Knowing good and well that Steve was due home in less than 24 hours, I had to get my ass in gear, get out of lazy mode, and clean the kitchen.
Big difference, huh?
I am guilty of letting my housework fall by the wayside when Steve is on a trip. Now, I usually straighten up to my standard and make sure all the dishes are done, but beyond that I don't really do much more. But, when Steve is due home I really try to straighten things up and get things to his standard.
I have learned from experience, both from Steve's point of view and mine, that it is best to walk into a clean house after being gone from home. Steve's love language is "acts of kindness" so the 'after picture' is a big way to fill his love tank...while the 'before picture' is a big way to drain his love tank.
As a pilot wife, I do try to keep our home life as comfortable as possible. The first step in making our home comfortable for Steve, is to make it a welcome place for him to come home. Now, I am not always perfect in doing this...and when that is the case, I totally worn Steve of what he is about to walk into. Some trips are harder than others on the pilot wife. A hard trip may equal a less than clean home. When this is the case, I know that Steve is understanding. But, in the same token, understand that a clean home sets the right mood for your pilot's short 3 days at home.
Make the most of your pilot's short time at home...and it all starts with a clean kitchen.