Monday, June 2, 2008


Let me preface this post by saying that I have a truly remarkable mother-in-law.

I love her for many reasons.

One of which is her ability to murder improperly use words.

She does so frequently.

She is 80 years old.

She has no idea how to turn on a computer or how to read my blog.

Let's keep it that way, shall we?

If you know my MIL, do not feel the need to share this post with her...m'kay?

My MIL is known as Nana to my children.

I refer fondly to her choice of words as "Nanaisms".

One day not too long ago, Nana was visiting our home. We were chatting in the family room.

I can not remember our exact conversation , but in the middle of it she said,
" I just love the urinal you have by the front door!"

My what?

My who?

Did someone move the toilet outside and not warn me?

I am sure my face looked perplexed as I asked her to repeat what she had just said,
"Excuse me, what do you like by the front door?"

Without missing a beat, she answered, "Your urinal!"

I jumped up and ran to the front door.

I stepped outside to view this lovely potty she spoke of.

"Oh , yes my beautiful urinal, the one that houses my green fern!"

I usually just call it an urn.


Haderlie Family said...

First to post and first to say "wow grandma!" For some reason that doesnt surprise me. However she would be so mortified to know this was on your blog!! Funny times.

Ivy said...

;) It's even funnier b/c I know your MIL! Don't worry, your secrets are safe! Thanks for the welcome to the blogging world and thanks for the entertainment you provide on yours! I look forward to many visits!

Blessings From Above said...

That is a gorgeous urinal!!!!

Your MIL sounds like a riot! :)

Stephanie said...

I have quite a few urinals in my back yard too then! Haha! That's just too funny :)

Christie said...

If you have any boys play at your house under the age of five, it probably IS used as a urinal.


Lauren said...

That is a hilarious story! I agree with Christie's probably don't want to invite any of my sons over for that very reason even though they are 5 and up. (my 5 year old happens to think that all of the great outdoors is his urinal)

~Leave it to Lyla~ said...

urinal? urn? same smell!! hahahah get it smell?? ok Wendi I am impressed you did it so I anxiously await tomorrows blog...check mine later...much, much later!!

pb&j in a bowl said...

That's the prettiest urinal I've ever seen!

amanda said...

tee hee :)

and for the record if that urinal isn't there later tonight, it's because i came over and stole it.

it's a beauty!!

Wendy said...

Hysterical! I can't wait for more nanaisms ~

Kristen said...

oh my goodness!!

My mother in law is crazy too, but her's are more *red-neckisms*. Seriously hearing her talk about something is like fingernails on a chalk board!

Glad to know we share yet another wonderful trait!

Great story and can't wait to hear more!!!

(My MIL knows and READS my blog! So therefore, I am only able to share stories in email. :( )

The Reed's said...

Hilarious!! Thanks for the good laugh..

It was really nice chatting with you last night. We should do it more..

duchess said...

My step-dad murders the English language as well. It's a family joke - kind of like Archie Bunker used to do.

Hope you're having a good week.
Love the urinal.

QueenAnderson said...

LOL LOL, I knew if I got on to read yours you'd crack me up as usual!!!! :)

OHmommy said...


I don't blame her though. It is rather beautiful!!!

My MIL, just started reading my blog this week. I deleted all old posts mentioned her. She was curious as to why I am going to be interviewed by the local morning TV show.

I have a need reader. UGH!

4funboys said...

that's funny! and if that's all you have to worry about from your mil... YOU HAVE IT MADE!!!

Emy5 said...

Funny story. I love your MIL already. She sounds entertaining.

Beautiful urn, and now it is the focus of an endearing story, which gives it sentimental value. As sentimental as you can get over a urinal anyway!

mamachristina said...

this is too funny, you have just got to love elderly.

Katie said...


Leah said...

Yes. But how many of us really DO have a urinal on the premises? I know of a certain Stake Presidential figure who insisted on one. Yeah boy.

BTW, your Urinal is prettier than his. Only by a little, though.

Cecily R said...

That is SO fabulous.

Ashley said...

hahahahah!!! that is great!!!!~

stephanie howard said...

Well you know she is a "Sorty sophisticated women" (call me, I will share this one with you). I am ROTFLMBO! There are so many funnies like this we could giggle over all afternoon. She is great, gotta love the woman, and her choice of words:-)

American Mum said...

Wy yes, it is a lovely urinal! Sweet ol' nanna :)

Mamasphere said...

How funny!

Maybe she knows something you don't? You might need to ask your boys about that, lol.

The Mom said...

Here by way of McMommy's POW!

That cracked me up so much, Nana is sweet and oh so close!

McMommy said...

Now you just KNOW when you see the word Urinal in a post's going to be a hilarious post!

And you didn't disappoint! That was hysterical!

i'm kelly said...

what a crack up! i loved this!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Holy cow she's funny!