i remember seeing a huge cube of ice being lifted by two claws, off a truck once when i was very little. it was the first and last time i saw ice being delivered to cool an old ice box.
i was very young when my mother and i rented an attic room in a big old house. the house was built on a two story foundation. the house was owned by three spinster sisters. mostly i remember the stairs; two flights of concrete stairs outside, 3 flights of wooden stairs inside. the banister was a rich warm brown. i wanted to slide down it but i don't think i ever did.