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Title: Read an Excerpt - Mothers-In-Law Do Everything Wrong (MILDEW)
Designing Women

In 2003 the television show Makeover Mamas began airing. Its premise? Mothers-in-law who redecorate a room in their grown, married children's home. They get two days and $1,500 to do it, with disagreements mediated by the show's host. Is it a coincidence that the host is a single woman in no hurry to get married? We think not.

It's funny, but some M.I.L.D.E.W.s just can't help themselves. They simply must do some redecorating for youor just help you with your housekeeping. M.I.L.D.E.W.s know that you wouldn't dream of asking them for help because, well, you wouldn't want to impose, would you? The stories that follow demonstrate just how far M.I.L.D.E.W. will go for a one-sided episode of Trading Spaces.

They'll Never Notice
When my husband and I went skiing one weekend, we had M.I.L.D.E.W. come take care of our 2-year-old son. We came home to discover that the furniture in our house had been completely rearranged. We couldn't believe it! My father-in-law even had a bad back from moving the couches, tables, and rugs. As soon as M.I.L.D.E.W. left we moved the furniture back. Heidi, Washington, D.C.

Sticky Situation
My husband and I went on vacation and left our keys with M.I.L.D.E.W. so that she could water the plants and feed the cat. While we were away she decided that our old refrigerator needed some sprucing up. So when we arrived back home I found that she had stuck contact paper on the outside of it to cover up the scratches. Needless to say, we retrieved our keys and kept them. Alanna, Connecticut

Clean as a Whistle
One night, just a few months after being married, my husband and I came home from work only to discover M.I.L.D.E.W.she was in her girdle and on her knees scrubbing our kitchen floor. Naomi, New Jersey

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