Adult Step Daughter tried to cause problems between her father and I
This girl is in her 40's and is quite a bit of a drama queen. I have gotten on well with her for some 14 years until last 4th of July weekend.
We are retired and are going to move down by them and she invited us that we could stay there while looking for home. Since she works, DH and I figured that we would take care of the cooking and stay out of the way until weekend. Hubby, when we arrived, told her that he was going to go pick up a bucket of KFC so she wouldn't have to cook. She had just gotten in and was also beat. She made a big stink about it....how come we didn't want her to cook. DH explained to her again, and that we didn't want her to go out of her way for us, she had worked all day and should sit down and relax. Now she doesn't like to cook to begin with..her husband does the cooking. She was argumentative right from the time we got out of the car.
Next morning her hubby calls her from Japan, since she was outside I answered the phone (only after hearing it was him). She comes in and, while I am sitting at the counter drinking coffee and reading a book, she starts screaming at him, and was screaming at whomever she made the follow up call to. Seemed to be a carry over of the behavior the night before.
Hubby and I were both getting uncomfortable with her behavior and decided that we would be leaving Sat. 3 days earlier than she had planned for us to be there.
Now, we are considerate guests. We pick up after ourselves, make our bed, put things away; but DH got a tad put out when she stated that she wants to keep her house "show perfect" at all times.
Anyway, Friday evening she comes home. I had run the dishwasher but, as it had just finished drying had not put the dishes away. She had gone grocery shopping and was putting things away as I was emptying the dishwasher. Unexpectedly she pushed at me. Now I am an old lady with some arthritis problems. I managed to avoid her hit, but she did catch my leg at the knee and I had to grab the counter to keep my balance. While doing that she yells at me that she "has better things to do." I was stunned and tired after a day of house hunting and making an offer on a home. I told her that I didn't feel that she wanted us there. At which point she snipped "suit ourself, I don't care", and stormed out of the room. DH hates conflict and we left very early the next morning.
I arrive home to an e-mail from her telling me that she apologizes that she should have just turned around and walked out of the room instead of responding to my nasty, unwarranted attack on her! I e-mailed back and tried to tell her how I felt, how her father felt, but she just wanted to accuse me. I told her that when she pushed me I almost fell and she called me a liar. Now, I must tell you that my DH is showing some signs of early alzheimers and I have talked to her about this, she has also noticed it, which is one of the reasons she wanted us to move down there closer to them. But, DH at this point, gets upset if you mention to him that something might be wrong - men can be like that. I bring this up because the next thing this girl does is tell me that she is going to cause me some hurt and pain and tell her father that I have told her that he might have altheimers, and she proceeded to do so.
That is when I got teed off. I warned her that she was going too far, but she kept it up even giving her father a list of grievances about me many of which were fabricated (saying that I demand steak and chops when we are down there. I don't care for steak and rarely eat pork). Many things she accused me of were things her father had done. She really went off the deep end claiming that she had been abused by me and all kinds of nonsense. She kept sending nasty e-mails, and for the first one, well two, I told here that she should sit back and think about what she was doing....that she was causing trouble between her father and I and that was wrong. Eventually, to stop her, I told her that what she was doing was wrong and I would not allow her to continue to attack me and I was blocking her from my e-mail. So, she continues whining to her father about how terrible I am. Accuses me of following her around trying to listen to her phone conversation with her hubby even to following her upstairs! That is false, I was sitting at the breakfast bar and never movedEven tells him that she didn't want us to come down there that time, it was not good, and that she had told me that. She never had. I even had the e-mail asking us what time we would be arriving and talking about taking in a flea market over the weekend. AND she called us the day before to be sure we were coming!
She was bragging, to me and to him, about how hurt she was and that it is hard for her to trust someone again, and talking about how proud she is that she can hold grudges.
Quite frankly, I don't have time for all her melodrama. My life is too short for that carp. While I can forgive her for her attitude at her house (perhaps she was having a bad day or....). I cannot let go what she did between her father and I. It was malicious and meant to start problems. Right now I am staying clear of her.
So, she is still sending her Dad e-mails about how terrible I am. She exepcts me to apologize to her because of what she did now. Also goes on to tell him that even if I do apologize she doesn't want much to do with me because I will have to earn her trust and that can take years and years. Give me a break - with that attitude why should I bother.
Any suggestions on how to handle this situation. DH wants me to apologize, not becaue I did anything wrong, but to keep the peace. As I said, about the first stuff, yeah, that can be gotten over. But this girl refuses to see what she was doing when she started sending all this fabrication/grievances etc. about me to her father. BTW, he knows much of them were BS and even told her that; at which point she backed down on them and started on new fabricated slights etc.
She has a history of starting trouble between people. And I can tell you that she is very negative and mean in talking about other people. She has a hard time holding down jobs and usually ends up getting laid off/terminated. Not right away, but after she is there awhile.