This may seem like a silly, trite and trivial answer, but I'm going with television. The past 5 months has seen my access to TV extremely limited. Now, in my new place, I have one (complete with remote control!) in my very own room! And, yes, I have a new appreciation for the tele. It provides a sort of background while I sketch, crochet my scarf, write letters or blog. At times the tele makes me feel less lonely, like, as though there are people in the room with me to keep me company, without intruding.
Strange, but true. I have come to appreciate the television this past year.