Before SIL married her now ex-husband, they were vacationing in a beach area in the next state. DH suggested they come visit us several times, but each time they declined.
Until they changed their minds and called to say they were on their way.
The house wasn't really up to visitors. My children were young, and I was more apt to spend time with them than clean--although I did try to clean one room a day (my joke was that the house was always clean, just not at the same time). Also, her ex had never been to the house before, and I like people to see it at its best, at least the first time. After that, they get what they get!
Dear friends took my children to their swimming lessons and library time so I could wash sheets and scrub toilets. I spent the entire day cleaning, except for a quick run to the market.
After they arrived, I asked them what they would like for dinner, Meal A or B. "Oh, don't worry about us. We're going out to dinner."
And so they did.
DH was a little shocked and said to me, "You shouldn't have to cook tonight. What you would like me to bring home?" Um, mints for their friggin' pillows? If they wanted to eat by themselves, why didn't they do it before they got to our house, rather than just "checking in" before they went out?
A few years earlier, she was looking for a 6 week class to take, and her parents wanted her to stay with us. "She could help take care of the baby!" they said. Yeah, she would have held my son while I cleaned up after her. Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to decline that little invitation!