Was up and dressed doing dishes when Sash called; I was supposed to have picked him up for a dentist appointment and I spaced it. He was able to call to get in a little later and I left the dishes soaking while I hustled myself out the door. After we had the appointment out of the way we made stops at Office Depot and Hancocks. He says I'm a bad influence as he bought three hunks 'o fabric instead of the one he'd planned.

Leofwyna had a holiday party to go to tonight. Athome alone so I did three loads of laundry.


I hit the 50% sale at Salvation Army this afternoon and came home with two summer tops, a pair of good black dress shoes and a dozen cotton shirts for quilting. Tonight I made up a Cola-Cherry jello salad for tomorrow then I worked on piecing up a couple more sample quilt tops.


Went to Sash and Rich's for Thanksgiving dinner with Briganza, Niamh and Thomas. Sash does a lovely moist turkey and fixings and we stuffed ourselves thoroughly. Back at home tonight I worked up a couple more tops. My Rubbermaid tub overflows but I think there'll be an end to this eventually. Now I've got to go up and cook the giblets so Leofwyna can make gravy for our turkey here tomorrow evening.

While Leofwyna slept today I worked on sampler crazy pieced blocks for the next quilt top.  When she got up I got busy stripping my bed and putting on the flannel sheets for winter and the nice clean wool blankets.  Getting in bed tonight will be heavenly!

I also emptied my closet, cleaned it and swapped winter for summer clothes.  I sorted through the summer stuff and pulled the tired, stained or worn items.  I hung a new canvas shoe tower and got the shoes up off the floor ( my previous one collapsed last spring and the closet floor has been a mess all summer.

Since Leofwyna has a CD player in her 'new' van we got out Little Sister's box of CD's and chose several to put in the two vehicles.  We want to give everything we don't recognize a listen so we know what we want to let go at the last rummage sale next spring.

Time to go upstairs and deal with the kitchen before we watch Amazing Race which we taped while we were being busily productive earlier.

Leofwyna was late getting home from work this morning as she arranged to take a van to the mechanic to check it out. She's bought it and brought it home this morning so she's on top of her scheduled plan this week and ready to turn the Dodge in to the insurance agent Friday. It's good for me that this van worked out for her or I would have been taking another in this afternoon while she slept today.

It's an amazing thing here in Lincoln that 8 out of every ten vehicles are white or mud-colored, one will be husker red and the last one some pretty color. I've made a game while driving around Lincoln counting blah cars between pretty cars to see if my percentage is right and it's nearly bang on. So guess what Leofwyna ended up with... it wasn't the pretty blue van but it is a very nice smoked teal.

I 'wasted' the afternoon on the computer but this evening I put together another rather small sample quilt top.

Carried all the garb tubs out of my bedroom into the living room.  Everything in them is so jumbled from this summer's activities that when I want an outfit I have to go digging through many of them to get something pulled together.  It all needs to be resorted and packed up in an organized manner to avoid this hassle. 

Sabi called this afternoon asking to ride with me to A&S.  We'll load up and leave by 11am.

I was glad to learn from Isabeau that only one entry was necessary for the A&S entry.  I got the black silk binding replaced on the banner and wrote up the documentation for it.  I used a cake mix from the pantry stash we're trying to get used down so we can restock fresh for the winter.  So orange cupcakes with chocolate frosting for tomorrow's feast.  Leofwyna disapproved of my plan to go out for canned frosting and made up a batch of homemade frudge frosting for me.  Luv my sister I duz!


Sabi got lost getting to my place. It's a good thing I called her cell about twelve to guide her. Then on the road we got held up quite some time where a road re-finishing machine had caught fire.  When a total of six fire engines and a water truck came through and was blocking both lanes and the ditches I decided to turn back and explore back roads to get around it.  We ended up on some extremely bare of even gravel roads but they were well-packed and dry so it worked out well.

A&S went really well with one Novice level, two Intermediate, and six advanced.  Knowing the faults and shortcomings of my entry I opted for intermediate; besides I really didn't want to deal with the responsibilities on the off-chance I might win.  Turns out that wouldn't have been a possibility with the great entries we had this year and Natalia's especially fine metal-cast order medallions.  So Natalia is our new champion, yay!

For court I was one of the attendants since I'm still bardic champion for another couple months.  Court was fun especially with getting to play with Randwulf's great mace when he was called into court.  That thing is HEAVY!


Got the kitchen cleaned up from the weekend and started unpacking and sorting my SCA garb.  Spent part of the evening throwing together a couple more sample quilt tops... I have twelve in the stack now along with a couple old sheets from the clearing out process. 

Ran errands Wednesday afternoon and hit a couple thrift stores.  Went to Moot and turned in my last quarter report for exchequer.  Gyda and I will get together Monday to do the signature thing at the bank and go through the books and forms.  I went to supper after Moot with Sash, Kat, Oz, Sarafina, Halftroll and Gyda.

Got the thirtieth block together for the crazy quilt top.  It blends in pretty well after all.  I spent the afternoon today at CYT printing out documents about banners and embroidery.  When I got home Leofwyna asked me what my second entry would be!  Second entry?  Gotta check the flyer; hadn't caught anything about two entries.  I don't know if this is going to work out with only one day left.

Seems like the rebound from being sick a week was to neglect my journalling here for another week.   I did get my third quarter report done this week.  I pieced 'crazy-style' another sample quilt top.  I caught up on my laundry.  It's been mostly rainy and nasty-chilly so nothing has been accomplished outside.  Except Leofwyna and I did get the rest of the garage packed up so she could pull her van into the garage.  She'd had an accident on the way to work one day smashing the passenger side door and breaking out that window.  The insurance company is totalling the van due to it's age and book value.  She has to decide whether to buy it back and replace the door or take advantage of the opportunity to get a more fuel efficient vehicle and give up the camp-freight value of the van.

I got a lead on a job I WANT so have plans to go into HR fill out the application and get a typing test.  I want to make sure I'm going to be considered for this one and not just trust someone will print out my application from the internet like I've been doing so often lately.  For this one I really want to stand out from the crowd if I can manage this.

An old friend made contact on Facebook.  I'd tried to locate her this year but hadn't been able to find her.  I'm probably easier to find since I've got my maiden name back after the divorces and she's remarried, something I hadn't known.  So now I'm back in contact with both high school friends from the old days after nearly twenty years since last in touch.

Leofwyna and I spent a couple hours working on clearing out the front flower bed... this project is going to take couple hours for many evenings to get it done as there's a 14 yard stretch of it across the front and it's hard going.  We may leave the stretch of Veronica for next summer and take out the last 3-4 yards next fall. 

I also hit the oldest compost bin that I'd put the sprouted potatoes in early this summer.  They'd thrown up several plants and there was a couple pounds of new potatoes which I sorted out.  The compost was in shade and I wasn't surprised that it hadn't done better.  Now Leofwyna can take compost from that bin when she seeds grass up front.  We're both still avoiding the big compost bin that the yellow jackets have colonized.  I'll deal with that this winter.

In front of the TV tonight I grabbed up a pile of polished cotton samples to stitch together in another quilt top.


Up very early (only four hours sleep) and said good-bye to Leofwyna who was just coming up to bed as I was getting on the road to coronation.  Since the instructions in the MEWS weren't very helpful (Never did find an Edmonds Ave exit), I was pretty late finding the place getting into a long line for troll.  I missed out on any chance of getting feast.  Got dressed and up to morning court where I had missed the first bit and came in after Ashir's knighting ceremony had begun.  I was way in the back and couldn't hear much of anything so made up my mind to get a good seat for the afternoon court.  I ate inn fare then sat and illuminated a scroll during the afternoon before heading up to secure my seat for court.  I got a real kick out of watching the Bellwood kids as several of them got their AOAs and how delighted they were for each other.

I told the Scarlet Keep kids who were riding home with me that I would disappear during feast, not to worry, enjoy a leisurely feast, I'd be back for them.  Headed out to find supper but found most places I was interested in backed up with waiting lines and ended up pulling through Taco Bell.  Dropped the Scarlet Keep kids who rode back to Lincoln with me back at their doorsteps and was home myself by midnight.  Leofwyna called from work a little later to see if I was home yet and ask about the event.  I was tired enough to head to bed earlier than usual.


Wow, a full ten hours sleep which felt really good.  Since Leofwyna was sleeping all day I left the house for the afternoon, ate and hit a couple thrift stores.  When she woke up we headed out for another couple hours work on the flowerbed.  She had set up the crockpot full of fresh pork ham this morning with plans to use my little batch of new potatoes creamed with peas for supper.  This evening I finished putting together the polished cotton quilt top and it looks really good although it's to small for me to keep and quilt so it goes into the charity quilt pile, too.


Since it rained during the night we both took it easy today.  I headed out for lunch while Leofwyna was still sleeping and stopped in and browsed at T J Maxx.  Back at home while Leofwyna left and ran her errands I poked around on the computer... basically a very lazy day.

I didn't really get motivated either of these days to accomplish anything of significance.  I did get myself up to the Scarlet Keep college group Thursday evening for our A&S demo.  I took my wirebending workbox and worked up a Saxon dress pin. We had a nice turn out of MagMorons (all in garb): Sash, Gyda, Natalya, Gerald, Eleanor, Zino and Chiara.  We were also lining up riders from Scarlet Keep to go to Coronation next weekend; I'm borrowing Leofwyna's van for the daytrip to St Joe. 

Friday I stopped at Hancocks for their bargain white thread and snapped up several spools.  I also remembered I needed a couple spindles of black thread for the serger so I can finish adding to the camp carpets sometime this winter.  I should have gotten the lawn mown one of these two days but I procratinated... then it rained Friday evening.  That's not good.


Turned out the sun and a light wind dried off the lawn sufficiently to mow today after all so I powered myself straight through the whole lawn 'in one swell foop' so I wouldn't have to think of it again until after Coronation.  Got the kitchen cleaned up and dragged the laundry downstairs this evening; won't do any laundry though 'cause Leofwyna still has hers in the machines.  Also I've been working extremely 'off-and-on' this week making more quilt tops from the sample fabric so I have three more ready to go.

Tonight's moot put several items on the calendar in coming weeks... a couple evenings at Scarlet Keep, possibly carrying a few students to coronation, scroll painting several times, and a couple baronial events one of which I must conduct a bardic challenge. All this in addition to exchequer third quarter report scheduled for Oct. 10 with Gyda.

Back at home I sat down at the sewing table and put together a couple more sample quilt tops.  One day we'll hit bottom on these but not yet awhile. 

The ground was dry enough Tuesday so I got the lawn mowed and just in time too as we've had more rain come through. 

Worked steadily on The Project and finally got it to the point that it can be put to use this weekend although I'll probably take it back to rebind it as there's already a three inch failure along one side of it.  I'll have to find some black silk to remake the binding wider.  Aside from the binding I'm very pleased with the results of this project and I can't wait to see the response to it. 

I went and got my hair cut Wednesday afternoon and stopped at Hancocks for wide cotton twill tape and mosquito netting for the silk tent divider.  This probably won't be ready to use this weekend as I still have to much to get done first..

Per the letter received last week I called ahead and went straight to the doctor's office for labwork so he'll extend my prescriptions.  I've resisted an office visit to avoid the out of pocket expense and this was our compromise.  Heading back home I remembered to pick up the clean wool blankets ($39 for twelve wasn't too bad), tried to drop off stuff at the consignment shop but they're not taking more until September and then only fall-winter stuff.  I also toted the serger back into the repair shop and heckled them about not fixing the foot lift lever esp. considering the amount I'd paid for it to be fixed and serviced.  It was fixed in five minutes and I brought it home again without having to pay anything further on it. 

I spent a little time cutting away the paper borders on the pile of embroidered, light silk samples I want to put together in panels for a tent divider to replace the boring, drab one that came with the tent.


Leofwyna and I went to a couple thrift stores this afternoon.  I found three linen shirts and a doll sized dress form.  I think Maude's clothes may fit on it... Maude is the doll I bought twenty years ago as a vehicle for 19th century clothing I wanted to make, motivated by a doll trunk I picked up in an antique shop during a vacation in Minnesota.  Since then she's acquired a bed purchased at another antique shop during a quilters' bus tour to the Amana Colony in Iowa.  Over the years I've made a mattress, pillow, bed linens, blankets and quilts. I've created corsets, drawers, shifts, combinations, dressing gown, petticoats, mitts and gowns for her.  I've built a combination wardrobe-dresser complete with drawers and a mirror to show off her tiny French perfume bottles, and a cunning washbowl and pitcher set.  She's accumulated a cookie tin, lusterware tea service, table, chair, lamps, lace edged tablecloth, knick-knack cabinet, side chest, porcelein figurines, boot buttonhook, brooch pins, hat pins, hatpin holder, documentcase, rug, little furry dog and I don't remember what all else.  I resisted starting in on kitchen type things for her... sometimes I was tempted by little pans.  Although if I ever ran across a Hoosier cabinet the right size I'd probably go down that road.  When I joined the SCA I think it was somewhat motivated by jealousy of Maude getting all the neat new garb each year; strangely enough she's been somewhat neglected since then.

This evening was moot followed by supper at Red Robin with Sash, Cat, Oz, Gyda, HalfTroll, Isabeau and Carlos.  Sash had been to Pennsic this year and was full of stories of his trip.  Back at home I finished the last little bit on the final camp carpet and they're ready to be put out with the rest of the camp stuff.   Then I started seaming up the silk samples for the tent divider.

Leofwyna started me off right with a tuna salad stuffed tomato for lunch.  When she left for work I got busy and loaded four bags of Little Sister's clothes in the car and headed out.  Dropped audio tapes off at the library (renewed one set I'm still listening to in the car), dropped those four bags at the Salvation Army and dropped the dozen (or so) wool blankets at the LaunDry to be washed and picked up again tomorrow.  Stopped back at the house for a fistfull of clothes on hangers to take to the consignment shop... couldn't leave them though (closed on Monday) so they're still hanging in the car for tomorrow.  Stopped at Hancocks for black thread from their clearance bin; I wonder how much longer that bargain will last as its been about three years so far.  Went to the store for some groceries and found wonderful fresh hams at Manager Sale prices and got one to put in the crockpot for barbeque meals this week.   Back at home I dug out the crock pot and put the pork on, washed up a sinkload of dishes including a huge pile of plastic storage containers, and took out the compost bucket and trash.  This evening I got the last of the camp carpets sewn up... that's three more we can use now.  And the pork is defatted, boned and tucked up in the refrigerater.  In hindsight I'm kicking myself 'cause I forgot to drop off the serger at the shop but that'll go tomorrow too.  All in all, a very productive day and I'm pleased with myself.
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I'm wondering, will Minyata and Catcetra be at Dragonslayer?  Anyone else?  It's getting close enough to our travel date to think nothing will interrupt our plans now.  We've started making our lists.  I'm thinking about how to load the van optimally.  We want to have enough 'stuff' with us but we also want to be able to take turns sleeping during the drive out and back so things have to be secure and flat for the air matress.  

It's been years since we've travelled like this and I'm getting antsy to get this show on the road!  I'm even looking forward to the long drive across Nebraska and Wyoming.  Meanwhile I've got yardwork to get current and I need to think about sorting and pricing things for the next rummage sale (4of5) in August.


I finished pressing and sorting the cotton samples.  I've got a overflowing paperbox full of nice pieces to play with and another paperbox nearly full that'll got into more charity quilts.  Got out in the late afternoon and got the mowing done while Leofwyna deadheaded and weeded the flowerbeds.  Then Leofwyna's on-call got switched to get-in-now so I went inside to cool down before starting on the veggie beds.  When I came back out it had rained!  I hadn't even noticed but weeding was no longer going to happen so I cleaned up and headed out to supper.
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M-m-m-m, I was exceedingly lazy.  Leofwyna made barbeque sandwiches for supper after spending the afternoon with Shelly. 


The beginning of the Holiday weekend; I hope everyone stays safe and have only good times.  I did my laundry and went to feed a friend's cats.  Basically it was another lazy day.


Every evening and every morning I make mental lists of things I might accomplish.  So far the list hasn't changed much.  With Leofwyna working this strange 3pm-3am shift I get up quietly and head downstairs to the computer.  Did accomplish cleaning up the kitchen when Leofwyna got up and headed in to work.  I also remembered to let her know Uncle G- was in the hospital (gall bladder surgery at 90+). 

Once I get past the beginning of the day to-do thoughts it's all too easy to coast through most of the rest of the day.    I have been cycling cotton samples through the washer and dryer though.


I started ironing the washed samples and only got about a third done in roughly four hours... ouch!  This evening Leofwyna and I went to supper at Tico's and then to the 'late' Lincoln fireworks display (we got rained out Friday).  This worked very well for us since Leofwyna was working Friday.  We found a nifty place to watch from where we could avoid the nasty post-display traffic.  Hope we can remember to find 400 W Industrial Park next time.
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I started sorting for packing for Lilies but when my back got to aching I took a break downstairs.  I got involved in repairing the first sample tapestry floorcloth I'd made up years ago.  Actually they're wearing pretty well.  I replaced seven blocks in  one.  The second is okay, nothing to fix in it.  After supper I made a run to the grocery store for staple supplies.  When I got back I started repairing nine blocks on the big one; now that's not quite done either.  It's time for bed so I'll have to clear it off (the bed) losing the partial sort I've done 'cause I didn't get back to it.  Mainly what slowed me down was the serger was periodically breaking one of the needle threads... not all the time, just enough to be annoying, esp. due to having to rethread everything because it would know up in the mechanism for some reason.  Argh!  Two steps forward, one back.   Perhaps tomorrow will be a better day. 
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It's so annoying to type out a good journal entry and then lose it.  The thunderstorm was going through Friday night and the system didn't record my entry.  Hope it doesn't happen again as there's another storm rolling through tonight too.


Went out to buy cat food and get lunch.  Stopped at a couple thrift stores, no purchase was made this time.  I did find a tomato plant but not the brocolli I wanted; four brussel sprouts plants were substituted.  Back at home I weeded a couple veggie beds and planted the brussel sprouts.  I had borrowed one of those suspended planters from a friend to see if I wanted to use that method in future so I put the tomato plant in that. 

Went through the sample books I had kept last fall and discarded another boxful that I'll tdrop off at the Salvation Army.  Stripped out two big books of silk samples.  We have lots of ideas for projects from these.  Leofwyna wants the white pearled piece to make another caul for a friend.  I have my eye on a vivid piece for a ME cap and other metalic embroidered pieces for more ME caps for largess.  There are enough of the painted on pale colors for a hanging divider for our tent... very decadant!  Other's will go into a lovely two-sided comforter.


After Natalya came by to pick up a check for the site deposit at Cattle Raids I loaded the car with the box of sample books and clothes for the consignment shop.  Once I'd gotten my late lunch though I didn't take time to drop that stuff off.  Instead headed back home to locate camp gear.  Then I hemmed and added a blue border to the linen I had stashed for a Roman peplos to wear to the Gladiator Tourney party at Lilies.  I brought the sunshades, floorcloths and an old sunshade into the house.  I started taking apart the old sunshade to make carrysacks for camp gear.  I also need to mend the big sunshade and floorcloths.

I had decided to wait the full week until Sunday or Monday to mow but when Leofwyna got home from work...  Well, I hadn't realized what I was hearing wasn't the neighbor until she was nearly done.  I'd planned on preventing her mowing again 'cause of her feet and knees by beating her to the punch but that didn't happen this time.  Anyway, I cleaned up the kitchen before going back downstairs to my sunshade deconstruction.


Turns out Friday and Saturday would have worked out just fine for the rummage sale as the rain only came around midnight; the daytimes were beautiful and sunny.  Da-yum!  Today I bought up the subject again about doing the sale next week and leaving for Lilies a day or two later.  She's much more receptive of the idea now so we'll do that Thursday-Friday and I'll drive down Saturday afternoon.  No telling what kind of camp site I'll end up with and figuring out what to do with the car seats and packing staging location while the garage is set up for the rummage sale is going to be extremely interesting.

This afternoon though we took time to hit a few rummage sales and go to UP! in 3D.  Turns out we could have saved a little money going to the 2D version.  The trailer for Ice Age 3 showed up well in 3D but UP! not so much.  UP! was really an original storyline and we both enjoyed it... our new tag line is "Squirrel!"

Stopped for supper at the Chinese Buffet and then back at home I mowed the 'mohawks' in the yard she'd left by mowing in the dark yesterday and then mowed the backyard to finish up for this week.  I'll have to fit in mowing next week before I leave.  I doubt she'll leave it until I get home again but at least I can prevent her doing it twice.  Then I got back to the sunshade deconstruction while we watched Dirty Dancing on TV.

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Marty, the across the street neighbor, came over and took down the old apple tree that split itself a year ago.  I'd strapped it up last summer to keep it from dropping one side into the kitchen or dining room and it made it through the winter with no problem.  We'll miss it's shade though; doing dishes this evening was a trifle warm with the sun beating in that window.  We've gotta think about how to get a semi-permanent sunshade on that side of the house during the summer.

I took off to return tapes to the library, pick up passport application forms, etcetra.  Back at home I found a few contacts to send job applications to and jumped through that particular set of hoops.  When Leofwyna got home I gave over the computer and spent the rest of the evening cutting down tapestry samples for camp rugs.
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Was careful to limit the number of chocolates I nibbled from my Easter basket... Leofwyna makes a great bunny and I still get an Easter basket.  How cool is this!

I spent some time re-sizing all the sample quilt tops I put together last year per suggested specifications from Kronberg.  They dropped me a very nice thank you note a while back for the previous batch I delivered in July and then on the back added a postscript that some of the quilts were too big.  Excuse me, shouldn't there be some for adults; things happen to them too.  

I also finished seams and hems on a couple of the tunics I made for myself recently.


Today I did a few loads of laundry, got the tax returns done, wrote checks to pay bills, made calls re SSI rollover, completed 1st quarter exchequer report paperwork and ran out to drop the mail in the box at the post office..


Got the 1st quarter report keyed onto the on Internet form to e-mail to rep and seneschal, finished laundry and re-mailed the federal tax return the postman brought back to me 'cause I didn't get the label from inside the back cover of the booklet; that's new isn't it?   
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Mostly working on transcription job.  Nearly brain dead from that.  Wednesday I went to A&S where a discussion was held about a new play for use at our JAV demo in May.  Thursday evening I went to Fiber Art at Sash's.  Gyda lent me Halftroll's  lucet* so I can make cord.  It's too late to make my own cord for the gold key stuff but at least I'll learn the process and decide if I want to find-get one of my own for future use.  Both nights I worked on stitching down seams on the Viking caps.
(* I don't know why I have a mental block on remembering the name of this little forked wood tool.)


Ran a few errands including getting the car insured and licensed, mailing payments, dropping off paper for recycling; then hit a couple thrift stores with no results this time and stopped for groceries for the weekend.  The grocery store was havng a good sale on meat so I got two nice boneless pork roasts to put in the crock pot .  Ran out back and threw out some broccoli and spinach seed in a couple of the raised beds as precipitation is indicated over the next few days.. 


First thing I put the pork in the big crockpot Iwith a couple packages of dried fruit and an onion.  When suppertime rolled around I cooked an artichoke and an acorn squash to go with the roast for supper.  I must of mostly veged out this weekend as I can't think of anything I accomplished.  That can't be right but oh well.  The roast came back out for a second supper with sweet potatoes and green beans Sunday.


The transcription is finally finished, thank goodness.  I've had quite enough of the subject on Antarctica I think.  Got the invoice turned in.   Revisited the pork roast as barbeque sandwiches with a cauliflower-carrot salad.  We both took turns stripping some of the cotton samples; the end is in sight.

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When I got up late this morning I immediately put beef in the crock pot for stroganoff.  We love the mix we get for this with only water, carrots and mushrooms added.  Leofwyna cubed up the cooked beef and did the noodles and cauliflower at supper time.

I worked on the transcription again most of the afternoon.  Those times Leofwyna wanted the computer I stripped samples.  We were watching what turned out to be a very long movie based on a book I read only last year, The Last Templer.  They did a decent job of following the story line nicely and the movie was as interesting as the book had been.  We also watched this season's first episode of Amazing Race, another of our favorite light reality entertainments.


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