Okay, here is a classic show vs. tell moment that I'm struggling with. I'm writing a first-person POV story about my old house, and what I saw when I visited it years after moving out. Here is the passage in question: The place went through a couple different owners after my family moved out, and in the last few years, it just sat dormant. No “For Sale" sign adorned the yard. The landscape went untended and became overgrown with weeds and bramble. The whole lot took on an eerie, abandoned look. There it remained for some time, a once tranquil little estate, now a forlorn beacon that signaled what once was. To see it in its current state but knowing what it used to be gave a strangely unsettling, even frightful feeling. Now I realize there's some passive voice in there which I can fix - remember I'm speaking in past tense, reminiscing about the place. It's the explanation of the feeling that I'm struggling with. When I saw the house decaying, it felt strange to me. It even scared me. I don't know WHY it did, only that it did. It just came from nowhere. I saw the place in it's rotting state and it spooked me. How can I best convey that in active, "show" voice, especially the last part?