Omg such anality from pil. Come and share your anal behaviour stories (lighthearted)

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ledkr Spain Sat 05-Jan-13 11:04:30

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 hmm
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.

weegiemum Argentina Sat 05-Jan-13 11:43:06

In my parents house You Cannot Eat In The Lounge. You Cannot Drink In The Lounge (admittedly this rule came in after dh spilled a cup of black coffee over their new mint-green carpet!).

You Must Clear Your Plate.

Though it's my MILs vague fussing about everything and forgetting our dc are no longer at nursery that gets to me more. And dh!

LaGuerta Sat 05-Jan-13 11:48:51

My mother really struggles to accept that we don't own a gravy boat and serve gravy in a measuring jug.

georgedawes Sat 05-Jan-13 11:52:40

Oh and they have a dishwasher but hardly any of their crockery and pans etc go in the dishwasher, so they have the worst of both worlds by doing loads of washing up and running the dishwasher.

It's not even fancy heirlooms or anything like that, just charity shop type things.

It takes hours to clear up after a meal there.

BeaWheesht Sat 05-Jan-13 11:53:18

Oh my in laws are like this, and my parents to an extent.

What drives me the most mad is the endless faffing at mealtimes - my youngest is 2 and she's expected to sit there for bloody ages meal in front of her waiting for everyone to sit down and then they wash the dishes between each course. It drives me round the twist.

Also we were there at new year - not a bloody sniff of alcohol.

BeaWheesht Sat 05-Jan-13 11:54:41

George - my in laws do that too

marzipanpig Sat 05-Jan-13 12:03:08

I once helped my ex pils by doing the washing up. They both stood horrified as "They had a system!". I honestly thought mil was going to slap me with the 'correct' dishcloth. Drinks were also forbidden when eating as they would 'fill you up unnaturally'.
If you took too long in the shower "Brisk in and out!" then mil would turn the hot tap on downstairs and the shower would run cold.

They were both lovely but hmm

Iheartpasties Sat 05-Jan-13 12:05:16

My mum and dad love their mobile phones but my god using/having them does not make life easier. It's faff central with them. I'm always sighing and screaming in my head that a smart phone should be making things more easy and convenient not more bloody faffy.

Djembe Sat 05-Jan-13 12:06:36

Lol at drinks filling you up unnaturally grin

These are so funny. I think I'm more anal than my in-laws though hmm

drjohnsonscat Sat 05-Jan-13 12:12:57

My mum turns her mobile phone off too because she doesn't like to waste the electricity she used to charge it. Love her.

ledkr Spain Sat 05-Jan-13 12:13:25

Well me and dd1 have found a wimpy and are currently awaiting the and toasties even though dinner is in one hour! We were bloody hank Marvin.
Dd is scared we will get caught

ledkr Spain Sat 05-Jan-13 12:15:11

I have been told to get one cauli and one broccoli for 16 ???

Startail Sat 05-Jan-13 12:18:48

Your PIL remind me of my totally neurotic uncle, he unplugs everything and fusses massively before you can leave the house.

He also rests a spoon, oh so gently, across the book he's reading so as not to bend the spine.

Fortunately he drives my DDad (his big brother) nuts so I don't see him much.

rumbelina Colombia Sat 05-Jan-13 12:20:31

Omg my pil seem positively laid back compared to these!

Peniston Sat 05-Jan-13 12:21:52

My anal (and, frankly, barking) mil places a washing up bowl in the shower each morning when she starts running it to catch the cold water before it runs warm. She is not an environmentalist, or on the breadline. Just very, very frugal.

This will be the best wimpy you have ever eaten!

... and I don't think that will be enough veg for 16 grin, best get double.

I think my ex PIL are just of a different generation. Their son who I was with was their youngest chld, I am my parents oldest child. My parents were in their early 50's when ex PIL were mid 60's. They just did things differently eg they never wore jeans, he always wore shirt and tie. They were also aghast that we didn't own a gravy boat and served it in a pyrex measuring jug like LaGuerta grin.

Having said that we went on holiday with them a few times and managed not to kill each other.

ledkr Spain Sat 05-Jan-13 12:24:38

We are now concerned we won't eat our lunch

JaponicaTroggs Sat 05-Jan-13 12:31:35

When my parents last went on holiday (for five weeks)I was asked to go round once a week and print off a test page on their printer "because the ink in the cartridges will dry up if it isn't being used".

drjohnsonscat Sat 05-Jan-13 12:33:21

My friend's stepmother won't let them use the light on the stairs because she doesn't like the upstairs switch and the downstairs switch to be left in different positions.

PeppaPrig Sat 05-Jan-13 12:39:27

Mine wash plates up before putting them in the dishwasher grin.

My DDad checks he's locked the back door a minimum of 3 times, usually more like 6 before he gets tobthe end of the road.

My DNanna insists on having her handbag in the lounge when she visits my DParents. They look after my 2 preschoolers and the bag, and her supply of drugs become an pbsession for them.

georgedawes Sat 05-Jan-13 12:50:22

Oh god that would drive me mad Peppa. What is the point of a dishwasher?!

Katla Sat 05-Jan-13 12:51:51

My gran always switched all electrical appliances off at the wall in her own house and my parents house too when she came to stay. She got a bit forgetful/confused when she got older but old habits die hard. She put the huge chest freezer off in the back kitchen on one occasion when babysitting us when my parents were away the weekend. It was noticed days later when all the food was ruined.

She also had a thing about tidying keys away into drawers if left lying and locking the back door (which we never did) so you could find yourself locked in with no keys to be found where you left them. Generally keys found in a sock drawer or something.

MerryCouthyMows Sat 05-Jan-13 12:53:39

Christ, I use more broccoli and cauliflower than that for FIVE people - four of whom are DC's!!

I use two heads of each for a dinner. We do like our veg here...

I would use one head of each if I was feeding 2-3!

HarkTheHattifattnerSing Sat 05-Jan-13 12:54:07

my FIL has different trousers for different things - so there are trousers for in the house, trousers for going for walks, trousers for cycling, trousers for the allotment.....

He has more button up shirts than could be believed - last count it was around 35. He is retired. Before retiring, he was military, so wore a uniform. I do not know why he needs so many shirts He also has an obsession with rucksacks. (they do like walking). I think he has 15.

he cannot make himself a sandwich, and will stand looking pathetic with a piece of bread until MIL comes to spread some butter on it and miraculously turn it into a sarnie through the medium of ham...

I love him dearly, but he is a PITA at times.

MrsMushroom Sat 05-Jan-13 12:54:45

we're with PIL too ecxept they're divorced but good mates...FIL lives down the road, however....he comes round to MILs every morning IN HIS SPEEDOS shock as he's usually been to the beach for a swim (hot country) and proceeds to water MILS tomatoes (65 year old arse in the air) and then give DH laborious instructions about when to turn the hose off.

He then asks for toast for his two evil dogs which has to be done lightly with butter.

The shithead dogs then crap on MIL's lawn. I don't know how she STANDS IT!

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