The Sieve And Crockery Jar
You have to become acquainted with our physical surroundings on Beacon Street, if only because when Valerie’s sisters Karen and Crystal saw these photos, they announced in unison that they’d NEVER inhabit such a place. And they haven’t. Whatever it may or may not say about us or them, we’re still here to testify that we had a perfectly marvelous (if strenuous) time here. Yes, we were honeymooners. ’Nuff said.

You see here a bit more than half of the space in our “studio apartment,” looking southward toward the hall door (with tall windows, between us and our shared bathroom facilities) from the kitchen part of the old kitchen.” The door on the left, by the head of our bed, opened to the butler’s pantry, complete with still-functional dumbwaiter, via which we could have had access1 to the former main dining room which had become a first-floor apartment. The door on the right led to a walk-in closet2. We think it was also a pantry, before 1942, when Miss Krauss broke the mansion up into rental apartments.
1But that would have violated the privacy of the renters there.
2Yes, we actually had two. Which knocks into the proverbial cocked hat recent assertions of mine that we’ve only now, in retirement and in a new millennium, graduated into such a luxury. I’ve been fond of saying (which remains true) that we’ve shared bedrooms smaller than our current closet at Chankly
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