While vacuuming the linen closet, I went into the carpeted area under the bottom shelf. In one corner I used the crevice tool to pull out what looked like a very old nylon knee high (they do NOT make nylons in that sort of fabric anymore, and haven’t for a very long time), tied into a loop.
I didn’t look took closely.
Then I saw a piece of wood tucked into the opposite corner. Not an unusual find in this place, really. I tried to use the vacuum to bring it closer, but that didn’t work. So I bashed it around a bit, only to realize it had something on the other side that was caught on the carpet.
The carpet does not seem to be adhered to the floor at all, so it kept lifting up.
Eventually, I got it loose, and found this…
It was the hooked end that was caught on the carpet.
I imagine that someone tucked it into the corner years ago, it got triggered without catching anything, and was simply forgotten.
I’m glad I didn’t find a little corpse to go with it.
Since I needed to use a little step ladder to reach the top of the closet, I took the opportunity to finally get into the very top, where there are sliding doors that hid the contents.
I found my dad’s old water bed mattress, what looks like rolled up blinds, some poster paper, also rolled up, a tied up bundle of fabric, what a plastic grocery bag with what looks like a folded up sheet of vinyl.
I had to show the folded up mattress to my daughters. This was from when water beds first came out, so it is literally just a big vinyl bladder. I still remember how fun it was to go on the bed and make waves, and the struggle to get out of it. The mattress was held by a sturdy frame. The mattress, of course, would sink as you sat on the edge, which would leave your legs hung up on the frame. It could be quite painful, with that wood digging into the backs of your legs.
I’m procrastinating, now. It’s all vacuumed out. Now I need to clean and sterilize it.
Time to dig out the gloves…