April 8th, Photo-A-Day Treasure

Wayyyyyyy back when The Husband and I went through a time; like everyone does where you struggle to make ends meet. Like send the electric bill to the the phone bill people just to try and stretch out the time before the phones went dead.

It was Christmas time and we were struggling to put presents under the tree. I hit every Goodwill, Amvets, and thrift store within a 25 miles radius. I washed, ironed and wrapped presents. I made toys. We really stretched our budget to the max for Christmas. Then I did something sooooooooo stupid. I used a large portion of my budget for a (at the time) very frivolous purchase at a thrift store. I mean, I had NO BUSINESS buying this!

What was it? Well, a picture. A beautifully framed picture. I swear I walked away from the picture TWICE!!  Then as I walked away the third time I saw another lady EYEING MY PICTURE!!!! The competitive, stupid me kicked in and I snatched up this picture. $25 DONE. It’s mine.

I know that $25 doesn’t sound like a ton of money but when you are really broke and it’s Christmas time and you want gifts for 2 little kids……. well, let’s just say it was a long time before I didn’t feel guilty over this picture. But it’s my treasure.

It’s the prettiest picture. The colors are soft and just sooooooooooooo pretty. I fell in love and I’ve loved it ever since!!

The picture is by Artist Eugene James Levy it’s called Country Life. The back of the picture has notes with the names otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to read the autograph.

The picture is huge! It’s a full 36″ wide and 31″ tall. It’s huge! It takes up most of the wall in the landing. Although I am debating moving it over the bed in the master bedroom. Isn’t it pretty?? Here is what it says on the back.

So that’s my treasure!

I admit that we often dream that it’s a very famous piece of artwork worth millions! Still, worth every penny of the $25 I spent.


  • gloria patterson

    This picture draws you in, it was a wonderful present to yourself. I can remember walking in to goodwill and spotting this glass cabinet. I wanted it so bad but I didn’t really need it or figure I go afford it. Ever aisle I walked up I looked at the cabinet I just knew someone was going to buy it. Buy the time I got to it I figured it was for me so I took it home with me. I have had it for 5 years and look at it ever day.

  • Rosie

    It is a treasure, and I love the story and a cherished memory. Sometimes you just do what you have to do, and then hope it works out! I try hard to not window shop too much, because I sometimes get nervous I will get hit with a Cupid’s arrow over something that steals my heart that I really can’t afford, but suddenly feel I can’t live without!!! However, sometimes luv wins out!

  • Tamra Phelps

    It is beautiful. Hey, I’ve done just what you did! We’ve all splurged on a treasure when we really shouldn’t!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Mum spent most of her first month’s wages on a painting of wild geese by Roland Green just because she loved it, and yes, these days it is worth something. So, you never know … Never let direct sunlight near paintings.

    • Connie Gruning

      Kate, that is a great hint. Maybe I should just leave the painting in the hallway. I don’t know if sunlight would hit over the bed but you never know. Does Mum still love her Wild Geese?

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