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This entire thread really strikes one of my old, buried (or so I thought)
nerves.  My late husband's mother was, to put it indelicately, a control
freak of the highest order.  Anyone could go merrily about his/her daily
existence until the chance encounter with MIL, and like a bolt of lightning,
she would attack with no warning, with a barrage of criticism about an
absolutely mundane task, which in her infinite wisdom was not being properly

It mattered not if my husband was moving a piece of furniture or if I was
heating canned peas in a saucepan, MIL could find fault with the offending
party, and her shrill voice would strike one's ears as if one had turned the
ignition key of a vehicle whose previous occupant had left the radio on at
the highest possible volume.

I was assisting in the preparation of lunch at her home one fine day, and I
emptied a can of LeSeur peas into a small saucepan and placed the pan on the
stove.  She walked into the kitchen just as I turned the burner on under the
saucepan, and she began bleating that I was doing it "all wrong", that the
peas must be strained from the liquid, the liquid must be heated to a
simmer, and then and only then, the peas must be added to the pan for a
brief moment to receive the heat from the liquid.  To do otherwise was to
risk turning the peas into mush.

At that point in my life, I had heated in the neighborhood of 30-40 cans of
LeSeur peas, and not one single can of peas had ever turned to mush.  I knew
it was pointless to try to argue or offer another point of view, as either
tactic would only elicit a fusillade of criticism and opprobrium.

This was a woman who felt it was her calling in life to control everything
and everyone.  May she rest in peace.

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My dad tells the story of his #2 son that is similar.  Son moves back
into dad's house after a divorce.  Dad is nearly 80 at that point.
Son walks into kitchen as dad is boiling an egg and tells dad
he is doing that all wrong.  He went on with 3 different things
dad was doing wrong.  I am not sure how dad got to be so old not boiling
an egg properly but he tells the story these few years later shaking
his head and laughing about the whole thing.  I guess if we could
all just shake our heads and laugh life might be easier.  Maybe when
I am near 80 I'll be more able.
I was really lucky with my MIL.  She died too young : (


nabokovsmuse wrote:

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We have a family saying, suitable for such occasions.  "yes-dear,yes-dear,
anything-you-say-dear", which is code for "get out of here, you're bugging me,
go take a nap if you can't think of something better to do".  Usually both
of the parties then laugh.


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you don't think men ever do that?

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I never had any intention of changing the way I iron, I was just curious.
And she did inform me that the oven door was supposed to be partly open when
using the broiler, after I had been cooking for 20 years. Checked the manual
and she was right.

As a rule she is a great MIL. I am not intimidated by her at all, and can
joke with her and give her grief. In fact I was teasing her about the
ironing board thing, after she "corrected" me. She is 80 and her Sicilian
born mother was apparently a tyrant. She just can be rigid and stubborn
about things sometimes. But, 21 years ago, when her oldest son turned up
with me, a tall skinny Irish redhead, she never said a word, and loves me to
death. She has taught me how to make all her traditional dishes. She even
kept her tongue when we told her we were not planning on having children!

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Nick and Judy wrote:

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She's a Fairy MIL!  Better than a Fairy Godmother - they only give you
poofy pink ball gowns and tell you to be home by midnight!  ;)

Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Nick and Judy wrote:
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Congratulations, sounds like a keeper to me.  I was also very
fortunate in my choice of MILs.  In 43+ years she was 100% loving
and supportive.


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Taria wrote:
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I'm sure that they do, but I can only speak as a female.

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My ironing board is set up square end to the right.  I guess it made the
most sense to me because I can set the iron down on the larger end.
Setting it down on the tapered end would take up too much room on the
board because it has to set farther away from the end to fit.  At least
that's how I view it.  But who cares after all?

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I love it when someone gets to the crux of an issue as Janice has done.
Square end to the right is precisely the reason that most right-handed
people place their ironing boards thusly, because it is safer and more
efficient to place the iron on the widest part of the board when turning or
maneuvering the item which is being ironed.  If the tapered end of the board
was on the right for a right-handed person, there would be risks of the iron
toppling onto the floor or tipping over on the narrow space on the board and
striking the ironer's right arm or hand.

The underlying issue, as I see it, is that of personal preference and
personal comfort.  If one is content with the square end to the left, then
why in heaven's name should one feel compelled to change?  There are
innumerable ways devised by humans to accomplish the most mundane tasks to
the most difficult, and we do not live in a "one size fits all" world.  Vive
la difference!

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