From what she's said on here this doesn't sound to me like her mom has a gambling addiction. Perhaps it simply pleases her mom to call it a party invitation, and it's her right to spend her time as she chooses and call it what she wants. If she wanted to call her gambling time *elephant manicures* it's her business. Just because it's a hobby that CAN be addictive doesn't mean her mom IS addicted. That's like calling anyone who goes out drinking on the weekend an...
The way I see it is that unless her hobby is impacting your life in a very direct way (like she's borrowing money to pay bills) instead of simply being disappointing to you (like about the easel) then it's really not your business. She's 73, she's earned the right to choose her own hobbies. Even if it's not something you like.
I'm trying to think of anything we absolutely refuse to buy at a grocery store and I honestly can't think of anything.
Oh except those stupid Graples. We tried them a few years ago when we first saw them. OMG. So nasty.
And I'll never understand not liking grocery store cake. Om nom nom. I greatly dislike homemade cake though. Too fluffy. Makes me gag. I enjoy a dense cake with super sweet buttercream frosting. No whipped frosting for this gal. No no no.
I agree 100%! I have very severe asthma and if I get sick it goes straight to my chest and I'm flat on my back coughing and wheezing and generally not breathing for weeks. It's horrible. And if the kids go to school/daycare with sick kids, even if they only get sniffles, they pass it on to me and bam... can't breathe again.