Tuesday, November 10, 2020

WINNERS - 2020 CAT LOVERS HOP

 


Hi, Cat Hoppers.............

Yes, the post you and your cats have been waiting for is FINALLY here!!!! YAY!!! Thank you for your patience as I finished hopping and commenting. I visited every single project and loved them all!!! It is an honor and privilege for me to be able to leave personal comments on each entry. I never want our Cat Lovers Hops to get so big that I can't do that. (I am selfish that way..... lol...) Because of everything else happening in my life right now, it took me quite a bit longer than usual to finish. I know it caused a lot of waiting on your part, but I super-appreciate you being so understanding.

Wasn't this a fantastic hop????  I deeply appreciate every single one of our lovely Hoppers and all the kind comments you have left for me about our Hop.  We had 75 participants that signed in from 15 countries, including 27 first-time hoppers. WOW!!!  Everyone did such a great job leaving wonderful comments and making projects.  The caliber of your cards and projects was totally amazing! 

And it is so cool that more and more papercrafting companies are including kitty products in their CAT-alogs for us to drool and make happy feet about. ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป Many of those companies sponsored us this year. I am so very grateful for their support. We had 41 fabulous sponsors this year with a total of 53 prizes!!    I wish I had a prize for every single person, but you have to admit that 53 prizes for 75 people is pretty impressive!  THANK YOU, SPONSORS!!! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

So let's get right to the prizes and winners, shall we? 

TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com.
2. Please put "WINNER 2020 Cat Lovers Hop" in Subject.
3. In body of email, please tell me what sponsor AND prize you won.
4. If you won a physical prize (rather than a digital item or gift code) please include your snail mail address.
5. If you don't hear from me within three days, please send me a note again! lol...
So........with the assistance of Random.org.....here are our winners:

BADGE GIVEAWAY (for posting my Cat Hop Badge on sidebar,social media, blogging about it, etc.)
Darkroom Door - Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp  - Beverly Sizemore

FIRST-TIME PARTICIPANT:
The Cat's Pajamas - What the Froth stamp set -  Cindy Holmes

PARTICIPANT ALL 6 YEARS:
PoppystampsWhittle Cutie Cat die and Intricate Cut Butterflies die set - Ionabunny

COMMENT ON ALL THE PROJECTS:
Heffy Doodle - Mewniverse stamp set PLUS Dies - Jane Willis

DAILY GAME WINNERS:
Ike's Art - from her Fleaz Navidad digital set
Day 1 "It Wasn't Me" - Crafting with Jack
Day 2  "I Love my Teddy" - Jennifer Scull
Day 3 - "Carol Cats" - Catnip and Kitty Whiskers
Day 4 - "Ai Haz Mizzeltow" -  Andrea D. LaVigne
Day 5 - "Waiting for Santa" - Tina Z
 
Altenew - $15 Gift Voucher - Sue D
Art ImpressionsCatastrophy stamp set, Cat Twist Ties stamp and die set, and Cat Twist stamp and die set.   - KT Fit Kitty
CatLadyBox - A Gift Voucher for one of their deluxe CRAZY CatLadyBoxes - Amanda Wilcox

Clearly Besotted - £15 (pound sterling) Gift Voucher - Mrs. A
Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps - Two Cats in a Tree stamp - Remi
Ellen Hutson - Bravehearted stamp set PLUS Dies - Leslie Turner
Fiki at Bad Kitty's Craft Room - a lovely kitty stamp set - Craftartista (Mia)
Gerda Steiner Designs - Playful Kitten stamp set - Catnip and Kitty Whiskers
Ike's Art - $20 Gift Code - Vivian Foo
Ink Blot Shop - Fat Cats stamp set - Suzanne H.
Jane's Doodles - $20 Gift Code - Dotty Jo
JessicaLynnOriginal - Celine's Kittens stamp set - Leigh S-B
Kat Scrappiness - Pet Sentiments Brush Script die set - Denise Bryant
Kellie Stamps - Cat Mama digital stamp set - Lisa Lynn
Knitty Kitty - 3 digital images or 1 digital set of winner's choice from the online store - Susan Renshaw
Lawn FawnMeow You Doin' stamp set PLUS Dies - Val S
Leigh SB Designs - Cats Galore Digital Image and Sentiment set - Lori Kobular
Lost Coast Designs - $10 worth of stamps of winner's choice - Twรณrcze pasje Danki
MarkerPOP - Mystery package full of crafting supplies ($50 value) to a USA winner willing to pay shipping ($8.50) via PayPal. - Meghan K
Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Gift Voucher to their online store - Rebecca Yahrling
Pink & Main - Catitude stamp set - Christi Conley
Riley and Company - Felix the Cat stamp PLUS Die - Karen Ladd
Rubber Dance - Purr-fect! stamp set - Hazel (Didos)
Stampendous! - Kitten Hugs stamp set - Dina
STAMPlorations - $20 Gift Code - Pink Crafty Mama
Stamp On It - 3 Digital Images of the winner's choice - Carole J.
Sunny Studio - TWO Scaredy Cat Stamp PLUS Dies (2 winners!!):
WINNER #1 - Kathy A.
WINNER #2 - Kathi (Merkat)
Sweet 'n Sassy - $15 Gift Code - Blair
Taylored Expressions - Big Grumpy Cat Stamp and Die Combo - Lady Joyful
Technique Tuesday - Window Scene die set - Mary-Anne V.
The Crafter's Workshop -TWO PRIZES each containing two 6"x6" stencils: Flying Cat and Random Stars (2 winners!!)
Winner #1 - Michele Henderson
Winner #2 - NanaConnie
The Greeting Farm - Hey, Pretty Kitty stamp set - Shartl
The Ink Road Stamps - THREE PRIZES:
#1 Purr Babies stamp set - Glennis F
#2 Merry Catmas stamp set - mandysea
#3 $30 gift code - Fikreta
Unity Stamp Co. - FOUR - $25 Gift Codes (4 winners!!)
Winner #1 - Crafting with Jack
Winner #2 - Scrappy Chick
Winner #3 - Chandhini
Winner #4 - Annabel
Waffle Flower - $15 Gift Code - Alice (Scrapamondo)
Whimsy Stamps - $20 Gift Code - D.Ann
Your Next Stamp - $15 Gift Code - Roberta Stevenson

Whewwwwwwwwwwww.....that is a ton of winners!!!  Huge congratulations to each of you!!!  Be sure to look at the list carefully because I don't want anyone to miss out on seeing that they are a winner.   NOTE: A few of you won both a Daily Game prize AND one of the other prizes, so don't stop looking for your name on the list if you won one of Ike's awesome images...you might be down there again!!

 

TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com.
2. Please put "WINNER 2020 Cat Lovers Hop" in Subject.
3. In body of email, please tell me what sponsor AND prize you won.
4. If you won a physical prize (rather than a digital set or gift code) please include your snail mail address.
5. If you don't hear from me within three days, please send me a note again! lol...

 

Editing to add this:
I forgot to mention that Michele at Crimson Owl Creations asked me to announce her winners, too, in case they forgot to check back at her blog. So here they are:

WINNERS from Crimson Owl Creations
1. FITKITTY1
2. CINDY HOLMES
3. MANDY-SEA
4. ROBERTA STEVENSON
5. BECCAB3324
Bonus Winner: LESLIE!


Please send your snail mail addresses to Michele at: Crimsonowl@comcast.net.
Sorry, Michele, that I forgot to put that on here when I first made this post!!

 

 Last year I had a little FEEDBACK FORM that many of you filled out for me.  It was EXTREMELY helpful to me to see what you all liked and what was working...or not working.  Although I am not making a separate post for feedback this time, I still very much appreciate any comments you have on the Hop and suggestions for making it better.  

I am thinking about extending the time that comments can be made more than just the one extra day.  I know one additional day is apparently not enough time for ME!!  lol...  What do you think about that?  Will that get too much in the way of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop that comes up in November? I know a lot of you participate in that.  Let me know in the comments here and anything else you might want to mention.  

That wraps up the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it!  THANK YOU for your very kind comments of appreciation.  They mean a lot to me.  The Hop is a lot of work, but I love doing it.  

Soooooooooooooooooooooo ...... If I have not been committed to a mental institution in a complete state of hysteria by next year, I hope to be hosting the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop next October.  As always, the Hop is scheduled for the last full week of October, so the dates will be:  October 25-30, 2021.  Hope to see you then, if not before!!! 


Janis
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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

UPDATE on CAT HOP

 



Hi, Friends.......

Just here with a quick UPDATE ON THE CAT HOP...... 

I will be late with the Winners Post. I really want to visit all the projects first....and since it is my hop...(when it suits me, otherwise it is OUR hop...or even YOUR hop!! lol...) ....that's exactly what I am going to do! Bwahahaha!!

Things got really crazy here, my internet was spotty, and I was gone all day Tuesday working at the polls, today was homeschool day, and it's hard to type while holding my grandbaby!! ๐Ÿ’ž Awwww.... Whew! I am super-exhausted. So I am going to try to relax this evening and comment as much as my internet connection will allow. 

I hope to get the Winners Post up in the next few days. Thanks for your patience!


Janis

Sunday, November 1, 2020

WRAP-UP DAY: 2020 CAT LOVERS HOP

 



Welcome to the Wrap-Up Day of the
2020 CAT LOVERS HOP!!!


The deadline for entering projects is past, but......
 
You can still COMMENT (on projects and participate in the Daily Games) ALL DAY TODAY to be in the running for the Comment Prizes!!!   
(Comments close at 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.)
 
Please SIGN IN HERE (required to be eligible for prizes) 
and then go to the Main Hop Page to view the projects for commenting. The Daily Games are on the posts I made each day throughout the week.
 
Also, please check out my

 

Hi, Cat Hopper Friends!........

Whew....we made it!!  Have you had fun this week???  I hope you have enjoyed the Hop as much as I have! 

If you have made it all the way here to my Wrap-Up post, you are indeed very dedicated!!   THANK YOU  for your fabulous support and encouragement all through this week.   I am writing this post several hours before the cut-off for projects and we have nearly 200 entries!  WOW......Fabulous!  I thought our entry numbers might be greatly reduced by setting the limit at 5 per person, and we are a somewhat lower, but you all exceeded my expectations!!!  You are awesome!

Remember:  If you manage to comment on every single entry you may link your name up in the list below.   

One lucky marathon commenter will win a special prize from one of our sponsors! 

(Comments close at 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.)

NOTE:  I realize that not all Hoppers have accounts at all of the various platforms where projects are posted....like FB, Flickr, IG, etc.  Just make a note in the comments if you couldn't access some of them and it will not count against you.

So.....just how ARE you doing at commenting?  I am waaaaaaaaay behind. This has been a crazy week in our home....aren't they all???  lol...  So it is amazing I got the Hop up and launched at all.  I WILL visit each of your projects, though....but it prob won't be by the end of today.  I like to take my time to read each post carefully and enjoy the stories and projects. I don't want to miss a thing!!  

As I was looking at my posts from past Hops, I came across something I wrote in 2016 describing how much I enjoy doing these Cat Hops.  I have copied it here:

 

I LOVE doing this hop because we have........

The best cat stories:
I can't thank each one of you enough for your participation.  I have so very much enjoyed the cat tales and projects you have shared.  I have laughed and cried along with you at the happy and sad experiences that are necessarily a part of having and losing beloved pets.  I have not had a chance to hop around to all the projects....it might take me a few days, but I WILL visit you!!  

The best people:
I have been delighted to see a few special features and giveaways on the linked up projects, too!!  THANK YOU for this special touch that makes our hop something very, very special!!  Cat lovers are some of the kindest, sweetest, and most giving people on the planet.  Everyone involved in this Hop shows that so very well!!!

The best sponsors. Oh, my!!!:
And.....haven't we had just the most generous sponsors, too????  I am deeply humbled at their continued support and encouragement.  I am just a crazy old cat lady who is a regular alleycat-variety blogger just like many of you.....not on any design teams ever....and these fabulous individuals at these wonderful companies were willing to take a chance and sponsor us!!!  That says TONS about how remarkable these companies are!!!  

I hope you have had time to tell them thank you!  I have included links for the social media pages of the featured sponsors on each of the daily posts to make it easy to express your thanks.....so if you haven't sent them each a message yet, feel free to go back to the previous pages to see where to thank them. 

 

I still feel that way about our Hops and all you fabulous Hoppers!!  Thank you so much.  

Okay....so go ahead and finish up your commenting today.  Link up below if you comment on every single project!!

Comments and all Daily Game link-ups (including this one for commenting on all the projects) close at 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.

Thank you for sharing your lives and your cats with our Hop family this week.  Be sure to check back in a few days when I make the Winners Post......probably Wednesday or a little later because I am working the election in our precinct on Tuesday.  All the Cat Hop winner random number-crunching takes a surprising amount of time!! 

Bye for now...I'm off to Hop!!  


Janis

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy Fall

 


Hi, Friends.....

Taking a quick break from the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop to post this fun card with dry embossed metal leaves for Jo and Gail's new Let's Squash It! Challenge blog.



Supplies used include:
Punch Bunch Leaf punch
Add a Little Dazzle - Craft Metal Sheets (retired)
Darice Checkered embossing folder (retired)
DCWV patterned paper
A Creative Journey with Melissa - Fall and Winter Holiday sentiments stamp set

 

Sorry for any weird formatting.....I have a little grandbaby on my lap and am trying to type one-handed!!  Awwww......


Janis 


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in this challenge:
1. Let's Squash It! #1 Metallic and Geometric

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October Rudolph Days - PEACE

 

This is not my cat but I love seeing my kitties do this in the snow!!  lol...
 

Hi, Friends......

Taking a quick break from the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop to post this quick and easy card for Mo's October Rudolph Days.  


Supplies used include:
Echo Park - Winter Wishes cutapart
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Peace Cutaway die
Darice - Snowflakes embossing folder
Soft Snowflakes from Mia (THANKS, Mia!!)
Glitter pen


That's all for this post. I have one other card I want to post for other challenges.....then back to Cat Hopping! lol... Thank you for stopping by!


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenge:
1. October Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's

DAY 6: 2020 CAT LOVERS HOP


An Oldie, but one of my faves!

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Welcome to Day 6 of the
2020 CAT LOVERS HOP!!!

 If you have a project to linkup, please SIGN IN HERE (required to be eligible for prizes) and then go to the Main Hop Page
(Please use #2020CatLoversHop on social media!!)
 Also, please check out my
2020 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs


๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ


Hi, Friends.....

I can't believe it is already Day 6.  Where has the week gone???? TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO LINK UP PROJECTS!!!  All projects must be linked up by 11:55 pm Pacific tonight, October 31st.

Despair not, though, because you can still COMMENT (on projects and the Daily Games) THROUGH TOMORROW!!!  Comments close at 11:59 pm, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.   Yes, you get an extra day to catch up on your commenting...especially helpful for those last-second projects that get linked up near midnight tonight!!๐ŸŽ‘ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ  And......since Daylight Saving Time ends tonight here in the USA, you actually also get an EXTRA HOUR FOR COMMENTING!!  ⏰⏰⏰ 

Sunday's post will be a Wrap-Up Post and will have a link-up for you to enter if you have heroically managed to comment on every single project!! (You marathon commenters must have a much faster internet connection than mine is here in Idaho. I am still trying to catch up!!)


Okay.....Let's get on to the final group of super-awesome sponsors for the Hop:  Technique Tuesday, Riley and Company, CatLadyBox, Lawn Fawn, STAMPlorations, The Crafter's Workshop, Whimsy Stamps, and, as always, for our Daily Game, Ike's Art.

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Technique Tuesday



Please say hello to returning sponsor, Technique Tuesday.  It is so good to have them joining us again!! 

 

 

PRIZE: Technique Tuesday is generously offering one of their fabulous Window Scene die sets.  LOVE that they included that adorable kitty to sit on the windowsill!! 


 

BONUSTechnique Tuesday has a special 2020 Cat Lovers Hop Post scheduled for today over on their blog. Be sure to hop over and check out what they are sharing!!

Please take time to visit Technique Tuesday at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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Riley and Company





Our third new sponsor for today is Riley and Company. Their wonderful and wacky critters show up over and over in their products.  What a fun set of characters!! 

PRIZE: Riley and Company is generously providing a Felix the Cat stamp PLUS the coordinating Die to a lucky hopper this week!!




Please take time to visit Riley and Company at these social media spots: Store and Facebook. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"


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CatLadyBox is a very exciting returning sponsor. They are a little different from our other sponsors because they are not part of the papercrafting community.

They offer subscription-based memberships to receive awesome packages of carefully selected cat-themed products for Cat Ladies...delivered right to your door monthly in a box that even your cat will LOVE!!


PRIZE:  CatLadyBox is again offering one of their deluxe CRAZY CatLadyBoxes, which contains gifts for you AND for your cat!! A Purr-fect combination!! Me-WOW!!!

Please take time to visit CatLadyBox at these social media spots: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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Please say hello to the next returning sponsor to our Hops, Lawn Fawn!! We are all huge fans of Lawn Fawn's adorable critters.

 

PRIZE: Lawn Fawn is generously donating their Meow You Doin' stamp set PLUS the Coordinating Dies to one lucky winner!!! WOW!!






Please take time to visit Lawn Fawn at these social media spots: Blog, TwitterInstagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Facebook. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"
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STAMPlorations
  
Everyone please help me say hello to returning sponsor, STAMPlorations.

PRIZE: Shery at STAMPlorations is kindly offering a $20 Gift Code to one lucky winner!!
Please take time to visit STAMPlorations at these social media spots: Blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"
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  The Crafter's Workshop



Now let's give a warm welcome to returning sponsor: The Crafter's Workshop.  They carry a fabulous selection of mixed media supplies for all sorts of fun crafting adventures.
 
PRIZE: The Crafter's Workshop has generously donated prizes for TWO winners!!  Each winner will receive one Flying Cat stencil and one  Random Stars stencil (both in the 6"x6" size).  How fun is that???
Flying Cat
Random Stars


 
Please take time to visit The Crafter's Workshop at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTubeDon't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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I am delighted to introduce to you the final new sponsor for our Hop this year, Whimsy StampsAs you can see from their logo graphic, they are the Innovators of Slimline Dies!  How cool.  They really got something started!!!  

PRIZE:  Whimsy Stamps is very generously offering a $20 Gift Code to a lucky Hopper. 
 

Please take time to visit Whimsy Stamps at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTubeDon't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"
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DAILY GAME TIME!!!!!
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Today's Daily Game is Just For Fun....no prize.  But I hope you will still play along.
 


DAY 6 GAME: Does your cat have any interspecies friends.....other animal buddies that are NOT cats? 

I'll start.....
   
A number of years ago we had a sweet dog named Growler whose doghouse was on the front porch of our old house.  Growl-Dog was not a huge dog, but she was plenty big and very gentle.....but she did love to run and jump and chase the cats if they ran.  Too much fun for a dog to resist!!
 
Around that time we found a pregnant kitty hunting mice in our chicken house (on the property of our new house) and decided to bring her home.  The other cats were mean to poor Andale and she really was quite persecuted by one or two of the males, in particular.  Andale was not afraid of dogs and quickly discovered that she could take refuge with Growler in the doghouse or by just hanging out amidst Growler's legs and the other meanies would leave her alone.  Thus began a sweet companionship between our dog and this cat.  Growler was big and warm and a good bodyguard for Andale.  And Growler?  Well, I have no idea what Growler got from the friendship.....maybe just companionship. 
 
As in any close relationship, however, sometimes there are little disagreements.  Andale rather early assumed the dominant role in the alliance and, being a cat, could be a bit short-tempered with poor Growl-Girl.  Sometimes Andale would post herself in the doorway of the doghouse and not let Growler get inside to go to bed!!  Naughty kitty!!  Growler had experienced the business-end of cat claws before and knew better than to shove her way inside!  We would hear Growler whining and giving a little woof every so often and know she needed us to rescue her.  We'd remove Andale from the doghouse and......lickety-split.....in would slip Growler. Then we'd set Andale back down and she would settle contentedly next to Growler's warm body.  lol...  The two of them were adorable together!!
There is no link up for today's Just-For-Fun Daily Game,  but you can still join the ones from previous days.  The other Daily Game link-ups will be open all day today and tomorrow.  Entries need to be in by 11:55 pm Pacific, Sunday Nov. 1, 2020 to be eligible for the daily prize.  Hooray for the extra hour to comment because of the time change!! 

Okay, now it is your turn!!  

REMEMBER: Link your cat-themed projects over on the Main Hop Page. (Please use #2020CatLoversHop on social media!!) 
 
Okay....now get those last projects finished and posted because TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO LINK UP PROJECTS!!!  But you will still have through tomorrow to finish up your commenting.  

Thank you sooooooooooo much for being a part of the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop.  Your excitement and participation has been such a joy!  Tomorrow we will have a Wrap-Up Post, so I will see you then!! 

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Janis
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