I’m watching the days go by as Thanksgiving comes ever closer. If everyone invited shows up, I will have 12 people ready to eat that afternoon. Shees! I’m nervous already.

What I’m most looking forward to is seeing everyone. Lotus, her roommate, Em, and Jay’s sister are expected Thanksgiving Day. They may even convince my brother-in-law to make the trip.

Lotus, Em and Dawn came last year and it was so much fun! A house full of giggling women!

I can’t wait to catch up with Lotus and find how college is going. She been interning on a cancer research team. My niece may find a cure for cancer!

She’s my little Buckeye. A junior already. How time flies.

The men will be relegated to the living room on TV trays. I have a feeling they won’t mind too much. After all, it’s a big football day. The women will stay in the kitchen cozily arranged around the table.

The turkey will be fresh this year. I hope it’s not so big the wings touch the sides of the oven. Been there, done that. It didn’t turn out so well and at least one smoke detector had to be unplugged until the oven was turned off for the day.

Pies line another shelf in the freezer and I’m throwing in my chocolate mud cake. We have quite a variety so if they don’t find something to satisfy their sweet tooth after the meal, I got nothin’.

My main goal, as always, is getting everything done at the same time. I don’t know about anyone else but I find this challenging. It’s not too hard when it’s just Jay and I but add another 10 or so people and some of my methods go out the window.

There’s the rotating dishes for the oven once the turkey comes out to rest and then the potatoes have to be mashed at just the right time so they stay warm and people bringing dishes that still need finished in the oven will have to take a number. Somehow it will all work out.

Don’t even get me started on the other preparations. As many of you may have gleaned from other columns, I’m not a huge fan of cleaning so there are a few spots in my home that really need some attention. The usual sweeping and dusting will only get me so far and a few bigger projects are at the top of my list.

I’d also like to get the bathroom painted in the next couple of days. I’ve had the paint for some time but something always comes up to throw a wrench in the plans or I just plain forget.

I wish my friend Linda had left her “roundtoit” here at work. I could slip it in my pocket and get this stuff accomplished.

Once the meal is over we’ll get down to what I feel is the important stuff. We have a collection of games, some new, to bring out once everyone gets their fill at the table. You can learn a lot about a person when you lay down the UNO card that makes them draw four.