June 10th 2013 5:03 pm
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MY SNOUT IS IN HOG HEAVEN.....Let me explain.
Gma has been after Gpa for 3 years to put her mended
flag and new rope on the flag pole. (It's not up yet!
But she's gettin' ready!)Stuff is all here to go!
We dug out a 4 foot circle around the flagpole. We
are going to plant all new flowers in there. We took
away the bricking. A big job to trim around it....
I HELPED!!!!! I did alot that day....I dug in the
moist soil to help Gma. She shook the dirt out of
the roots of all the grass,weeds and plants.I had
so much FUN! Dig Mazy Dig! I did too!!!!!
My Really Important Task was sniffing out,digging
up and counting all the earth worms...There were
Zillions! I guess, they like all the rain we've
been having???? Nope, I don't eat them! I just
dig,throw them to the surface,count them and
send them on their way....
I did get very dirty! I had to have a tubby
before supper that night. Nope, I didn't get to
help plant the vegetable garden this year.
Say what??????? Gma said, they were 2 wks.
late with planting. No time for me to be diggin'
the spuds up, as fast as she put them in the holes.
She also, did something different this year. She
put down landscaping plastic where all the started
plants went. Hoping to reduce her total weeding
time. The peppers,tomatoes,cabbage,cauliflower
are all clothed in black. Today we added grass
clippings on top of that.
There was an Oopsie on the started plants...What are
we going to do with 15 cabbages????????? The 1 box
was suppose to be broccoli...but it's not!!!! Now,
she has to try and track down some broccoli babies.
Gpa has to go to Bismarck for a pump on a tractor.
Gma is going to sweet talk him. Then he'll bring
back some broccoli for her. Took 3 days to plant the
garden. Due to rain,wind and being too wet!
It's in NOW....We have potatoes,onions,tomatoes,green
beans(bush and pole),yellow beans,2 kinds of cucumbers,
peas,5 kinds of lettuce,red and white radish,parsnips,
cauliflower,cabbage,yellow bell peppers,orange peppers,
assorted peppers(that could be interesting?)We also have
orange,red,purple and white carrots. Corn,butternut squash,
summer crookneck and zucchini squash. Last we planted some
cantaloupe. Now we'd sure like plenty of sunshine mixed
with all the rain we've been having. Keeping my PAWS crossed!
Besides Worm Digging....I appointed myself in charge
of catchin' and killin' June Bugs! I can't tell ya, what
it is about them that drives me crazy????? They fly
into the floodlights,are blinded and fall on my steps.
I catch them,throw them all over,leave them as road
kill...I don't eat them! I don't want them buzzing around
my front door...
Hope to be back soon?????Gma is so far behind,we think,
she is ahead of herself.... Time to fry some chicken!
Yummy...chicken for supper! I had some New York strip
for dinner...I'm sure,we'll have a big thunder-boomer!
Snack time, I had vanilla ice cream...They are workin'
this little doxie to a frazzle!I'm wastin' away to nothin'!
I tell ya! They each get a little slower with each
barkday! Yeah,Gma had one this past week...They want
me to be speedier than ever before....I'm having a
barkday every year too...What ya think is up with that??????
Huggies and kissies,Mazy
May 26th 2013 8:18 am
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We think Gma's guardian angel tapped her on the
shoulder this morning. She remembered out of the blue
that we had an old photo of her Dad with Angel Foxie
as a puppy. Also his silver schnauzer Sugar Baby,age 13.
This was taken in 1994 at our place. The year our daughter
graduated from high school. Foxie came from a retired
Navy couple in Indiana. Was brought by travel home to me
in North Dakota. We would fish for 2 wks. every June.
As the northern pike came off the spawning beds.
We posted the picture on our fur babies pages to share.
Dad is honored today with all the others who served
their country through the military. Dad served 32 years
in the U.S. Army. He retired in 1981 from the military.
He then built his retirement home. Landscaped and planted
a beautiful yard with a variety of trees. Enhanced by
all Mom's endless varieties of flowers. They raised a big
vegetable garden every year. Learned to make some very
tasty wines. He carried mail for the U.S. Postal System
for a decade.
Dad re-did all my plumbing and electrical in my old farm
house. Remodeled the house extensively. Built on an additional
2 bedrooms. Allowing everyone to sleep on the main floor.
He also helped build my sister's new home. This was years
after remodeling an old home for her.
He took up furniture making as a hobby. He enjoyed a few
years of some very large projects. He built for me: solid oak
living room furnishings. A large china hutch,entertainment
center,end tables and lamps. He built end tables and coffee
tables for his grandchildren. A library table for himself.
Dad lost his eye sight and was blind the last decade of his
You see, everyday as I go about a normal day....I will think
of him. He did so much here at my home. He taught me to fish.
I was 6 yrs. old when I was given my 1st. bamboo cane pole.
We camped and fished in the state parks in Alabama. Fished for
little sun fish. He'd clean them all,no matter how large or small.
One summer when the 3 grand children were 8,9 and 10. Also
one great-niece. Mother and Dad took them on a trip of a
lifetime. The southern states all the way to Disney World
and back to Indiana. Can you image, 3 adults and 4 kids, ages
8-10???? I was the 3rd. adult.... We had many challenges along
the way. The kids have never forgotten the trip.
Wishing Everyone A Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Remember the ones who serve today with your prayers.
Take a minute to thank those who served our country
and her people in the past.
God Bless You All,
Mazy,Angel Foxie, Angel Baby,Precious and Gma Keda
May 25th 2013 8:51 am
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Yippy, my Grandma is Home. She arrived last Sunday at 4:30 a.m.It had stormed that night.Just poured heavy rain. We are grateful for the rain,as we were very dry here.
Great-grandpa went to be with Our Lord and Savior.
We are all doing o.k. We have our memories to cherish of all the good times together.
Thank you for all the prayers for our furmily. Thank you for all the little notes,gifties sent to us. We can feel everyone's prayers.Slowly Grandma will try and catch up on our correspondence.
Will be awhile before I can play much around dogster and my groups. I miss everyone so very much. It was still wintry when Gma left the prairie. Now spring has finally sprung!
It has rained all but 2 days since she came home. Leaving us with 5 plus inches of rain. Suppose to be a very wet Memorial weekend. Fog this morning,so heavy that it appears it rained.
So none of the springs work is done. We are trying to work in the yard and flowers. Have a good start but much to do. Our garden isn't sprayed,tilled or planted. Very few have their veggie gardens in.
All the dirty windows,blinds,siding on house and big garage await cleaning too.
Grandma was so Blessed by her daughter and grand-kids. They came and cleaned house before Gma arrived. Gpa makes a very poor bachelor. Of course he is still calving. Now has 7 bottle calves to bottle everyday. He did rake up all the sticks, branches and haul away. Hard winds almost everyday. So Gma had to rake alot of the yard again. We are hoping the fog lifts today. The rain holds off....let's us mow everything down. After all the rain, it is 5-6" in places. Messy cottonwoods leave us extra chores too.
Precious and I were very very good! Gpa made sure I was outside with him a couple hours everyday. Sometimes longer. Even with all the treats,I lost a few ounces from the extra exercise. I ate too many cookies this winter! Almost became a cookie butt! One day it was 94 and the TAR Baby that's me! The TOAST AND ROAST girl, even ask to go inside! Can you believe it? The weather turned nice the day Gma left and went downhill 2 days before she came home.
Gpa is sssssssssooooooooooo happy Gma is here to
take care of him. He has especially enjoyed Gma's meals this week. Precious was happy to see Gma too!
Well,gotta go...doing laundry and cleaning before lunch.
God Bless All of YOU,
Amazing Grace(aka mazy)
Angels Foxie and Baby
April 24th 2013 7:39 pm
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Hell-o Pals- Just wanted to let our pals know that Gma's Daddy is very very ill. He isn't going to get well. Prayers are appreciated.
She is leaving us to go be with him,her Mom and sister. She will be Indiana. She is leaving before the sun rises on Friday and will be gone a month. Maybe longer. Depends on how things go there and here at our Ponderosa.
Precious and I promised to be very good for Gpa. He is busy calving. The grand kids will come to visit us. Gma thinks she can hire them to help Gpa with his housekeeping.
OMD! She has so many lists to make to leave him.So he knows where everything is. Important stuff,like my treat stash. All the foodies Gma lined up for him. (He even gets to eat stuff, Gma won't let him eat often when she is here) Maybe this means I'll get more treats? Gpa's more generous with the goodies and forgets how little I am.
Tomorrow, she spends the day packing,canceling her May appts. Checking and rechecking all the
to-do's. Has to teach Gpa how to use the new washer.
You know Gpa can't turn a puter on. Gma really won't have much free time. Maybe once a week, she can find her way to a puter to check in? Don't know.
BTW- we still have snow on the ground.
Friday it is suppose to be 70. Sure and Gma
won't be here to enjoy it! She'll believe it,
when someone tells her it really happened.
We will miss you all...
Luv Our Pals,
Mazy and Precious
April 21st 2013 1:18 pm
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SUN IS SHINING! Yippy! Had a few drizzles this morning but
NO SNOW so far! The forecast for today was Snow...It is in the 40's
but windy and chilly. Today is the warmest day since the snowstorm.
Friday,we saw our 1st. pair of doves.No songbirds here yet.
The geese are very few when flying over to Canada. Normally
come in the 1,000's. Haven't been many yet! Still cold there.
Maybe Spring is slowly creeping into the prairie.
Gpa is still having his share of calving troubles. Now have 4
on the moo-bottles.... Several moos were born when it was pretty
cold at 10 degrees. Gpa had to get them up,warmed up and something
in them. The newest baby,he thinks is a twin. When Gpa took him
a bottle he was very hungry. Gma worries about Gpa's long days.
All the walking in the sloppies,liftin' and carryin'.He looks real tired.
Gma isn't out there with him but she is draggin' too.
Probably the weather is draggin' her down.
It sure keeps her aches and pains in overdrive.
Suppose to be warmer this next week. Let's hope it
takes the snow away. Their friend came and took the extra bed.
We did it early in the mornin',so things were still frozen.
Room is all cleaned up for our bed. As soon as it dries up
enough to have the big truck deliver new one. Gma's sure hopin'
the bed will help her feel more rested. She's wonderin' how we
will every do everything,once nice weather is here to stay????
I've had a tubbie and blowdryer 3 days in a row! I was naughty,
couldn't resist and rolled in critter poop... After Gma said, I
was gettin' a tubbie...I LOOK at her and rolled in it again!
Gpa laughed! He said,"well, she might just as well get her
Saturday is was only 10 degrees in the mornin'. SSSoooooo,out
came the soup pot and we made German Kneophla Soup.(It is
and cream.) Help keep Gpa full,stick to your ribs comfort
food, while stayin' outside all day. This mornin' we made him
2 big pans of caramel rolls. We froze a bunch for other days.
Gma had to cook a new batch of venison steak for us furs. I
sampled, while she cut it up to bag and refreeze some,ready
to go. Precious and I only have about an ounce at night. Now
if they had given it to me....I would have eaten a whole
caramel roll! I did have 1 little bite...Sometimes,I think,
I need glasses to see my little bites?????
We have a little touch of spring color in the house. Last
fall just before Gma was going to bring some yard pots in
for the winter. We had hail, her 2 ferns and 9 geraniums
were all broke up and knocked full of holes. She drug them
in,pinched off all the bad stuff. Shook her head and said,
"I don't know if they will come back or not?" They did!!!!
6 of the 9 are covered with bright red blossoms. They
brighten the sunroom. Will all go back outside when possible.
The ferns have to go to the front yard this year. They were
so pretty on the patio.The barn kitties decided they make
cushy beds for nappin'. Several times they broke them down.
Gonna zoom around and pop into my groups. See what's happening?
Enjoyed a few pal diaries and pictures earlier today. Precious
still has cabin fever! She is goin' out a little everyday now.
She is still being very naughty! Climbin' and surfin'.....
A couple days ago she started slappin' me in the Snout! NO reason
at ALL! Gma got real upset with her last night, when she
started pickin' on me! She told her,better watch out....Mazy's
only gonna let you do that so many times AND she will
decide to defend herself! I've been trapped for months too!
How come she's the one gettin' on every hoomans nerves?????
Even Gpa's...He's tired and she wants you to sit and hold
her all the time. My hoomans have a lot to do,sometimes
they just need a little space! She's awful pushy,but she's
catch ya later,mazy
April 17th 2013 12:33 pm
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OMD, there are Blizzards,gizzards and lizards...
What you say? Well the Blizzard was this past Sunday.
April 14,2013 The only blizzard at my house this winter!
It left 18.8" of very wet heavy snow! The wind blew
for 30 hrs. beating on my little prairie house. Followed
by snow,snow and more snow! The snow was nothing compared
to the pounding wind! By Sunday afternoon, I couldn't
see out my windows. We couldn't see the barns and Gpa
couldn't go out anymore to check the Moos!
I was warm inside and we prayed the cattle would be okay.
I wasn't that upset,cuz...Gma and Gpa had to spend their
40th. anniversary with me! Instead of leaving me behind!
So much for the fancy supper out with the kids and grand
kids. Hooman-bro made it to his sister's house late on Friday.
They had grandson's confirmation and dinner on Saturday.
Gma and Gpa had 4 hrs. to spend with furmily. Son took
his quarter of beef and bugged back to twin cities. They
said, everyone else bugged for home too! Gpa needed to set
up shelters for the baby moos. Very short visit....
Gma always has a back up plan. So they tried not to worry
about the cattle troubles that would come. She made them
a crab-shrimp seafood pasta and salad for supper. Jaxcen
had sent a box of chocolate cake home with them for dessert.
Gma had delivered all their mini fruit breads and new stash
of cookies for their freezer. They shared a nice bottle of
wine and watched a movie with us furs.
They will remember this year because of all the snow they
shoveled. Gpa used a big tractor where he could. Monday
while we were cleaning up the mess, it made 45. Tons of snow
melted,but alot to still go! Gma shoveled for over 3 hrs.
I went in and out for a good 3 hrs. I got myself stuck
in the snow...Lost my sweater...by then I didn't need it!
Now we have water holes, slushies,muddies,big snow banks
and piles of snow everywhere.
Two baby moos born during the storm. They are okay! 1 is on
the bottle just because his Mom doesn't want him. Gpa says,
the cow is going be Burger King burger! She has had 2 nice moos
but doesn't want to grow them up. Lost a new baby moo today.
So far, the herd isn't sick after the storm. The corrals are
a big sloppy mucky mess. We don't know how Gpa can tromp in
that mess everyday????
Gma was cooking gizzards after the storm! Oh wait, it wasn't
gizzards....that's off chickens,right? It was heart from the
beefer we butcher! They were both so sore from all the shoveling
they wanted to put off the supply run for the barn kitties.
Gma cooked them 1/2 a beef heart and chopped it up! Made 2 quarts
of meat.... She wouldn't let me taste it! I danced, yodeled
and nothin' honey!
As to the Lizards...those little green guys,I have in the summer.
Same time I have froggies all over the place. Will I ever
see one again???? Will I get to chase one again???? Will they
disappear from the Ponderosa????Will the snow ever go away????
Squirrels went back into their nests,up in old cottonwood trees.
They aren't coming out ... Gpa said," he did saw a little
striped gopher run across the road yesterday." I bet, he was
shocked to see all the snow piles??????????? He must have
been a dumb gopher??? Where is he???Let me at him! After
8 months,I'm having D.T.'s from not chasing gophers.....
I'll catch him!!!!! Gma, when can you take me gopher hunting?
She says, "not now, she has a couple appointments and I can't
go again! The wait is too long for me...."
I think, that is an Excuse! Well I guess, I'll go lay in the
sunroom. Catch a few rays before the sun disappears again!
RESCUE ME....SEND HEAT AND WARM WEATHER TO THE PRAIRIE! mazy
April 9th 2013 4:20 pm
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I'm so JEALOUS,I COULD SPIT!!!!!!!!!!!Here's the deal:
SPRING is coming way to slow to the northern prairies.
I have snowbanks,ice,slushies and tractor ruts. Stuff is
still frozen! I can't play outside,my paws gets too COLD!
Gma can't take it either...Shoots her into another universe
with her chronic pain.
I understand all my pals in the southern states like
Olkahoma,Texas,Florida,Missouri having Green Grass.
Even the Ohio River Valley has Spring! Green grass and
blooming,growin' stuff! Okay, they are way south of me!
I get it! I understand my California pals have little
cold weather and greenish most of the time....
My malti-poo pup pals,Baby Zane and Romeo...Plus my
Poodle pals Nora and Jeannie, they have GREEN GRASS!
I saw a picture of baby Zane playing in grass! It
was in the 70's there and 80's today! WOWZER! They
live in Pennsylvania! That's in the NORTH,isn't it???
When did Pennsylvania get up and move??????
I'm so JEALOUS ...I COULD JUST SPIT! How come it
is almost summery there? I can't even find Spring?
I want to play outside.... I want the snow to melt
in my yard...We want to clean the yard. Use the gas
grill. Dig in the dirt and plant our vegetable garden!
Winter just won't leave and go away!!!!!
The highlight of my day WAS I RAN TO GPA'S PICKUP...
RODE TO THE MAILBOX,1/4 MILE AWAY. WE MAILED BILLS
AND DROVE BACK. I ran back into the house and jumped
in the clean hot load of bath towels.....Gma and I
are almost ready to pack our bags and move away!
Wonder what Gpa would say, if we weren't here on
Sunday????It's suppose to be a special day, they
are married 40 years...That's like forever! Now
instead of 40-50's like we should have....We are
having the 20's. Hey, Nothing is melting!!!!!!
Baby Zane, I think, I'm coming to see that Peep
Factory...Real soon! Now, where do I find a chauffeur?
Grandma doesn't drive long distance anymore....
Any fur pal out there Run a Taxi Service?????
This could be one very long FARE! You'd have
treats Forever and Forever! How many treats
does it cost to make the East Coast?????????
April 4th 2013 3:34 pm
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I just don't know where to begin? Ever have one of those
weeks where everything happens at ONCE??????? Yip, I'm sure
you know all about how confusing that can be!
Well,it all started with the Easter chaos and snowballed from
there. Gma finally had good weather to keep her annual Doctor
appointment. A whole day away means,cram more into other days.
They worked on her owwie on her foot. Poked her for blood and
left a brusie...I Hate, when my Fur Doc does pokies! I have to
go for my spring heart worm test. So, I can go back on my stuff
to prevent those nasties! Here in the frozen north, I only have
to take it 5 months a year. I get a pass for another week due
to other stuffies on calendar. Yippy!
Sorry! They also found a bed, but won't have it for a couple
weeks. I'm not so sure about this new bed thingy! I like our
bed! Gma says, it will be like sleepin' on marshmallows ????
I have eaten marshmallows, but never slept on them! Does that
mean, I can EAT the bed???? Real confusing....somethin' about
latex,memory foam,gel and fabric stuffies all thrown together!
Out in the barnyard, Gpa is gettin' some baby moo-moos. He
had a truck come and take away a bunch of yearlings.....
No time yesterday to play in the slushies,muddies,icies with
me! How dare he???? He had to slop in corrals and sort the
moos.... Of course, it had to be a perfect day of 56 with no
wind,bright blue sky and sunshine! Gma was not sloppin' on
the her sore paw! Today he is gone to watch cattle sell.
Gma,put on boots and slopped around so I could go outside!
It is only 35...I ran in the water,mud,wet hay and all that
jazz! I sniffed coyote poop,saw squirrels runnin' up and down
the big ole cottonwood trees. A bald eagle showed up and
was resting in my trees! Lookin' at me,like I was supper!
I stayed real close to Gma while I played. She carries a big
bad stickie with her!Maybe Spring is truly here now?????
Came in,had a tubby,then a beggin' strip to hold my tummy
until supper. The repairman for the washing machine recall
came and put a new brain in the washer! I didn't know, the
washer had a brain?????????
Precious is being a pain, since she is Cat of the Month at
PDPC. Stickin' her butt in my face and stuff like that! The
Angels Foxie and Baby are being featured at PDPC because
it is April. So they had all these pretty pictures for their
pages. The new game, Wheel-A-Verse at CDAC is doing well.
This keeps me pretty busy,taking care of it......
The past 2 wks. Ooodles of pals have had special days. Like
birthdays,bridge days,special days in groupies and stuffies.
I'm meetin' myself comin' and goin', tryin' to look at all
the Very COOL Springy Stuff! I hope to catch up soon! So,If
I missed your special day: I's so ssssssssoooooooorrrrrryyyyy!
I'm surfin' as fast as my paws will go! LUV U ALL, Mazy
April 1st 2013 3:57 pm
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HAS SPRING ARRIVED???????Maybe,it is finally going to happen?
We've had a week now of slightly warmer temperatures. Mostly 30's,
a couple of 40's. Some sunshine that always makes it feel warmer.
Several days of very heavy fog. Not so much FUN!
Now we have snow,slush,ice,standing water,some muddy spots,wet
hay & sloppy manure around the place. I've been outside with Gpa
sniffing and snooping several times without a coat. Today Gma
took me for 30 minutes after all the laundry. Today was the 1st.
time,I had to have the paws and tummy showered off. We have been
able to just wipe me off! Looks like spring is finally trying
to unfold! Yippy!
We are hoping we will not have any snow in April! There are a
lot of Aprils where we have had heavy snow. Even snowstorms!
We will be in full swing of calving in about 2 weeks. Last
year on Good Friday it was 81. This year is was 38. Last year,
alot of peeps had potatoes and cool weather vegetables already
planted. This year the ground is still frozen. Ice hangs in
the rain gutters. Last year we had an outside BBQ for Easter.
This year we had Easter Dinner all cooked inside!
We do need rain this spring. As we do not have the subsoil
moisture we had as reserve in spring of 2012. Last year Gma
had washed all the windows inside and outside. Raked the yard
and cleaned up sticks and branches. This year,NOT even
close to warm enough to do so....
We had a Pawsome Easter and we hope all our pals did too!
Thank you for all the Easter Eggs and other Spring pressies
sent to my furmily. Our pages are so very pretty! The
grand children were here. No Easter Egg Hunts this year.
They think they are getting TOO BIG.... No one ASK ME,
if I wanted to pass! I LOVE sniffing out plastic
eggies with my own personal treats stashed inside. We
didn't do it! Gma and Gpa are trying to shake colds.
All the preparations to be ready for the day. Just wasn't
any extra time.
We had a yummy fried chicken dinner,bacon augratin potatoes,
green beans,creamy cucumber salad,green vegetable salad,
relish tray,crescent rolls,lefsa and apple and lemon pies.
Precious and I had chicken for Easter dinner too! I also
tasted the lemon pie. I've Never had that before...I Loved
The kids played toys with me. Granddaughter washed all
the dishes for Gma. I volunteered but was rejected! So
Jaxcen and I went off to play with my stuffies. The peeps
played a whole game of double dominoes. This is 12 rounds
and took all afternoon. It was then time for them to go home.
I was sad to see them go! The kids had school today....
Their school had given a few days off for the state
basketball tournaments.....They had to give up Easter Monday.
I slept in this morning,as I was a pooped pup!
Tell me about your exciting Easter??????
Hugs and Kisses,Mazy
March 26th 2013 2:44 pm
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He walked the way to the garden -
And blood fell in that place;
Bounded before the rulers,
His blood streamed down His face.
No mercy, grace or pardon
Was granted to Him, here.
But, God was, then, providing
The price for all the years!
My sins were, there, upon Him;
Blood red, then sparkling white!
My hope in Him, eternal,
Brought Heaven into sight!
How can that bright red blood
I do not understand.
But this I know, we'll never need
Another sacrificial lamb!
He is so very beautiful,
More worthy than any words.
I cannot think of the abyss,
Were His name never heard!
The tomb is but a vacuum,
Drawing earthly souls to Him!
The blood has done it's mighty work
And we are cleansed from sin!
© 2000 by Joan Clifton Costner
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