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Just curious. When you visit parents (or children or siblings) and you borrow the hair dryer and leave it in the back bathroom, does your mom then later text you from the other bathroom and ask you to bring it to her even though you are standing in the kitchen just a short hallway from where she is doing her hair?

I didn’t think so…

In other strangeness, do you ever visit relatives and wonder why the grill cover is halfway up the steep hill with a broom sitting on top of it? I guessed the grill cover blew there. But why the broom? Oh. You thought you could sweep it down the hill only then you lost the broom handle and the hill was too steep to climb. Right. This logic must have something to do with socks getting lost in the dryer, I bet.

When I am as old as my dad, I wonder if my garden rows will finally remain garden rows instead of looking like someone threw seeds down randomly. Yeah, probably not.

Do any of you own a random number generator electric blanket? My mom does. You turn it on (sometimes it comes on on the first press). The numbers are from 1 to 10. If it’s at one, you might hit the up button to make it go warmer. You might go directly to 10, no stops. So you hit down to lower the temp. You could go to 5, to 4 or to 9. So you hit it again. It might go to 1 or any other number that is lower than the current one. So then you need to hit up again. You might go…It can take several tries and by then you’re either frozen solid or all warmed up from being annoyed at the thing.

And do any of you have any relatives where your first or second question always seems to be, “but everyone is still alive and breathing, right?” And you figure that if the answer is yes, well, then, it’s just another day…

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Posted: March 7, 2013
Filed in Tales from the Mother-In-Law File, Walks in Life


  1. Well, my mom wouldn’t know how to text to begin with and I don’t have a phone that accepts texts so I really wouldn’t know about your specific situation but I can say that regardless of where you are in relation to your mother, you are automatically the chosen fetcher. From what my mom says, that is what she had me for anyway – to fetch things and reach the higher shelves…;-)

    Comment by April — March 8, 2013 @ 9:06 am

  2. My mom used to say the same thing about me, April. Unfortunately, she failed miserably. She was 5′ on a good day. I’m 5’1” if I stretch a bit when being measured. Not much help in the reaching higher shelves department 😉 .

    Maria, dunno if you’re having a sending problem or I’m having a receiving problem, but I just got about a week’s worth of blog posts in my email today. My Kindle subscription still hasn’t shown up. I’ve emailed Amazon, but figured I’d better let you know in case it’s a problem on your end.

    Comment by Dee — March 8, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  3. Thanks for letting me know, Dee. The feed (email) sometimes has a delay now and then (usually of a day). I don’t control that, but I’ll check it.

    I always tell people the subscription is more reliable. I wonder if they use the same feed…

    They do control that. So far as I know I don’t have any say in it, but I’ll make sure the subscription page doesn’t have any error messages and if it does I’ll contact them too.

    Thanks for letting me know.

    Comment by Maria — March 8, 2013 @ 10:45 am

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