Potatoes boiling in the large pot, check.
Green salad prepared for Italian dressing, check.
Green beans in casserole ready for oven, check.
Pies (this year apple and pumpkin) ready to serve, check.
Time left for a quick shower, check.
Husband appropriately attired, check.
Dog secured in the kennel, check.
House as tidy as possible, check.
Telephone rings. Who could that be?
“Hello. Yes, I understand. It is not your fault the flight was canceled. Don’t worry about it; we will see you at Christmas. Our love to all.”