There are several treasures in this photo from the winter of 2008/2009. Soldier is, of course, my most beloved treasure here, but there are others. The wool sweater that my friend Carol knitted and gave to me when I first moved to the ranch has kept me warm for the past five years. I wear it practically every winter's day and it looks just as nice and is just as warm as when I first got it. A true treasure to keep me warm. Thank you, Carol.
The brown thing made with circles that I hung on the lamp shade is very pretty. I don't really know what it is. It comes from Chile and was a gift from Eve, our wonderful diabetes educator, who holds the diabetes support group meetings every month. Her daughter lives in Chile and after she visits her she brings gifts to all of us in the group. I treasure Eve and I'm so grateful for what she does for the people who suffer from diabetes in our small town. And that's why I treasure this pretty thing. Whatever it is.
Finally, you may know that I don't like to shop at all. With two exceptions, thrift shops and book stores. One day, I walked into one of the thrift shops in town and, as I was browsing, I came upon the afghan that is on the back of the couch in the picture. It's huge, folded in half here with some of it hanging behind the couch. In the store it was rolled into one large bundle. I looked at the price: $8.00! I got it, I love it, it hangs like that over the back of the couch in the winter. If I get cold or sleepy watching TV while on the couch, I just pull it down and wrap it around me and get cozy. Best thing I ever bought for such a small amount of money.
I hope you all will have a really nice day.