The surprise in the cabin air conditioner

We have been climbing the walls on week 5 of our quarantine, and totally run out of things to do.

We played all the video games, all the board games, watched all the movies we had, and basically ran through every fun thing we had in the house.

My wife reminded me of her family’s old cabin up by the lake, and we thought that would be a good thing to do. It would still be isolated, just in a different place, so it would be a good change of scenery for us. It did not occur to us until after we had arrived that the old cabin may not have a working air conditioner. This place had been built long before central AC was even a thing that regular folks could have in their homes. When we got there we found that there was in fact no central air conditioning, which was a bummer. But we did see the mounting bracket on the living room window where a box style AC unit would fit, so we started to look for it. We found it up in the attic, an AC unit that looked to be more rust than metal, that was probably older than my wife and I put together! Very, very gently we carried it downstairs and set it in the AC mounting bracket, then gingerly plugged it in. We were so surprised when it started to blow out cooling air, and even more surprised when it started blasting out acorns, from where a squirrel had been living inside it!

Heating system