Apparently, when a house sits unoccupied for a certain amount of time, someone, somewhere hires a crew to "winterize the house".
The crew comes out, slaps stickers on every window telling you they believe the property to be abandoned or vacant. That you have a certain number of days to contact them and tell them otherwise or they are going to flush out the house.
To no ones surprise, no one at the property contacted the said company, and so our house got flushed.
Which we really aren't complaining about.
What I am complaining about (because you knew it was coming) are the stickers that were on the windows, and the residue of stickers, telling all sorts of people that the home was vacant.
This might have had something to do with UPS refusing to drop my packages off at the house.
We should have removed them immediately. But did we? Of course not.
So basically, for the last few months we've just been inviting the bad guys to come on in. Thankfully, they didn't take us up on the offer. But this past weekend the stickers got a good spray of Goof-Off and a razor blade taken to them and they are long gone.
So at least the invitation has been removed.