We got a maid service to come on Wednesday. Up early on Thursday - why did the cat pee in the dining room today?!? Turkey brined overnight out on the deck in a cooler with water, salt, sugar, allspice, garlic and thyme. Baked and cooled pumpkin pie early. Made stuffing and got Mr. Gobble in the oven. Mashed potatoes early. Got the table set and the cat pee cleaned up. Roasted yams with olive oil, salt, thyme and real maple syrup. Guests came. Cathy and John brought great cheeses, fresh bread, grapes, port, and Maya. Diane brought incredible creamed corn and wine (she knows us so well). Last-minute dash to get everything on the table together. Everything worked out. Exhausted. Slept heavier than I have in weeks.