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 The house next door is available if someone wants to buy it before nature reclaims it.

The last tenants moved out a few months ago, back when shoveling sidewalks was a thing (in fact, that’s how we noticed the vacancy — snow-covered walkway), and two weeks ago the owner, apparently ready to get out of the landlord business, put up a “for sale” sign, which is about to be swallowed up by the dandelions that have overtaken the front lawn.

My wife talks about calling the city to complain about the overgrowth, but I kind of hope we’ll just let nature take its course. I’ll even spring for some native prairie grass to top off the transformation.