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Thursday, May 26, 2011

I have a lot to do today so this will be short. I have made my big pot of soup and it is cooling on stove.Still have to bag it. i decided no computer til I got it done. Spark was so slow yesterday I did not get near catching up. Then I couldn't get photo's to download.Looks like it is better today.
Here are the pink coneflowers that my butterflies love.They don't like the one redder one I have.Bill s going to help me repot these sometime today.

This is the plants I thought were coneflowers that had gone dormant but they aren't.They are a daisy type plant I got last year.

ok dear friends. I haven't gotten anything done the last couple of days so I need to get something done.

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FLORIDASUN 5/30/2011 5:29PM

    It's GREAT that you got your soup together! I need to start making mine again...I love soup any time any where! Even in the dog days of summer here I could eat soup for every meal. DH would have a fit! emoticon

I made a faboulous dish last night...certainly not low calorie, but SO tasty it was worth the splurge! Maybe I'll blog about it...and share the was SO good!

I LOVE your coneflowers...I think the white one's might be Gerba daisies...they are so pretty also...I planted those up at our little cabin when we had it in N. Carolina...boy oh boy am I SORRY emoticonwe sold that place.

It was our little slice of paradise! emoticonI loved hiking in the mountains and tubing down the rapids...loved it! emoticon

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    So pretty.

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EVER-EVOLVING 5/28/2011 9:20AM

    Your flowers are so pretty...enjoy your blogs, whether they are long or short! ;)

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REXTINE1 5/27/2011 11:10AM

    I love the butterfly picture! Hope you got something done.

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KATIE233 5/26/2011 11:43PM

    you got something done you made your,s almost time to have maccorni stuff again here.maybe your coneflowers. do your seed extras i guess it,s hard to in pots but in garden they could i take care and have a super day tomorrow.

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DEE107 5/26/2011 10:24PM

    so pretty thanks for sharing

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0309COOKIE 5/26/2011 4:19PM

    You've been productive. You made soup. That is quite time consuming.

Love your pictures. The daisy plant is quite pretty.

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CANBDONE 5/26/2011 3:48PM

    My productivity is a little low, too! Trying to COMPLETELY clean the kitchen zone...seems to being taking too long. The boys are eating me out of house and home. I'm going to Aldi's in Atlanta this weekend to stock up on kid treats. Treats that won't tempt me will be the problem.

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TILLIEBEE 5/26/2011 3:27PM

    Happy soup day!
Thanks for the pics. You take such gorgeous ones.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/26/2011 2:54PM

  Hi Eleni.......
Since I won't see my cone flowers for at least a couple of months (maybe longer as we had frost last night!!!), I will enjoy yours. They are beautiful.
Now I must get some work done too.
Bye for now.

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MIZCATHI 5/26/2011 1:25PM

    I love coneflowers! I got a package of seeds and have decided to get them in a pot today. I hope they sprout.

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MPARKER67 5/26/2011 1:18PM

    See, you got to post your pictures today. The butterflies are beautiful.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Another hot and sunny day in Florida. Another do nothing day for me. I tried to catch up on my spark stuff but spark and my computer were so slow I gave up. So I really got nothing done. I was going to make soup but didn't feel like it.Even cancelled my hair appointment as I just didn't feel like going anywhere. Got in a verbal argument with Angel.Actually I blew up at her. Sent me to the chips and dips.Dumb Dumb Dumb. So stupid of me.
But are som pics of the coneflowers with a butterfly.The butterflies love the pink ones.
Ok no pics today.I have been trying for an hour and they will not upload.Will try to post them tomorrow.
I was happy with the way DWTS ended. Tonight will be AI. I hope Scotty wins but I like Lauren too. Either way I think both of them will go far.
Ok have a good night all.

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RURAL3 5/26/2011 9:12PM

    I am happy about DWTS too. Darn those aggravating kids. Hope and pray tomorrow is better.

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REXTINE1 5/26/2011 10:34AM

    Ah, retirement. It's a blessing to have a day off once in a while.

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MPARKER67 5/26/2011 9:37AM

    Today will be a better day. Spark and your computer will sync up so you can post pictures.

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TILLIEBEE 5/26/2011 8:45AM

    Sorry you had a stupid day. I did too. We had storm warnings for the whole afternoon so I turned off a lot of electronics, including my computer and sewing machine.

But, I totally LOVED DWTS finale and would have been happy for anyone....but he was the perfect one to win. It was my favorite season, I think.

Hope you have a much better day today! And I do, too.


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DEE107 5/25/2011 10:01PM

    flowers and butterflies sound so nice

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JILL313 5/25/2011 8:48PM

    I've had an awful day myself so I sympathize with you. . .Even Grown kids can bring so many problems and issues. . .I really think it was easier when they were little and in diapers--LOL! I hope we both have a much better day tomorrow. . .I also like Lauren and Scotty and think they'll both do well afterwards no matter who wins tonight!



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CANBDONE 5/25/2011 6:12PM

    Tomorrow's a new day, Scarlett! I fussed at my daughter last night! I agree...both kids will go far on AI. I was ok with last night's results, too. He has such a sweet smile, but I guess he's a killer on the football field!

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Another Lazy Day

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Not much going on today. Did some laundry and cooked super. I tried some cubed pork chops. They were good.I thought they were a little dry and they were very lean but Bill loved them.Only see them at store once in awhile. I also got some ground chicken patties that I will try one night.
It is very hot here in Florida.
I feel so sorry for all the people that are going thru these horrible tornados. Makes my problems seem very small.
Here are segments of a poem that was on 4DJSHEART49 blog some time ago.

Well you know those times
When you feel like there's a sign there on your back
Says I don't mind if ya kick me
Seems like everybody has
Things go from bad to worse
You'd think they can't get worse than that
And then they do

But the good news
Is there's angels everywhere out on the street
Holding out a hand to pull you back up on your feet

This is just part of it but I like it
But this is my favorite. I may have posted it before but thats ok.I got this from my buddy Katie

Serenity Prayer for Weight Loss

God grant me the Serenity
To Make good food Choices;
Courage to turn away from baked goods;
And energy to exercise daily.
Living Healthy one day at a time;
Enjoying my Journey;
Accepting that the road to Wellness can be hard;
Taking the tools of better eating out into the World
As I should, free from the bad habits of the past;
Trusting that making wise decisions today will pay off tomorrow;
If I Surrender to my Will
I will not beat myself up in this Life and the Next
But I will remember that this is a life long Journey;
A Journey that is well Worth ever Pound Lost.

Ok got to get vcrs set up.Have to decide what to watch and what to record. Wish I could watch 2 at once.LOL

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REXTINE1 5/25/2011 12:07PM

    The serenity prayer is a good one for all ov us. emoticon

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MPARKER67 5/25/2011 10:03AM

    Cold (50's) and major storms today. Much rather have hot. Eating isn't good. Will try to do better today.

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JILL313 5/24/2011 11:39PM

    You do stay up late but then you have a lot of reading material to keep you up--LOL! Thanks for posting the great poems! I've also had a very lazy, unproductive, day--Oh well, tomorrow, tomorrow. . .I've just got to get some things done around here.



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KATIE233 5/24/2011 11:36PM

    hi Eleni,yes those books will last you for awhile.but for that price is great and i like large print specially when you are tired you can see the words.i hate books are so tiny words that you get a headache for straining your eyes.why can,t you grow what i grow is it the dirt or the heat. i love a veggie garden my garden is just popping up now. i find it is amazing what comes up and comes out of a seed.i,ll show you what i got when the veggies comes out.i got yellow squash, yellow beans and green, rurbarb and mix swiss chard, green onions, lemon cucumber is new this year. green cucumber, chinese cabbage is new too see if grows much.and 2 kinds of we will see what turns out.oh yeah i got cherry tomatoes growing in a pot.looks like a weed right now.but i got to get some tomatoe plants soon.for the that is it i think.oh yeah at back of garage is lots of rurbarb that grows every year.

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DEE107 5/24/2011 11:07PM

    sounds like a good day

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GRAMMAP1 5/24/2011 11:01PM

    Nice thoughts, especially in the weight loss prayer. Thanks for sharing. As for cooking, I am afraid I have lost my enthusiasm.
Maybe when they change my pace maker in June, My energy will pick up. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 5/24/2011 9:11PM

  Hi Eleni.......
emoticon for sharing the poems with us.
They are great words to live by.

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2BFREE2LIVE 5/24/2011 8:10PM

    Wonderful poems. Enjoy your evening. Sandy

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 5/24/2011 8:07PM

    Love the poems, thanks for sharing!

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CANBDONE 5/24/2011 7:37PM

    Who do you want to win DWTS's? I want the Disney chick to win.

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TILLIEBEE 5/24/2011 7:29PM

    Good poems.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Not much going on today.My eating has been sporadic and not the best.
I did have my first portebella mushroom sandwich. It was pretty good. They had two large ones for $1.50 so I had to try it.
KATIE233. asked what the books were that I got at the library store.

Your Backyard Wildlife Garden by Marcus Schneck
I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton ( large print)
Lost & Found by Marilyn Harris (large print)
The Night of Four Hundred rabbits by Elizabeth Peters ( large print)
The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer ( large print)
Sandcastles by Luanne Rice ( large print)
Blind Alley by Iris Johansen (large print)
Girls in pants by Ann Brashares
The Rule of four by Caldwell & Thomason
The #1 Ladies Detective agency by Alexander Smith
The most I paid for any was $1.50.

Here are some bargain ones I got at Winn Dixie
Killer Summer By Ridley Pearson
Audition by Barbara Walters
Mountain Fears by Stuart Woods

So i have plenty of books to read. Plus I already had a few I hadn't read yet when I got these.
Bill is now bowling on Monday nights. I am not too thrilled about that. i don't mind it when he bowls during the day but I like him home in the evenings.
well nothing going on so will say goodnight.Hope you had a good day.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/25/2011 12:20PM

  Hi Eleni........
The sandwiches sound great!!! My oldest son would eat them everyday if he could.
Your books sound varied and interesting. I am so behind in my reading right now that I don't know if I will ever catch up! I only read at night right before I go to sleep, so it takes me a while to finish a book.

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MPARKER67 5/24/2011 10:20AM

    More money in the pots at night. I never get in the pots cause I am a lousy bowler.
Your books sound interesting and a good deal. I am loving my Nook.

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MIZCATHI 5/24/2011 8:43AM

    I've always been an avid reader but lately I don't read as much. But stocking up with reading bargains is a comfort! I haven't read a lot of those writers. Maybe you could do some book reviews!

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JILL313 5/24/2011 12:37AM

    You sure have a lot of books to ready! I also love reading but recently haven't been able to do too much of that! You're probably fast asleep by now as it's about 9:30 pm on the West Coast. Enjoy your week!

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KATIE233 5/24/2011 12:08AM

    the sandwich sounds yummy. boy you did great getting books for that price.specially large print most of them.Is Bill still reading when he can.i been tying string and sticks around my beans and i got a few more near peonies bushes and lettuce 2 kinds so hopefully lots will come up. i notice somethings coming up now my yellow squash and chinese cabbage and a few beans. so far!we had rain off and on today and had a beautiful rainbow orange pink and there was little double one over it. i got a picture will put it up tomorrow sometime.take care and have a super day tomorrow.

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DEE107 5/23/2011 11:56PM

    great books read about 90 percent of your list

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CANBDONE 5/23/2011 10:07PM

    Back from Mom's and I did well. Could you send me week 3's link to the nest? I'm still trying to catch up. Can't believe what a few days off the computer can do! The only book on your list that I've read is Audition. Very enlightening!

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GLC2009 5/23/2011 9:04PM

    my hubby plays poker on monday nights. i personally like the time to myself emoticon

and i adore reading! i read way too much. right now, i am reading 'white oleander' by janet fitch.

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2BFREE2LIVE 5/23/2011 7:41PM

    We can never have enough books. I love the large print books, that way I can read with my regular glasses and not have to put on my readers. They make me look like a grand ma :) Like I am not!!!
Well with Bill bowling you have some free time to read. Have a great evening. Sandy

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Another Day With My Best Half

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The day started out good and has been fairly good all day.
The first thing I saw when I checked my email was that I had been nominated for motivator of the day. i never understand how I could possible motivate anyone the way I have been struggle for months. But it was very nice and have already met some new sparkers. Thanks to all that voted for me.
Next we headed out to do our thing.First went to Bob Evans for lunch as we had a gift card and I like their food. I did fairly good with calories but sodium is the killer there.Had cup of soup ad 1/2 sandwich.We split some fries.
Next was Home Depot.I know those who know me are laughing now. We went to check out sink counters. I want drawers on both sides so it is easier to function.We found some that will work and they are 20% off. It will be some work for Bill but will make kitchen much nicer. Bill doesn't like everything mismatched but I could care less. A full kitchen replacement starts around $12000. What I want with discount is around $800. And I am still trying to talk him into just revamping the doors like he did on cabinet next to stove.That would only cost about $50. And I would be happy as can be.
I have been wanting to get a different hummingbird feeder as the one I have just isn't working. So I found one.
Then I had to check out the flowers to see if they had any new and interesting ones.Surprise Surprise. They had pink coneflowers.First time they ever had the, I put one in buggie. Bill went back and got 2 more. See he is bad too. Now I have plenty of cone flowers as the ones that are coming back from last year are also pink.The two I ordered are red and I don't like them. But overall it was a cheap trip for us as we mostly looked things over.
Next was grocery store. I got a lot of fruits this time. Apples,Cantolope,watermelon,awesome strawberries,grapes and nice red cherries..I still have oranges and grapefruit.And all my salad stuff.
I got myself some fresh shrimp I am going to fix when I finish this.I have left over salad mix from yesterday that calories have already been counted so it is free.
The new Jesse Stone movie and Sister Wives is on tonight.Even tho I don't believe in polygamy I can't help but like all the sister wives. I like the original wives the best.
Ok Time to go eat and watch TV with my darling Bill.
Someone commented about how nice to see a couple that just enjoy being together.It is way more than nice. We both know how lucky we are. i guess the real key is that we truly like each. Plus there aren't a lot of men like him around. emoticon
Here is my second gardenia bloom.I am so happy this plant is doing well.I have tried for years and they all died on me.

The coneflowers

Hummingbird feeder

OK i will say good night for now.Hope you had a good weekend

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FLORIDASUN 5/23/2011 2:40PM

    Ha...having been lucky enough to have met 'your Bill' I can tell everyone first hand that he's an easy one to love! emoticonHe's just so easy going and ready to tackle anything that will make his sweetheart emoticon..that being...YOU..... happy!

Yes, indeed he is a rarity in this crazy world full of greedy men who only value women for their eye value! I hear about it non-stop from my single girlfriends and I just want to smack those old dogs in their kissers! emoticon I'm thinking of that French guy that just got caught for attacking the maid and then thinking he could jet back to France and his snazzy job without neary a thought of how he destroyed her entire world!


o you my sweet Eleni...and I...are truly blessed to have been lucky enough to end up with the sweetie pies we got...sometimes you just get emoticon Lots of other stuff in our lives may be haywire but our hubs are the bright spots! emoticonand the fact that we both KNOW that and VALUE them is a pretty awesome life lesson!

Love your your blogs...hey....I just love YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RURAL3 5/23/2011 2:32PM

    beautiful gardenias. You and Bill are very lucky. I know you cherish it. I think I lost you again but now youare back. LOL I will have to catch up now. I think its been a week.

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FEISTYMAMA 5/23/2011 2:22PM

    Let me know if that Hummingbird feeder works. I want a new one too.

Jason and I do all our shopping together too. There are very few places I venture out to without him, and when I do I feel lost.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/23/2011 1:14PM

  Hi Eleni.......
Of course you were nominated as a motivator!!! I have told you many times how inspirational you are to me. I think that most Spark People KNOW how difficult this journey is. When they read your blog and realize that you are working even harder because of your health issues, they can't help but admire your dedication and willingness to do whatever it takes.
Face it.........YOU ARE MY HERO!!!
And I love your flowers too.

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CALVERTM 5/23/2011 11:10AM

    Hi Ms. Eleni,
You got nominated because you have the best blog on here. You have been so motivating to me from the first time I met you on here. You have alot of health problems yourself but you live each day to the fullest. You make it your priority to reach out to others and you give them a very interesting blog to read and beautiful pictures to see.

Margaret emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 5/23/2011 12:08AM

    sounds like a good day and glad you spent time with hubby and flowers are great

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KATIE233 5/22/2011 10:53PM

    i love your flowers, specially cone flowers i like them because they are different.why wasn,t the other hummingbird feeder not working.hope this one will.well i had to tye string and sticks where i put beans in the kids next door they are 5 and 7 they were digging the seeds out with a stick my neirbours told if i see them they will be buying me new beans and putting them in too.grrrrrr!take care and have a great tomorrow.another day off tomorrow for us canadians. emoticon

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0309COOKIE 5/22/2011 8:52PM

    I've had that same hummingbird feeder for years and love it. So do the hummingbirds! They come around to it all the time.

What a beautiful bloom on your gardenia plant. That is my all time favorite flower. They are so delicate and fragrant. I have a hard time growing them too.

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BIBLIOMANE1970 5/22/2011 8:12PM

    You are a motivator because you do not give up! That is more important in the long run emoticon

I just love cone flowers! So pretty. We don't see them around here til late summmer. Our weather is still pretty spotty right now. Your gardenia is beautiful! I imagine it smells lovely.

I pray my Sweetie and I end up having a close, happy relationship like you and your hubby do!


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JILL313 5/22/2011 7:43PM

    You are a Motivator and that's why we all enjoy rooting for you!! I always love reading your blogs as they are so newsy and love all your beautiful flowers, birds and people pictures. I think you are right it's better being friends first and then Love will endure--it's wonderful you are married to your Best Friend! Love makes it a much brighter World to Live In. . .I am so Happy for you Eleni--Enjoy your evening and many Hugs to You.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 5/22/2011 7:02PM

    It sounds like you had another great day with your sweetie. The honeymoon

never ends! emoticon

I'll be waiting for the pics of your kitchen, when it's all done! If your DH is as handy with remodeling as you are with the camera, it will good enough for HGTV!

I must WARN you about that hummer feeder. DON'T throw away the receipt! I've got 2 of them and one leaks like a sieve!. My DH has tried blocking the leaks with glue, but it just pops up some place else. And those feeders are not cheap! So far the other one isn't leaking. Oops! I just remembered that I haven't used it since we came back from FL, so the last time I used it was last fall. Wish me luck!

You're in FL and have hummers? What months do you have them? I hung hummer feeders, last winter, in Charlotte County and never saw one. Then I read that their winter migration route takes them to Texas, not FL.

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MIZCATHI 5/22/2011 6:42PM

    Love all the new flowers and the how much you and Bill like hanging out together. My DH and I are the same way. We do everything together, pretty much. It's a habit, but a good one.

New kitchen designs are no longer matchy match. The other day I was watching HGTV and they had a new kitchen with dark cabinets on the bottom, and white on the top. So you should be just fine!

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VENISEW1 5/22/2011 6:10PM

    Your gardenia is beautiful

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