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one peace of day at a timeworn….kids included….


they say everyday is holiday…..i know it’s a timeworn saying…..but i like timeworn, so it works. only today is not a holiday…nor is it a daycare day…. my wonderful childcare provider is taking her very much needed 1 day off for the week. that means i have zoey today instead of thursday and friday. i know…i’m her mom. she is my responsibility. i should not complain that i have to keep her home all day. i know zoey’s provider works her tail off taking care of her own children and a slew of others (it takes a mighty person to do that) and she is in need of  a day of peace….i know…what is the big deal…just have fun with zoey and enjoy the day….blah, blah, blah. wellllll, i do enjoy the day, but zoey has such fun at daycare because she has 3/4 other children to play with and that is way more fun than playing with boring old mom that is tooooo tired to put a puzzle together and toooooooo distracted by the mess in the house to read yet another barbie book. shame on me, but i’m having that kind of a day. i had poop on the floor to clean up, berries all other the place to wipe up. more dishes in the sink than you can find a shabby cottage antique store and a whopping responsibility to pack it all away and move in the next couple of months. i’ve had a short fuse today. i need to get over myself.  i even cried just for a minute and yelled at poor zoey. she said….”oh mommy….i help you. don’t cry. i listen to you.” then i felt guilty and picked her up and said i was sorry. it’s not her fault i’m having a day in pieces. she’s just a busy 2 year old that is used to having a chance to play during the day and get busy. i should have taken her out today, but i thought i might be able to get some stuff done around the house and i have….in pieces…..a little here and there. it is hot and windy out…..i don’t really want to go play outside until arek gets home. then it’s a house full of boys that drag in more dirt. i really just want to sleep. i should do that now instead of writing this blog. aaaaahhhh. but then i would lay in bed and think about writing this blog. or eating something else that i don’t need to.

i allow myself to get so overwhelmed sometimes. then i remember i am a junker and a crafter and that helps me relax and unwind…messes and all.  i don’t really let that overwhelm as much as the house and kids. the crafts..are a very wonderful project…ongoing…and sometimes messy and not so pretty…sometimes wondeful and lots of fun…pieces at a time….one at a time…one day at a time. am i a bad mom for comparing my kids to my junking habit???? what mom does that….lol……i just have to treat all of it the same… isn’t that ridgid….i can’t have it all done perfectly at once. messes are ongoing…..responsibilities ongoing….errands ongoing….housework ongoing….laundry ongoing….meltdowns ongoing…..and like junk….i barely get one thing dealt with or put away and it’s time for more, more, more. i guess i am getting excited and nervous about dad returning home. that is part of it. moving is another and fatigue is another. those three stressors are enough to allow me to enjoy my junking habits to keep me in line. that said….i had zoey help me plant a “fake” rose garden on some shelves while i cleaned up my craft area and took a few photos for the blog. zoey and arek both love to take my ‘fake’ flowers and make gardens. okay. fake flowers and hand mirrors. those 2 things are a go in this house for entertainment. i have to remember that this house is fun….even if it’s messy…’s a place to get inspired and regroup.

i shot a few photos of stuff that inspired me this morning. stuff to help relax me while i play the vision in my head of all the work i have to do over the next week. how can i take on a week in my head when i haven’t even faced an hour at home? i keep fantasizing that ron will come home and take the kids to a playground for 2 hours and i can take a nap. what kind of fantasy is that after not seeing a spouse for almost a year? i should be wearing a loin cloth and ron should be swinging from a rope beating his chest, but instead i have visions of the kids jumping on him while he’s on the trampoline in the backyard and me soaking in a hot bath long enough to pickle.

until then…..i dream of buttons, collages, and faded flowers……tarnished silver…old books and pearls…..cast off lamps and baby shoes…’s almost a daydream and pieced together right, it’s a good day.








2 re-dos on $2 and $5 lamps……………..



sign says vintage on cast off lumber…………..printed the word from the computer and used some paint and decoupage….buttons and pearls…..



loving this cheap dip…..$1 for dip and an eifel tower????? okay….but would this pass the dip test in paris??? i doubt it. it passed the zoey test in our kitchen. that is all that matters….oui, oui….

almost time to go get arek….i’m in scary house clothes and i haven’t brushed my teeth. i know a little girl that can relate….


you all enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by…..ROCK NIGHT on idol!!! can’t wait……i’m sure there will be a campout on the floor something like this before my night is over….


i’ll have to break out the cheap dip and carrots and pick up the messy pieces after i get these mess makers to bed….




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can a true junker really downsize all her cluttttter?……


so i have news to share, but i think it is too early to release my future plans……so i will keep quiet for now and just blog. i will say a move is in the works soon and i am wrapping up 2 years of what i considered a very productive and creative time at crafter’s corner. i appreciate all of you that supported me during those years. terry lee….thanks sooooooooo much for all of your support…marta…you too. and everyone else that has helped make vendor 030 a success story. i officially put my 50% off sign in the booth today for all the merchandise that is there.  the booth is still stocked quite well and what does not have a price will soon. as much as i need to stop junking and creating….it is hard, so i will continue to at least make gestures at my craft table and keep some projects going up until it’s time to pack. i hope to resume the junkin bug again and restore order to a new booth beaming with fun displays and great finds and creative projects.

i think i am the only military spouse that can pack a house fuller than a museum in less than half a decade. how????? can one live???? with so much stuff???? please tell me i am not the only one!!!! i love my little piles of cute things. i love my little collections of vintage cuteness that helps keep me inspired, creative and motivated. i can’t get rid of it all. that and two kids and one BIG craft area = cluttttter….with a bunch of TTTTTs. i guess between being sick all winter long and the crazy swine flu scares, i need to just enjoy my crazy junkin life and be happy that i have for one day, a really fun hobby that i completely love.

i did rescue a small collage i made not too long ago from the booth today. it’s one that i decided to keep and take with me.


she is hard to see, but i used a cast off belt buckle to put the photo behind. that lace, and a black cast off ribbon from a vintage necklace help finish it out. it says ‘a lasting impression’. that is what texas left for me, so i will take this collage with me to remind me of fun times.


i have still been into the wax collages lately. i use a ton of tea stained fabric scraps, an old book cover, lace, pearls, and a vintage collar, key and some paint and wax to make this collage.

i shot some photos of more flea market finds from this weekend. just some smalls, linens and a few other misc……i have been on a linen kick lately. i am struck by the graphics of old tea towels and hankies. i just adore them.






found a HUGE stack of these quilt cuters. i can’t wait to use these to make wreaths.

i also came across 4 of these hanger covers… the sweet flowers on them.



bowl of goodies…..zoey can’t stop carrying the GIANT rhinestone with her everywhere she goes in the house. she call it her ….jewries….


love the jar of buttons….and the trio of vintage, plastic angels. they will probably be glued to a shelf. i found a cute shelf at G.W. for $1.50. it is super HUGE, but now it is super WET because of the rain. i didn’t even get a chance to alter it. would have looked soooooo sweet with a rose plate covering the primitive heart at the top and these angels glued onto the bottom. oh well… least the idea is there.



loving these sweet old socks…..back in the day….order a magazine subscription and you get some little bo peep sweet hosiery… the form of children’s socks. nowadays….you just get a huge bill for missing issues of overpriced magazines you pass onto your friends.


i found this sweet fabric in the form of a crib bumper not too long ago at the bins in g.w.   total cost….50 cents. what to do???? i cut the batting out of each panel and will reuse the fabric. i will reuse the batting to make small pillows out of my old linens….


lastly…..i found this project somewhere on a texas blog out there, so i certainly can’t take credit for this one at all!!!


salt shakers that don’t have matches…..put a wire into the top of them and then they can hold a cute photo……love it.

zoey’s sweet hand and arm filled with home grown tattoos by arek…..that is what happens when i don’t pay attention to the kids for 10 minutes…..i am too ashamed to show you the rest of the tattoo destruction…..arek even drew zoey a new butt crack. hummmmm. arek too those foam stickers and drew on the sticky side of them with washable marker. then he stuck the design (sticky side) on zoey’s skin and made prints of his design. very clever arek… go take a bath.


okay…stomach is totally hurting. why???????? stop.

better go and figure out why i have this terrible stomach ache…..again.

have a glorious night….enjoy your clutter and don’t watch too much news….



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i love junk. no doubt. i don’t like it as much when i am sick, but i am feeling better….so the ratio of junk in the house to functional items can stay high when i am well and feeling creative. even though i was pelted with hail during a biblical storm friday morning on my way home from a yard sale, i was still optimistic about finding goodies while i drove home thru several inches of standing water hoping not to float away. i made it home wet, tired, scared and junkless….BUT ALIVE. that said (texas can just be way too much), i hit the old faithful g.w. bins yesterday and found enough stuff to get the creative juices flowing….like the gushing rain water that i was avoiding friday morning.

i have decided to have a love affair with chalkboard paint. can’t have the hubby home….might as well find an alternative that won’t be illegal and break my heart. that said….JUNK + CHALKBOARD PAINT = TRUE LUST.

i have seen some really clever ideas lately with painted furniture….suitcases, etc….with chalkboard paint. the suitcase above was a freebie from cindy, so i pulled out the guts and painted the inside. it will go to the booth to hold linens or something. i’m not sure yet. i just think it’s a cute idea. i came up with some other painted items as well….


i plan to mark down several items in the booth for this week. thought this would make a perfect sale sign!! the purse was a freebie from cindy. not in good shape, i decided to paint it with chalk paint. i will probably pull the handles off and put a wire hanger on with pearls. i will tie bows on each handle and put it in zoey’s room and it will say DRESS UP.


found this suitcase at g.w. and decided to paint it with chalk paint. makes a great statement piece and has storage to boot. i ha


thought this tag was appropriate for this case. couldn’t stop with one tag……





a great way to use those old cheap trays you don’t know what to do with. cindy gave me this fatastic burlap stripping and i love it!!! very french…eh?



more tags above. i used some small plastic easter eggs to glue to tags i painted blue and stamped with nests. i used some old envelopes. i love old envelopes as tags. cheap and bountiful. i also used one the pages from my michelangelo book to make fill this tray.

on my g.w. excursion yesterday i found a few vintage books. juxtapose them and this is what you get…..





from one great iconic master MICHELANGELO……filled with symbolism, biblical references, and eternal greatness to THIS…….




to another iconic great master….BARBIE. not only barbie…but QUICK CURL barbie and she is having a yardsale!!!! i’m not sure which great master i am in more awe of at this very moment!!!!!!!

that said….you all let your junk rule and enjoy the sunshine…..



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can you put a price on junk????


so i am now the one that is sick. zoey is well. arek is well. i have a virus. yuck!! the intestinal kind….i read online that there is no such thing as a stomach flu. as a matter of fact…intestinal viruses are just that….a virus that takes place in the small intestines i think i read….not the stomach. SO WHY DOES MY STOMACH HURT SO DARN BAD???? i haven’t eaten in 3 days. three days are like cat years for me. each one represents at least 5 years!! ugh…i also have a very, very painful headache. where does that play into a virus of the digestive system? since when does one’s head connect to one’s colon??? i don’t get it, but i do know i hurt. my teeth hurt. my eyes hurt. my legs feel like jelly and i haven’t eaten in what did i project????? uh 15 years. and yes….that include COFFEE. geeze…  i have spent 2 days in bed and my house looks like a dr. suess book, but whatever. i just want to feel better. i want my heartburn to go away and all my aches and pains. maybe it is a sign that i need to eat better or wash more hands more often or something. with all the junk i handle, you would think i’d get tetanus before i got a stupid non stomach virus.

well….it’s okay. the perfect antidote today was a fabulous and VERY, VERY gracious junk run from my junkin bud, crafting bud, and sewing extraordinare….CINDY. thanks cindy for all those goodies. if i didn’t seem too over joyed, blame it on the energy and junk appreciation zapping virus that is sucking the very creative love for all things vintage and fabulous out of my body. I LOVE WHAT YOU BROUGHT. can you put a price on junk???? i guess not. i asked cindy for the total price i owed and she said FREE. she said the price of friendship, listening, bickering, swapping of other great junk and just the overall excitement i may get from creating something great out of cast off what nots that she had hangin’ around was enough payment for her. THANKS. that is payment enough and that is a gift. seems like nothing is free anymore.

i not only got some great junk, but yet another sewing lesson. okay cindy…after you left, i tried tonite to sew a little purse for zoey and the NEEDLE BROKE. where have i failed? i’m like an elephant in a room of swans when it comes to sewing. i just break stuff.

did manage to pull off this pillow…..well, cindy did. i sewed on the buttons. how hard can this be???? i just want to make some quick pillows. i will get there…i will get there.


cindy also brought me this little lovely. she’s all pink and shabby…torn and worn and ready for some new love…


i got this fabulous pink candle. i love the gold mixed in with the pink. it is too pretty to burn. you know those kind of candles. they were especially popular in the 70’s. i had a unicorn candle, a pig candle, a pink dragon candle…..all too pretty to burn. i didn’t understand the candle thing? why not just make statues instead? okay…i’m off track.


this pretty little plate….


pretty hand painted cards….these are great!! i plan to make tags with these.


wooden hangers….always a hit with me.



tons of stuff to paint white above and below a suitcase filled with cast off what nots…..what is in there????? i don’t care. it was FREE. i will take it!!! is that liquor???? i know cindy….it’s not, but it would make a great story…


sweet doll that zoey claimed….


the best egg napkins from germany…..


there is more, but this is all i could squeeze in tonite……i need to go rest. ron….look at arek’s long ole hair. CRAZY cute long. like a 1970’s cute long. it’s tough having a boy with long hair. i have to schedule in hair washings during the week and it’s drama….just like a girl….i have to wash, listen to the crying, then condition and listen to the crying. oh well….it’s worth it. it’s the price to pay for serious hair.


you all have great night!!! kaye…if we ever get stationed together again, i’m bringing my birds for you. sue from down under….thanks for all the inspiration and support…michelle too….both michelles!!! and the rest of the readers out there….thanks so much for hanging in there with me blog after blog about a bunch of blah, blah, blah…….

time for more vitamin water….



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junkin food diet… foolin!


this ain’t no april fools……i love junk food almost as much as i love junk!!! seems fitting, righ? well…not really cuz nothing fits. i stepped on my pretty, vintage country green scales today and i realized i should lay off the SPARKLE (as zoey calls them) donuts and stick to some lowfat yogurt and a rice cake instead. then i remembed how delicious these babies are and i realized that the world runs on donuts and coffee. i’m part of the world…therefore i fit the donut equation and x=custard filled with chocolate glaze. yum.

arek and zoey insisted we buy a dozen donuts yesterday after school. okay. arek touched like everyone in the display case, so i had to buy a bunch.  then they both begged me for one before we could get to the car.  don’t you love when kids throw a fit about eating something they just can’t wait to devour while you are driving somewhere??? i don’t let them eat in my car, but ron’s truck is a feeding trough for this power hungry family of 3. sorry ron. i am sure there are hard tator tots that have fossils in them by now under your seat.. you truck is officially the chow mobile.

anyway, i gave zoey a colorful sprinkle donut to eat on the way home. by the time we got there, she had licked all the sprinkles off and squeezed the remaining donut cake in each hand until her hands oozed with sugar and glaze. her face was sticky and she had a sprinkle mustache and her clothes (yes, she had some on) were covered with little, sticky crumbs. yum. she asked me very politely when we got into the house to ‘wash the sticky donut off her hands’. she used an adjective and i was so impressed. then the real feeding frenzy happened………

me…i ate FIVE of those evil cakes. my gosh…i’m starting to gain so much weight. i have a very active sweet tooth after i get the kids home from school. i pig out on JUNK and drink coffee and then i want to sleep. today i turned U2 on the ipod in the kitchen and adjusted my fatique to a much more manageable level. i consider the sugar a creative surge to make it thru to the evening. i know a walk would be much more beneficial, but i’ve habitually turned to carbs the way i do to junk. woe is me. where is the treadmill? richard simmons….would you like to join me in a tea staining project followed by an hour of disco sweat? i need to be workin at the car wash instead of eatin in the carseat.

anyway…onto just a few projects and some really fun jewels i found at a new junk haunt on the way to georgetown, texas. it is a trading post and packed with lots of rusty, dusty, neat old stuff. i didn’t take photos of the other finds yet, but i did find a bunch of costume jewels i thought interesting….




love the rhinestone pins!! they were marked $15 for the set, but i am sure i got them for less than $1. score.

i plan to use the prisms for a chandie redu i’m in the process of finishing and a funky, retro chandie lamp i will finish soon as well. it came with these 60’s green prisims…


i think i will use them to make necklaces with. also may use them for my white chandie redo!!

i also found these brilliant old bingo cards and dusty playing pieces at the trading post as well. i took several cards to the booth today.



i washed all these pieces and took them to the booth as well. they just go on and on! if they were donuts, they would stack to the ceiling like a dr. suess story.


i found this statue at the trading post as well. she was painted gold, but i had to put a creamy coat of white on her. she resides with 4 other ladies in the living room now. they are competing for a space on the next season of the bachelor. i made this little collage quickly last night and thought the statue was golden once, so she deserved a tribute to her past look.



this is the best arek could give me. at least it’s not a ghost pose. i was told today by arek that he ‘broke up’ with his girl. broke up? what grade are you in? a third party female was the wedge that divided him from his ‘girl’. how can this happen already? please…just go play with your legos and make roller coasters on the computer and have another sparkle donut. yikes.


if you are in the area this weekend….. please come shop at CRAFTER’S  for a SATURDAY yardsale/sidewalk sale!!! should be lots of bargains and i think the weather is going to be nice!!!the sale has already started today…tomorrow…friday and saturday will be the BIG outdoor day for the sale!!!! i won’t have tons and tons to sell for the yardsale part, but i sure will be buying!!! sorry ron. i will have a 20% off sale for my entire booth on saturday only. i have also marked several items down as well.

hope to see you all there!!!!!!

okay….i need some water and a 5K run. that means i am going blogging instead…..need to see what the gals at round top are up to!! you all stop foolin around and go get ya a snack already….that way i won’t feel like the only one…



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been distracted by everything…..but it’s all good.


i guess my brain has turned and i have been neglecting my blog….sort of the way i neglect my purse or cleaning out the back of my car. it’s in my junkin blood. it’s the way i operate most of the time. i have responsibilities, but i put forth the effort for junk or projects instead of what i have to do. then i complain that i’m stressed out. anyone else do that???

i have been fortunate enough to have energy to blog almost everyday, but lately i have been distracted by everything…..but that isn’t a bad thing. i have been distracted by the lack of energy i have at the end of the night when it’s blogging time.  i have been sleeping instead of blogging. i’ve been playing with the kids instead of blogging. i’ve been watching the chiller channel late at night with arek instead of blogging. i’ve been cleaning out tons of neglectful piles of crafting stuff instead of blogging. i’ve been folding and putting away the leaning tower of laundry in my computer room instead of blogging. and mostly…i have been reading at night instead of blogging. i love to read, but reading has been on a hiautus since ron left. i read and nothing gets done. that’s the kind of reader i am. if i start, i stay up all night and then nobody gets breakfast the next day. anyway……i have just 3 books i want to read.

this one is turning my brain….


i love reading books that help me understand arek a little better. it helps reassure me that i only have so much control over what i can get from him. this book is facinating and brilliant. i can’t wait to finish it. it also make me understand that arek has his own brilliance that i can’t even begin to understand. all his garage band songs, music that he makes, little piles of things he creates, endless destruction to my things that he says aren’t destructful, his noises, distractions and lack of focus….it’s all just a part of who he is. it gets better and better every year. i am an optimist.

okay…on with the junk and some zoey photos for dad. i spent most of the day cleaning out my piles of crafting stuff, booth overflow and general clutter. the strange part is that my house does not look any less cluttered now. does this happen to you all when you clean stuff out? nothing looks leaner anywhere in the house. what does that mean??? i just moved crap around from one place to another is what ron would say. why? who cares really….it’s just fun.


my new living room rug. isn’t it fab????? yum.


way too much crap. i know, i know. LOOK.



here are a bunch of close up shots of random stuff that inspired me today……..


found the great fur collar for a song…like 10 cents or something…on the way to brenham. love the rusty clasp.





altered necklace i made from junk….



loving the doll head from marta’s shop!!!! she has a hook at the bottom of her head for prism hanging or baby shoe hanging or spare key hanging…whatever.


pretty lil mirror from crafter’s…donna’s booth…$4. can’t buy lunch for that. how sweet. i love it.


neatest old rusty tom’s rack holding old gacky books. i know…most women would be happy with a new metal baker’s rack or something and i can’t get enough of a rusty rack holding books that are eaten away from who knows what kind of critter. why?




zoey is still going strong with the cheese smile and all her makeup. she talks about makeup all the time. she loves barbie. she loves dressing up like a princess (although you would never know from these photos). she told me she is not a dragon nor is she a prince or a scary man. she is zoey….all 6 chins and cheeks of her.

how many purses does it take to change a lightbulb???? none…because they are all on zoey’s arm….


she has more than this and a basket too. all filled with makeup. whaa??? please, learn to read first. hey…she can count her purses…smart and fashionable. nice.  she loves this little dog. we call him club dog and he plays ludicrus (don’t laugh…i can’t spell)…shake your money maker song and he does a lil dance. she is crazy about him. rachel’s lil doll she made is also very comfy in this stroller. note the makeups and the purses again. i’m in trouble.


okay… all take it easy and enjoy the remaining 5 minutes of your weekend.


i know angus will….

now i am going to check out ROUND TOP blogs. i can’t wait to see photos and hear all the stories. hope you texas girls are whoopin it up and having a good time. the weather is better but this wind is just not fun for a flea market good time. it’s so strong, even those garden statues might blow away….maybe a really cute old one will blow into my yard.

got my reading eyes ready….where is my tea???



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dodging responsibility while becoming inspired by marta…


how can it be that dodging responsibility has become a responsibility lately…yes…the laundry needs washin, there are dishes in the sink, my car needs attention, there are other millions of things that i need to do, but i had to go to the doctor close to marta’s shop today, so i stopped by for inspiration and conversation….both of which i was very fulfilled. thank you marta for your hospitality. it is very important to me to see what other shop owners and vendors do to keep their spaces current, stocked and displayed. marta spins this philosophy way better than i do. she’s always looking for ways to improve everything she touches. she has amazing displays all the time…fresh, current and unique. her imagination never stops……i HAD to take photos and i have TONS to share.

i also thought about all the vendors in round top today. with imposing clouds looming (really…they were loitering and proximity became and issue with me), i hoped those warrenton folks were staying dry. all i could think about was arek telling me they were probably funnel clouds. i believe they were. i do. i have never seen a sky so angry. texas sky is big and wild. it was an awesome sight today. nobody seemed to notice those angry clouds, but i couldn’t stop staring at them while i was driving home. like the loud drunk in corner everyone either pretends not to notice or ignores. i can’t. i’m too nosy and i don’t want to get hurt.

onward with photos…..sorry this post is boring ron…..let’s see….a quick story for you. zoey made this tower of junk. i didn’t help her. i didn’t even notice she did it until she called for me to take a look. i’m scared we share the same problem…poor girl. a cup, vase, fabric, mirror, and another cup in the cup…stuff stacked in that and all on a wood pedestal….so beautiful. it could be worse…it could have been a tower of broken china, old rusty scissors, large long nails and 7 spiky flower frogs…


marta photos for those of you that enjoy these as much as i do……her spring displays are coming along and her inventory is changing out as i type….please visit her if you are passing thru….highway 190 in belton/nolanville off g.wilson blvd.   she is open tues-sat and she has layaway!!!!

























hope you all enjoy these as much as i do….

i have just a few projects i completed. i have been inspired by dreamy, cream colored pillows and i can’t sew of course, but i did manage to attempt something like this…



used tea dyed lace and made the little roses above from some ruffle trim.

also made this collage necklace from an old photo, buckle and tea dyed doilies…i hand-stitched most of it, but used glue as well.


marta….thanks for the lovely ROSES. i put them in this shabby basket i found at a yard sale via brenham……



okay…will try to stay focused for wednesday…i know i can’t be the only one out there that gets distracted by fabulousness, beautiful things, friendship and the awesome power of loving old stuff….oh…i was talking about myself…’s all about me ron.

you all take care and thanks for stopping by….



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