Tomorrow, of course, is St. Patrick's Day. However, I'll be too busy to cook a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner so I decided to serve it tonight. After lunch I plopped the brisket in a baking dish, added the spice packet and a little water, then covered the whole thing with foil and put it in the oven to cook. Two hours later I pulled it out of the oven to check for doneness.
The good news was that it was tender. The bad news is that I spilled some of the hot liquid, which ended up on me, the countertop, the cabinets, and the floor.
I thought I wiped everything down well with soapy water before I went upstairs to change my clothes. However, the cats seemed to think otherwise. When I came back into the kitchen they were doing an additional clean up on the stove.
I thanked them for their help, then grabbed the soap and washcloth again.