My Mother in Law: This Week on the Lost Coast

I don’t have a particularly easy relationship with my mother in law. There. I said it!

But I’m saying it because a) I don’t think many people have a particularly easy relationship with their mothers-in-law and b) my relationship with my mother in law seems to get easier and better with time, so there’s solid hope for us yet.

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Well, Mom came all the way from France, where she lives for part of the year (- the other part being in her native Vietnam). I really like this about her; that her relationship with her grand kids is important enough to her that she will save her money and fly clear across the world once a year – EVERY YEAR – to spend time with them.

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Yes, that is a wonderful thing about her.

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She really gets down with the kids, too. Pretend eating their dirt dishes, “pudding! you made me pudding!! thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!“, she says

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My Mother in Law is a fabulous cook.

When Mikey and I first got together, her cooking felt intimidating to me. Now though… ? I’m generally so overwhelmed by 3 kids and the exigencies (that’s a great word, huh, exigencies!) of daily life on our hill, in our yurt, on our Coast, that I just folded over and relaxed in the deliciousness that she wrought.

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Many, many deliciousnesses

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And happy, scarfing chitlins.

I was scarfing too, trying to figure out my whole 21 day fix and weight loss stuff into the deliciousness.

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Um, I might have let it slip a bit…

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yeaaaaaaaaaah. but my mother in law’s stuff is apparently low-fat, high-good-for-you and I did get on the scale yesterday and it seems I lost my regular 2 lbs/week – YES!

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Food photography is really hard, by the way. I learned that with the Pho Recipe post. I don’t know how the Pioneer Woman does it.

You know what else is hard??? Trying to get your kids to take pretty pictures with your Mother in Law!!!! I swear, someone is always blinking or looking at you like gravel ran down their spine

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There, I got that one!!

And this one, my favorite:

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I love this because it captures the sweet relationship between my Mother in Law and Moxie.

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These two! Always cavorting and dancing and playing around!

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What else happened this week on the Lost Coast?

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Miss Moxie started school! The post on that is here – our little princess is loving it

– more happened here on the Lost Coast – random bits of delight –

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Morning mists are back

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MY BLACK SUNFLOWER!!!!!!!

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Mac-Q. An artiste is born

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Bubbles from the shower!

(- and isn’t our outdoor shower the absolute coolest?!)

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 This week felt exactly like a bubble to me:

part mundane, part magic.

Rolled up and shining brightly as it moved on by

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And I’m looking forward to seeing my Mother in Law again here next year.

 

Meriah
is a deaf blogger, global nomad, tech-junkie, cat-lover, Trekkie, Celto-Teutonic-peasant-handed mom of 3 (one with Down syndrome and one gifted 2E).
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5 Comments

  • Thank you for being candid about your relationship between you and I. I love the pictures you post on your blog. Sure, you can count on me, I will be on rendezvous at Petrolia with you, Mkey and my grand children. Just hope they don’t forget their ba Nội too soon. Love and kisses.
    P.S. Can you mail me these above pictures, please? I cannot download them for my personal album because Papa Christian would like to have them also. Thanks.

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