What I didn't say, but wanted to, was, "By law, twenty-four hours' notice is required before entering a tenant's residence unless there is a reasonable emergency." My landlords are kind and I've known them for ages; the history breeds a familiarity that renders such inquiries commonplace.
Today was the first time I said "no," though. I did so nicely and in a matter-of-fact manner, and was, I must confess, pleased that I handled it so well. I don't like saying "no," but become more adept at it each time I do so.
How good are you at saying "no" and/or standing up for your rights while maintaining your integrity?