An old house poses a lot of problems

I absolutely would not consider myself to be a MacGyver.

However, I would say that I have a lot in regular with Nancy Drew.

When I was growing up I used to learn a lot of those mystery novels and I undoubtedly enjoyed the stories about investigating old, regal estates on a mission to discover hidden treasures or family heirlooms. I am not going to say that I have consistently wanted to be Nancy Drew… But for as long as I can remember she has been a hero of mine. This is why I was honestly a little gleeful when my family gave me the seriously stressful task of trying to reuse our family heirlooms from our ancient family property. No one had lived in this ice-chilly home for several decades already. The lake home sat vacant, unheated, and untreated by modern air quality control systems. As you can imagine, when I walked inside the air was seriously stagnant and musty. It odored love mold, mildew, and dust. There wasn’t much that I could do about the unfortunate air quality and odors because I realized that the central heating and cooling system had stopped working 20 years ago. No matter what I did to the thermostat, I wasn’t going to flush the unpleasant indoor air out. As such, I got to toil trying to build a fire in the traditional wood burning fireplace. Thank God, I opened the flu instantly. As soon as I did, a wood box came tumbling down into the fireplace hearth which was full of family photos, silver, and jewelry. By accident, I had found the hidden treasures in the fireplace chimney – just love Nancy Drew.

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