The meeting went well which means I’m moving!

I will be paying about $400 more a month than I am paying here. It includes water and trash, pet rent ($10 per pet), and a carport. So a total of just under $1200.

This is for 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. And it’s more than I would like to pay, but circumstances have kind of made my decision for me.

I would have been fine with a one-bedroom and one bathroom, but this is the one that became available and I took it. Guess I’ll be blogging till I keel over! It’s bigger than I actually wanted, but I took what I could get.

I will have a stackable washer/dryer, an ice maker, and a built-in microwave. I’ll have 1150 square feet compared to 725 square feet here.

I’ll have someone above me, but I’ll be on a corner.

The carport is not in front of my apartment because the carports are on the outside of the apartments and grounds.

The Floor Plan:

I'm moving and here is the diagram floor plan of my new apartment

Obviously, the above photo is of the second floor. Because there is a balcony shown instead of a patio.


A tai chi class was going on while I was there. They plan various activities. Every month a calendar comes to your door letting you know about that.

The grounds are very pretty. These photos are from their website.

The Grounds:

I'm moving and here are the beautiful grounds at the complex

So much has changed in terms of rent and home prices. Everything has gone up quite a bit, and I just have to go with the flow because I want out of here.

A pretty water feature at the apartments I'm moving to

When I moved where I currently am, I thought I’d live here forever. But then I didn’t know there would never be any improvements. Or that the place would go downhill as it has.

Or that there would be rats from the sewage and snakes coming down some unfortunate residents’ ceiling vents!

I'm moving to this complex and here is the pool

I won’t have my big patio space, but I will make do. It will challenge me to think up ideas of how to work with it.

A seating area at the apartments

A Few Residents’ Patio Spaces:

All the patios spaces were different-sized.

Mine was basically what you see under the roof and then what is beyond that was a rocky surface. I’ll have to think about what to do about that.

Below are other residents’ patio spaces.

I'm moving and here is one of the current resident's patio space

My overall opinion was that these are homes the residents’ take pride in, rather than just your run-of-the-mill apartments.

One resident screened in his/her patio

The complex was built in the seventies.

I'm moving and here is what one of the various patios looks like
Photos of patios at the new apartments

Some residents have enclosed their outdoor space as a screened-in porch. Apparently, you can decorate your patio pretty much as you want at your own expense.

Inside The Apartments:

I have no idea what my kitchen will look like. And won’t until I’m moving in because someone is living there.

Kitchen at the new apartments

As you can see there are white cabinets and there are brown cabinets.

I'm moving and here is one of the kitchen styles there

This is a living room from their website. I don’t know how close this is to what my own apartment living room will look like.

The living space where I'm moving
I'm moving and here is a bedroom photo

The apartment will have your basic 1970s bathrooms. Nothing fancy. My second bedroom will probably be my office.

My move is scheduled for January 26. Now if I can just get things given away or taken to Goodwill and the rest boxed up. If someone lives in this area and wants to look at my paintings, decor, etc., email me.

The Neighbors:

When the assistant manager was showing me my patio space, a man and his wife came out of their adjacent patio door. They told me they love it there.

These neighbors had gorgeous plants! Two big hibiscus plants and bird feeders. It was all so pretty. Then the woman next to them came out and greeted me as well.

Everyone was so friendly. I think I’ll like it there. A whole new place to decorate!

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  1. Hi Brenda! Just catching up with you here – so glad you’re moving!! and the new place looks wonderful! As do your neighbors – AMEN. I look forward to seeing what you do with the new space and new little patio~ Your cats will love the extra room!

  2. Brenda, I just read about your upcoming move and am so happy for you! It sounds like just the right place. I hope you’ll be very happy with your new beginning!

  3. Brenda, I cannot WAIT to see what you will do with this new space. Both inside and out. You have so much space and it is a beautiful community. You REALLY deserve this!!!

  4. Brenda!! This is wonderful news. I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see how you transform the space into your own with your fabulous design eye! Congratulations!!

  5. Brenda, this is so exciting! Congratulations on the move! I am sure this is going to be a wonderful community and apt. I hope you have a fireplace, another fun thing to decorate. Be careful giving too much away, you do not want to have to buy it all again! I made that mistake twice.

  6. So very happy for you!! It all looks great!! Dont get rid of too much, you have more space to decorate! Are you on the ground floor? This will be so fun to watch you decorate over time. looks well cared for and a great place for you to watch birds and enjoy your home again! Very happy for you!!

  7. How exciting. Congratulations. It looks like a very warm and nice place to be. I cannot wait to see what you do with both inside and outside. Take it easy and hope all goes well with the move. A new beginning for another Chapter of your life..thats how I always see a move and have had many..but leaving an abode where you have spent a lot of times can spark a brief cry of goodbye, also. 🙂 … Glad you have found a good place and what sounds like will be friendly and nice neighbors, too.

  8. Oh, Brenda…. I’m so happy for you!!! Snakes and rats, oh, my!!! That would push me out as quickly as humanly possible so I don’t blame you for wanting to move, at all. It sounds as if it will be perfect for you.

  9. Great news, Brenda! What fun you’ll have this winter making this a cozy new home for you, Ivy and Gracie and planning your new patio garden. Looks like a lovely apartment and a beautifully maintained complex. In case you didn’t notice it, on their website where they list the many nice amenities the first is “Free Can-Do Services. Help with all those heavy chores.”

  10. So happy for you. I have been holding my breath that you would get a nice new place. All your current furnishings are beautiful and they are so you. I would wait to get rid of anything. I know you could find a nice place for them in your new home.

  11. Congratulations Brenda!! A well deserved fresh start ahead for you! Continued prayers as you transition to your new address and make it your beautiful home.

  12. Congratulations on your impending move! That’s fantastic that you’ll be able to decorate your patio however you wish, and the extra indoor space might be a nice change.

  13. After what you told us was going on at your place, I am so glad you are getting out. The new place looks lovely and I have no doubt in my mind that you won’t put your special touch on is. I can’t wait to see what you do. I’m happy for you, Brenda, and I hope this new home will be one where you will want to stay. God bless.

  14. Just reading this tonight..everyone is so excited for you..looks like a beautiful place and I will love watching you decorate inside and out…bless you always…

    1. So excited for you, Brenda ! I know it will be a lot of work but will all be worth it . What a lovely apartment !

  15. This is great news Brenda! I’m so happy for you & “your girls.” They will have fun exploring every inch. It’s a beautiful place & you deserve all of it.

  16. This is great news! I am so happy for you. This new place looks wonderful and you’ll certainly have a lot of space. Our ranch home is only 1100 SF (we do have a basement which is partially finished, but we’re never down there except to do laundry or get something out of storage) and even that square footage is just fine for two of us! The price of rent almost gives me a heart attack though. I know that’s the going price most everywhere, but wow. I don’t know how a single person can afford that!

  17. Oh Brenda, I am so thrilled for you & you deserve to move to a nice, safe, beautiful new apartment. When I moved 2 years ago I sold some treasures that I should have kept so be thoughtful what you keep. You have a beautiful home now so I am excited to see you decorate your new CozyLittleHouse!!

  18. This sounds like a great place. I really like the patio that has the iron fencing. It may be larger than you want but that is better than smaller. When moving to a new place, it’s a big concern what the neighbors will by like. Sounds like you will have friendly people and they’ve said they like living there. That’s a great recommendation. So glad you found such a nice place.

  19. Hi Brenda,
    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. I’m a firm believer in things working out the way they’re supposed to. This was meant to be. A new beginning. It’s amazing to me how things in life are always changing. I lost my sweet Lily a week ago today. She was 18 years, 3 & a half months old. Ancient for a Bichon, but she was happy until the end when I had to make the decision. So now my life is changing again too and I’m amazed at how things are suddenly coming into alignment. I don’t know if you have Home Depot or Lowes but both have, or used to have, moving boxes in small, medium & large for $1.00 and under. When I last moved I used the medium – easier for me to handle. Looking forward to hearing about your new journey. Margie

  20. so happy for you. As you walk around the complex your will get ideas how others decorate their outside area. Can’t wait to see what happens as you arrange your furniture and kitchen area. you can plan ahead for spring planting.

  21. Congratulations! Looks like a very nice place. I cannot wait to see how you decorate it! So excited for you!

  22. I’m so happy for you and your fur babies! I’ll be excitedly waiting for pictures when you move in .
    Twelve yrs ago when I moved I used liquor boxes. They are smaller, very sturdy and much easier for me to handle . Especially since I had a lot of books and glass dishes, basically heavy stuff. Sending prayers for a safe and easy move .

  23. Brenda, I am THRILLED that this worked out for you! Wonderful! Can’t wait to see how charming you make your new space….a blank canvas with a master artist ready to go at it! And if you do decide you’d rather have a one bedroom, you can always be put on a wait list for the next opening.
    Goodbye rats, snakes, snotty office lady, tree roots busting thru the floor, broken AC unit, and management that doesn’t give a “poop” about anything!!!

  24. I am so happy for you! Another new chapter and the beginning of new life and change! You deserve to improve your life and enjoy your new space with your precious fur babies. Remember to pace your self. We are following your every step-slow or fast.

  25. Congratulations. Just think of all the options to attract new subscribers. Decorating the kitchen, an office, a living area, a bedroom and a patio with brand new ideas for decorating will be a great adventure. Those of us who live in condos or plan to move into one will be your biggest supporters.
    We all need inspiration and motivation. God bless you. May your new home bring you peace and joy.

  26. So very happy for you, Ivy and Gracie. I know you’ll make it your home. Cannot wait to see how you decorate it. You deserve the best.

  27. Oh, I’m so happy for you! It looks beautiful … a bit more space for you and kitties and lovely grounds … looks very peaceful. And so nice that you met a couple of neighbors with a friendly vibe. I’m sure you’ll find the extra space useful once you get in and settled. I’m excited for you!

  28. YAAAYYYYY!!! Picture me doing cartwheels & hand-stands for you and the fur-babies! The place (apt. and grounds looks very pretty ~ and I know you will dec- orate it beautifully inside and out.
    Hugs, m’ dear!

  29. Congratulations! I’m so glad you found a great place to live. I agree with the others who suggested you wait until you are settled into your new place before downsizing anything. Please make sure you have carriers or a kennel for the kitties so they don’t accidentally get out during the move.

  30. I am so happy for you! It will be so nice to be in a well kept apartment and the outdoors area looks so pretty. You will be so busy making it “your” home. We will be following you each day!

  31. Congrats Brenda! So happy you will get to live at this beautiful Garden of Eden! The grounds are so so pretty.. .love all the trees and the little creek, the rocks and stones, etc. And YOU don’t have to keep them up! You can go for little walks along the paths and enjoy the water, Please don’t be negative about the stones/rocks in your patio area….. we graveled half of our back yard and I love it. I set my pots right on top and then kind of nestle them in to level them, and it works great. I think you might enjoy a smaller patio/garden area. Pots are wonderful and you can even have some garden shelves/tiers for several that are stacked. A water fountain with trickling water sounds would be heavenly. Maybe not a good idea to get rid of most of your stuff, as you will now have a bigger space and need more things to decorate it! have fun with it all! Marilyn

  32. Congratulations on your new home! I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to follow you in your new journey. Have a great week.

  33. Happy…Happy…Happy!!! I prayed, and I know you did too, and I could hardly wait till today to see how everything turned out for you. The area and grounds look so inviting and well kept, and to be gated is a plus. It is really good to have nice neighbors, that goes without saying of course. I read above, that you will be 2 miles from where you live now. So, it sounds like you can still shop at the same grocery stores, and other places, where you know where everything is located.
    I know your office space will be wonderful, as your patio will be. The cats as everyone mentioned will love all the windows. This was just meant to be, I am so excited for you. Huge congratulation hugs coming your way from WI.

  34. Brenda, I’m so excited for you! The complex looks lovely! It will be great to have the extra space. Looking forward to seeing how you put your personal stamp on the new apartment. Cheers to moving!

  35. Oh how exciting Brenda! You will turn your new home into such a wonderful and inviting abode in no time at all, having a new footprint to work with for your outdoor space will be a fun challenge. And what a positive sign that your neighbors are so welcoming and outgoing. So so happy for you!!!

    1. Brenda, congratulations. Well deserved upgrade. My first thought when I saw that screened-in porch that someone had done is that would be a perfect way to let your kitties get some outdoor time and stay safe. Maybe you’ll be able to do that at some point. I use office supply boxes, sometimes called bankers boxes, for moving. It’s hard to get so much in them that it gets too heavy for me and they have holes in the side makes it them easy to lift up. And when you’re done with them you can fold them up and put them away and keep them for other uses.

  36. I am happy for you to have found a new home. Just in time, I think! A corner, main floor apartment is so good. More windows, less shared walls. I hope they paint and update some things before your arrival date. Very exciting! We can all breath a sigh of relief on your behalf.

  37. Yay Brenda! I’m sooo happy for u!
    Your prayers have been answered!
    Having another bedroom means some storage space too!
    I wouldn’t be so hasty about downsizing everything just yet bc you’ll probably regret it.

    In the meantime u should put bleach in your toilet at night and get a brick or something heavy to put on your toilet seat.
    That’s what my aunt did when she found a snake in hers!
    Actually she called my Dad but she had 2 other bathrooms upstairs.
    She left a brick on the toilet seat for along time and had my Dad come and check all her bathrooms every week for awhile.
    I think that’s when she bought a camper toilet bc she was afraid to go pee in the other toilets. Lol
    She had a big beautiful house too that was kept up, so that was just a weird coincidence!

    U should probably start looking for a nice cookware set esp with all the sales going on.
    Now u will be able to make soup and stews and even fudge with a stove! Is it gas or electric?
    U should find out b4 u buy your cookware and whether it has grills or flat surface.
    Make sure u change everything tangible that u put in that apt and take it with u bc I wouldn’t leave anything behind for them.

    Looks like your going to have great neighbors too that care about their surroundings and they’ll be a great support system too!
    So excited for you!

  38. Awesome! Looks like you will love it and it will love you! Well done. Having a carport is so nice. Glad you got and end unit 😁

  39. Oh my goodness! Congratulations! It looks just lovely and I think you will be happy there. I can see by the photos the green space is beautiful, the patio gardens are right up your alley, nice neighbors and activities to boot. I am so happy for you.

  40. Depending on exposure you can always set pots on stones. Perhaps your tree(s).?
    How sheltered is your location?
    You have a lovely selection of pots, so it will just mean storing them to wait for spring, and that will give you time to figure it all out.
    This is exciting!!!! My gardening brain is working overtime, and I only have the barest of information.😂😂😂 Three years in my new space has my garden set, so I have to live vicariously through you😇

      1. Maybe now would be a good time to empty the larger pots… save the plants that are perennials, refresh the pots with new soil & replant with the saved perennials. Or… perhaps your daughter(s) know a couple of strapping young men you could hire to move the larger/heavier pots to your new home. Once the pots are moved to your new patio, I suspect a maintenance fella or two would help you shift them around.

  41. Oh Brenda, this post was really a joy to read! All of your followers (your friends) are so incredibly happy for you! I wish I lived close enough to help you move. You are a good person, Brenda. You deserve to be happy, and I’m praying you’ll be very happy in your new home. You’ve patiently waited a long time for this, and it’s finally happening for you. I couldn’t be happier for you! I agree with some of your other friends… I think you should wait to downsize, since you’ll have so much more space, and if a one bedroom becomes available, you can always move into that one to save on cost. And like everyone else, I can’t wait to see what you do with the place! AND… from a selfish point of view, I’m glad you’ll be blogging forever, lol. I look forward to your posts every day! 😊

  42. Yay, congratulations on finding a new place where you will feel safer. You might enjoy having some extra space. The cats probably will. As others have said, it will be fun to follow you making this apartment your new home.

  43. I’m impressed! The new place looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see how you decorate – inside and out. I think you will be happy there. You may not have given it much thought before but I’m certain you’re going to enjoy every inch of extra space you’re getting. Enjoy!

    1. Just wanted to say I called the movers and are having them come the next day, January 26. Because I’ll have to sign a bunch of paperwork and write a bunch of checks and get the key. And the complex won’t let me do that early.

  44. So happy for you Brenda! It sounds and looks perfect. And I think the cats will be delighted to look outside with all the extra windows. Can’t wait to see how you decorate your new home! 😉

  45. So happy for you, Brenda. You won’t know what to do with all that space. My aunt, who is an avid gardener, lives in a similar complex. Her entrance is stunning with a beautiful fountain and all her beautiful plants, mostly tropical ones. Talking about a mini paradise! I can’t wait to see how you decorate and if you will go in a new direction with your decor. What a way to begin the new year!

  46. What a beautiful complex. How exciting, and so glad you will be moving out of the awful complex. When you look out your patio door and beyond the beautiful Garden of Eden I am sure you will turn your patio area into, you will still have lovely trees, water, nicely kept grounds to look at – no windows facing a parking lot and giant trash bins! The friendly neighbors are a very good sign. And it looks like the units have fireplaces – that is a definite plus in my book. I love the ambiance a fireplace gives a room, even if it’s not used. You are going to be overwhelmed with all the extra space, and having the second bedroom to use as your office. I think the $1,200 for a 2 bedroom that has nice space, well kept grounds and amenities is a good deal. Fingers crossed all goes well and smoothly. I agree with Mary, please pace yourself, don’t overdo physically because that is so easy to do when one is excited and fired-up to move on to something new. And I agree with Eileen’s wise advice. Hold on to what you have, you can donate what you don’t use or want to store after you have settled in your new place.

  47. So happy for you, Brenda! I can’t wait to see you moved into your new home and away from the horrible place you’re currently in! No rats and no snakes!

  48. I am SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED for you, Brenda! Sounds and looks fantastic. Wishing you all the best with your move and at your new place! Can’t wait to see it for real and what you do with it.
    Yay for good news!

  49. Congrats on your new place. How exciting for you. This looks like a beautiful place to live. Our homes are our sanctuaries and we need to feel safe and without major issues. You made the right choice. Now little Ivy and Grace can have their own bedroom lol! It will be fun to see what you do with all your extra living space.

  50. Big congratulations, Brenda! Wonderful news! You and the furbabies are going to be happy there. Your neighbors are going to be in awe of the magic you will make in your new patio. Actually, I know you’ll be making magic in the entire space.
    I’m going to suggest you pop into Home Depot to purchase two large black umbrellas (approx $5.00 each). Keep one inside your new home and one in your car. This way you’ll always be protected while making the trek from you car to your front door should you have to deal with inclement weather. You have two months to prepare – woohoo!!!

  51. Congratulations Brenda.
    That is a really lovely setting, especially with the water features, and I think you’ll find you like the extra space.
    With your physical issues perhaps a smaller, but adequate, space will be a new gardening challenge for you, and living where people are friendly and take pride in their surroundings is a real positive.
    My much smaller garden space just made me extremely selective about what my favorites are, and how to use them. I know you will be a master at that!
    Lots of new, and exciting possibilities. I’m really happy for you.
    A new😊

    1. I figure my wicker settee and one wicker chair will probably be about all I can get on that patio. The ground around it is so rocky and unlevel. Don’t know what I will do there. I could fence it to the sidewalk. But what would I do about the rocks and how unlevel it is? Not much point in fencing that.

      1. Perhaps the rocks could be removed and replaced with some nice topsoil? I’ll bet you can find someone to help with that.. maybe a maintenance man or even a neighbor… they certainly seem friendly… congratulations and best of luck on a new adventure!

  52. Congratulations!!! I know exactly what it feels like to be able to ‘escape’ a place where they don’t keep-up with the maint. Looking 4ward to all the new doings! (I like Eileen’s point about a 2d bedroom!)

  53. WOW WOW ,,,,,,, 😊
    All I can think of to say is ,,,,,,,
    happy 🌞 days are here again!
    Sooooo excited for you Brenda!! A new type of life will open up for you ,,,,,, just wonderful!!!
    Thanks for keeping all of us current!!!! I LOVE ❤ this kind of happy news!!!!

  54. What wonderful news! You made my day because I have been concerned about your horrible situation. Suggestion: Don’t downsize your stuff as you can put it all in the spare bedroom. You will have so much extra space that you will probably have a use for most of your “extras” that you have now. Downsize later. The patio sounds fabulous. I have a 1,100 sq foot apartment, 2 bedroom, 2 bath and am paying $2000 in Colorado. Your price sounds fabulous. I have two patios, but yours sounds wonderful!

    1. I was going to suggest the same thing. Wait to get rid of it after you move. You might find you want to use it again. Why buy more stuff after you move? You will be paying more rent so less money to buy new. If you can, wait.

  55. Brenda! this is such wonderful news! and it’s so beautiful the way it’s kept!
    you can tell that it’s loved and they take pride in how it looks and feels.
    You and Ivy and little Gracie will be SAFE! this is just the best news!
    it came at just the right time. a new home in a new year! XO

  56. Wha a beautiful place! And the neighbors sound so nice. Some of
    Those patios are delightful as we know yours will be. I hope you don’t have to get rid of your trees. And an extra bedroom—how awesome. 💓

  57. This is great news. I am so happy for you. Your new place looks very nice and I know that you will make it even better. I’m looking forward to watching you decorate and make it your own. I know your babies will like it too.

  58. Congratulations. So happy that you will be in such a lovely place. Can’t wait to see how you decorate your new home and outdoor space.

  59. So excited for you Brenda!! Can’t wait to see how you decorate your new home. So glad you are getting away from an environment that has the creatures that are moving in. Gracie and Ivy will be doing zoomies all over the place. 💕

  60. So nice to see where you are moving. Be safe and remember the only thing you must do is stay upright. Pace yourself every day and all will be well. Congratulations on finding a happy place. You and your pets deserve it.

  61. I am happy to hear that you have finally found a nice place. Rent has gone up everywhere. We renewed our lease this month and ours went up too, but thankfully we can afford it. I noticed that this time they no longer offer 18 month renewals. Thirteen months was the longest that we can renew. I am sure that this is so that rents can continue to be raised more often.

  62. I am so happy for you Brenda. Our prayers have been answered! Now you will have a stove and a dryer and everything to make your life a little easier! Can’t wait to follow you on this new adventure!

  63. Congratulations! That’s wonderful news. I just know you will make your new place beautiful and comfy for the three of you. The whole complex looks amazing.
    Maybe at some point, if a one bedroom becomes available, you could move into that one to save you some money.

  64. Oh it sounds so lovely indeed!! With such gorgeous grounds, you might not feel you needed to have so many plants too…and the cost sounds so very cheap compared to what we pay here…we have a smaller 2 bedroom, 2 bath with tiny patio, over $2K a month and they do not fix things here either. Even though we are the first ones to live in this apt, the microwave/fan thing has not worked properly for almost the whole time here. My neighbor, also the first in his apt,, has never had a working dishwasher and he has been there almost 3 yrs now. Nor is it near so fancy as yours as to cabinets etc. Cheapest of the cheap here…but we pay a lot for a locked bldg too. I am so happy for you, Brenda!! Sounds like a good deal for the money!!

      1. WOWZA ,,,,,, even better!!!! You’ll be more protected.
        So very excited for you Brenda!!!
        Reading everyone’s comments are just pure happiness and joy for you going into 2022 Brenda!!

      2. As we age, I think living in a locked place will become imperative…so glad yours is gated (I DO WISH OURS WAS TOO…I see criminal activity a few feet away from our windows, in parking lot, most every week here).

  65. YA-hooh! Yay! Brenda I am so happy for you. It looks so nice and the perfect space for you. I will be eagerly awaiting your adventures there and how you decorate to make it your own home, and what you will do with your patio! Pace yourself as you pack up for your move and no heavy lifting. I am sure your family will help you. Wish I lived close by so I could help. I am so excited for you. Gracie and Ivy will have more space to explore and more room to zoom around! Something good has happened and this news has made my day!

  66. This is just wonderful. What relief (and excitement) you must feel. I hope this is everything that will bring you joy. Good luck with the moving preparations!

  67. Oh, I’m so happy for you!!! Those outdoor patios you showed are absolutely beautiful. Love the screen, love the little fenced in areas and the grounds are beautiful. It makes so much difference to be in a place that others love too, because the pride shows! I would guess if it ends up to be too big, then you can always wait for a 1 bedroom, but my guess is you will probably love the extra space! WEEEEEEE!!!

  68. Congratulations, Brenda!!!
    How exciting for you, Ivy & Gracie… what an adventure awaits you all.
    Wishing you the very, very best in your new home!
    Can’t wait to see how you make it yours, inside & out.

  69. Oh my goodness—how exciting! We will all love following your adventures in making this new home all about you. Congratulations and can’t wait for the journey to begin 🙂 Jane

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