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Mel Serves Us


Mel Serves the Food, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Because Jerry’s mother died when he was four years old, I have never had a mother-in-law, a class about whom many jokes are concocted and laughingly told, especially among men. Of course, I’m a mother-in-law, having three daughters-in-law, but only they can judge the mother-in-law part; however I can tell you of daughters-in-law and say truthfully that each of these young women is of a superior calibre. At a later time, I will write of the others, but today I want to speak of Melina–pronounced Mel-e-na, not Me-lina. We call her Mel.

Mel is pictured here on Monday evening carrying out the food from their kitchen to the patio. (See the next post for another picture.) She had made a lasagna dish that involved both marinara and a white sauce, spinach, the addition of lots of cheese and tiny meatballs. It was scrumptious. For dessert she prepared strawberries in balsamic vinegar, served atop thick pound cake slices and mounded with hand-whipped cream. A crisp butter almond cookie, (so thin I could see through one as I held it toward the light) crowned the presentation.

Melina nearly always prepares something quite special and different when we visit—and when others visit also. She does so with class and obvious ease. I know she worked hard on that meal, but it did not appear so. It always seems as though in a dreamy easy way, she has produced such gourmet dishes. Always, there are appetizers setting around, and both she and Mike are quick to offer drinks and in every way make us feel truly welcome in their home. She watches many food network shows, peruses cookbooks and gourmet magazines.

Their home is always beautifully decorated with changing arrangements and decor to match the season and/or the holiday. Today there are pumpkins, a multiple variety of squashes, leaves, and fall flowers throughout all the rooms. Mel takes great care of Mike and of herself. She “works out” at the local gym every day (? not sure about the weekends), and sweet-nagged at Mike until for the last few months, he also visits the gym daily.

I’ll stop now, for if I continue, Mel will seem to be perfect and you won’t believe a word I have said.

Edit: The dog is a white lab named Marley.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

5 replies on “Mel Serves Us”

I once read a plaque that said “Things could be worse Martha Stewart could be your Mother-in-law” That has always tickled me.Now I can speak about my Mother-in-law, who is Shirley Buxton, who we all know is close to perfection. Every sole can back me on this one saying she is always caring and makes everyone feel special. Her home and her motor coach are fun to be in with the touchs she gives it to be her own. Everything she cooks us is delious and my husband talks about it for days. From day 1 she has welcomed myself and my children into her family and with pride I call her My Mother-in-law!!!! Love You, Mel


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