The Furniture of 228

As of June 20, I have photographed every room in Ruth’s apartment.  At the time I wanted to document what it all looked like — her home for 12 years — but later I realized this was a great way to choose which pieces would accompany her to her new home.  With a gentle beg of forgiveness, then, in the wake of Dr Allen’s, the Gilsons’ and others’ recommendations (that she move), I proceed to depict the whole place from right to left, starting with the main door.

This is what you see looking back towards the door.  The kitchenette fridge and microwave belong to O.P.P.  The kitchen table and its two chairs, only one of which is visible, are solid wood.

Ruth is involved in a favorite pastime.  🙂  I have to add that the son shares this habit, save that his is on the computer screen.


This shot shows the other kitchen table chair, and a corner of the kitchen table.


Of course, Ruth’s lamp, comfy chair and two wooden folding tables should always be with her.


This is one of my favorite shots, and not just because it shows the needlepoint footstool!  (Visible just above George’s wristwatch.)    The two floor boxes, one of them a basket, are part of her most-used surroundings.

This is one of the most useful shots.  A kitchen chair corner protrudes.  The bookshelf is somewhat blocked by the lamp, but you can tell its overall dimensions.  The television is BROKEN and I can’t get it to work.  The phone book stand and the Windsor chair #1 are clear — #2 is in the computer room.  Of course the walker is here.  (There is a second walker, much older.)  And we see the edge of the great couch, and some of the few house plants.

The “green needlepoint chair” is best shown above as well.  The needlepoint was done by Margaret White Stieglitz, sister of Ruth.  This chair is a family heirloom passed down from the Stella White Kupkuska household.  It fits the desk.

Here we have the couch in all its glory, two small oval needlepoint pictures above and afghan throw in place.  We also have the livingroom telephone desk, and the map case (with my backpack on it)  which has a hinged top.  There is a wall lamp and a standing lamp for the couch.  In the lower left corner are two more wooden folding tables, sometimes referred to as TV trays.  This is what folk of Ruth’s vintage used before the standard folding card table.



This picture is rather duplicative, but shows the upper front parts of the map case and two more wooden folding tables, leaning up against the wall.




Here we’ve gone around the corner and are looking into the second room, the computer room.  (The first bathroom is to the left.)  This is another useful shot.  It shows the sewing dresser-chest with its 3 drawers.  This chest is from the Stella White Kupkufska household.  The sewing chair (only the top back is visible), the magnifying lamp (Sue wants that one), and a small set of shelves on the floor beyond can be seen.

Continuing around the room, we see the second plant stand.  The pile of junk to the left of the balcony doors is strictly transitory — mine and George’s stuff at the time.

The computer.  I’m calling this chair Windsor #2.  There should be a shade for the wall lamp.

Continuing around to the left in this room, we pass the doorway to the bedroom and find what I’m calling the computer room phone desk.  This little 4-legged jobber carries a second phone.. an antique roatry dial phone.

You can see the double closet doors on the left of this room, the computer room.


This shot was clearly intended to show the effort Ruth and George put into attempting to restore Internet service.  But it also shows the closet doors nicely.  Behind them live a plastic set of filing cabinet drawers, a couple of card tables and a wire basket.


I’m sorry to report that as of June, Ruth became unable to master the computer.


This is perhaps the most important shot of all.  I am calling the dresser “Ross’s.”  George and I agree it should belong to Karen.  Under this bed is where I found the lost hearing aid (as well as some much-missed drugs).  The chair is the bedside one.



This view is to the extreme right of the bedroom doorway.  It shows Ruth’s 3-legged stool, another heirloom from the Stella White Kupkuska household.






The mirror dresser.  All of this should go with her.  Ahah, that must be the missing lamp shade.

This is the view down the hall to the left of the mirror dresser.  We are seeing 2 closet doors and a hall door.  This hall door is actually the entrance to the bedroom and bath, proving Ruth is occupying a double apartment.  It was a bargain at the time because it gave her a computer room, as well as the delightful luxury of two bathrooms (something her son and daughter-in-law were supportive of, if only because they had to have 2 bathrooms in their own home!).  The view shows Ruth’s wheelchair.  You can’t see it but the 2nd walker is back there too.



For the sake of completeness I am adding shots of the two bathrooms.  This is the second or “back” one, closest to the bed.  You can’t see it but there is closet space just around the corner, across from the counter and sink.




This is the ‘front’ bathroom, same size and design.







This concludes our tour of #228.

The new home which is being envisioned for Ruth is in a sunny and well-landscaped place, in a building which is all on one floor.  Her new apartment, though spacious, will have only 2 rooms and 1 bathroom, a big one to accommodate walker or wheelchair.  There is a patio outside the livingroom; there is a big walk-in closet, and a kitchenette.  The staff are friendly, professional, always present and the resident population is not higher than 60.  (Instead of 144.)

Join me in wishing Ruth the best possible adaptation to her new surroundings, and much long enjoyment of her time there.

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