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Getting to know me ... getting to like me, and hoping that you like me too!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I love the song, "Getting to Know You," from "The King and I!"

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? (My middle name, Carole. My mom loved Clark Gable's wife, Carole Lombard, who had died a year earlier in a plane crash)

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? (At the movies—"The Help")


4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? (Boar’s Head ham from Publix Deli, but I tend to eat more sliced chicken)

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? (Two daughters, six grand kids and six great-grand kids)

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU (Yes. I am a good and loyal friend. My adult grandkids tell me I'm fun to hang with, and my three year old great-grandson calls me his “girlfriend.” Go figure?)

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? (Being quick witted, I’m very good at it, but I avoid making such remarks because I think it can be demeaning)

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? (No. Removed along with my thyroid)

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? (No. Not with my knee problems)

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? (Hot —oatmeal with berries; Cold —Multi-Grain Cheerios)


Mentally and emotionally—yes; Physically—no.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? (Baskin Robbins Nutty Coconut—it has roasted almonds, buttered pecans and walnut pieces in it, but at 190 calories a scoop and 12 grams of fat, it’s just a faint memory. I usually go through McD’s for a cone of yogurt when I feel the urge for ice cream)

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? (Eyes—you can tell a lot about a person from their eyes)

15. RED OR PINK? (Red. I do, however, I have purchased a lot in pink in support of breast cancer awareness)

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR SELF? (It’s not sweets that give me trouble, it’s my love of carbs (pasta, rice, potatoes) that I battle with)

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? (Since my husband’s last stroke a month or so ago, his cognitive skills are not what they use to be, so I miss the long talks I use to have with my sweetheart, and it’s dead silence when we talk on the phone)


19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? (Black Clark’s sandals)

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? (Boiled eggs, whole grain toast, orange juice)

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? (Just the hum of the computer. If I had the radio on, it would be Z88.3 FM)


23. FAVORITE SMELLS? (Freshly cut grass and linen that’s been dried on a clothes line)


25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? (Mountain hideaway with a porch swing or rocking chair, where I would sit in the cool breeze and read)

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? (Not a big sports fan. But I really do enjoy most all Olympic sports, especially ice skating and gymnastics)

27. HAIR COLOR? (Light brown, to mostly gray)

28. EYE COLOR? (Blue)


30. FAVORITE FOOD? (It use to be Cracker Barrel’s Sunday special of Southern Fried Chicken like mama use to make. But now I love my homemade chili)

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? (Happy Endings. I love romantic comedies like "You’ve Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle" But my all-time favorite is Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. Don’t you just love that Mr. Darcy)

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? (An oldie—“You Can’t Buy Me Love”)

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? (I have on my black “WHOOHOO” T-shirt)

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? (Summer—I don’t function well when I’m cold)

35. HUGS OR KISSES? (It runs in the family—we're huggers)

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? (Other than ANYTHING ice cream—my mom use to make a pumpkin cake with 7-minute brown sugar icing covered in chopped pecans that was to die for)


38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? (I like several of the reality shows, but I don't get home in time to watch much TV, so I watch the episodes on my computer. I also have Netflix)

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? (“I Never Thought I’d See the Day,” by Dr. David Jeremiah. I read the Bible and a daily devotional, as well as, a lot of health articles on

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? (I don’t use a mouse pad)

42. FAVORITE SOUND? (The sound of rain on a tin roof)

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? (If I HAD to choose, it would be the Beatles)


45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? (For years sang at our church, but between several bouts with bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and double pneumonia, I do well to teeter on two notes.)

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? (Central Florida)

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? (Another town in Central Florida)

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE? (Brownish gray with white trim and a dark green door)


50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS? (Learned a lot about myself.)

emoticon ... "are you still awake?"

This list was "borrowed" from MICHELLESMILES blog. Thank you Michelle--keep smiling' emoticon

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BECCASINGSLEAD 11/12/2011 8:10PM

    I enjoyed learning about you, Patty! That pumpkin cake your mother made sounds heavenly. I love baking and I also love the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, too. Spark People is awesome!

I adore living out in the woods but I must confess that I only live 13 miles from the nearest Wal-Mart. It used to be a 24 hour store but closes at 11pm now. We used to live in an area with a population of about 60,000. I don't miss it at all. :)

Be blessed!

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LADYBUG1943 11/12/2011 11:51AM

    I copied this and put it on my blog. Loved reading yours. We DO have much in common, other than our birth year.


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"WANTED!" ... Your Prayers

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I went to an orthopedic doctor regarding the injury from a recent fall because after two weeks, my whole knee was still completely numb. He ruled out my knee cap being broken, but confirmed that I do have excessive arthritis in my knees, particularly the left and that it may take 5-6 months before I get the feeling back. He, however, said that the real problem with the tremendous pain in my legs, shortness of breath, and other symptoms I’ve been experiencing is not a joint problem, it’s a vascular problem, and that it sounds like congestive heart problems. I have made an appointment with a cardiologist for next Thursday (11/10), and am requesting your prayers that I will get a good report. Whatever happens, I know that God still has a plan for me, so I am at peace with whatever the diagnosis.

I’ll let you know what’s going on after my appointment. Until then, it’s business as usual, and life goes on … and I look forward to meeting you online.


emoticon of the rest of our lives ... let's enJOY it together!

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MOMFAN 11/4/2011 4:37PM


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TONI501 11/3/2011 2:26PM

    My prayers go out to you Patty. Hopefully you will hear some good news. Please keep in touch with what the doctors say. Blessing to you my dear friend!

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OHBEEBLESSED 11/3/2011 12:01PM

    Dear Heavenly Father please be Patty as she goes through this time, or not knowing, help her to trust you and lean on you more. Lord no matter what the outcome of her apointment, use it to your glory. I know it can be discouraging to find out about a health condition that you did not know you had. However you can only do things about things you know. Be sure to ask both doctors about what kinds of exercise you can do. Ask them about water aerobics. They have many gentle water classes, that you may be able to do while you are recuperating. Moderate exercise is great for people with heart issues. I hope you are Blessed

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MRE1956 11/3/2011 6:50AM

    Here's wishing you all the best!



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JUDY1676 11/3/2011 12:29AM

    emoticon and emoticon that you get good news or at least a problem that can be improved.

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FLEMIDG 11/3/2011 12:03AM

    I will be praying for you. God is good. He will look after you.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 11/2/2011 11:30PM

    You are so strong, and your attitude is wonderful. I join with so many others in praying for your well-being, and a good report with no delay. Stay in touch any time - I am often on here late at night and early in the morning. (Long hours) I'll be watching for you. Leah emoticon

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FAITH2BWELL 11/2/2011 10:32PM

    It is done. I now touch and agree with you and the rest, that all work out fine for you. Take care.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 11/2/2011 10:19PM

    Patty, without a doubt I am sending prayers your way.

"So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Matthew 21:22)

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HDHAWK 11/2/2011 10:16PM

    Sending prayers that you get a good report. Take care.

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TXGRANDMOM 11/2/2011 10:04PM

    Blessings and I will pray for you.

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How are you celebrating Halloween?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Every year at the nursing home where my husband and mom live, some of the staff and of some of the residents, like myself, bring their children and grand children in and the residents line the halls in their wheelchairs and pass out candy to the kids. My 92 year old mom loves to dress up, usually in a princess tiara and boa.

Several of the churches in our area have Fall Festivals that includes "Trunk 'R Treating" where people festively decorate the trunks of their cars and hand out candy to the kids as they go from trunk to trunk. Some come dressed as Bible characters. However my great-granddaughter (6 mo) is going as a "lady bug," my two great-grandsons (9 mo and almost 4 yr) are going as a little pumpkin and the other as a Power Ranger. It keeps the kids safely off the streets, yet they get to enjoy some of the fun.

emoticon ... However you choose to celebrate ... just be safe (and watch those calories)!

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MOMFAN 11/1/2011 4:40PM

    We had family night when the kids were young and watched a movie. Took them to the store and they got to pick out a favorite food item and we always had pizza.

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SPOKENWORD 10/31/2011 6:44PM

    Both sound like fun! Our church has Gospel on the Grounds which is a combined carnival and health fair. Also the kids have a costume parade. Lots of fun!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 10/31/2011 5:40PM

    The year my mom was in the nursing home we took our kids there. It was such a treat for the kids and the adults. I think it's a great chance for the younger ones to bring joy to the older ones!

This year I am taking my twins to a festival at the church we have been visiting. We went to another local festival last night that was done by a bunch of the churches. They had the trunk or treat set up to the books of the Bible. So you began with Noah and his ark at Genesis and worked your way all the way around to Revelation. It took an hour to go through the line and we were frozen by the time we were done but it was great seeing all the different settings for each book of the Bible.

Gotta take mine now. Hope everyone has a happy one however you celebrate (or not). And I out for the candy! emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 10/31/2011 3:31PM

    Our church has a Fall Festival where we have a hayride, "train" rides, booths of all kinds, cupcake walk, etc. and invite all the neighborhood kids to come. We usually have between 400 - 500 people come through our small church each year. It is a lot of fun and keeps the kids off the streets. Even though my grandchildren are almost grown, they still insist on coming each year to go on the hayride. They now say it's "tradition." However you decide to celelebrate, be safe and have fun.

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PATTIE441 10/31/2011 12:38AM

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JAMER123 10/30/2011 11:19PM

    What neat ways you have to celebrate. We, personally, don't celebrate or decorate but our granddaughters come over and dress in their costumes at our home, then go out with parents trick or treating. We give out mini bags of popcorn and always hear the comments, WOO or NEAT or LOOK WHAT I GOT!!

Enjoy the Festival with your family and friends.
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I've kept my guardian angels busy ...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What Thomas Paine once said, “these are the times that try men’s souls,” has never been so evident as it has been in my life over the last couple of months. It sort of began in August when the nursing home notified me that my husband was “non-responsive” and was running a fever. He had a kidney infection and, although he was not hospitalized, he was on an IV and a strong anti-biotic for a week or so. The next week, I missed half a week’s work with some kind of virus that was going around the office and my family.

The week after that, my husband ended up with the same infection and was hospitalized for four days so they could run tests. I stayed at the hospital the entire time so he would not be alone as he was confused and didn’t know where he was. While there, he had his third stroke (his first in 1977 while in a coma from a motorcycle accident that left him left hemiplegic, and his second in 2007 when he fell out the front door and landed on his head). He is back at the nursing home, but this last stroke has taken its toll on his cognitive skills—with his ability to recall information makes it difficult for us to carry on a running conversation. He can’t find his thoughts so just sits there unresponsive—and when it comes to carrying on a telephone conversation, forget it. I sure do miss my sweetheart and the long conversations that we use to enjoy together.

The week after that, I got that same virus back from another family member and missed another half a week’s work.

But that was just the beginning. A couple of weeks after all of that, I was in an automobile accident that almost totaled out my car. It was on a rainy evening, I had just picked my daughter up from work, we had enjoyed a good meal and I was taking her home when all of a sudden, out of nowhere a car, fleeing from the Police, was coming over into my lane. As I moved over to get out of his way, a car clipped the back of my car that turned me sideways across the median strip and across three lanes of busy traffic where I T-boned a car, completely tore down a road sign on the shoulder of the road and dragging it down into the ditch with me, I tore down a fence and ended up in the bushes. The miracle of it all is that, although my air bag did not deploy, neither my daughter nor myself received any cuts or bruises.

Wait! There’s still more. Two days later, I was going to meet my son-in-law at the tow yard to collect all my things from my car, but made a wrong turn and ended up in an unfamiliar area. I stopped in front of a home where they were grilling and family members were playing in the front yard. I asked two ladies who appeared to be about my age for directions, but I could not understand them. Before I knew it, the gentleman they were talking with told them he would show me the way and he was in my front seat before I knew what happened. He told me he had to hurry up because his expectant wife was in the hospital and he was going to see her. Well, without going into great detail—in reality, this man was a crack head, and my next three and one half hours were spent ushering him all over the place and into some of the most dangerous areas of our town as he went about his business of buying and using. Oddly enough, I was never afraid, and my main mission was to survive. Although he never actually threatened me, I knew from growing up around family members with an alcohol addiction, how quickly temperaments can change, and I wasn’t going to take any chances. By God’s grace, at the end of the day, I was given the opportunity to get away safely.

But that is STILL not the end of the story! Last weekend, I went to a local thrift store looking for a sturdy chair (with a padded seat) to use for doing my chair exercises, as my dining chairs are too hard and not high enough from the ground to allow enough room to swing my legs with my knee problems. Well, I found the perfect chair. As we were crossing the road (the store clerk was helping me take it to my car, and I was leaning on a buggy for support), the front wheels of my buggy rolled over the speed bump, the buggy flipped in the air and, because I was leaning with all my weight on the handle of the cart, I went down hard on my bad knee and landed face down in the middle of the street of the shopping center. So there I lay face down in the middle of the street, crying from the pain, knowing that I couldn’t get up on my own. Finally, two men came over and helped me to my feet—and there I sat (on my new chair) until I could get my bearings together to walk to my car. It’s been five days now and my left knee’s is gradually getting better, but is still completely numb and I have a skinned elbow.

Even though it’s been a rough couple of months, it’s not been all bad. And I’ve actually seen a lot of good come out of all of it as well: 1) I was out of work sick those two half weeks—but the rest was much needed. 2) I wrecked my car, but after the repairs were made, she looks like a new car. 3) And My daughter and I came out of it unscathed. 4) Although I was taken against my will—I've gained a greater compassion for those who live with this terrible addiction. Their life is "all about them" and getting their next fix. But, at the same time, I would, like to think that this young man came out for the better, as well, as he spent the afternoon with a Christian woman. I certainly did not condone his actions, but because I was non-judgmental and treated him with dignity, he was willing to listen to what I had to say. 4) At the end of the day, he got into a friend’s car, waved to me as they drove away, leaving me safely at a gas station.

I really don’t understand half of what happens in my life—I just keep walking in faith—knowing that I know (and am known by) the One who does. And He being the God who created heaven and earth. And that's enough for me.

So, how’s your week? emoticon

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LADYBUG1943 11/12/2011 11:56AM

    Good grief! I can't decide if you have a black cloud over you, or a guardian angel. So glad you've survived this with your good attitude intact!


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TONI501 10/21/2011 10:58AM

    Oh Wow, you sure have had lots happen to you. And I'm so sorry to hear about your husband, my heart goes out to you. God sure has made you a very strong person, because you have had to endure so much already in your life. Hope your knee heals soon and are able to get up and around with no pain.

Take care, and hope you have a wonderful weekend my good friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMFAN 10/21/2011 3:29AM

    Hugs and prayers. We are still working on getting my car replaced from my accident about 7 weeks ago. Medical will be a long time out.

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KATRINAKAT23 10/20/2011 9:19PM

  Wow, yep your guardian angels must be tired, lol. I am glad you and your daughter are ok, that is the important thing.

Sorry about your husband, I hope things get better soon.

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LINOVER 10/20/2011 8:57PM

    Your guardian angel was definitely watching out for you these psst few months! Hope your husband improves and things get better for you in the coming months!

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MARTHASPARKS 10/20/2011 6:57PM

    Perspective is a great thing to have. Yours is really clear.

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SASSYTHING52 10/20/2011 6:54PM

    hope things go better for you

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MY STORY ... "When I Became a Christian"

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Being the daughter of an itinerate preacher, my mom saw to it from a very young age, that my brother and I attend church every Sunday. However, as I grew older, I drifted away from the teachings of my youth only to make a lot of mistakes.

But God wasn’t through with me yet. It was many years later as I waited for my daughter at a bus stop, a little old woman with a kindly face approached me. She asked, “If you died tonight, do you know where you would spend eternity?”

Naming several reasons why I was deserving of heaven—from my grandfather having been a preacher, to my growing up in church and being a good, moral person—I answered her with great assurance, “I am going to heaven.”

To that the woman lovingly shared some Truths of Scripture with me. And then parted we company.

But the woman’s words stayed with me. For the next two years, I would think about what the woman said.

Then one night it became a gripping reality to me that none of my reasons guaranteed I’d go to heaven. Only the God of the Bible through His Son, Jesus Christ, could make that guarantee. I immediately jumped from my bed and knelt at my favorite chair. I talked with God, telling Him all my sin and wrongdoing. I then invited Christ to live in my heart. He changed me completely and I began to look at life differently. And now, without a doubt, I know I’ll someday live in heaven.

Over the next five years, I prayed God would allow me to see that precious woman again. I wanted to thank her for her faithfulness in sharing the gospel.

Late one evening, when I was hospitalized, the nurses brought a frail lady in to share my room. Over the next few days, the two of us enjoyed each others company—we laughed, talked, shared Scripture and prayed together.

Allergies had kept me from wearing my contact lenses, so I never clearly saw the woman’s face. But when I was able to wear them, to my surprise, the woman next to me looked very familiar. After asking a few questions, I learned my hospital roommate was the woman from the bus stop, who’d been faithful to share God’s love. God was so gracious in answering my long awaited prayer and His timing in bringing us together at that appointed time was so apparent, for the very next week this dear lady was moving to a nursing facility out of state.

Jesus said in john fourteen, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

And Paul writes this in Romans ten: “…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

By believing this Truth, you, too, can be assured of an eternal home in heaven with Jesus Christ.

Blessings to you and yours,

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/19/2011 11:00PM

    Thank you for the beautiful story. God does work in mysterious ways!!!
May God continue to bless you.

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FLPALM 10/13/2011 5:32PM

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. I am a believer, have so much FAITH in GOD, and honestly believe GOD does bring people, places, things, whatever, to us....."if only we open our hearts, eyes, and ears!" I believe this from the bottom of my heart. So yes, did God bring "your hospital roommate to you" absolutely! The WHY, WHY NOT, WHERE, or HOW is part of that "miracle."

By the way, I too, am a grandmother of two, soon to be three in April 2012, and 61 years of age. You look beautiful, and I just know you are.......GOD told me so! And I BELIEVE!

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ANDEENNATE 10/13/2011 5:32PM

    What a wonderful story! It is proof that God allowes us to come to him in our time!

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MOMFAN 10/13/2011 3:30PM

    Praise the Lord!

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KATHYJO56 10/13/2011 2:17PM

    What a beautiful story. God has indeed blessed you in so many ways. I am so happy that he answered your prayer to meet that little old lady once again. Our salvation thrugh Jesus Chris is our most treasured blessing in life. It brings us joy, hope, and faith. emoticon

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YELLOWDAHLIA 10/13/2011 8:03AM

    That's a wonderful story!
Thank you for sharing that.


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DJHS121655 10/13/2011 12:02AM

  that is quite a beautiful story i will say a prayer tonight for others to see their way to him as u did God bless

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FLEMIDG 10/12/2011 11:58PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am so glad you were able to meet that lady who helped you seek God. God is so good. God bless you.

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