So.. MIL called out of the blue, after no contact since Thanksgiving, last week. She asked if we wanted to meet for dinner at a restaurant. DH asked her, "Just us?" and she huffed a little and said, "Yeah, yeah, I get it. Just us."
Dinner was really nice, no PA behavior on her part, and best of all.. no mention at ALL of BIL or his latest antics. I'm more hopeful about Christmas, maybe she'll actually come over to our house (we've invited her).
So, maybe just maybe there's some hope after all.