? – Fiona, the Miniature Donkey

Dear Fiona: It’s like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be.


Dear Betsy: I’m really not into the trick-or-treating thing. Any idea how to get rid of unwanted guests at the door? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: Well, you could try what I did. Last Halloween there was a knock on the door. I looked out of the window and then shouted upstairs to my husband, “Honey there’s a witch at the door. What shall I do?” He shouted back, “Just give her some candy and tell her to get lost.” Problem solved. My mother-in-law hasn’t spoken to me since.


Dear Betsy: Help! I’m about to be the mother of two teenagers. Any advice for dealing with this new stage of life? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Prepare for a large amount of eye rolling, emotional outbursts, and thoughts of running away. And that’s just the parents.


Dear Betsy: I’m thinking about putting my profile on an online dating site! Do you think that’s a good idea? – Fiona, the visiting Miniature Donkey

Dear Fiona: It’s convenient, I’ll say that. Now it’s possible for your dream of love to be crushed more efficiently and in the privacy of your own home.



Dear Betsy: Jennifer and Jessica have been doing a great job of cleaning me up, and I’m beginning to think I’m good marriage material. What do you think? Should I get married? – Donkey!, the visiting miniature donkey

Dear Donkey!: By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.


Dear Betsy: Do you have a good recipe for iced coffee? — Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: 1. Become a Teacher; 2. Bring hot coffee to school; 3. Start doing a million things; 4. Forget you brought coffee; 5. Drink it cold.


Dear Betsy: I overheard some kids talking about the match class they’re taking this fall. What’s the big deal about solving for X anyway?

Dear Montey: I’d be careful if I were them. What if math teachers were just pirates who just wanted them to find X so that they could find the buried treasure?


Dear Betsy: If a man speaks in the forest and there’s no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong? – Clyde, the Donkey

Dear Clyde: Yep.


Dear Betsy: I was invited to be the Best Man at my friend’s wedding. One of my duties is to toast the happy couple. Can you help? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: Try this — “Congratulations! You have found that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” Works for both of them.


Dear Betsy: I can’t figure my new girlfriend out. When I asked her if she minded if I break our date next Saturday night to play Cow Pie Bingo, she said, “Do what you want.” But it sure didn’t seem to like that she meant it. What should I do? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: When a female says, ‘do what you want’, she does not mean that you should do what you want. Instead, you should stand still, do not blink, do not answer, don’t even breathe. Just play dead.


Dear Betsy: Don’t you think it’s cute when lovers carve their names into a tree? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: I don’t think it’s cute, I just think it’s strange how many people take knives on a date.


Dear Betsy: I weigh 400 lbs here on Earth, but only 152 lbs on Mercury. Am I fat? – Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: No dear, you’re not fat. You’re just not on the right planet.


Dear Betsy: I think I’ve found THE ONE. What’s that little tingly little feeling I get when I get near her? – Clyde, the Donkey

Dear Clyde: That’s common sense leaving your body.


Dear Betsy: How can I tell if folks think I’m pretty or not? – Annabelle, the  Cow

Dear Annabelle: Very simple, dear. If a man says you’re ugly, he’s being mean. If a woman says you’re ugly, she’s envious. If a little kid says you’re ugly, you’re ugly.


Dear Betsy: How can I be sure that I’m doing an adequate job as a father? – Pedro, the Rooster

Dear Pedro: Don’t worry; 75% of parenting is just trying to locate the bad smell.


Dear Betsy: Last night Cole and I went out for dinner, and afterward he said those 4 words I’ve been waiting all my life to hear. — Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: You mean he said, “will you marry me?!”

Dear Betsy: No, he said, “put your money away.”


Dear Betsy: Is it true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? – Gomez, the Goat

Dear Gomez: An apple a day keeps anyone away if you throw it hard enough.


Dear Betsy: I reeeeeeeelly like this new heifer and hope it leads to a serious relationship. How can I tell if she really likes me? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: If she doesn’t kiss you by the fourth date, she’s still here for the free food.


Dear Betsy: I think my talents are not fully discovered, and I’ve been giving some thought into going into the Consulting business, but I’m not really sure what all that entails. Can you advise? – Clyde, the Donkey

Dear Clyde: Consultants are like uncles. They give advice with no real authority. You’d be perfect.


Dear Betsy: With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, I sure hope I’m doing right by all my chicks. What’s your advice to mothers like me? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Just give them love, nurturing, and enough dysfunction to make them funny.


Dear Betsy: I’m looking for a really attractive date. Do you recommend computerized dating services? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Clyde: Computerized dating can save a lot of guesswork, but so can a bikini. Try the beach.


Dear Betsy: I’m considering trying speed dating. Do you think it’s a good idea? – Clyde, the Donkey

Dear Clyde: Go for it. What normally would take months to have your hopes raised and dashed will now take mere minutes.


Dear Betsy: Is it true that girls marry men like their fathers? – Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: Yes, and that’s why mothers often cry at weddings.



Dear Betsy: Why are you fat? – Mocha and Mr. Bean, the two new lambs

Dear Mocha and Mr. Bean: The only reason I am fat is because a tiny body could not fit all this personality.


Dear Betsy: When going into a barbershop for the first time, how do I know which of the two barbers to choose to cut my hair? – Scruff, the Dog

Dear Scruff: That’s easy. Just pick the one with the worst haircut. Think about it.


Dear Betsy: Why do parents take their children to Easter Egg Hunts? – Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: It’s proof that their child can find something when they really want to.


Dear Betsy: Soooo many people are giving me unwanted parenting advice. How do I put a stop to it? — Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Easy, my dear. Just ask them to provide proof of current “Parent of the Year” award before rendering further unsolicited parenting advice.


Dear Betsy: I’m trying to watch my weight. How many calories should I allow myself each day? – Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: Experts recommend 1200 calories per day.

Dear Betsy: Ok, and how many calories at night? – Annabelle


Dear Betsy: Love is in the air! Seems like everyone has someone… except me. How can I keep from feeling so alone? – Hershey, the Babydoll Sheep

Dear Hershey: Just turn out the lights and put on a horror movie. After a while, it won’t feel like you’re alone anymore.


Dear Betsy: Is it ever ok to slap somebody? – Clyde, the Donkey

Dear Clyde: I don’t advise it. Just remember to say, “mosquito!” if you do.


Dear Betsy: I can’t figure these heifers out. They’re so emotional. What can a guy do? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: It’s simple. If she’s upset, just hold her tight and tell her how beautiful she is. If she starts to growl, retreat to a safe distance and throw chocolate at her.


Dear Betsy: I saw my first football game last weekend! But I couldn’t understand why they were hurting each other for 25 cents. – Maybelline, the Cow

Dear Maybelline: What you do you mean?

Maybelline: Well, everyone kept yelling, ‘Get the quarter back!’


Dear Betsy: Why don’t we see female football players? – Cocoa, the Babydoll Sheep

Dear Cocoa: The real reason women don’t play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit out in public at the same time.


Dear Betsy: Cole [the bull] has been eager to get into a relationship with me. Should I, or shouldn’t I? – Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: Getting into a relationship may seem tempting, but so was getting on the Titanic, and look what happened there.


Dear Betsy: It’s sooooo cold. Where can I go to warm up? – Gomez, the Goat

Dear Gomez: Go stand in the corner. I hear it’s about 90 degrees there.


Dear Betsy: Exactly what is a New Year’s resolution, anyway? – Cocoa, the Babydoll Sheep

Dear Cocoa: Best I can tell, it’s a to-do list for the first week of January.


Dear Betsy: I wish I looked forward to seeing my in-laws this Christmas as much as I look forward to Santa’s visit. – Clyde, the Donkey

Dear Clyde: Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.


Dear Betsy: I’m really trying to watch my weight and eat healthy. Are cupcakes considered health food? – Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin… and muffins are healthy. You’re welcome.


Dear Betsy: Seems all the animals have Christmas on their minds and are getting overly rambunctious. What’s the best way to keep them from misbehaving? – Jennifer, the Rype & Readi Store Manager

Dear Jennifer: Wrap up some empty boxes in Christmas paper and each time one of them misbehaves, toss it in the fire. They’ll shape up quickly.


Dear Betsy: My chicks ignore me most of the time. What’s the best way to get the attention of my brood? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Lean in close and whisper. It’s much scarier.


Dear Betsy: I’m disappointed to be missing my soap operas on Thanksgiving Day when all the family comes home to roost. What can I do? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Don’t worry. One family gathering and you’re set with enough drama to last a lifetime.


Dear Betsy: Paprika makes some of the worst choices. What can I do about it? – Pedro, the Rooster

Dear Pedro: For starters, I wouldn’t criticize her choices. After all, you’re one of them.


Dear Betsy: Paprika keeps asking me, “What?” I’m wondering if her hearing is getting bad. What do you think? — Pedro, the Rooster

Dear Pedro: Her hearing is fine. She’s giving you a chance to change whatever it was you said.


Dear Betsy: Is it true that I need to bend over backwards to please my new heart throb? – Clyde, the Donkey

Dear Clyde: Better than bending over backwards would be to show her that you have backbone.


Dear Betsy: Is it true that love is blind? – Montey, the Donkey

Dear Montey:  Yes, love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.


Dear Betsy: I overheard some girls talking about the kind of man to marry. Is it true that men with pierced ears are better marriage material? – Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: Could be. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.


Dear Betsy: I need to hire a lawyer for a little mishap last week. How do I determine a good lawyer from a bad one? – Gomez, the Goat

Dear Gomez: A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge. Good luck.


Dear Betsy: I can’t shake the feeling that someday I might be kidnapped. What can I do? – Caramel, the Babydoll Sheep

Dear Caramel: The more you weigh, the harder you are to kidnap. Stay safe, eat cake.


Dear Betsy: I’m worried that my boyfriend may walk out on me. What should I do if that happens? – Annabelle, the Cow

Dear Annabelle: Shut the door.


Dear Betsy: When I ask Paprika to stop talking, she gets as mad as a wet hen. How can I get her to be quiet without her getting all upset? – Pedro, the Rooster

Dear Pedro: Tell her she looks extremely beautiful when her beak is closed.


Dear Betsy: What can I do about all the foul language and violence on my DVD? – Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: Throw it away. Problem solved.


Dear Betsy: My uncle has been paying a psychiatrist $200 an hour every week for over three years. What do you think? – Gomez, the Goat

Dear Gomez: He must be crazy.


Dear Betsy: I’ve suspected that Pedro has been fooling around, and when I confronted him with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never happen again. What should I do? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Wise up, dear.


Dear Betsy: My mother is more mean and short-tempered than usual. Why do you think this is happening? – Gomez, the Goat

Dear Gomez: Don’t take it personally. It could be that she is going through mental pause.


Dear Betsy: Is it possible for someone to be in love with two heifers at the same time? —Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: Yes, and also hazardous.



Dear Betsy: My boyfriend’s birthday is next month. I’d like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he’d like? — Annabelle, the Heifer

Dear Annabelle: Never mind what he’d like, give him a tie.



Dear Betsy: I know boys will be boys, but my ‘boy’ is getting up there in age and he’s still chasing the females. Any suggestions? Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Don’t worry. The dog has been chasing cars for years, but if he ever caught one, he wouldn’t know what to do with it.


Dear Betsy: I’ve been going steady with my beau for over a year. We see each other every day and night. He says he loves me, but he never mentions marriage. Do you think he’s going out with me just for what he can get? – Annabelle, the Heifer

Dear Annabelle: I don’t know. What’s he getting?


Dear Betsy: I’m getting really tired of Pedro strutting around and flirting with every female within crowing distance. When I confronted him about it, he said it’s the way any Southern rooster would behave. What am I going to do with him? — Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Cut off his hominy grits.


Dear Betsy: I went out with my boyfriend last weekend to celebrate my birthday. I usually don’t drink, but since it was an occasion to celebrate, I had three Martinis, a few glasses of champagne, and two brandies. Did I do wrong? – Bailey, the Goat

Dear Bailey: Probably.


Dear Betsy: Pedro has always been very close to his mother and she has never cared much for me. I asked Pedro if I were drowning and his mother were drowning, which one would he save? He said, “My mother because I owe her more.” I am so terribly hurt, Betsy. What shall I do? – Paprika, the Hen

Dear Paprika: Learn to swim.


Dear Betsy: I am getting older and I would like to meet a bull my age with no bad habits. – Vinny, the Heifer

Dear Vinny: So would I.

June 15, 2017

Dear Betsy: I’ve been going with this heifer for a year. How can I get her to say yes? —Cole, the Bull

Dear Cole: What’s the question?

June 8, 2017

Dear Betsy: I’ve always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Do you have any suggestions? — Clyde, the Donkey

Dear Clyde: Very simple. Run for a public office.

June 1, 2017

Dear Betsy: I don’t want to appear conceited but I’m forced to admit that I am one guy who has everything. Females are always flocking around me and telling me how good-looking I am and what a marvelous personality I have. I’m beginning to find this pretty annoying and extremely tiring. I just want to live a normal quiet life. How can I dissuade these hopeful females? — Pedro, the Rooster

Dear Pedro: Keep talking.

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Dear Friends, Family and Valued Patrons of Rype & Readi

As we close 2018 and look forward to our 5th year, we once again welcome and will be challenged by change.


As many of you know, we took a calculated risk in opening at the Colee Stables downtown.
Property ownership had been disputed and litigated for the last 9 years. Finally resolved, we were regrettably unable to come to reasonable terms with the new owner and our lease ends on the 31st of December. This was complicated in part by a commitment we had made to expand our market operations downtown beginning next fall, adjacent to a well known, well trafficked anchor.
Rest assured Rype & Readi will have a downtown presence again. But for the immediate near term, we are consolidating operation to our St. John’s Golf Club facility where we will focus on catering, prepared foods, dinner events, cooking classes and, of course, a market for fresh local fine foods.
Please be sure to keep in contact with our social media on Facebook, Instagram, our website & newsletter to follow our happenings and special offerings.
Our location at the St. John’s Golf Club is a diamond in the rough. In addition to having a full restaurant and bar, we have a magnificent patio overlooking acres of manicured greens, gorgeous in the daylight and tranquil in the evenings when the golfer’s day is done.
With plenty of space on the terrace and adjacent properties (including parking for several hundred cars) this venue, at the intersection of State Road 207 and I-95 promises to host some creative, exciting and delightful family events throughout the coming year.
We fondly wish you all a festive and memorable holiday season and thank you for your continued support. Please let us know if there is any event, occasion or opportunity to help you celebrate life though a special event with great food and smiling faces.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
With Profound Appreciation,
Your friends at Rype & Readi