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To think she's batshit?!

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Ohnospaghettioh Tue 18-Dec-18 14:02:14

Mil refuses to come on days out with me and my children, including refusing to come to his birthday meal because she says she's not well and it would be too much for her. She recently refused my invitation to come along to Santa's grotto with us as it would be too much to wait in a queue.
Then yesterday she sent me a message and some professional photos to show that she had taken her PARROT to see Santa at a grotto! She had actually gone to a kids Christmas grotto and paid for her parrot to meet Santa and sit on his shoulder, and then paid for the photos hmm aibu to want to make this bird into a pie so she spends time with my kids instead?!

DowntonCrabby Tue 18-Dec-18 14:04:35

gringrin That is absolutely hilarious!!!

I know you’re miffed OP but she’s not obliged to spend time with you, as much as it would be lovely if she wanted to. The Parrot just takes the biscuit though. Or the cracker!!

EspressoButler Tue 18-Dec-18 14:06:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Groovee Tue 18-Dec-18 14:07:56

The parrot obviously is her baby rather than her human family.

AliceScarlett Tue 18-Dec-18 14:08:13

Ha ha YANBU 😅

SwearyInn Tue 18-Dec-18 14:09:24

But presumably the Parrot doesn’t go to school and so she could take him during school hours when the queue is smaller. So I think YABU :-)

Or does the parrot go to school?
In which case YANBU

Oh but does the parrot go to school and she took him out of school to see Santa? In which case your MILIBU.

Poodles1980 Tue 18-Dec-18 14:09:45

What present did the parrot get?

Russiawithlove Tue 18-Dec-18 14:11:02

Haha Poor Santa. Hope said parrot didn't leave him a present.grin

CottonTailRabbit Tue 18-Dec-18 14:13:30

I've been on many days out with a gaggle of children. I expect going on a day out with one parrot is a hell of a lot easier. I have some sympathy with her. Still batshit though.

GhostSauce Tue 18-Dec-18 14:14:56

Thread of the day!

NancyDonahue Tue 18-Dec-18 14:18:06

Cut her some slack. Presumably she did visiting Santa with her own kids. It's not always fun. Long queues, hot loud shopping centres, crying kids etc. I'm really laughing at taking the parrot to see Santa though. I hope they both enjoyed it fgrin

Womantheonlykind Tue 18-Dec-18 14:18:07

Who's a pretty boy then?

ShadyLady53 Tue 18-Dec-18 14:20:46

Has she done this before?

This is so embarrassing...but I once had to work as an elf at a posh grotto and a man and a woman queued up with a variety of birds of prey for us to pose with.

They literally handed them to us. I have a bird phobia as did some of the other “cast members” and we were having to deal with these unpredictable, large birds who kept flapping about whilst we smiled and were cheery.

They’d queued up for ages and scared some of the children in the process.

As soon as we left we all looked at each other like 😱.

We thought they were a bit eccentric.

Maybe MIL is too?

ScrantonTheElectricCity Tue 18-Dec-18 14:24:14

Yep, she is. YANBU

Feefeetrixabelle Tue 18-Dec-18 14:28:22

I think you’ve just won the Internet.... please post the picture up here for us

ItIsChristmasTime Tue 18-Dec-18 14:28:48

It sounds like she doesn’t want to spend time with your kids. How old are they? Quite possibly she genuinely does find it too much, too tired and really relentless.

CatLadyToddlerMother Tue 18-Dec-18 14:29:10

I'm crying laughing here, best thing I've read in a while gringrin

Bowchicawowow Tue 18-Dec-18 14:29:44

One reason why I read Mumsnet. This thread.

justonemoreminutepls Tue 18-Dec-18 14:30:12

SwearyInn comment of the day!

Lettermethis Tue 18-Dec-18 14:31:14


mumonashoestring Tue 18-Dec-18 14:31:34

Next time she asks you for a favour, tell her to ask Polly

Bluetrews25 Tue 18-Dec-18 14:32:06

WTF? hmm
I'd give up, personally.

InvisibleLlama Tue 18-Dec-18 14:32:52

We have to see the picture!

Troels Tue 18-Dec-18 14:35:51

OMG she is crackers.

PumpkinKitty82 Tue 18-Dec-18 14:36:40

Sounds like she’s well past being Bat shit, she’s heading into a new territory of crazy that has never been witnessed before !

BookWitch Tue 18-Dec-18 14:37:41

That's hilarious.
Does the parrot get a better present than the grandkids at Christmas as well?

Best thread today grin

DogInATent Tue 18-Dec-18 14:38:47

Eccentric and has a parrot. Sounds like the makings of a great gran, what do the kids think of her? :D

(if she's also got a wooden leg that'd be the icing on the cake!)

FishFingersAndCustard11 Tue 18-Dec-18 14:43:44

Made my day grin

crappygilmore Tue 18-Dec-18 14:45:20

who's a pretty boy then PMSL.

Santaispackinghissleigh Tue 18-Dec-18 14:45:39

Least you know what to get her for Christmas.
A pirate radio!!

EKGEMS Tue 18-Dec-18 14:45:43

I'm glad the Parrot didn't poop on Santa I'm sure that suit is difficult to get stains out!

Didactylos Tue 18-Dec-18 14:45:48

Shes (polly want a) crackers!

RebootYourEngine Tue 18-Dec-18 14:46:05


Ginnymweasley Tue 18-Dec-18 14:53:44

My niece is an elf in a Santa's grotto they get so many requests for pictures of Santa with pets. It's all very strange for everyone in the grotto.

MutedUser Tue 18-Dec-18 14:54:08

Mental health issues maybe OP? Maybe a good day when the parrot went to see santa

EleanorShellstropper Tue 18-Dec-18 14:54:21

YADBU!!! Why didn't you invite the parrot to your Santa visit?

(Next time you see her teach the Parrot FILTHY words fgrin )

cadburysflake Tue 18-Dec-18 15:02:34

This has made my day, thank you! I described my mil as batshit on another thread, you make mine seem so average!!!

BistoBear Tue 18-Dec-18 15:04:18

Please post the pictures!!

MinecraftHolmes Tue 18-Dec-18 15:11:15

Maybe a good day when the parrot went to see santa

It would fucking have to be for anyone to take a parrot to the shops to sit on Santa's shoulder!

PaulHollywoodsleftbollockhair Tue 18-Dec-18 15:11:43

I think you need to invest in this .......

WhoGivesADamnForAFlakeyBandit Tue 18-Dec-18 15:13:44

Makes a change from a yappy dog!

DarklyDreamingDexter Tue 18-Dec-18 15:14:46

Nah, she's not batshit, she's parrotshit!

TheDogsMother Tue 18-Dec-18 15:16:39

And this is why the internet was invented. Absolutely brilliant. Please share a picture.

LoadOfUtterBoswellocks Tue 18-Dec-18 15:16:45

Maybe she prefers Polly to your kids? If I was a loony chops old dear who'd done all my childrearing thankyouverymuch, I think I'd cheerfully take my cat to see Santa rather than, say, two raucous bouncy kids full of demands to do stuff, buy stuff, eat stuff and go for wees.

Or maybe she just did it for the cheap Trill. CHEAP TRILL. <wipes eyes> OMG I am hilarious.

LoadOfUtterBoswellocks Tue 18-Dec-18 15:17:35

Ooh, would it be a.....<puts on sunglasses> parrot and oyster pie?

TemptressofWaikiki Tue 18-Dec-18 15:19:41

Given the choice, I'd go with a parrot any day... grin

I took my Greyhounds to meet Santa Paws one year and still chuckle about the hilarious image of these goofy long dogs sitting on Santa's lap with the daftest grins. It was for an animal charity before anyone thinks I am totally mad (although I probably am)

OopsInamechangedagain Tue 18-Dec-18 15:31:08

Maybe it was pining for the fjords and she wanted to cheer it up.

Villanellesproudmum Tue 18-Dec-18 15:34:43

Santa paws is quite a thing where I live, there were three seperate events.

Although the dogs may have scared the parent more than the children, or the parrot scare the dogs, she should have gone to a Santa Caws ..

Picture is needed.

Villanellesproudmum Tue 18-Dec-18 15:35:30

*parrot not parent, although parrot and parrots parent maybe.

Acopyofacopy Tue 18-Dec-18 15:36:06

OMG your mil is most definitely batshit and probably a lost cause, but please don’t go nc ever - this has cheered me up no end! grin

KatnissMellark Tue 18-Dec-18 15:36:42

This needs to go in classics

Jux Tue 18-Dec-18 15:38:07

Stop inviting her. Invite the parrot.

PeroniZuchini Tue 18-Dec-18 15:38:07

Photo or it didn’t happen smile

AGHHHH Tue 18-Dec-18 15:38:45


GrandTheftWalrus Tue 18-Dec-18 15:47:04


SwearyInn Tue 18-Dec-18 15:52:02

I think your MIL is avian you on.

SerenDippitty Tue 18-Dec-18 15:52:46

Parrots are quite clever. It probably enjoyed the outing.

tablelegs Tue 18-Dec-18 15:54:24

This is why I love forums.

KatnissMellark Tue 18-Dec-18 15:57:41

She's not batshit, she's birdshit.

WitchDancer Tue 18-Dec-18 16:14:30

What? Have I stepped into a parallel universe? 🤪

stabulous Tue 18-Dec-18 16:18:03

This is the content I'm here for. grin

MinecraftHolmes Tue 18-Dec-18 16:30:47

Maybe it was pining for the fjords and she wanted to cheer it up


Redglitter Tue 18-Dec-18 16:32:51

This needs to go in classics

Oh please tell me you're kidding.

GreatDuckCookery6211 Tue 18-Dec-18 18:14:42

Let's see the photo OP smile

TheHodgeoftheHedge Tue 18-Dec-18 18:20:31

I really want to see the pic of the parrot visiting santa!

Rowgtfc72 Tue 18-Dec-18 18:21:52

Our shopping centre has just had its annual bring your dog to see santa day last Sunday. Not sure if the local owl man went or not!

whynot93 Tue 18-Dec-18 18:41:56

Nutty as a Christmas fruitcake 😆

Princesspeachy0 Tue 18-Dec-18 18:45:43

I would love to see a photo fgrin

NotACleverName Tue 18-Dec-18 18:46:17

This needs to go in classics

Why? It's genuinely not that funny.

Bowchicawowow Tue 18-Dec-18 19:13:09

It’s not that funny. Are you joking? The OP’s MIL couldn’t be arsed to take her DGC to see Santa BUT TOOK HER PARROT.

Nicpem1982 Tue 18-Dec-18 19:19:01

fgrin hilarious love this

GreatDuckCookery6211 Tue 18-Dec-18 19:21:32

Where's the OP?

jarhead123 Tue 18-Dec-18 19:21:55

Best post I've ever read! Yes, she is mental.

GhostSauce Tue 18-Dec-18 19:22:47

I'd love to see the photos of parrot on Santa's shoulder.

ReggieKrayDoYouKnowMyName Tue 18-Dec-18 19:27:59

This. Is. Amazing.

Parttimewasteoftime Tue 18-Dec-18 19:32:01

Absolutely howling here jesus the poor woman is indeed batshit.
Or she very passive aggressive stop inviting her OP she clearly not interested.
As a person who hates birds I would have lost it if I had to queue with her poor Santa 🎅

Vampiratequeen Tue 18-Dec-18 19:33:33

So need to see this photo. fgrin

DoneLikeAKipper Tue 18-Dec-18 19:52:03

Where's the OP?

Probably taking a crash course in photoshop.

GreatDuckCookery6211 Tue 18-Dec-18 19:54:05

Now that did make me laugh Done grin

FascinatingCarrot Tue 18-Dec-18 19:56:05

Mumsnet is FUN tonight grin grin grin

BananasAreTheSourceOfEvil Tue 18-Dec-18 19:56:43

Actually crying laughing! Please post a photo!

RedPanda2 Tue 18-Dec-18 19:59:38

Honestly she sounds like my kind of woman

GlassSuppers Tue 18-Dec-18 20:11:28

It's bad enough that she took the bird to see Santa but to send you the photos! fshock she's mugging you off OP!

Ubertasha2 Tue 18-Dec-18 20:14:04

Right, that’s it’s. I’m taking my little dog to meet Santa now!

Wonder if the parrot got to choose a gift!

NationalShiteDay Tue 18-Dec-18 20:14:38

Honestly don't see why this is funny, or why you're all crying with laughter hmm

GreatDuckCookery6211 Tue 18-Dec-18 20:18:14

Not all of us are crying with laughter wink it's not funny at all that's if it's indeed true of course.

ThePinkOcelot Tue 18-Dec-18 20:23:56

I’ve got 4 Parrots. Never crossed my mind to take them to see Santa. Perhaps I should do you think?

FascinatingCarrot Tue 18-Dec-18 20:25:48

Take the grandkids first though @ThePinkOcelot grin

SwearyInn Tue 18-Dec-18 20:32:04

^Honestly don't see why this is funny, or why you're all crying with laughter^

^Not all of us are crying with laughter wink it's not funny at all that's if it's indeed true of course^

Oh FFS get over yourselves. You don’t have to read the fucking thread. Some people fine the fact that a parrot was taken to see Santa Claus (and get photographed) quite funny.

Some people, like you, do not. It’s not that hard to understand.

GreatDuckCookery6211 Tue 18-Dec-18 20:34:54

Apt username there sweary grin

SandAndSea Tue 18-Dec-18 20:35:08

She sounds great! smile

SwearyInn Tue 18-Dec-18 20:35:43

Fuck you Cookery

GreatDuckCookery6211 Tue 18-Dec-18 20:37:26

Have a sherry and calm down love.

SwearyInn Tue 18-Dec-18 20:38:23

I meant to do a smiley face but forgot. I didn’t meant it. Sorry.

GreatDuckCookery6211 Tue 18-Dec-18 20:39:39

That's alright sweary wine

SandAndSea Tue 18-Dec-18 20:45:53

Parrots are really intelligent. I think if I had one, I would take it out places too, let it meet people and see a bit of the world.

I bought a present for someone's cat today. It's from my cat.

twattymctwatterson Tue 18-Dec-18 20:57:01

That's hilarious. Obviously YANBU to say she's batshit. YABU to think she should come out for days with the kids though. It's obviously not her thing

Schuyler Tue 18-Dec-18 21:29:00

Come on and share the photo. You know you want to!

mushlett Tue 18-Dec-18 21:50:39

Absolutely brilliant 🤣

Bringbackthestripes Tue 18-Dec-18 21:54:12

Just here for the photo notification grin

Poor Santa. I wonder how he managed to keep a straight face!

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