In response to the inquiry about the painting in the apartment, here it is by itself:
And the artist:
It's a real painting, not a print, and I think its fine, though it isn't anything to write home about exactly!
The things hanging near the backdoor are some sort of old-fashioned pulleys. Here are some close-ups:
And here is the pleasant view out the back door; the weather has cleared substantially, though it is very cold now, frosty in the morning. I was trying to capture the moon, but without a tripod it is but a shiny blur: