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We are with pil at present and they are very sweet but so bloody uptight about everything. Bil has been away for a week so he left car with pil so that it "wasn't left in the street" it has a steering lock on and fil takes it for a drive each day! The car is an old banger worth about two hundred quid. Kids can't even eat a banana without a table cloth,mat and plate Leaving the house to walk to shops is a major ordeal. Costs hats gloves change of shoes everything switched off at the wall last minute run upstairs for wallets. I could have been there and back. So I'm asking you to entertain me with similar stories to help me through the day.
Whenever my father in law pays for anything by card, he then checks his wallet 5 or 6 times to make sure he put it back. So far as I know he has never left it anywhere ever, so it's not to make sure he doesn't do it again or anything.
They are bickering now as they prepare lunch. Fil is counting carrots into a casserole. I have a long day ahead and now have a migraine coming probably caffeine withdrawal as they have all de caf. I am also hungry due to having a regimented early and meagre breakfast. As soon as fil goes out I can remember I need syndol and take dds up for coffee and cake mmmmm
My FIL refuses to buy anything online (although he uses the internet quite happily) because there is a 100% certainty that his bank account will be emptied by fraudsters as soon as he does. What he does instead is get DIL to order stuff online for him and then posts her a cheque - barking mad.
Everything is so .... organised? .... prescriptive? .... planned?
Nothing can be <<gulp>> done on impulse - god forbid!
My ex PIL were just like this. Even making a sandwich for a quick lunch seemed to turn into a military exercise. I just couldn't get my head around how they made everything seem so, well, difficult! They would go into the lounge and ask who was hungry, if not, when they were likely to be hungry, if so, how hungry, how many slices, white or brown, did they want cheese, ham, a mixture, any pickle etc, crisps or salad .... it went on and on! The table had to be laid, with full settings and table cloth, then everyone needed to be consulted on what drink they wanted, did they want a soft drink now, and tea/coffee later, or did the wat their tea with their sandwich etc!
Meanwhile, I was stood in the kitchen offering to help, thinking, I could have whipped up half a dozen rounds of a selection of fillings and popped some crisps and salad on the side for everyone to help themselves by now! Still makes me smile 10 years later! actually, they were really lovelypeople, but so anal.
It's just because they're tight ledkr! Not for taste reasons. But it's all such a palaver as well, they can't just make a cup of tea, it's very similar to the happycamper's description (except we don't get on that well!). They drive me nuts.
FIL unplugs the wireless router when he's not using the internet, wraps the wires round it and pops it in the bottom of the little cabinet that the phone stands on. It's a special thing, the router - it allows him to access the Google once in a while
happy that sounds just the same. Today they are feeding 16 so bought 16 chicken breasts Last new year fil was shoving take away menus at us around 3 in the afternoon. They want us to go away with them for a week. I seriously don't think my mental health with cope.