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Flint, Michigan, United States
Here's my story....my names Jenn, been practicing Paganism for 11 years now. I love being outdoors. I live with my boyfriend of over five years. He has a daughter who is 6 years old, and I love her as if she were my own. I have four cats, two are outdoors, and two are indoors. One indoor one, Willow, is my familiar and on my facebook you'll notice a ton of pics of her! My videos, followers, and contact info are at the very bottom of the page! This blog is for witchie stuff, daily life events, venting, journaling, and answering any questions. Ways you can contact me is through this blog, or my yahoo e-mail: amistisreudan@yahoo.com, or http://www.youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/amistisreudan

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Imbolc Ritual


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Yesterday was my sister's and my bf's dad's birthday, so for my sister's bday we went out to GBI, where they have the best pizza ever. I was hoping to get a good pic of my bf, me and his daughter, but found out my camera was dead, so I snagged this one above of him, tho the lights make him look like he's in hyperspeed.

We went to our President and Secretaries house for ritual because the nature place we usually go to was already booked. So we went there, and had a nice ritual. I loved the room we did it in because there was a lot of light from the tall windows. The sun even came out to greet us! Afterward was the best because we pulled up chairs around the altar table and just chatted about all kinds of things. Like coven politics, about our classes, about each other and our experiences, and it was great because I felt like I understand them better, and I think its great for that bond we have. I got there about 12:30p and I didn't leave til after 6p thats how into it we were. I got an awesome card thing from my teacher there and a pack of cards. I learned some great stuff like about how altars should be set up, and which ways to call quarters and if they even need to be called in the first place. I cannot wait until we can get outside again! I have also been volunteered to make the pink stuff again, which is the best pink stuff ever...so anywho I think I shall post the recipe on here for ya'all if you'd like to make it sometime. It easy, no cooking involved just mixing and it tastes mmmmm great!

Pink Stuff

2 boxes cherry Jello mix
1 bag mini marshmallows
2 sm cans of fruit cocktail (or any kind of fruit you like)
1 lg container sm curd cottage cheese
2 sm containers cool whip

Mix together cool whip and Jello mix until thoroughly mixed. Next add fruit cocktail and cottage cheese. Last, add marshmallows. Some people also add shredded coconut but I hate coconut so I leave it out. Thats IT!

I'll try to write more tomorrow or later tonight, we'll see!
BB
Amistis

p.s. just posted another youtube vid-nothing special just a quickie! TTFN!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Yesterday...

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I went to my friends house to do witchy stuff. We are comtemplating opening an online business. It will take a lot of work, but I think if we learn what to do and actually get stuff to sell we'll be ok. I want to get a good herb book, she works at Borders so she has access to a ton of them and they let her borrow books. She had two that I love because they are easy to follow, very informative and the pics are great! I wish it was SPRING! Then I could get dirty and dig in my garden and try to make a better one than last year, and I pray my tulips that I abducted from an empty lot will bloom. I want daffodils for next year too, they are the first sign of spring to me because they are one of the first to sprout!

My kitty girl just hopped up here, she feels neglected I suppose. I left a little after 2 in the afternoon to go to her house, and didn't leave til about 4am, and I was up since 5:30 am, so I was up for 23 1/2 hours straight last night. So I had some dreams but nothing significant enough to remember much, so I won't write about those. We didn't do much at her house, but it was just nice to be able to get out of the house for a while and touch base with my other magical friends, and have some girl time. We were working on our witchy stuff for a bit, then her ex came over to have a kind of meeting about their baby and laying down some ground rules, had some tasty nachos! Watched Underworld-some movie about vampires and warewolves (i prob spelled that wrong...) then we played the sims for a while, and theres an evil old bat on there that i kept getting into fist fights with. I loved that i could make my kitty on the game, and it even looked like her!

We made a garden in the back yard, and my house was purplerific! (new word!)And my outfit was purple shirt with black pants (love that) and a purple/black witches hat--how awesome is that! Later we decided to make a new family and house based on Sailor Moon, the anime cartoon. God how I loved that show! She looks just like Serena/Sailor Moon, and I was Sailor Mercury/ Ami Mizuno! But we didnt get to finish it. We did make it looks great tho, changed the walls and floors, built some new walls, we had one of those mysterious book cases where you pull out the right book and the wall spins so you are in another room (or in our case, your outside.) Of course we had a garden and we were right on the water of i think a lake or river or something. We made the whole wall windows so you can see the whole view, I loved that house. It went from cramped and shabby to open and cozy.

I wish it were that easy to rennovate homes and move and there was a "motherlode" of money to spend lol. Then we watched the Spiderwick Chronicles after waiting hours and hours for it to load. We had tater tots and chicken fingers, white oreos and milk, blue cheese/hot wings doritos. They were mmm tasty. Made some peppermint tea too, after a million trys cuz we kept forgetting about the water heatin on the stove so by the time she went back to get it there was hardly any water left for the tea. Then it was 4am, kevin was getting out of work so I left and we got home at the same time. Took a shower, then he told me I could sleep, he went fishing, and now hes back and sleeping (should be gettin up at 2 (6 more mins)), so im gonna go now start my car so its warm then im off to work for the day.

My sis's bday is tomorrow so we are going to the GBI for the best Pizza EVER! Then Saturday Cat and I are going to our Imbolc Circle! TTYL BB TTFN! Toodles!
Amistis*

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dreams...

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Ok first of all I dreamed I think 6 dreams last night. I do not have time right now to write about them in detail so I'll just promise you this....I got class in 45 mins...roads are bad cuz its snowing so I have to leave early, but when I get home I shall share the details and my thoughts about them. If you think this is strange to have so many dreams, well, welcome to my world. I think thats why I am so tired all the time because my mind is never at rest, even when my body is. So anywho, I'll be back later to continue this thing! Stay Tuned!!!!

Ok I'm back, the roads are awful out there today! So anywho this might be long in the end so might as well get started...

Dream1

I was somewhere with a lot of woods, possibly camping. My sister was with me and some guy I don't know. We stumble upon a quiet river with a waterfall. We are sitting there talking when we see this mangy looking white dog, possibly a sheep dog mix, walking towards us. So I go out and grab it by the leash it was dragging (a green leash) and bring it back into the covering. There is a stop sign in the middle of the clearing, so I tie to dogs leash to it so he cannot run away. I notice the tags on it and tell my sis we should call the owner to let her know we found her dog. On the tag tho it had a screen name that is like mine for school but was mixed with different numbers and a different .com at the end. There was also one for my friend cat, like a webpage or screen name for her. The number I call starts with 000-and my sis said that meant it had to be a collect call, but instead of the person I'm calling paying for the minutes, I had to pay for the minutes. So I get this woman on the phone, shes super happy and relieved and i almost start crying because I know how awful it is to lose a pet and you can't be sure someone will call you if they find them. But then the woman was asking me a bunch of questions like where is he now, I said tied to this stop sign and she about flipped out, saying not to tie her baby up, and was sayin how last time he got out this kid found him and when the kid was on his way back to give her the dog he saw another dog and started chasing it, and the kid lost the grip on the leash so she never got him back, so I argued back that its all the more reason to tie the dog up. Then she wanted me to call Cat, but I told her I think she has the wrong address and number for her because she recently moved. And I remember saying how strange it was to have my info from online and Cat's info from online on the same tag of a dog that is hundreds of miles away from own home town. Should have figured I was dreaming then right? lol. So anyway it turns out the woman lived right across from where we were, and on my way to take the dog back, it ran away from me chasing this other dog, but he stopped to spray the ground to mark his territory, and the other dog (im guessing was female) was sniffing and following him, but he did end up going home. I was pissed at the lady tho because she didnt say thanks or anything, just gave me a hard time about the whole thing.

Dream2

So next I go back to the clearing by the waterfall, but I notice a wall, and this man comes up behind me saying hes gonna kill me like silence of the lambs, so somehow i get this giant hammer like the ones mario has lol, and i smash thru the wall, its like the walls to my trailor, they are thin and hollow, and inside this wall theres a hot water heater, so i smash the next wall inside the one i just smashed and it keeps goin like a loop, smash wall, see water heater, walk into hollow space, smash next wall, see water heater, walk into hollow space, smash next wall,etc, until I finally am outside again. So I run as fast as i can with this hammer in my hand, and the man behind me kept screaming "Silence of the Lambs!" so I turn around to throw the fat hammer in his scary face, but it was too heavy to aim well with so it missed his face and flew over his shoulder. I kept thinkin SHIT SHIT SHIT!

Dream3

So eventually I make it back into these woods on the other side of this camp. Its really thick so I lost the crazy killer guy. Soon I am surrounded by a family of wolves. There were a couple baby ones, a few old ones, and a few middle age ones, but there werent many all together. They were just walkin around, some resting, some looking for food, and one was sittin on this ledge of rock. I happened to be right next to that one on the rock but it wasnt acting aggressive or scared, so i put my hand out for it to sniff me, and it licked my hand, so i pet it like a doggy lol. Then I heard Lydia (the lady i work with) behind me say "You know petting wolves is illegal?" I had no idea i said lol. She said it didnt matter anyways because they are dying. I said what do you mean they got some babies right over there, to continue their blood line? But she said the old ones will die first then the young will die, then the middle age ones will grow too old to produce more and they will die and that will be the end of it. I felt so bad for them, so I ran out into this field. I guess it was a kind of hunting ground, for there were squirrels and rabbits running around all over, like a little woods party lol. I could sense indians hiding in the bushes and I was hoping they werent upset with me for being there. I kept thinking the wolves should hunt here at least they can have some small game to eat. I look up and see a tree with dark cherries on them. I wanted to eat a few, but they were so high up, i tried jumpin but still wasnt high enough. So i grabbed onto a branch so see if i could pull it down to my level and all these baby praying mantis's we falling out of the tree down my shirt on my face up my arms. Needless to say i was freakin out major time cuz those are prickly critters and they bite! (I was scratchin all over my body while i was sleepin so much it woke me up lol.)

Dream4

Next I was in some kind of Chinese parlor, I guess its kind of like a Chinese Harem (or however you spell it.) I was disgusted at the way these girls were bein treated, like slaves and being abused verbally and physically, so i took my peach flavored hand sanitizer and poured it into this evil man's (i think the one runnin the thing)cup to poison him. They suspected something was wrong tho and were after me for some time but i do not remember much else happening. Lots of red chinese decor.

Dream5

I was in a lecture hall at school. Two boys were passing out papers, I think to vote on something, not sure what. The seats were stadium style, and the room was circular. To my right was my sister and her friend Krystal, and to my left were their two friends William and David. I was in the middle of them but it didnt seem like they could see me, or just didnt talk to me. So I'm sitting there listening to them commenting on Mandys (my sister) hair, she dyed it a reddish color, and got some new clothes and was lookin well. They were telling her they almost didnt recognize her when they saw her since they havent seen her in such a long time.

Dream6

Next I am in a public restroom, im in the stall tryin to change my shirt, but I have like 3 to choose from so I try them all on. Half way bewtween changing shirts I hear Tina (Kevs Ex) and Lily (Kevin and her's daughter-my future step daughter) enter the bathroom. She put her on the toilet that wasnt in a stall it was out in the open and left her there. Lily started crying and saying her potty itches and it wont stop and I feel sad that her mom just leaves her like that, so i go out there and see she has a really bad rash and yeast infection, and I wonder how it got so bad and why hasnt she been to a doctor. Then I start thinking its because she isnt with her when she goes potty so she doesnt wipe real well cuz shes only 3 (almost 4!). And I feel guilty that theres nothing I can do for her since I have no legal power to do anything for her because shes not my baby. But i Clean her up and wash her hands and take her to go find her mom. Thats all I can remember.


So there you go, 6 dreams in one night, probably would have been more if I didnt get up at 6am and went back to sleep for an hour. So thats it for now! Hopefully these aren't boring to ya'all, its just my crazy brain at work!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Imboc Info and Fun!







It seeems a little too cold outside to think of this as the start of Spring. In many places the heavier snows are just starting to fall. But this is the second of the four great fire festivals of the Celtic people that mark the cross quarter days, (six weeks between the Solstices and Equinoxes). Imbolc which is thought to mean "in milk", or "in the belly" in Gaelic, is also known as Candlemas. This is the day dedicated to the Goddess and Saint Brigid. This is a time of re-birth as the tender young seedlings prepare beneath the snow to push towards the light. As the days grow steadily longer and eventually warmer the earth is born anew. Lambs will be born soon and Ewes are milked to create the festival dishes to honor the Goddess. Milk was very important to the survival of the people of the Northern latitudes, During Imbolc it was a custom to pour milk or cream onto the earth in thanks and offering for the return of fertile fields. Fertile fields meant food for the tribes and for the grazing animals. Well fed and healthy animals meant milk and meat for the tribe. Well fed people meant a higher birth rate, and growth of the tribe, a larger tribe meant greater protection from invaders. Imbolc was a time of hope and promise for the coming Spring.



Ancient people collected the tallow and fats throughout the winter's cooking in preparation of making new candles for the year. That tradition of making and blessing the candles persists today in Candlemas. Many catholics have the household candles blessed by the church at Candlemas.Since this festival marks the re-birth of the sun, Imbolc is considered a time for new beginnings, initiations, and purification. This is the origins of "spring cleaning". Out with the old and in with the new, a new start for a new season! Altars at this time of the year are typically decorated with white flowers, white candles, or white lace and ribbon. The corn dolly is dressed in white as bride. Typical feast foods consist of corn meal breads and dairy based dishes.




Thoroughly clean your altar and/or temple room.


Do a self purification rite with Elemental tools -- cleanse your body with salt (Earth), your thoughts with incense (Air), your will with a candle flame (Fire), your emotions with water (Water), and your spiritual body with a healing crystal (Spirit).


Bless candles that you will be using for rituals throughout the year.


Invoke Brigid for creative inspiration.


Take a Nature walk and look for the first signs of Spring.


Reflect upon/reaffirm spiritual vows and commitments you have made.

Also called: Candlemas, Oimelc, Brigid's Day; merged with Lupercalia/Valentines Day


Dates: February 2, early February


Colors: white, red


Tools: candles, seeds, Brigid wheel, milk


Energy: conception, initiation, inspiration


Goddesses: Brigid, Maiden


Gods: Groundhog, other creatures emerging from hibernation; young Sun


Rituals: creative inspiration, purification, initiation, candle work, house & temple blessings Customs: lighting candles, seeking omens of Spring, cleaning house, welcoming Brigid




Recipes...




BOILED CUSTARD

1 quart milk


4 large eggs


1/4 teaspoon salt


3/4 cup sugar


1 teaspoon vanilla




Scald milk in heavy pan - do not boil. Thoroughly beat eggs, adding salt and sugar. Beat a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Pour egg mixture into hot milk, stirring well. Slowly bring just to a boil until mixture coats a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and beat until cool. Add vanilla and chill well.






DUBLIN SUNDAY CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

5 pounds Corned beef brisket


1 large Onion stuck with 6 whole cloves


6 Carrots, peeled and sliced


8 Potatoes, peeled and cubed


1 teaspoon Dried Thyme


1 small Bunch Parsley


1 head Cabbage (about 2 lbs) cut in quarters


Horseradish Sauce:1/2 pint Whipping Cream2 - 3 Tablespoons prepared horseradish



Put beef in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add all other ingredients except cabbage and bring to a boil with the lid off the pot. Turn to simmer and cook for 3 hours. Skim fat from top as it rises. Remove the thyme, parsley and onion. Add cabbage. Simmer for 20 minutes until cabbage is cooked. Remove the meat and cut into pieces. Place on center of a large platter. Strain the cabbage and season it heavily with black pepper. Surround the beef with the cabbage, carrots and potatoes. Serve with horseradish sauce.Horseradish Sauce: Whip cream until it stand in peaks. Fold in horseradish.






BAKED CUSTARD WITH GINGER

3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar


3/4 teaspoon Finely Grated Fresh Ginger


3 large Eggs, lightly beaten


2 1/2 cups Milk


1/3 cup Granulated Sugar


1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon


1/4 teaspoon Salt


1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg




Mix brown sugar with ginger and divide evenly onto bottoms of 6 buttered individual custard cups or ramekins.In medium mixing bowl, blend eggs with milk, sugar, vanilla and seasonings. Pour evenly into prepared custard cups. Place cups in a large pan, then fill with hot water to come halfway up sides of cups (a hot water bath or bain-marie).Bake at 350 F. oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until knife inserted near edge comes out clean. Remove cups from bain-marie. Run knife around edges to loosen. Place serving plate over top of cup and carefully invert custard onto plate. Serve warm or cover, chill and serve cold.




CANNARICULI (HONEY COOKIES)

4 cups Flour


1 cup Marsala Wine


2 Large Eggs


4 teaspoons Sugar


1 pinch Salt


Oil for deep frying


Honey




Make a well in flour in mixing bowl or on work surface. Add wine, eggs, sugar, and salt. Mix well, until thoroughly blended. Knead dough vigorously until smooth and glossy. If using processor, continue mixing for at least 1 minutes after ingredients are combined. Roll dough to an 1/8" thickness or less. Cut dough into 2" squares, starting with 1 corner, roll each square of dough loosely on the diagonal to form pastry roll about the thickness of a pencil. Meanwhile, heat oil for deep frying. Fry pastries by batches in hot oil until golden brown, being careful not to crowd pan. Use a slotted spoon to remove fried pastries from oil. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to serving platter. Drizzle honey over top or dip Cannariculi into honey. Makes 4 to 5 dozen






LIEBKUCHEN (Honey Cakes)

1 cup margarine


1 cup sugar


1 egg


1 cup honey


1 cup sour milk* (see below)


2 Tablespoons vinegar


6 cup flour


1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1/2 teaspoon salt


1 teaspoon ground ginger


1/2 teaspoon mace


1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon



Prepare sour milk and mix dry ingredients. Set both aside. Cream margarine and sugar, add egg, beat until light. Add honey, sour milk and vinegar. Mix thoroughly. Chill one hour. Roll out to 1/4" thickness. Cut into 2"x3" rectangles and place on buttered cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 6 minutes. Frost with plain vanilla frosting. *


For sour milk, add 1 T. vinegar to 1 c. milk and let stand for 10 minutes.






NOODLE KUCHEN

7 eggs


1 cup sugar


16 ounces cottage cheese


2 cups sour cream


2 cups milk


2 teaspoons vanilla


1 cup golden raisins


1/2 cup butter


1 pound broad egg noodles, cooked




Topping:


1/4 cup crushed cornflakes


2 teaspoons cinnamon


1/4 cup sugarsour cream to garnish



Mix eggs and sugar. Add cottage cheese, sour cream, milk, vanilla, and raisins. In separate bowl, add butter to warm noodles, stirring until melted. Combine noodles with cottage cheese mixture. Pour into 9 x 13 glass pan. Refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350. To make topping, combine cornflakes, cinnamon, and sugar. Sprinkle over top of kugel. Bake 1 hour. Let dish set for about 5 minutes before serving. Cut into squares and garnish with sour cream.






PANNEKOEKEN (German Pancake)

2 Tablespoons butter


6 eggs1 cup flour


1/2 teaspoons salt


2 Tablespoons sugar


1 cup milk



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butter in oven pancake pan. Heat for 2 minutes or until butter melts. Spread evenly in pan. In large bowl, beat eggs slightly. Stir in flour, sugar and salt. Gradually add milk, beating until smooth. Pour into pan.Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees. Bake 40 - 45 minutes or until it reaches a deep golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately slide pancake onto a serving plate. Fill with fresh fruit and top with confectioners sugar. Serves 6.






GRANNY'S IRISH SCONES

16 ounces Self-Rising Flour


4 ounces Margarine


3 ounces Sugar


Milk


2 Eggs


5 ounces Raisins or currants


1 teaspoon Baking Powder



Mix flour and margarine together with your fingers until the mixture is fine; add sugar, raisins and baking powder. Beat eggs and add. Pour in enough milk to make mixture into a sticky dough (not too wet). Lift out onto a floured board and flatten out to 1-1/2" in thickness and cut out scones with a biscuit cutter. Place 6 on a greased baking sheet and brush tops with a little beaten egg (this helps them to brown). Bake 15 minutes in preheated 400~ oven.






IRISH SODA BREAD

1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour -- unbleached, enriched


1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour -- stone-ground


1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt


1/2 teaspoon Baking soda


1 1/4 cups Buttermilk



Set the baking rack in the center of the oven and place a baking stone (if available) on the rack.Preheat the oven to 375.In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix quickly to incorporate the milk evenly. It may be easier to mix with the hands than with a spoon. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in a nonstick 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" loaf pan. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until well browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Remove from the oven and the baking pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.






MULLIGATAWNY SOUP

3 Tablespoons Butter


1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil


1 large Onion, chopped


2 Stalks celery, sliced thinly


3 Carrots, diced


1 1/2 Tablespoons Curry powder


2 Tablespoons All-purpose flour


5 cups Chicken stock


2 Tablespoons Long grain white rice


2 Tomatoes; peeled & chopped


8 ounces Chicken; cooked & diced


1 small Apple; cooked, peeled, cored & diced


Salt to taste


Fresh celery leaves




Heat butter and oil in a saucepan. Add onion, celery and carrots; cook gently 5 minutes. Stir in Curry Powder and flour and cook 1 minute. Stir in stock and bring to a boil; add rice and stir well. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, chicken, apple and salt. Cover again and simmer 15 minutes. Garnish with celery leaves and carrot strip, if desired, and serve hot.






BAILEY'S IRISH CREAM TRUFFLES

1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream


1 Tablespoon Butter


12 oz semisweet chocolate pieces


2 egg yolks


1/4 cup Heavy Cream




Melt chocolate pieces, Bailey's and heavy cream together over very low heat. Whisk in yolks, one at a time, mixture will thicken. Whisk in butter. Refrigerate several hours, or overnight until firm. Make small balls with a teaspoon. Roll in powdered sugar or cocoa.






ROSE - HIP WINE

3 pounds of rose hips


3 pounds of sugar'


1 gallon boiling water




Wash the rose hips and cut them in half. Put them in large bowl and pour boiling water on them. Stir well with wooden spoon. Cover bowl and leave for two weeks. Strain off liquid into another bowl and add three pounds of sugar. Stir until dissolved. Cover bowl and leave for 5 days, stirring daily. Bottle, remembering to cork loosely at first, and store in a cool, dark place. Push in corks when wine has finished fermenting. It will be ready to drink in 6 months.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's Official!

So now I have begun this journey, and I would like to dedicate this Blog Spot for strictly my magickal studies. That which I discover, I shall share with the world. At least it will give me some kind of organized way of presenting information, and to make it easier to look back on my growth over the years. It's a new year, and now it is time for something new! So here I am, I shall try to keep posting regularly, but if I get behind, please forgive! I am a busy woman at time (school, work, life!) But I will do my best!!!

So far on my magickal agenda:

Tuesday January 27th 2009, 6pm at Coney Island
I have a meeting with my witchy group, and then the monthy area witches meet up, dinner!

Then...Saturday January 31, 2009 at our presidents house
Imbolc Celebration pot luck to follow. I've never been to his place before, we usually have it at the great nature preserve place, but we had scheduling conflicts, so it'll have to do!

Maybe I will make a post about this location, its quite nice!

Thats it for now!

much love Blessed BE!!! xxoo

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