Thanksgiving Prep- Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, no gifts, just relax and enjoy each other. Hold hands and talk about what we're most grateful for. This year we received another 25 pound bird from my hubby's boss, always makes me smile. Then I have to find fridge space, not so fun, sigh. Shopping at the local grocery store reminded me of when I was much younger and so stressed about getting the big meal right. Now it's kind of a no-brainer: prep whatever you can the two days before. Then on T day- relax, do things one at a time, take breaks. AND get the bird in on time. My kids marvel, now that they're older, on how I used to do it all alone? All those dishes coming out at the same time! And how it all came out so delish! I had some help, on occasion, but I found it better if I had the kitchen all to myself. Master of my ship- get out of my way or get out on the plank! I'd have the kids mash the taters, or help pour the pies, but I liked doing it all. Except the one year I almost had to go to the hospital from severe asthma/bronchitis. No fun then. Now the three adult girls all bring something to share and it takes the load off. I appreciate that! I envision me, decades from now, hanging onto my walker and telling them to get out of the kitchen, or I'll mash those taters on their heads! I can hear the young kids- "man, Grandma's mean sometimes, but man can she cook!" Ha!