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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
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~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

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Typing this on Saturday afternoon as we are waiting for the real first big snowstorm of the year to hit tonight and tomorrow. Mr. Dollycas has the snow blower ready to go, but I am worried about the roads as my daughter will be traveling back and forth to work tonight and tomorrow. She is the one that was in the accident last March during on a very blustery day and is a little nervous. Her dad may become her designated driver. As for me, I will be cuddling up with a cozy or two.

Speaking of cozies, I have to mention the number of books coming from Berkley/Penguin Random House for January is only 5 books. This from the company that used to release 15 – 20 cozies a month. The past year we have seen series cancelled in record numbers and very few new ones being added. Thankfully several authors are finding new homes at other publishing groups. Small firms or publishers that used to take a back seat to the powerhouse of cozies from Penguin. They are reducing their number of traditional mysteries and suspense as well, only 7 coming in January. Not sure what their reasoning or strategy is but it is a bit scary. I feel bad for both the authors and the employees that are being hit hardest by these decisions. If you want to stay up on the series coming, continuing or being cancelled be sure to visit the Save Our Cozies Facebook Group. It is a group of authors and fans of cozy mysteries. 

Weekly Rewind – December 5 – 10, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #49

Plus – Berkley Prime Crime – Holiday Cozy Mystery Bundle Giveaway! @BerkleyMystery

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – December 6 – 8, 2016

Plus – #Review – The Red Queen Rules by Bourne Morris

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Laura Childs – Author of Egg Drop Dead – #Review & #Giveaway too! @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – FATAL FICTION by Kym Roberts – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

Friday – Flashback Friday – The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown – #Review

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Literally Dead by Lois Winston – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus –  #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Literally Dead by Lois Winston – Great Escapes Book Tour

Hope you have a warm and cozy week! 

Dollycas

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Dec 042016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

christmas_online_shoppingI keep finding myself distracted at the computer these days. I do 90% of my Christmas shopping online. This year due to everyone’s schedules we are not having our immediate family celebration until January 7. I have found several bargains, in fact I impressed myself with my shopping at J.C. Penney yesterday for my oldest grandson. I saved over $200 before my Ebates and Swagbucks plus earned store rewards.

I am done shopping for my youngest son and husband too. Mr. Dollycas received 1 gift early, a new recliner. The girls are a little harder to shop for and I keep thinking since we are celebrating so late this year should I wait on some of their the grandkids gifts and shop the after holiday sales. I keep going to sites and filling my carts but just can’t push the “place order” button. I am definitely overthinking this as I keep leaving my blog and tour work to check “just one more place” or “look one more time”.

Before my accident Mr. Dollycas and I would grab our lists and do all the shopping in one day and then have a wonderful dinner out. These days he isn’t as mobile and I clog up the aisles in my wheelchair so we can no longer divide the list, head in different directions like we used to. Plus with me having only one working hand all the wrapping falls into my youngest daughter’s and husband’s laps, so I just shop, shop, shop, and they take care of the boxes and bags that show up at the door. Of course my daughter shops too and has her own stuff to wrap. At least this year they will have a little extra time 🙂 

P.S. If you not signed up for  Ebates and Swagbucks I encourage you to do so. It is so easy and I have earned cash back and points for gift cards the last few years that allowed me to get extra gifts or something just for me. 

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Weekly Rewind – November 28 – December 3, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #48

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Vicki Delany – Author of We Wish You A Murderous Christmas – #Review / #Giveaway too! @BerkleyPub

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Deck The Hallways by Kate Carlisle

Friday – Flashback Friday – Claws For Alarm by T. C. LoTempio – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight – Wishing on Snowflakes by Joanne DeMaio

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Spouse on Haunted Hill by E. J. Copperman

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Have a wonderful week everyone!

Dollycas

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Nov 272016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful week. Mr. Dollycas, my two youngest children and I were joined by my oldest grandson for Thanksgiving and the weekend. It was a pretty quiet weekend for us. I did take all day Thursday off from the computer and read and binge watched How To Get Away with Murder. Spent the rest of the weekend catching up a few things on my blog and reading. Of course I spent plenty of time with Kaden, he always brightens me day. As I type this I am listening to the Wisconsin Badger game. The Packers have had an awful start to the year and am hoping they do better this week.
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Weekly Rewind – November 21 – 26, 2016
Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #47

Tuesday – #Review – Christmas Morning by Roma Brooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Dangling by a Thread by Lea Wait – #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday – Flashback Friday – One Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Spotlight – Logan Book Series by Valerie Davisson

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I hope you have a fantastic week!!

Dollycas

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Nov 132016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

I hope you had a good week, it was definitely an eventful one! Don’t worry no politics here 🙂 The weather was nicer than I had expected, didn’t even need a jacket when I went to vote on Tuesday. My grandson turned 9 yesterday. Hoping to see him in person today but he has had an awful stomach flu the last few days. What a way to spend your birthday. I am looking forward to another busy week of blogging, book tours and reading.  What do you have planned? 

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Weekly Rewind – November 7 – 12, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #45

Plus – Book Blast – If Words Could Kill by Barbara Schlichting

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Sharon Farrow – Author of Dying for Strawberries – #GuestPost #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Good, The Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler

Friday – Flashback Friday – Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle – #Review / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Five Dog Voodoo by Lia Farrell – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death at First Sight by Lena Gregory – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Hope you have an AWESOME week!!

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Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Nov 062016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

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Fall Back

I am a Spring and Summer person. No matter how hot we can find ways to cool off. Jump into a pool, crank up the air conditioning, wear as little as possible still staying appropriate. During the Fall it is not too bad, but when Winter comes in Wisconsin I can never seem to get warm, the cold gets into my bones. No matter how many layers of clothing, or blankets I wrap up in, or the hot beverages I drink I am always cold or at least chilly. The winds bites, the snow falls and daylight is in shorter supply. I wish I could afford to head South for the winter but that is far out of reach. I am hoping for a mild winter and that it passes as quickly as Summer did. They say in Wisconsin there are days or weeks when you can experience all 4 Seasons temps no matter what the calendar says.. I know that to be true, so I am hoping for a little warmer winter this year. Snow is great but for me it could Snow anytime between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and then bring on Spring!! 

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Weekly Rewind October 31 – November 5, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #44

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – November 2016

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Susannah Hardy – Author of A Killer Kebab #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Interview / #Review / #Giveaway – Send In The Clowns by Julie Mulhern – Great Escapes Book Tour – @henerypress

Friday –  Flashback Friday – Five Alarm Fudge by Christine DeSmet – #Review / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery

Saturday – #Spotlight – Harris Estate by Stacy Cotter

Plus – #Spotlight – #Giveaway – THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER By Cathy Ace – Great Escapes Book Tour

And – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Hooking for Trouble by Betty Hechtman @BerkleyMystery

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Have a great week everyone!  

Dollycas

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Oct 232016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

litcoinsI have recently discovered Reader’s Legacy. Reader’s Legacy is a revolutionary social media site for authors, publishers and book lovers. As ‘the largest book club in the world’, and with over 3 million books for sale. Think GoodReads on steroids. You can build a library, follow friends, connect with authors and so much more. You also can collect LitCoins that you can use to buy real books for free!! They have videos to help you get everything set up and you can even import your books from GoodReads. It is another place to connect and can be linked to your social media accounts. I am just getting  things set up and already have 30 followers. I am still getting used to the “Read Feed” and finding my way around but I really like that we can earn LitCoins and buy books for things were are doing on other sites. Check it out just click here.

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Weekly Rewind – October 17 – 22, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #42

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier – Lee Hollis – Barbara Ross

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Terry Farley Moran – Co-Writer of Crepe Factor with Laura Childs – #GuestPost / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Friday – Flashback Friday – X-Dames by J.J. Henderson – #Review / #Giveaway

Plus – SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP 2016

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – More Tales from Suburbia: Yes, It Gets Even Crazier by Brandi Haas – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder in the Theater by Christa Nardi – Great Escapes Book Tour

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I hope you have time to have fun and laugh this week.

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Oct 162016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

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Daughter Lizzie and Granddaughter Natalie

I think summer ended much too soon, I am not ready for this chilly weather but last weekend we made a trip to a nearby apple orchard and this weekend we are baking. Apple cupcakes, apple crisp, and more. My granddaughter is here for the weekend. Even 19 months after my son’s death the 15th of ever month is a day filled with sadness. When that day falls during the work week there is not much we can do but when it falls on the weekend we try to get together and do something to lighten our grief. Her being here this weekend has kept us on our toes and busy. Kris is still on our minds but having fun with his little “princess” makes the day brighter. Now I know I have recipe for Apple Kuchen with Rhodes bread dough on the bottom and custard on the top, I just need to find it 🙂

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Weekly Rewind – October 10 – 15, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #41

Tuesday – #Review – If Words Could Kill by Barbara Schlichting

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Kathleen Ernst – Author of A Memory of Muskets – #Review #GuestPost #Giveaway @midnightinkbook

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Seeds of Deception by Sheila Connolly

Friday – Flashback Friday – Mexican Booty by J.J. Henderson – #Review

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Grrr-eat Tiger Chase (Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries) by Alannah Rogers

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Oct 022016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

book-1It broke my heart this week to learn that Penguin Random House did another slash and will not be continuing even more cozy series. Series by Ellery Adams, Diane Vallere and Hannah Reed are the newest ones on the chopping block.  I looked ahead on Amazon and instead of the 12- 15 cozies they have been releasing the past few months, which was a drop from the 20+ they were releasing each month before, they will now only be releasing about 8 per month month. It is frustrating too when the authors tell us sales for the books had been good. It makes me wonder the criteria for choosing which series’ to cancel.  

Cozy mysteries seem to be very popular and the fans are loyal. Thankfully some of the authors are finding new publishers or deciding to try self publishing. For me personally after I read about these characters for even just one but certainly 2, 3 or more books, I become invested in them and get frustrated when I don’t know how everyone ended up. When the first purge started one author, Julie Hyzy, was able to “end” her White House Chef Mysteries to give her readers closure. I wish more authors were able to do that. This whole phase shows just one way book publishing is changing. 

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Weekly Rewind – September 26 – October 1, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #39

Tuesday – #Review – Girl Underwater by Claire Kells

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with LynDee Walker – Author of Lethal Lifestyles – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Special Guest – Sofie Kelly – Author of Paws and Effect – #Review / #Giveaway too!

Friday – Flashback Friday – Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart – #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Hammett Hex by Victoria Abbott – @BerkleyPub

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I hope you each find many moments of joy this week! 

Dollycas

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Sep 252016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

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A busy week ended in one of hope. Our family took part in the Prevent Suicide Walk for Hope on Saturday. The Walk ended early due to rain which was taken a couple of ways by different walkers. “Tears from heaven” Tears for renewed hope” plus the “It’s just rain” 🙂 A year ago we walked in a larger Out of Darkness walk and most of us were still numb. This walk was smaller and more personal and I enjoyed the featured speaker, Deeatra Kajfosz, Founder of LiFE OF HOPE and Suicide Attempt Survivor. She talked about Life beyond Suicidal Thought, Behavior, and Action. It gave me a little insight and food for thought.

After the walk Kris’ daughter and her cousin came to spend the rest of the day with Nana and Papa. Movies, video games, baking, taking silly pictures. A perfect way to end the day!

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Weekly Rewind – September 19 – 24, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #38

Tuesday – #Review – Home by Harlan Coben

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Peg Cochran – Author of No Farm, No Foul – #Review #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – It’s A Wonderful Knife by Christine Wenger

Friday – Flashback Friday – Murder on Route 66 by Glenn Nilson – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Special Guest – Margaret Coel – Author of Winter’s Child – #Giveaway too! @BerkleyMystery

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I hope your future is bright!
Have a great week!

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Sep 182016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

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Did you have a good week? Mine had its ups and downs. I felt really drained after doing all the suicide prevention posts on Facebook and Twitter last week. But one of my wonderful nieces shook up my perspective a bit with just a few words and that really helped. I also read a long awaited book from my favorite suspense author, Home by Harlan Coben, it is an excellent read. My review will be up on Tuesday.

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Weekly Rewind September 11 – 17, 2016

Monday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Mud Bog Murder by Lesley A. Diehl – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #37

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Wicked Summer by Roma Brooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Nancy Haddock – Author of Paint the Town Dead – Guest Post/ #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Dying For Data by Cassidy Salem – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – A Gala Event by Sheila Connolly #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Special Guest – Jessica Estevao – Author of Whispers Beyond the Veil #Giveaway too!

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Someone shared this video of Mike Rowe this week and I was laughing so hard.
If you are in need of a laugh today, please watch.

Have A Great Week! 

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