Sunday, November 30, 2008

SLEEP

DID YOU KNOW? Research shows that the immune system needs 9 1/2 hours of sleep in total darkness to recharge completely -- When was the last time you had this much sleep?
According to the book: Lights Out

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Tags/Awards

I got this award from Sandi over at Pregnant with Cancer a little while ago but I'm just now posting it. I want to say thank you to her for this I do appreciate each and every award, honestly! Sandi and I seem to have an ENORMOUS amount in common! It seems like every day we discover even more. Hmm who knows maybe we'll be swapping phone numbers before long.


Here are some rules:
1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the persons you’ve nominated.

The rules for this award are:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate 10 other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs

In Addition to receiving these great awards I was also tagged, SOOOOO- If I am giving you these awards I am also tagging you!!

I have been tagged by my blogging buddy, Audrey, over at Lil Booger Bows tagged me! She has a great blog, stop by and visit her.

Anyway, here are the rules:
Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.
Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.
Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.
Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up.
  1. I'm a moisturizer fanatic. I've used it twice daily since I turned 20! Olay Regenerist is by FAR my favorite!! I had beautiful skin before chemo and radiation...it's slowly improving.
  2. Tammy is my name and Debbie is my sister. Our names came from the Tammy movies of the sixties and Debbie Reynolds!
  3. I'm thoroughly enjoying listening to Audrey's Christmas music on her site. Music and I used to be inseparable, of course I used to be the Worship Leader too but I've kinda gotten away from music. I miss it!
  4. I have set a goal for myself to get Blog Followers....if you aren't following me DO IT! I'll follow you too!!!
  5. I'm a serious NIGHT OWL! I do my best cleaning at night too.
  6. When I'm mad or upset.....I CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN.
I usually choose a few of my followers whose blogs are cool to receive my awards and tags so here goes:

1. Abby @ Me & My Boys
2. Jennifer @ Extreme House Wifeing
3. Melissa @ Canyon Craziness
4. Maricris @ Zen Ventures
5. Nessa @ Nessa's Place
6. Maddy @ Sweet Maddy's
7. Laura @ A Day in the Life of a Mom of Six
8. Becky @ These Are the Times of My Life
9. Natalie @ My Wonderful Crazy Life
10. Raina @ MS Scraptastik

You have all hereby been awarded and tagged!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thank You

Thank You, Lord for loving me
And letting me be free
To worship You and praise Your name
All day continually.
Help my every thought be pure
My word be words of praise.
Let everything I say and do
Bring a smile to Your face.

As we go through our day let us be conscious of the words we say. Are they words we want our God to hear? Are they words that will bring a smile to His face? If we are stuck in traffic, are we complaining and fussing or do we take the opportunity of the delay to praise our God? If we are delayed in a long line because the cashier is slow do we mutter and complain or pray for those around us and end our time with the cashier with “Have a nice day and God bless you”? How do we respond to a fussy child or an irritated husband? Let us think on these things and ask God to help our words (and our thoughts) bring a smile to His face.

This is a devotion written by my mom, she has a devotional blog here. Please stop in and visit her.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Exposed #9

Welcome to "Exposed"! This is our Ninth Edition.
Thank you for stopping in!
Here is my selection of this week:
This has been a very very trying week for us and
BOY OH BOY DO I WISH I WERE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!
Want to join me in Exposed,
leave me your link here in the comments...
I will do another Mr. Linky if we start getting more participation.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Aloha Friday #6

I seriously debated mowing leaves to ruin the back door neighbor's Thanksgiving festivities (You know the neighbors that throw their dog poop and grass cuttings OVER THE FENCE!!)

My question for you this week is:

Tell me about something you almost did but resisted because you didn't want to be as bad as the other guy?

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link here. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

(Please leave you answer and a link to your Aloha Friday in the comments section!)

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Thankful Prayer


Father when I pray to You
There’s many things I say
I ask You for the things I want
And pray for friends in need
Sometimes I cry and throw a fuss
When things aren’t as I want
I forget to give You thanks
For giving me my life

Father, when I pray to You
Let it be in thanks
Thankful for You holding me
Safely in Your hand
Let me always thankful be
For You have set me free
Change my attitude to praise
For all You send my way.

2/25/2006

Philippians 4:6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

“In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving…” I’ve never really noted the words “with thanksgiving.” That puts quite a different slant on my conversations with God. I’ve sent many a prayer of supplication in an attitude of complaint and murmuring. I have no trouble being thankful when I have nothing but praises, when everything seems to be going my way. What a difference it would make to always be thankful. There’s no reason not to be. My name is written in God’s book of life. He is in control of my life and nothing can ever separate me from His love. I must choose to be thankful by keeping my eyes on eternity and not blowing up the importance of the moment in my time and space.

Prayer: God, forgive me for the attitudes of complaints and help me dwell in the attitude of thanksgiving in all things.

This is a devotion written by my mom, she has a devotional blog here. Please stop in and visit her.

Thankful Thursday is hosted at Grace Alone.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving


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My favorite movies, 84 Charing Cross Road

Another one of my favorite movies...

84 Charing Cross Road
Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft

When a humorous script-reader in her New York apartment sees an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a bookstore in London that does mail order, she begins a very special correspondence and friendship with Frank Doel, the bookseller who works at Marks & Co., 84 Charing Cross Road.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Photo Wednesday

This completely adorable child is my Mom, taken in 1944!!
Check out the look on her face!!!!
Mom, you are still beautiful!

For more great photos click for these fine sites:

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WFMW - Gmail

About two months ago I switched over to Gmail. I love it! Here are some of the things I love about Gmail:

Spam Filtering. The Spam Filtering is absolutely phenomenal!!!!
Multiple Email Accounts. I have four personal email accounts and Gmail allows me to keep them all in one place. And Kevin has one too. With Gmail you have the ability to send and receive from multiple email accounts all in one place.
Search Capabilities. I get a lot of email (especilly with Freecycle) so being able to do a google search of my email is a a huge time saver.
Conversation Folders. If the subject line is the same on emails they all go into a conversation folder and STAY TOGETHER!!! No more searching to see what that other response said!Filters. I can tag the newsletters I subscribe to and archive them. Then when I get a chance I look at them.

If you haven't made the switch I HIGHLY recommend it!

For more terrific ideas stop by Rocks In My Dryer. Hey all you Bloggers! I have a new Photo meme called Exposed here on Saturdays. Come check it out! Guidelines and photos here.

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Abba

Abba, Father, how I love You
For sending Your own Son.
Abba, Father, how I love You
Through Him You make us one.
Abba, Father, how much I thank You
Your spirit sets me free
Free to worship and to praise
You through out eternity.

Let this be your prayer today. If you have accepted Jesus, God in flesh who died for all sins, as your personal savior and Lord of your life, you have direct access to God, the Creator, the Father of all creation. Be sure you don’t get so busy preparing for the holidays that you forget to spend time communing with God.

By GinRich
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Monday, November 24, 2008

TT: Toymania

I haven't done a "Tackle" in a while because I've been too busy Tackling! Yes, really!

Today I was going to sort through the three girls toys in their room. It was a gorgeous 68 degrees outside though in bright sunny Florida, so I had this noble idea of literally dumping all the toy boxes out in the front yard and sick them to the sorting themselves. (They are out of school for Fall Break this week.) I get stifled when I'm in their room and there isn't enough room and if I dump it all out in the Living Room like I usually do toys wind up all over the entire house!

So..I dumped out 4 bins of toys on the lawn and told the girls they had 15 minutes..pick up what they want that can fit in the largest bin and the rest are leaving the house. IT WORKED!!!! And the best part--I didn't have to do all the work! It's amazing how many of the three boys "toys" (which they are to old for in my humble opinion) were using vital space in the three girls' room. I will do it this way from now on!

p.s. I LOVE FREECYCLE!!!!
See poor Sam? I've never gotten so attached to a cat but there's the poor guy!

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Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe

It's getting mighty chilly out there!!
Serves 8
Ingredients:
2 cups water
8 Tablespoons cocoa
8 Tablespoons sugar
6 cups milk
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Peppermint flavoring (about 1/2 tsp)
whipped cream
chocolate shavings (optional)

Directions:
Measure water, cocoa and sugar into a glass measuring cup. Stir well. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes to make a chocolate syrup. Stir in milk and vanilla and peppermint syrup (optional). Microwave until warm. If you don't have peppermint syrup you can add a few peppermint candies to the pot. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Perfect for this time of year too!

This post is listed at: Tasty Tuesday, Talk About Tuesday, and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

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Comment Luv Enabled

Yippee! I did it! I installed Comment Luv on this blog. Geesh it was a bit nerve racking with all the kids here but....it is complete and functioning!

It should make it a WHOLE lot easier for me to visit your blogs! I used to HATE searching profiles for you guys' urls! Gotta love Linky Luv!!!!

It's about time Blogger gets Comment Luv...if you are on Blogger here's the address if you want to add it to your site: Comment Luv.

Thanks LaDonna for the link!!!!

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Update on Sam (our cat)

For those of you following the story. Sam was attacked by the neighbor's dog three weeks ago. I think he's close to the end he is YELLOW, his eyes, ears, pads, cheeks, gums - everything, like jaundice. Causes of this include bile duct obstruction, a rupturing of the bile duct, pancreatitic disease, cancer, inflammation of the gallbladder, and inflammation of a bile duct.

The cat curse continues!

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What I've Done

I have seen this on a few blogs recently and thought I would play along - it is a fun little ditty.
You are supposed to copy the list and bold the ones you have done:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland - WORLD
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Totally copied a post from someone else's blog to your own

44 out of 100 - not too shabby... Feel free to play along!

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Petition - By Ginger Chapman

Father God, I cry to You,
Help me look only to You.
Forgive me for my deep despair,
Free me from all worldly care.
Keep my eyes turned to Your Light,
Help me not Your hand to fight.
Cleanse me from my darkest sin,
Let Your Sprit flow within.
Free me from my fears and woes.
Let Your Peace come fill my soul.
Unless You live within my life,
There’s no purpose for this life.
Teach me how to love you more
To worship You and praise You, Lord.

Scripture reading: Psalms 42

I laid down to rest asking God what was going on. I had a vision. There was a gigantic battle. There were two armies. One army was in black with rugged swords and hideous faces. The faces were filled with more hate than I thought existed. The other army was in white like a radiant light without swords. Deafening noises came from the dark army but the white was silent. I noticed that as a dark one would penetrate a white one with his sword the dark one would disintegrate. I was in the midst of this battle. Several times during the next day this vision came back. Each time I saw more people I knew in the midst of the battle with me.

I contemplated the seriousness and intensity of the battle. A word came to me on the importance of standing firm and wearing God’s armor. Much has been written and spoken on the parts of God’s armor but I have never found it easy to keep His armor on me when in the heat of battle. It seemed neither my strongest discipline nor my firmest will were strong enough to keep me in His armor.

God spoke to me about how much He desired me to be in the midst of Him. He desired me so much that He was willing to leave His throne, put on the sinful nature of man, and suffer beyond my finite comprehension. He told me how He longed for me to desire for Him to be in my midst. I came to see we do not really understand the meaning of the word “desire.” We live in a materialistic world. Our needs have been so bountifully met. We never lack anything long enough to experience a real desire. Like most of the words in our language we overuse the word “desire” and minimize its meaning.

“How,” I asked God, “do I obtain this desire for You as You have for me?” I meditated on God’s desire for me. I looked through the Bible at instances such as Abraham’s desire for God over the life of his long promised son. Where did the saints of old get such an intense desire — a desire so intense as to enable them to go the full distance?

I really wanted this desire. I knew I could not get it on my own. How could I get it? How do I get anything I want? I must pray for it. Once I allow God to show me the need for this desire, I will want it enough to seek after Him to implant it in me. I asked Him to find the most fertile spot within me to plant His seed of desire. I want it to take strong root and grow. I found things that seemed important were loosing their hold. This type of desire will really cause me to seek after the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The cost no longer matters. I know my goal and desire it with my whole being.

God earnestly desires me to desire Him. I cannot desire Him in that way unless He puts the desire within me. He will not put the desire within me unless I earnestly desire for Him to do so. Does it sound like a confused play on words? Yes, to the world it does. If you hear God calling you, you will want to respond. He will open the door to your understanding. He will enable you to begin an adventure far beyond your wildest imaginations.

I am excited God desires me so much. He is growing within me that same kind of desire for Him. I encourage you to step out and see, taste and drink of Him. You will never be the same again.

Prayer: Father, thank You for loving me so very much. Thank You for desiring fellowship with me. Quicken within me the same desire for You and for fellowship with You. Draw my mind toward You throughout the day. Teach me to talk to You and to listen to You.

This is another one on my Mom's devotionals you can find more of her devotionals at her blog GinRich here.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Giggles

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Visit to the Local Pow Wow

Today we went to our local annual Pow Wow. It was cool...literally! Actually about 45 degrees but right on the waterfront with a kicking breeze!

We were able to watch them demonstrate blowing darts long distances and several different tribal dances. We looked at all of the booths and saw some really cool stuff.

The favorites were all of the different animals skins and skulls! There were even turtle heads, alligator heads/feet/tails, raccoon, deer, buffalo, cow, squirrel, birds, badger, beaver and rabbit skins (Poor Lucky!)

Kiera picked up one of the bunny pelts and I said "Bunny", she dropped it real quick and just kept saying "bun-ee, bun-ee". Awe! Then of course Josh carries on about how when poor Mr. Lucky passes on he's gonna have him stuffed so he can keep him forever! Unless of course he just decides to --KEEP HIS FEET! Geesh!

All in all a fun-filled, FREE, family Saturday outing.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Exposed #8

Welcome to "Exposed"! This is our Eighth Edition.

Thank you for stopping in!
Here is my selection of this week:

He's a bit miffed isn't he????
Not our cat, my Dad emailed it to me.


Want to join me in Exposed,
read and grab my button from here.
Then write in your name and blog addy in Mr. Linky below.

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Across the Universe

Across the Universe. I love it for more than just the music, although who can argue with the Beatles? I haven't enjoyed a movie in the theater in awhile and I thought this one was just perfect. It was just quirky enough to make it a musical, but still mostly believable. I actually want to purchase this.


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Aloha Friday - Casserole Recipes


Whoops, Forgot my Aloha Friday! Geesh!

My question this week:

What is your favorite casserole recipe?
We are stretching our groceries and I am SO bored with ours!

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link here. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

(Please leave you answer and a link to your Aloha Friday in the comments section!)

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

November Breast Exam Reminder


When you're young, breast cancer is probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, it shouldn’t be. Although breast cancer in young women is significantly less common among those from 20 to 39, it does happen. Don’t believe it won’t happen to you, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 while pregnant with our sixth child. Finding time to incorporate breast self exam into your monthly schedule is easy when you realize just how important it is. Since my birthday in on the 19th of the month I have chosen to do my exams on the 19th of every month and I will remind my readers to do their exams your's too.
  1. Except for certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women of all ages. Although the most confirmed and noteworthy risk factors for developing breast cancer are gender and growing older.

  2. Younger women diagnosed with breast cancer often experience a more aggressive cancer and a lower chance of survival. This fact alone is enough to make early detection and breast self exam crucial for younger women.

  3. Generally, screening mammograms are recommended at age 40. Sadly, this occasionally results in younger women not being diagnosed with breast cancer until the cancer is in a later stage, and can lower their chance of survival.

  4. Because breast tissue isn't as thick when you're younger it can make diagnosis of breast cancer difficult. For this reason young women should begin monthly breast self exam at age 20, so that you can become familiar with how your breasts look and how they feel, thereby making it easier for you to notice any changes in your breasts.

  5. Because the lifetime risk of breast cancer is one in seven for American women, establishing good breast health practices while you are still young can reduce your chance of getting breast cancer at a later stage.
Remember, anytime you see or feel any kind of change in your breast(s) you should see your health-care provider. Only a qualified medical professional can definitively diagnose the cause of breast issues. Breast changes don't always mean breast cancer, but they do mean you should see your doctor.

Click HERE for instructions on how to perform a self breast-exam.

Source: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

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Quote - Unquote

Thank God for dirty dishes
they have a tale to tell,
while others go hungry
we're eating very well,
with home and health and happiness
I shouldn't want to fuss,
For by this stack of evidence
God's very good to us!
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PSF: Kiera

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Since we are without an operating camera I'm hitting the archives this week!

Here are some photos of when Kiera was born while I had cancer.

You can read the Journey here if you would like to.


All five kids meet their new sister!


Grandma holding her 8th grandkid!
(Only six are mine though!)


Grandma holding his 8th grandkid!


Me and my smallest bundle of joy!
Look HAIR!! On me not her!


Kiera sure is checking out that Daddy guy!


Serious Pooh concentration!!!

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Random Facts

Well! Silly me was given awards and I did NOT follow the rules..OOPS! I shall now list 8 random facts about myself:

  1. I broke my foot last Christmas..spent the morning in the ER...not fun and OUCH!!! Getting up at 2 am with the baby, I haven't taken a sleeping pill since!
  2. I broke my arm riding a bike in the second grade.
  3. I broke my knee skating, well actually getting plowed over by racing referees at the skating rink, in the sixth grade.
  4. I broke my finger in the 10th grade catching a jacket. Yep..jammed it in the floor.
  5. I sliced my eyebrow open sliding down a slide into a river (six stitches).
  6. I cut my finger at work in Hawaii (three stitches).
  7. I sliced open my thumb washing a glass, it broke (six stitches).
  8. Every bone I have broken has been on the left side of my body.
There...bet you did not know those facts!!!! I'm a little paranoid now about breaking things after the cancer stuff and Tamoxifen and the "M" thing (menopause, took out the ovaries)!

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