I am fortunate that MIL and I have a really good relationship. We have our differences of approach and differences of opinion, but I think we can really appreciate each other and add to each others’ lives. We also live a good few hours car drive apart, which may contribute to overall harmony 🙂 (DH & I are several hours away from my parents too, so we have a degree of independence from both families, but are still able to stay connected).
Anyway I am frequently impressed by the solutions MIL finds to issues that come up. This particularly brilliant solution came about after SIL machine-washed her cell phone. As she was lamenting its useless state, MIL suggested burying it in a bag of rice. Hey presto, the next day it was working!
If only I’d known this – or been able to think of it myself – before my friend’s cell phone went in the toilet … (it was in her pocket and as she assumed the position it fell in!)