Daily Stuff 3-19-21 Quinquatria

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Beth Kattleman.

They still haven’t fixed the software. Today looks ok, I think, but tomorrow is going to be weird…..

There’s a huge blodge of green just offshore in the weathermap. It’s due to start raining in just a few minutes, but it’s only cloudy at the moment. 50F, wind at 4-24mph and gusting, AQI 8-45 , UV3. Chance of rain 83% today and 70% tonight. There’s a GALE WARNING in effect until 2pm and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 5pm. Plants are flapping around outside…. That low that was offshore night before last walked up and over us yesterday, but the swirl is still there and pushing rain ahead of it. Today’s rain should taper off to showers Saturday afternoon with more over Saturday night into Sunday and again on Wednesday into Thursday. It looks like we might see a little sun on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday next week.

Utopenci

After I got the newsletter out I was a little antsy, so I decided to work on some cookery before going to sleep. We hardboiled eggs several days back, then I spent an hour peeling them for more pickled eggs, dividing pickled onions for garnishes from the last of the end-of-season-from-the-farmer’s-market cukes (they’re strong, but really tasty!) and the onions from the utopenci, which gave several smaller jars that are going to fit into 1/2 the space they were taking! …assuming that the utopenci and cuke pickles last through the weekend.. ..and some cucumber pickles, pickled beet slices, utopenci and a pickled onion, plus a roll with butter and roquefort made a great snack. Very happy tummy! Oh, utopenci? It’s a pickled sausage that you can see in the picture.

Eye level bamboo

Yesterday flew past again. I was working on headers, mostly, and directing Tempus once he was done his paperwork. He’d been paying bills and working on some healthcare options. I took a nap, mid-afternoon because I was still very sleepy and then faded out after we got home and had some supper.

Cucumber pickles

We got some packages during the day. There’s one set that has a sooooper seeeekrit project that I’m doing for Tempus and a gift for a friend. Another box was the last set of clothes for Sioned’s b-day that I need to have go out tomorrow. A 3rd was a surprise from a gift exchange that I’m part of. It’s a lovely messenger bag with little organizer pockets in it! …and I ordered a bedspread/quilt for our tiny home. We’re still waiting….

Pyracantha. Look at those berries!

Tempus headed out on the bulk route and by now is napping in the parking lot, waiting for the subscriber papers to show up. I’m going to finish up here and take my embroidery to bed with me. I’m nibbling pickled eggs at the moment. They’re not very strong, yet.

Snack

Today Sash is planning to spend the afternoon with us, if he doesn’t get called into work. I’m going to try to get things together in the morning, so that he has a set of goodies to take home with him, even if he’s here for just a short while. We’ll have the shop open at 1pm.

…and we need to get back to the crystals!

Sunset from 2/26/19 photo by Beth Kattleman (used with permission)

plant pacific aster Symphyotrichumchilense

Today’s plant, the Pacific AsterSymphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense  China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis  in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae

feast 0319 quinquatria athena

Today is listed as a feast day of Athena by many of the pagan sources that I use, but I can’t find that historically. It *is* a feast of Minerva, who was equated with Athena by the Romans. The feast was called Quinquatria and was a solemn procession and sacrifice. This was a day for women to consult with fortune-tellers and diviners. The gladiatorial games were added later, since they don’t show up as part of the festival in the oldest calendars.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinquatria

The shop is closed today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/28 at 11:48am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/17 at 2:21pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/21 at 7:40am.

The waxing Moon shines with the delicate Pleiades on the evening of the 18th, then with Mars on the 19th, and between the horn-tips of Taurus on the 20th (for evenings in the longitudes of the Americas). The crescent smiley-Moon is drawn here about three times its actual apparent size.

Now the Moon shines closer above Mars and Aldebaran, as shown above. The Moon passes 1.9° south of Mars at 2 P.M. EDT. You can find the pair high in the west at sunset, now just over 3° apart. Mars shines at magnitude 1.1 — a tad fainter than magnitude 0.9 Aldebaran, the nearby red giant eye of Taurus the Bull. The Red Planet is tracking relatively quickly across the sky from night to night; in just a few days, it will stand due north of the star. Mars spans a mere 6″ on the sky, making it difficult to discern any surface features unless you’re experienced with video capture. But if you’re looking for a breathtaking sight, look no further than the Pleiades (M45), less than 10° to Mars’ west and along a line connecting the Moon and Mars. It’s a great cosmic lineup that you don’t need optical aid to enjoy.

Twins within the Twins – Castor A and B can be split with a small telescope. Although only two stars are visible here, Castor is actually a six-star system. – 1CM69 (Flickr)

Pollux and Castor in Gemini pass nearly overhead around 7 p.m. this week if you live in the world’s mid-northern latitudes. They go smack overhead as seen from near latitude 30° N: Austin, Houston, the US Gulf Coast, northernmost Africa, Tibet, Shanghai. The “twin” heads of the Gemini figures are fraternal twins at best. Pollux is visibly brighter than Castor and pale orange. And as for their physical nature? They’re not even the same species. Pollux is a single orange giant. Castor is a binary pair of two smaller, hotter, white main-sequence stars, a fine double in amateur telescopes. If Pollux were a basketball, Castor A and B would be a tennis ball and a baseball about a half mile apart. Moreover, each Castor star is closely orbited by an unseen red dwarf  a marble in our scale model with a period of just a few days. And a very distant close pair of red dwarfs, Castor C, is visible in amateur scopes as a tiny, single 10th-magnitude speck 70 arcseconds south-southeast of the main pair  in our scale model, a pair of marbles about 3 inches apart at least 10 miles from Castor A and B. Read more in Fred Schaaf’s “Gemini’s Like and Unlike Twins” in the March Sky & Telescope, page 45.

Venus is out of sight in conjunction with the Sun.

Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.

Sun in Pisces

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR MARCH 2021: THE BIG DIPPER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-march-big-dipper

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month 
of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18 – Apr 14
Color – Turquoise
Planting – 3/16-18
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
F   19     High   4:28 AM     7.2   7:20 AM     Set  1:00 AM      24
~    19    Low  11:31 AM     1.2   7:28 PM    Rise 10:25 AM
~    19     High   5:52 PM     5.5
~    19     Low  11:00 PM     3.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will wear bright colors and think of myself as part of Your rainbow.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Our real enemies are the people who make us feel so good that we are slowly, but inexorably, pulled down into the quicksand of smugness and self-satisfaction. – Sydney Harris

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Quotes

~   Eschew surplusage. – Mark Twain
~   Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world. – Albert Einstein
~   Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.
~   One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create a unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being. Jim  Rohn

And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins. – Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)

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Ostara Magick –

Warn people that this is a LONG ritual! The egg decorating and planting in the middle of the ritual can be left out to make it a more usual length, or can be done ahead of time.

On the Altar

            Chalice of juice                       Plate with eggs, cakes, jelly beans and such

Altar cloth                               2 candleholders with beeswax tapers

            Pentacle                                   1 taper or lighting stick

            Dish of salt                              Working tools of participants

            Dish of water                           Incense dish with sand, charcoal and herbs

            Lighter                                     A bottle of bubble soap with a bubble blower

            Egg decorating supplies, (prepare the cold dyes ahead of time)

            Seed packet – suggested flower seeds would be alyssum, sweet peas, sunflowers and other easy-grow plants

Around the circle – One each at East, South, West and North

            4 candleholders with tea lights

Each person has brought a stuffed toy and has a handful of stems of spring flowers, a tealight in a holder, a cup with potting soil and one or more hard-boiled eggs.

The Circle gathers, dresses the altar and settles

They pass a bowl of salt water and then smoking incense to purify themselves.

Celebrant 1 – This is the time of spring’s return, the seed time, a joyful time when life bursts from the womb of earth breaking the shackles of winter. The equinox is a time of balance when night and day, light and dark are equal.

 Celebrant 2 – Now, the young Prince of Light born at winter solstice meets Kore, the Dark Maiden who returns from her time in the underworld and becomes Layla, the Spring Maiden as she returns. As they play together, flowers appear and warm sunlight greens the earth.

Celebrant 1 – May our hearts open with the return of spring to find renewal, peace, growth and hope.

The participants take the stuffed toys, flowers and candles in holders and create a circle with them, outside the ring of participants, putting the quarter candles into the ring.

Celebrant 2 – With these gifts from the Goddess we have created sacred space where the realms flow together.

Calling the Quarters – After each direction is called, the participant lights the candle in the appropriate direction, then lights the candles up to the next direction candle.

East – Come spirits of the east, powers of air, sail on golden wings of dawn. Bring in the flowers of the springtime. Be with us this day.

All – Be with us this day.

South – Come spirits of the south, powers of fire, bring the heat of noon to warm our days. Coax the seeds from the womb of the earth. Be with us this day.

All – Be with us this day.

West – Come spirits of the west, powers of water, let our souls flow with the beauty of your tides. Bless the land with dew-filled mornings. Be with us this day.

All – Be with us this day.

North – Come spirits of the north, powers of earth, hold us rooted by tree and flower. Bring us the beauty of your lush green meadows. Be with us this day.

All – Be with us this day.

Celebrant 1 – The circle is cast. We stand in a place not of our earth, beyond the boundaries of space and time.

 Celebrant 2 – Prince of Light, Lord of spring, you wax to the fullness of youth and bless the world with your bright spirit. Join us in this sacred circle. Be with us this day. (Lights candle)

All – Be with us this day.

Celebrant 1 – Lada, great mother, who gives our world form, as your web of life renews the earth, light that spark within us to awaken our souls. Bring your daughter Layla, who is also Kore, and the Grandmother, Bili Pani, and join us in this sacred circle. Be with us this day. (Lights candle)

All – Be with us this day.

Celebrant 2 – The Goddess has many names and many aspects. As the Maiden, she is Kore and Artemis and Layla. As the Mother, she is Luna and Hathor, Rhea and Lada. As the Crone, she is Hecate and Sekhmet and Bili Pani. It is right to speak to all of these.

Celebrant 1 – Bili Pani, White Lady of night and winter, we ask that you take the things from us that stifle our growth. Rake off the leaves and dead grass that cover us and let us breathe again. Let us remember being children, pure and sweet and joyous.

S/he takes out the bottle of bubbles and says, “I blow my ___ into this bubble so that Bili Pani may take it away from me and dissolve it.”

S/he passes it to Celebrant 2 who does and says the same and then on around the circle.

Young person 1 – Layla, when the rains of winter end
And the fierce winter winds breathe their last

Then do we dream of you
Layla, Kore, Lady of Springtime
Bringer of new growth and freshness.
The soggy Earth beneath our feet
Becomes soft and yielding
Now ready to burst with new life.
Return to us, Layla.
Return to us, Sacred Hare.

Return to us, Kore.

Daughter of our Mother Earth
Melt the frost from our hearts

Dry our tears

And let us live again.

Eggs and pots

Celebrant 1 – Now we do our part, by decorating eggs and planting seeds and slips.

Celebrant 2 – Look upon our work with favor, Lady and Lord!

All sit down and work on decorating eggs for each other and for our families, then each person takes a seed (or six) and plants it in their cup and waters it. While this is going on, talk about the symbols and the other things below.

Symbols – Circles, spirals, snakes, Ouroboros, tree of life, pentagrams, daisies, sunflowers, suns

Eggs for gifts, taking the energy blessing to family and friends, planting in gardens or beneath trees for good harvest

Boiled-egg water is poured along the property lines to protect against lightening and the ravages of weather

Plants are for abundant harvest and for intentions.

Stuffed bunnies, birds and other toys are symbols both of childhood and the burgeoning life of this time of the year.

Clear away the mess and put the plants and eggs into the center of the circle. When everyone is ready, take hands and do the Kore Chant. Raise a cone of power and empower all this things you have made. After this, everyone should sit, ground and center and listen to the story.

Young Person 2 – Once upon a time there was a little rabbit who loved Layla, the Spring Maiden who brings the flowers and new grass.

            She was only a little bunny, not very smart, not very strong, not very pretty, but soft and sweet and very, very loving.

            She wanted to do something nice for Layla to show how much she loved Her.

            She thought and thought and finally thought about eggs. Eggs are round like the world. That is a good thing for Layla!

            Now birds are the ones who lay eggs, and eggs are usually white or brown, but this little rabbit didn’t know that. She laid a whole nest full of eggs for a gift to Layla and for the great earth mother, Lada. They were bright colors, like flowers and had pretty pictures to show how much the bunny liked the world in springtime.

            This sweet little rabbit took her eggs, put them in a basket with flowers and delicious spring herbs. She brought them to Layla and her mother, saying, “I know they’re not much of a gift, but I thought you might like them.”

            Layla told the little bunny, “Bunny dear, your sweetness and your love have created a miracle!”

            Layla was so happy with the eggs that she gave the little rabbit the power to share those eggs with the whole world. Lada even put the bunny’s picture on the moon so that we would not forget the love that made the impossible happen.

            Ever since that time we take eggs and paint or dye them in bright colors and eat candies and pastries shaped like eggs and remember the sweet little rabbit that we call the Easter Bunny.

Celebrant 1 Takes the chalice of juice and holds it up to Celebrant 2. S/he puts his athame into the juice and says, “As the Lord to the Lady, the rain to the plowed field, so is the blade to the chalice. Bless this juice to refresh us, Oh, Prince of Light! So mote it be.

The chalice is passed with the words, “May you never thirst.”

Celebrant 2 takes the plate of eggs and cakes and hold it up for Celebrant 1 – . S/he places his/her hands over the cakes and says, “Great Goddess, bless these eggs and cakes to nourish our bodies and our spirits. So mote it be.”

The plate is passed with the words, “May you never hunger.” All sit and drink and eat and chat.

Closing

Celebrant 2 – It is time to end our circle. Close your eyes. Release the energy. Send it out to the seeds we have planted. And now, become aware of your feet on the floor. You may also want to place your hands on the floor to send the excess energy to earth. Touch your energy to Mother Earth. Feel your energy spiral down through you to her. When you feel balanced and grounded, stop sending energy. And when you are ready, open your eyes.

Each participant, in turn, puts out the candles that s/he lit at the beginning of the ritual.

Celebrant 1 – Great Goddess, we ask that your blessings remain in our hearts and that we live in harmony with all that dwell on this earth. We thank you for your presence this day. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.

All – We bid you farewell.

Celebrant 2 – Lord of the spring and budding new life, we welcome the growth and beauty that you give to the green land. We thank you for your presence this day. Say if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.

All – We bid you farewell.

East – Spirits of the east, of air and precious breath, we thank you for your pres­ence this day. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.

All – We bid you farewell.

South – Spirits of the south, of fire that provides new beginnings, we thank you for your pres­ence this day. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.

All – We bid you farewell.

West – Spirits of the west, of waters that nourish the land, we thank you for your pres­ence this day. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.

All – We bid you farewell.

North – Spirits of the north, of earth that brings forth new life, we thank you for your pres­ence this day. Stay if you will; go if you must. We bid you farewell.

All – We bid you farewell.


Everyone joins hands around the circle.

Celebrant 1 – As all good things must sometimes end,

Go forth with the love the Goddess sends.

For if your heart is always true,

This circle will come back to you.

Celebrant 2 – Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again. Blessed be.
A protective egg Charm

Take an egg and, by poking small holes at each end of it, empty it out.  Fill the egg with Cinquefoil leaf and Dogwood, then tape the holes shut.  You can decorate the egg with Runes or symbols of protection, or you can leave it natural. Your home and property will be protected.

Correspondences

Colors: Light green, lemon yellow, pale pink.
Food: hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, 1st fruit of the season, leafy greens, dairy foods, nuts, sunflower seeds, flower dishes.
Deities: Diana, Artemis
Symbols: eggs, rabbits, snakes, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
Incense: African Violet, Jasmine, Rose, Sage and Strawberry
Candles: gold, green and yellow
Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
Herbs: Daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, jasmine, rose, tansy, honeysuckle and all spring flowers.

Significance of Colours of Eggs – From Sabbats by Edain McCoy
RED: New life, vitality, lust, sexuality, colour of the root chakra (energy center), colour of the Mother Goddess, strength, war, heat, one of the traditional colours of the May Pole ribbons.
ORANGE: Colour of he God, attraction, colour of the navel chakra, Summer.
YELLOW: Creativity, knowledge, intellect, colour of the solar plexus chakra.
GREEN: Colour of the Earth Mother, fertility, prosperity, colour of the heart chakra, Earth.
BLUE: Healing, peace, meditation, astral projection, colour of the throat chakra, cold, air, robin’s egg, Spring, the Virgin Goddess, new life, the waxing year.
INDIGO: Past lives, healing, clairvoyance, colour of the forehead chakra (third eye).
VIOLET: Healing, tranquility, ending quarrels, colour of the crown chakra, ability to contact other intelligences.
WHITE: Purification, barrier against negativity, colour of the Virgin Goddess, good fortune, colour of death and mourning (in Eastern traditions), one of the traditional colour of May Pole ribbons.
BLACK: Mystery, absorption, colour of the Crone Goddess, Winter, colour of death and mourning (in Western traditions).
SILVER: The Moon, Triple Goddess, psychicism, spirituality, water.
GOLD: The Sun, the God, activity, money, fire.
BROWN: Autumn, animals, the waning year, Earth.
PINK: Romantic love, peace, colour used for both Ostara and Beltaine.
TURQUOISE: Spiritual knowledge.
RED-VIOLET: Hidden knowledge, colour of Medieval occultists.
PALE GREEN: A Traditional colour of Ostara.
PASTELS: Traditional Ostara colours since the Middle Ages.

Dye Eggs the Natural Way – Using vegetables, fruits and natural products to make colourful eggs this Ostara.

            The stores are stacked with Ostara egg dyes and every year as a parent you have to pick the one your child will like and hope it works.

            You get home set up all the messy dyes and begin working and many times the result is a bit disappointing. The eggs may not colour properly or the dye does not stick or the child is not happy with the results.

            Forget the drugstore dyes and grab some stuff out of your refrigerator. There is a way to make colourful Ostara eggs from nature. It is a great way to teach your children to use ingredients from nature, and it should also be a fun and educational experience.

            First you need ingredients which depend on the colour you are looking to achieve. The following is a list of colours and what ingredients you will need.
Pale Red – fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries.
Orange – Yellow onion skins.
Light Yellow – Ground turmeric.
Pale green – Spinach leaves.
Green-gold – Yellow Delicious apple peels.
Blue – Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves.
Beige to brown – strong brewed coffee or onion skins


            Now that you have the ingredients you need you follow this process and you will have colourful Ostara eggs dyed the natural way.
*Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until eggs are covered.
*Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.
*Add the natural dye appropriate to the colour you want your eggs to be ( the more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need ).
*Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
*Remove the substance you used to colour the eggs. Put eggs in a bowl. If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with dye and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator.

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