Hurray! Our houseguest is here. I still have boxes against one wall of the dining room. It's not that I have so much stuff, but that it needs to be dealt with thoughtfully this time: old linens laundered, unwanted items sold, bookshelves built. My hair was in a towel when his car pulled in the drive, but I had a few welcoming touches ready. A crockpot of chili and just-baked cornbread scented the kitchen. (We dashed out to swim lessons a few minutes later.) We ordered a couple of Netflix movies for his room, since we don't have cable TV. I always set a tray for morning coffee, should a guest wake earlier than we do. Sometimes I pamper my husband by picking up flavored coffees, which are nice when guests come, too. I add a jar of granola with bowls and spoons to the side, just in case.