Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2020 9:15 am


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Last Online: March 29, 2020
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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Something New

I've changed my email - please pm me for it, if needed.

A bit ago, I tried to host a group swap; it was based on a show my 4 y.o. grandson watches - an educational cartoon that features sea creatures.

It's called Octonauts (we watch it on Netflix), and he can tell you all about each program, and what sea creature it is - the show lasts lasts about 15 minutes. An excellent touch is, at the end of the program, it shows you what the real-life creature looks like, in real life.

Meet the "people" of the show here

Please watch a couple before getting back to me.

I'd love to have a series of sea creatures based on the ones I've watched with my grandson (his name is Logan, and I'll use it from now one).

James Blunt makes me emotional.


I've always had a love of foreign (to me) coins and banknotes, so would love it if you could help me increase my small collection.

When sending me coins, please let me know what they're called in their country - as much as I'm appreciative in getting them, I'm not very knowledgeable with what the currency / name is.

Whenever we go on vacation, I try to find pressed pennies. If you have extra's you don't want, they'd be loved. Again, please let me know where they came from.

Trades would be a welcome option!

US Quarters:

AL (1), AK, (1), AZ (0), AR (0), CA (1), CO (2), CT (2), DE (1), FL (0), GA (0), HI (0), ID (0), IL (1), IN (2), IA (2), KS (0), KY (3), LA (1), ME (0), MD (1), MA (3), MI (1), MN (1), MS (0), MO (0), MT (0), NE (2), NV (1), NH (3), NJ (1), NM (1), NY (1), NC (1), ND (1), OH (0), OK (0), OR (1), PA (1), RI (3), SC (0), SD (1), TN (0), TX (1), UT (3), VT (0), VA (2), WA (1), WV (1), WE (1) WY (1), DC (1)

I've recently received a state quarter with Northern Mariana Islands on it! And, I have what the sender called "The Drummer Boy".

I also have a Sacawajwea gold $1 coin

Canadian coins:

BC (1), AB (3), SK (4), MB (0), ON (1), QC (3), NB (2), NS (1), PEI (0), NL (1), YK (1), NWT (0), NU (0)


The only thing I ask of my partners is don't send me pink - I just don't like it and I never have. I'm not a girly girl in the slightest way possible. I like BRIGHT over pastel any day!

Please be patient with mail! Even between Canada and the States, mail can take over a month. I had one swap take 39 days to get to me from the States, and now a swap of mine took 40 days to get to my partner there - the same day I resent (naturally)! lol


This list is updated whenever I get a new map card. I've been VERY responsible.

January 2017

I've finally made a list of the map cards I have.

May 24/18: the number beside the country/place is the number of pc's I have of different mapcards; duplicates aren't indicated (but are loved), nor are partial scenes of a particular place (except the Florida Keys).

North America (1):

Canada (7): British Columbia (7), Alberta (3), Saskatchewan (3), Manitoba (1), Ontario (4), Quebec (3), New Brunswick (2), Prince Edward Island (4), Nova Scotia (3), Newfoundland (0) and Labrador (0), the Maritimes (3)

Territories: Yukon (0), Northwest Territories (0), Nunavut (0).

United States (5): Alabama (3), Alaska (10), Arizona (5), Arkansas (2), California (10), Colorado (4), Connecticut (3), Delaware (2), Florida (7), Florida Keys (2), Georgia (2), Hawaii (3), Idaho (4) Illinois (2), Indiana (4), Iowa (1), Kansas (7), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maine (2), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (6), Michigan (5), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (2), Missouri (10), Montana (4), Nebraska (2), Nevada (2), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (2), New York (1), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (2), Ohio (4), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (6), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (2), South Dakota (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (7), Utah (3), Vermont (1), Virginia (3), Washington (2), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (6), Wyoming (6), (Territories): Guam (0), Puerto Rico (0), Virgin Islands (1)

Australia: 1 of the country, 2 showing its size compared to Europe (very differently), 1 of New South Wales

New Zealand: 5 of the country & 11 of the different areas:

North Island - Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel Peninsula, Wellington & Kapiti Coast, Waikato, Auckland (2)

South Island - The "Top of the South", Canterbury, Southern Scene


UK: I have a lot of "parts" of places in England. Do have a couple of Scotland, a few of Ireland and a couple of Great Britain.

Mexico (0)

Central America (0): Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

South America (1): Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil (1), Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile

Europe (3): Austria (0), Belarus (0), Belgium (1), Czech Republic (2), Denmark (1), Finland (5), France (4), Germany (4), Greece (0), Holland (5), Italy (1), Norway (0), Poland (0), Portugal (1), Romania (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (2), Sweden (0), Ukraine (0)

I'd love to have a postcard from each individual province in any European country that has them!

Others: Iceland (1), Greenland (1), Turkey, Africa (1 of the continent, one of S. Africa), India, China, Malaysia (1), Japan (1), Russia (3), Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, etc etc etc.

I have Bermuda, Tortola, and two of the Caribbean Sea. I have one of the West Indies.

More postcard likes are down below (I like to receive my postcards blank and in an envelope - not written on).

December 11/26, 2016

The updates on my profile show both the date AND year, which is a bonus everybody likes. Wish everyone would do this.

Please - update your profile, especially if you join profile-based swaps. I sometimes wonder - are you/your husband/kids still sick? Have you moved? How's the new job going? etc etc. :)

Most of the statements on my profile are from the early days of SB (November 29, 2008), which many SB'ers will know.


Fave Books/Music


Stephen King (most of them but to me Salem's Lot was the scariest book I've ever read), Robert McCammon (Swan Song - a long story, but I didn't want it to end), Dean Koontz (Watchers - my first Dean Koontz and it got me to read them all; I even read it again), Jodi Picoult (just started her books - kind of whiney but that's the way people are these days), and others.

I like to read, so I read a lot, but I read so fast that I can't remember the books I do read - have you ever started a book, and know that you've HAVE read it, but you don't know what's going to happen, so you just continue to the end? Well, I've done that. More than once.

The Chrysalids (also called Rebirth), by John Wyndham is one of the best - read that one a lot of times. When I was younger I loved the Outsiders, by SE Hinton.

And, to age myself, before that - Trixie Beldon - The Gatehouse Mystery. I must have read that one seven times!

I don't like most movies made from books, and I'd rather read the book, but I was glad I saw the movie, The Godfather, before reading it. Most of Stephen King's books are slaughtered when made into movies. I actually thought that Needful Things would make a great movie, but... Ahem, it wasn't, LOL.

I've seen the Game of Thrones and now am reading the books; they're a bit tedious because of all the archaic names, but I want to watch the show again (and I'm glad I saw the show first - I'd never be able to picture who was who).


Try radiogarden.com! You can listen to music from all over the world.

I love the blues and, what I think is called, "alternative" music. I like rock, easy listening, and swing (think "In the Mood" by Glen Miller), too - I listen to a station you can log onto on the web: CKUA.com (Friday nights from 9 pm and Saturday from 3-5 pm they play the blues - Sunday AM they play swing). But, the station plays everything, and it's listener sponsored, so you don't hear ads. I hear music played by people I've never heard of and I LOVE (most of) their styles. Try it out.

I don't like classical, jazz or rap, so I do have to change the station sometimes :).

James Blunt, Ruthie Foster, Natalie Merchant, Molly Brown, Corey Hart, Huey Lewis, Uriah Heep, Dave Mathews, Los Lobos, Stampeders...

Favorite Movies

I don't see a lot of movies anymore. I did when I was younger - living on an Air Force base in Germany, I went to a movie every Saturday with my 25 cent allowance. A movie and a bag of fries is what that bought. Hayley Mills was one of my favourites back then - The Truth About Spring, The Moonspinners, etc.

Favorite Television

I like quirky comedy. There isn't a lot on TV anymore. I tend to rent DVDs from the library. Mrs. Brown's Boys is hilarious; I've been watching Blackish and it's funny :)

Favorite Crafts

Scrapbooking ruled once upon a time (I actually finished an album), but because card-making is so fast, I finish them more often than any of the albums I dream of having someday (there's no way I can give anybody a "store bought" card anymore)!

Since discovering Swap-bot Nov/08, ATCs rule these days! I spend so much time making these little gems, that everything else has been put on the back burner!

2018 - ATCs, APCs and postcard making is what I mainly do now. Mixed media and collage is awesome!

About Me

My first swap: X~Mas Card Swap International Nov 29/08 - there was over 400 people who signed up, with about 15 people who never sent.

I think I joined SB before this date (is that why I'm an "original member"?), but was banned from a recipe swap, because my profile wasn't long enough (HA, that changed, didn't it)!

I shrugged my shoulders and forgot all about SB; then I found it again! Haven't looked back.

Personal stuff:

I met my husband in 1992 and we married exactly 5 years later. We have a few children between us, all of them grown now.

I'm a camper - my husband and I have an acre sized campsite about an hour and a half away from the city and visit it every weekend if the weather allows. My parents had a place there before us, and that's where we got married.

I would love to have an acreage. Have always dreamed of living on a farm.

I'm an Air Force brat, so travel is in my blood - plan to see more of this planet. When we lived in Germany, mom and dad took us camping all over Europe - lucky me.

Have always had an interest in photography - my husband bought me a great camera so one of my retirement plans is to really USE it. 2018 - still haven't done this; now I have a smaller digital camera and use it most of the time.

July 5, 2011 - last day of my "real" job. Husband retired 2013 and we're content to putter around at home, or the campsite. How did we find the time to do things when we worked??



Please, if you're considering dental implants and going to Costa Rica to have it done, DON'T go to Prisma (with the big red lips). There are quite a few good doctors - research, research, research. I went on the word of a friends cousin, who had permanent implants put in. I haven't heard lately how her teeth are.

To hear the whole story, pm me.

Laser Surgery

If you can, do it BEFORE needing reading glasses. I can tell you now - you have to have glasses with you all the time, or at least accessible (in the car, in the bathroom, by the computer, in the kitchen, by your crafts, at the store), etc, etc, etc. And it's easy to forget to carry them around with you. They're always on the top of my head. It's a pain in the butt, but great to be able to walk in the rain :)

Likes & Dislikes


I like bright colours - red, yellow, and the different kinds of blue there are.

I like having little kids around, teaching them to cook or do crafts - expand their world. With babies, the first thing I do is have them touch something - usually a plant.

Love the vintage look; things that are old. Things from old books, old tickets, pictures. I like sorcerer pics, dark, mystical visions. Love the steampunk look!

The following likes could be for anything to do with rub-ons, stamps, die-cuts, etc.

I like: faux stitching, doodles, trees, wild animals & bugs, birds, ocean stuff, travel, nature, ducks (the real ones, not the rubber ducky ones), horses, grass, lighthouses, fairies, mushrooms, dinosaurs. dragons, pin-ups, tasteful nudes. I'd love to get some decent punch-outs or die-cuts - unusual ones, not hearts and squares (who doesn't have those?)

If somebody wants to trade some punch-outs or die-cuts with me I have a cool carousal (horse) punch, and others (wings) - I can send a list of what I have. Just pm me.

Feb 25/17 - Since this was written, I have a ton more die-cuts to share!

I like pictures that could be incorporated into an ATC - kind of off the wall, or macabre, quirky, not cutsey. Dragons, mermaids, Boris type art.

I like Native art, and masks.

I'd really like it if you wrote a bit about what you're sending me - why you like it and what you'd like me to know about it. Or even just something about yourself!

I don't wear jewellry, but I'd like to get "parts" that I could use - I'm getting into Steampunk art.

I love "Classic 45" scrapbooking paper, Zetti, the grunge look, Tim Holtz.

If you're from another country, I'd love it if you'd send me a coin or two from where you live. I've started to collect all the specialty quarters that I've just learned about on our trip to Florida this year (Apr/18)! Or a postcard (especially a map card), or a postage stamp (used is fine), or anything else different from what I'm used to seeing here.



I don't like any kind of pink, bright or otherwise, and don't like pastel colours. I still remember, as a child, my bedroom walls painted a pale green!

Disney, cutsie, lots of small anything, pet things, stuff for kids (mine are grown), wedding items, stickers with sayings on them, religious themes. Crayon drawings of "cute" things. I'm way too old to appreciate them - I'll give them to the young folk in the family :)

I don't need stickers - don't use the ones I have, so please don't send any. I don't like too much glitter, but I use Wink of Stella. I don't like stickers on the art you send me. Unless it's so nice, you can hardly tell it's a sticker! You know what I mean.

If you're sending me a recipe (food or drink), I don't like coffee, coconut, tequila or scotch. I'm not an adventurous person with many types of seafood (oysters, sardines & mussels), though I like fish and large shrimp.


January 29/18

I've just learned about maxi-cards! I thought it was just big postcards, but they're the ones with a corresponding stamp on the front of the postcard (not a real stamp, but a picture of one). Apparently, Australia issued a postcard with each new stamp they bring out - please send me one, if you can (blank and in an envelope, please).

November 4/13

I seem to really be interested in postcards lately!

I've been fortunate to receive some nice ones (that I can't ever find - in stores, anyway). The only ones I had were the touristy ones that I bought when away from my city.


Store bought pc's: I'd like mine sent blank/unwritten on, in an envelope, if it's allowed in the swap (or even if it isn't).

I'm not going to join many "naked and stamped" postcard swaps - I like to send some of 'em on when needed (themed swaps, more than one in an envelope, etc). I keep lots, just cause I like them so much.

I like lots of things, but anything "different" would be great.

If you sent the following, you'd be just fine:

map cards, map cards, map cards!! If you have any Canadian map cards, I'd love them. I'm also trying to collect all the US states, too

steampunk, retro ads, nudes, naughty, fairies, dinosaurs, sci-fi, fantasy, monsters, old comics, movie posters, some movie stars, space (stars), water (rivers, waterfalls, lakes, ocean - I love water), lighthouses, tropical (palm trees, beaches), ships (rocket, sailing, etc), muscle cars (I used to have a 1972 Challenger - I rue the day I sold it), aboriginal scenes/portraits (from any country), art, bright and colourful (NO PINK or PASTEL for me) and I've never seen a Christmas postcard (I have some of these now - cool, and thanks)!

I don't care for touristy postcards (but LOVE map cards). I don't care for reconnoissance art, but I do love Toulouse Lautrec art.

No kittens, puppies or cute things, unless it's a human baby. I do like horses. Not crazy about vintage, unless it's something to do with the above likes. I don't like them just because they're old. I was recently sent a vintage pc of a Hula dancer - that was fine.

Homemade postcards: I like to store them in photo albums, so please (if you can), keep them 4 x 6" so they'll fit (10 x 15 cm). These can be sent naked OR in an envelope.


December 11, 2016

I always rate and I don't flake. If I ever do, I'll take this statement off.

Because, why would I want to earn that 3, or (shudder) 1?

If you get my swap, I'd appreciate a rating. If you didn't, please let me know so I can fix the problem. After a month or so, I will pm if I haven't been rated to see if my item made it to your house.

Dec 11/16 - I care that you don't want me to bother you to see if you forgot to rate me, but I care more about getting my ratings, so I will be contacting you. Hope you read profiles like I do.

Postal workers in Canada don't work on weekends, so if the send date is a Saturday/Sunday, they won't be postmarked until Monday. I try to have it done before the w/e in those cases. I always give extra time for things - especially overseas, before rating (and will check before giving a 1 or 3). Even crossing the Canada/US border seems to take forever sometimes. See the top of my profile!

I will sometimes put something in the closest mailbox on a w/e, and hit "sent" that day, but it won't be picked up until the next p/u day. I don't worry about it, if it isn't due. If it's DUE to go out that day, I take it to the post office, so the stamp will have the correct date on it.

I don't automatically give a heart because of extra's. Except for postcard swaps - if you've given me an extra one, from my profile likes, on top of sending me great cards, then why wouldn't you deserve a heart? I always send an extra postcard, and hope my partner does, too.

If something makes me say "wow", you'll get a heart. Even if it has pink in it, you might still get a heart, but you'll know it's your art that got it for you. Hope you'll do the same for me.

October 16, 2017

If I send you something and the glue (or anything else) hasn't done its job, please tell me!

I've learnt recently that I was given a heart for a swap where the backing had fallen off the ATC - of course, I thought everything was fine. Then, much later, I was told my work was "subpar".

How can I fix things if I'm given a heart for something that wasn't considered "up to par"?

I want a heart if it's extra special for you - that's why Swap-bot introduced them; what they're for. If you think my swap is "subpar", please let me know, so I can fix it.

March 1, 2018

I have learned that pizza boxes have a shiny surface on them, so things don't stick as well to them; I've begun to use a sanding block on those surfaces to roughen them up and make that glue stick - I use Arlene's Tacky glue.

THINGS FOR ME (and you, if you want):

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Comment: Such a pretty ATC! I'd be happy to do a private swap!
Response: Glad you like it! Thanks for the heart :)
CrystalZ rated for CS: Postcard Scavenger Hunt F-J on Mar 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcards! I do enjoy the NB flag one...definately a new one for my collection. I am not familiar with the movie you mentioned but I will have to look into it! My mom saw the jerk card you sent for J and see has claimed it :)
Response: LOL, I was hoping the Jerk card would be appreciated! I'm glad the NB flag card is one that you'll enjoy, too. That movie is black and white - hope you can find it somewhere. I should look for it, too, and watch it again. My impression might be very different these days, haha.
PaperPassion rated for MAS&M - altered puzzle piece #2 on Mar 27, 2020
Comment: Love the puzzle pieces that you sent.Thank you so much.I save the pieces in a clear sheet like you use for pocket letters.
Response: What a good idea - that would keep them safe! Thanks for your kind comment and heart rating; <3
klover rated for TRANSPORT PC #3 (BOARDS) on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesomes surfboard postcard! The turquiose water is beautiful. I have not yet been to Hawaii, but hoping to get there in the next five years:-). Thank you and happy swapping!
Response: I hope I get to go back there someday - the water is wonderful and NO mosquitoes by the oceans. Thanks for the very nice rating :)
Comment: Great to get mail from you, & I agree, it's been way too long. Enjoyed your letter & all the interesting comments about the delightful postcards you chose. Love the holiday you made up! By coincidence I just placed an order for more Trouble Birds cards - but their confirmation msg informed me that they had just closed their warehouse due to the virus so no cards would be shipped until who-knows-when. So now that I can't go to the library or thrift stores or flea-markets or farmer's markets I should be able to sit down & write you a catch-up letter. Stay tuned, and stay well. Belated birthday greetings to Loyd.
Response: Ohhh, BOY - a letter from you? I'd consider that a heart event! Our libraries are also closed, and I'm on my last book (can you believe the last one I picked up - that I ordered, I've already read - and not that long ago), so I'll have to start re-reading the old books I've saved in boxes, or raid every "Little Library" I see on the street, lol.
derakisu rated for CS: Animal Series - Horse on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: What a cute little ATC ! The foals are adorable. I love you backing card too. =D I wasn't familiar with Nuvo drops, so thank you for tempting me with a new crafting product !
Response: Thanks so much! I love Nuvo drops :)
Comment: Wow are you really good at making things. I just love your tag it is so cool. I never even heard of a sharker atc or tag before. Very well done thank you so much stay safe
Response: I knew I wanted to make something special - a shaker card was it! Maybe you'll try it sometime (lots of YouTube tutes are out there) - your grandkids would love a b-day card made from one.
carfra89 rated for National Banana Bread Day notecard on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it, I really love banana bread especially with walnuts. :D
Response: Hope you love it as much as I do! The last time I made it, I added cut up strawberries! YUM
Stastny1965 rated for ACTs: Tag, You’re It! on Mar 13, 2020
Comment: I adore this little elephant! Thank you!
Response: You're very welcome, thanks for saying so (and thanks for the heart rating)!
denisedecker58 rated for HS: Easy postcard swap on Mar 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards! I love them!
Response: Yay! Thanks for the nice comment & heart rating :)
vick302000 rated for CH: Send Coins/Get Coins #2 on Mar 12, 2020
Comment: Great selection. Thank you.
Response: Glad you like them!
papercraftkath rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt A-E on Mar 10, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love these postcards especially the Andy Warhol cow! Thanks for another lovely swap.
Response: Glad you do! Thanks for the heart rating - hope you and your family are doing okay.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter and the absolutely fabulous tag. How did you make the snowman and the snow?? I feel like we could have snow again soon... sorry for my slow rating.
Response: You can get SnowTex at Michaels - I found out about it from a swap I got from another CDN late last year! It's great, eh? I hope we don't get anymore snow - what we have has lasted forever, lol. Thanks for your nice comment and the heart!
RetroChik rated for MAS&M: Mushroom House on Mar 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the super cute mushroom house ATC and all the hard work you put in to it. :)
Response: It'll probably be some time before I do one again, lol! Thanks so much for the nice comment and heart rating :)
simcoe54 rated for Coins, Coins, Coins #5 on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for joining and for the nice coin selection.
Response: Glad you're happy to have them in your collection :)
simcoe54 rated for CH: Two Coins + a Surprise #3 on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great coins and notecard.
Comment: Thanks so much for the great cards and your letter! So many good Swap-bot hints, and I've added your book ideas to my read list!
Response: What a great comment - I'm happy my envelope made YOU happy! Please let me know if you do read those books :)
RockyBeach rated for Intl: Face Time-February on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your black and white card! The washi with the glasses matches perfect to the picture. I have also way too many washi And I keep buying more but hardly ever use them. :)
Response: Glad you noticed that! I think all Washi collectors have that same problem. Lately, I've used them for backgrounds on ATCs, and embellishments on cards, but this was the first time on a postcard - so glad you like it, and thanks for the heart!
Mark63 rated for ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS POSTCARD #2 on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your PC. :-)
Response: You're very welcome - thanks for the heart rating!
nannydino rated for NOT YOUR EVERYDAY POSTCARD #2 on Feb 29, 2020
Comment: Hi Sandra thank you for the shaped cupcake PC and the cute little shaped PC. Hope you had a great time at the car show. Happy swapping peace love light
Response: Glad you like them - thanks for the heart rating! :)

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TeaNi on Mar 24, 2020:

Thank you!

Guess what has arrived? The cardinals from my November wishlist! What a journey they had- and very appreciated, both the first send and the resend after they were returned to you! :)

PineappleTarts on Mar 21, 2020:

Thank you for the postcards for the February PTG WTA! I like your selections.

purple24 on Mar 20, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful postcards! Just what I wanted.... CPG Wishlist

chimerix on Mar 20, 2020:

Than you so much for the beautiful papers for the CPG Who Likes TAG! I love them and already pulled one to craft with today. Aloha

OrigamiGrace on Mar 18, 2020:

thank ou

For the seeds and atc coin blanks from my March wishlist at CPG!

noname13 on Mar 17, 2020:

Thank you for the postcard from my CPG March wishlist!

warheart on Mar 12, 2020:

Thank you for the book pages for the CPG March Wishes!!!

kiddomerriweather on Mar 8, 2020:

Thank you for the RAK of puzzle pieces. I can't wait to alter them!

simcoe54 on Mar 7, 2020:

CPG: March Wishes -- Thanks for the coin and for sending me a wish. Always love surprises in the mail.

Tricia22 on Mar 7, 2020:

CPS Two Postcards in an Envelope Tag- Thank you for the pc’s!!

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