It has been a while since I have posted on this site. Since then, I purchased and moved into a new house. My wife and I bought a 1970's Ryan Home (if you're from PA or Ohio, you should know the type of house) from the original owners, as the husband had become very ill and was no longer able to do stairs. He actually fell down the stairs and was injured prior to their decision to move him into a nursing home. My neighbors who knew him all told me about how much he loved this house and how he really resisted moving.
Next to nothing had been done to the home in terms of upkeep for the past 10 years, and it was a time machine straight to the 1970's when we moved in (avocado appliances, burgundy carpet, ornate gold fixtures, whole house intercom system, etc). We spent all summer completely remodeling the home ourselves to the point where it would no longer be recognizable to the past owners.
About three months after we moved in (which would have been about four months ago), my wife and I were watching TV when we heard a door open and close upstairs and footsteps. Our dog went nuts barking over it. I investigated and found nothing. I said (not totally seriously) to her, "I wonder if ____ died" but did not look into it. The noises in the house continued for a few months, and we have began to joke to each other like "Uh oh that must be ____ checking on us again" (name hidden out of respect of the actual person of course).
On another occasion, a light was found turned on in one of the spare bedrooms we never use - could have been one of us, but was something we did take note of that seemed unusual. We have been hearing a lot of the same footsteps and house creaking type noises that very well could be from the framing being cold and heating up (this IS a Ryan House), but definitely catches our attention when we hear it. I will be home alone working out in the basement and will swear I heard my wife come home, the dog will run upstairs to greet her, but there is nobody there.
Well, the latest event that bumped the situation up a notch and caused me to submit this story happened about a half hour ago. I was home working from my office when my dog started barking out the window at the neighbor kids being outside sledding. I yelled to the dog to be quite a few times, and then heard a loud irritated sounding male voice from within the house clearly yell, "Be quite already, will ya?" The dog immediately shut up and looked at me with this totally bewildered look on his face, then ran downstairs to see.
I checked it out and the house was secure. I looked out the windows and the only people I saw outside where the neighborhood kids, who were doing their own thing in the adjacent yard. The voice definitely sounded to come from within the house.
So my curiosity got the best of me and I finally googled the former owner --- Yes, he did unfortunately pass away about four months ago. That really has me thinking now!