Thursday, January 18, 2018

As Time Goes By~



How did below happen? Remember when he was born and I put him in a Water Lettuce ?Like Ann Geddes?He's 12..  came over on Sunday..and watched Football w/ grandad..Miss crafting w/ him lol..now he organizes our Mini Ipads and phones;)Let me tell you that twelve is as sweet as sweet can be.This boy♥



The days of  Beatrix are long gone w/ them~








I had the perfect excuse to make a pie..Lucas was popping by..
I used Karin's pie dough recipe..you can find it in her recipes here..Just a little note..her recipe says 5 tbsps of water or 80 ml..I use Jacques chem burettes lol..and when I put 5 tbsps it's around 50 ml ..I think 80 ml is too much..in the long run you will know.Start w/ 50..
this dough holds shapes etc..and is still flaky.

I found her on Instagram..which is sooo lovely!  I used this Nordic Ware cutter..

The weather has waffled between frightfully cold w/ artic air..and mellower..on a mellower day I took a walk to one of my fave spots..well..let me rephrase that..I drove to my fave spot ..then got out of the car and walked..  even on mellower days..fingers tend to freeze taking pics..mellower meant above 0 F:) I hink it was 22F.

We have an area up shore road that looks like an ice fishing village..but where I went..this little one sat alone..my dad was an avid ice fisherman....:) The fish as I remember were delish.I remember going once..  sooo cccold..I think it was in QC city though..at my uncle Rolland's with my dad.

As I took my walk..one man walked 2 of his dogs against the stark landscape and a couple.. later on..  we were hardly any out..  the man walked further onto the ice to take photos and I snapped the Lady In Red~ ♥



I've been thinking of Valentine's Day because it's around my daughter's Birthday..  and Easter..
I purchased this video set months ago second hand and have just gotten around to watching..so dear and old fashioned..
Days gone by.

I just keep very busy in this weather..I have fabric to recover the wicker settee cushions..I have paintings to do..cakes to bake..cookies to frost..books to read..tea cosies to stitch..

I organize in January..lol..I am so weird..I think.. well..if I died tomorrow..  they would think I was organized at least..;)
Way too much "stuff" ..but organized.;)

However I know none of these things went through my mind or mattered  as I went through my mom's personal belongings..all I remember is the fresh clean scent of everything..her slips..her bras..nylons..girdles w/ hook type things to attach your nylons..she did not need a girdle..at all..

..I remember wearing  some of her clothes for months..after..maybe years..finding my last birthday card..the one I would have gotten in February..signed.

Looking at her Revlon Red lipstick..cotton batten wool in a roll covered in indigo colored paper.I sucked my thumb w/ that till I was 10.
A new cream she had bought..a skin cream..I just remember a gold jar..she wasn't one to have drawers full  of cosmetics.
A natural .
Her Jergen's cream that smelled like almond.
L'Air Du temps by Nina Ricci..
Muguet Des Bois.
Her crystal and silver on her toiletry table..

I LOVED that table..there was a stool..a rectangle..I have it.. a big round mirror.. a middle thin long  drawer under the top..and 3 drawers on each side.
I LOVED sitting there.Oh I can feel the feeling now♥

Truly a Mrs Maisel toiletry table.♥



Bon Weekend:)

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  1. Beautiful post with so many wonderful things. I can remember my favorite (like my grandma) sitting at her makeup table getting ready for dinner. She always laid down for about 1 hour in early afternoon, took her bath and dressed/makeup and was ready to have dinner. So many wonderful memories brought back.

    It sure is cold up there, I would freeze - I'm cold when it gets to 65 LOL.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Your grandson is very handsome.

    Mary

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    1. Mary..when we visit Florida..65 F is chilly to me too!:) What a treat watching someone we adore with their rituals.I have not forgotten♥Thanks Mary..Have a nice evening:)

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  2. Lucas is very cute, but then all the littles are. I have an irrational fear of walking on frozen lakes, ponds. In fact, a local psychiatrist just drowned last week when he broke through his pond. I love how busy you keep yourself in winter. Probably all the time. That pie is the most beautiful. Apple pies take the longest with all the peeling. I always use Granny Smith apples. Your mother would be so thankful that you remember all the things about her with such tenderness. You're a good egg Monique. After this latest arctic blast ( 4 degrees), it will be 60 on Saturday. I can't tell you how happy I'll be.

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    1. I hear your happy..60 is tropical to me right now.I think she knew how much I loved her..but not nearly enough..you know how selfish a 19 yr old can be:(
      Peeling is the pits:) LOL and I am too lazy to get the peeler out..I have to stand on a chair.
      I would hate to fall through the ice..HATE..Like being buried alive..On this happy note..thanks for coming to visit..and yes all our Littles are beautiful♥

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  3. He is still an adorable boy!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. Time flies! But Beatrix is forever :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Isn't that the truth?! Not everyone is that eternal♥

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  5. Time sure flies, and I just came across that lettuce leaf photo recently when organizing. I meant to tell you. Have a sweet weekend. xo

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    1. ♥How cute Debbie..I am wondering if you are making bread this w/e??:)

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    2. We are going to the Finger Lakes tomorrow So will start the bread tonight :-)

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  6. Oh, my, I came for the pie and by the end I cried.
    Your piecrust is a work of art. I will try to replicate it, but whatever you used to seal the edges is exquisite.
    I know how you feel about your mother's things. I am wearing one of my mom's sweaters as I type. It has a big hole in one sleeve, but I don't care. These things of hers are talismans, keeping her in my consciousness all day and soothing the loss.
    Re your grandson, a friend reads the same YA books as her teen grandkids and tries to keep up on their favorite movies, too, so that they have things to talk about. And she mostly likes the books and sometimes the movies, too. Mostly, she enjoys having conversations with her grandkids that go beyond school and sports. If you start talking about stories, you can wander into sensitive topics that otherwise would be off-limits, like bullying. If you ask a kid directly about bullying, they will shut it down.

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    1. I understand fully re your mom's sweater.The design around the pie is an antique key.We're so lucky..we talk to our boys about almost everything I think..bullying.. yesterday Max told us about his puberty class..:) So far they are well adjusted ..happy..loving..sportsmen.Sports are tops..When they leave even at their ages..kisses..hugs..Love you! Love you more!More! and so on..and these 3 live across the street.People have told us..this shall pass..so we are relishing each moment.These are the people I hug♥Thanks for your visit:)

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  7. Lucas ....... so handsome and growing up way too fast! I can visualize all of those treasures you hold dear, the ones that belonged to your Mother. Everyday items, that bring her back to you. And that pie ... so very pretty. Boxes of fabric that I have collected sit in my spare closet. Each year, I tell myself that during the colder months, I will make something. Sewing is not my forte. It takes time and patience, and I lack both. Granted, our winters are not so cold as yours, we have had colder than normal temps here. Austin practically closes down with the mere hint of ice on the roads. Living most of my life in the mountains taught me how to drive in snow and ice, but most in this area are unfamiliar with it. Your snow photos are lovely and spiritual. I can feel the quiet in my minds eye.❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

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    1. Dear Ry.I promose you sewing is NOT my forte..my cushions are straight up and down.I have patience but never perfected sewing..and now you can get things already made up for les..I love that IG feed from you..Yotis?Lol I can't remember..but each post..and stories..the Littles:) the linen etc..beautiful photography.
      My mind's eye..is smiling at yours;)

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  8. Oh, Monique... your memories of your mother so beautifully expressed... made it like I could almost know her, too... so touching. How do our kiddos grow up so fast? Your Lucas is such a handsome young man... and how wonderful that he helps with all the "tech" stuff. They seem to be born understanding all that stuff! How is it? Your pie crust is so pretty. Everything you do, you fill with beauty and love. Have a wonderful day. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. The do seem that way..and younger and younger..he told us of an exam he had esterday in Maths.I can't help at all anymore because now my 12 yr old knows far more than I do..extensions reflections..the terms escape me..reminded of college when Physics stepped in and I stepped into social;)
      Have a great day.

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  9. What a handsome reason to bake pie ♥ He does look like a teenager already! I love that thick, tossled hair. I'm sure there are many girls taking second glances :) I am horrible and decorating pies and think I need one of those cutters. I just visited the pie lady...what gorgeous pies she makes! I will look for her on IG. Our little Bo just turned 2 yesterday! Lindsay posted photos of him on IG yesterday ♥ We will celebrate with them on tomorrow. Love the lady in red! Sweet thoughts of your mom. I can imagine her Mrs. Maisel dressing table :) I was just looking through some of my old, old family photos. Wanted to show some to Dane last weekend when he was here. I remember my Dad ice fishing too. We ate lots of fish growing up :) Bon weekend, Dear Friend ♥

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    1. Oh she makes fab pies..IG is inspiring!
      Beau 2..beacoup trop vite! I remember when you told me Lindsey was pregnant again..that we had 3 boys you and I is just fun:)After our 2 girls..happy husbands:) Loved their daughters but he never had someone to talk football to.
      Happy Birthday to your Littlest♥
      I may try and hunt down a fishing pic of my dad.I have so few..:(

      x

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    2. I forgot to tell you that when we saw Paddington 2 we saw the previews for Peter Rabbit! Another one we'll have to see with the our boys ♥ Good times at every age :) Can't wait to see them all tomorrow ♥ I'll have to look for a fishing photo of my dad too!

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    3. I'll be lucky if I find one..:) Oh Peter Rabbit! I will go:) Noah and his mommy are coming tomorrow:)

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  10. I love the fishing shack and lady in red pictures!

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  11. I so remember the day he was born....the cabbage cake you should show it! He is so handsome and looks like Fred too...your blessed to have visits from your grandkids!
    Your pie is beautiful too~
    I've been sick and mostly in bed for two weeks...and they say the best is yet to come!!!!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  12. I have a pic of you holding him:)He does look like Fred..yesterday Oli was sitting beside me..when they left..Jacques said..you two have the same profile..forehead etc..he said he is a lot like you..he said I did not tell him because of what he could do..last time someone told him that he cut his hair.lol..he definitely does not want to look like a nana!Oh Di..you must admit these Littles of ours are so precious..funny..astute..smart..so natural..MN must be a little lady:)
    Is it the flu? I hope you are feeling better every day!

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  13. Wow Monique, your pie is so beautiful. I have Karin’s site open too. Thank you for sharing. While I was browsing your site, I guess you were looking at mine. Thank you for your sweet comments. While reading your post, I can see how much you miss your Mom. So touching. We always have our memories and no one can take them away. Lucas is so handsome and grown up. Take care.

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    1. I understand what you are living right nw..Your mom is so very very lucky to have you:)

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  14. Same as above..'I came for the pie and by the end I cried'..
    Karin is a genius and you are brave to follow in her footsteps.
    I'm trying to remember what I may have of my mother's. A silver Chinese complicated cuff bracelet that does indeed feel like a handcuff when worn so I rarely wear it. You're lucky to have those things and all your cherished memories...

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    1. I am..I know I am.My brother has the bedroom set w/ toiletry table in a guest room I think..not sure why I have the bench..I do have many many of her things..have treasured each and every one..I glance here or there and ..and ..well..there it suddenly is hanging or furnishing my parents home.
      Your mom must be telling everyone about you up there:)♥And my mom the artist..must be applauding..;)
      There's a long story as to why many items ended up with me..it's been so long so many details escape me.But the big details are right there.
      That Karin!..Wowsers.. she and her husband have a blog..link in her profile..

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  15. Mmmmmmm That cake is wonderful!!!...wowww time flys Monique......happy weekend love Ria x ❤️

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  16. A nice visit with your grandson is the perfect excuse to bake a pie and once again your's is gorgeous! All your photos are fantastic - the snow, the red coat - you have such an artists eye. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Dear Nana your grandson looks to be a really sweet boy. He deserves to taste that fantastic apple pie.
    I'm going to search the receipt.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  18. Look at Lucas! Isn’t it amazing to watch them changing before your eyes? He must have been very happy to have seen that pie (and you know what I will be researching😉). I love your memories of your mother. I have her wallet in a drawer and for years it had that same smell of “mom”. It has lost some of that but still a faint scent. I have some items from the kitchen that remind me of her too. Bon weekend.

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    1. Lol I do know what you will be researching!That "mom" smell❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻We never forget it!!!They change from week to week these Littles of ours.I really want one more☺️

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    2. I’m not sure which of your daughters you could bribe for that one more baby. Besides if you got your wish the Little one would probably be up and running with the older group before he or she were one. Lillian seems like she has been with us longer than her almost two years. And she does keep up with her five year old sister very well. This week she was playing with Barbie doll and calling her by her correct name! I remember when Barbie was introduced and I was playing with her in 4-5 grade. Her baby dolls are all “baby” but she does love them.

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    3. It's amazing how fast the next ones grow up..I tried bribing..they laughed me out of the ballpark;)I have see Lillian:) She is very precocious..:) She's a doll as is Katherine.:)There is NOTHING like kids..I love looking at them..even in malls..I tell the parents how adorb their kids are..:)

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    4. I can hear them laughing all the way here. They are adorable but not went they keep waking up several times a night. Your daughters would be so tramitized with that now that the Little’s don’t do that anymore. Mommy and Daddy are ready at times to give her away. I had the girls while they moved and she woke up at 2pm and was up for about an hour. She woke her sister too. Grandma was exhausted the next day.

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    5. I remember those days..I think that's why we have babies when we are younger:) But oh my how our patience is great at our age..and how sympathetic we are:)

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  19. What a delicate, beautiful post my dear friend. Reading it was like a sweet whisper of all things nice and the truth about what really truly matters in life. Life is made up of moments, some sad, some happy, tender and sweet. Your crust is beautiful, your grandson so handsome. The same age as my two older ones also. They are not babies for long. But tender moments still come. The fishing shack, the lady in red, the glimpse of next Christmas treasures in the making, beautiful threads, those Beatrix Potter DVD’s , so much loveliness, but mostly the tender words of your mother which read like poetry, beautifully written, poignant and filled with tenderness. Thanks for all you share my dear friend. Hope your weekend is going well. 😘

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    1. Dear Marie;
      I just sat down..a bit of sunshine is finally pouring in..shedding a gorgeous light on the wonderful scones you shared the recipe of lately..I made them this morning..Mylène and Noah are popping by.

      I think you know I couldn't bake or cook a thing when I married..she had done everything for me..and I did not have any interest whatosever..through the years..I found out I loved baking and cooking..out of every book I have out of every recipe of a chef..or anyone..yours are the ones I have made the most of in all my life.
      You taught me well:)

      Thank you so much.

      We have mentors in life..I have been lucky to have had some throughout my life since I lost my mom..some have passed away..some are just no longer in my life..people move..people change ..people age..etc..
      you are definitely a kitchen mentor of mine..:) And stitching..let's not forget your step by step tutorial.
      How uncanny that the internet has helped fill in spots in our lives..
      Grateful.♥


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  20. Oh he is so handsome Monique...that hair! 😍
    Your stories of your Mom always strike such a familiar chord with me...
    You are very lucky to have such fond memories...and I know you cherish them...
    She would be so proud of your talents..your beautiful home,daughters...and of course those boys!
    We had a lovely day with our Vivian...she is all tucked in upstairs😴💕😴
    Hope she lets us sleep in! She has her IPad!😳 To keep her occupied for a while in the am....
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend...we hit 10c today!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We are so lucky you and I and others who have the joy of seeing their Littles..many live so far..it is difficult!
      She looked like she was having a ball at your house..and having Nora must make it fun for her too.
      It was warmish here also yesterday..38 F..and the sun shone twice!
      Have a ball this Am with your princess♥

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    2. I didn't get up til 8am!!! Fantastic!
      She busied herself in her room...Miss her already!

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  21. He is as good looking boy and I agree 12 is a lovely age. My handsome grandson is 14 and 6’ 1”!!....I have a small boudoir chair that originally belonged to my mother’s sister, she left it to my mother and now I use it at my dressing table. I should get it restored and re-upholstered. That's a pretty pattern on your pie top.

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    1. Maybe Lucas will be that also:) I know 3 at least will be taller than me:)These boys♥
      I bet the chair is beautiful:)

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  22. Your pie is so beautiful! And very sweet memories of your mom.... xo

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  23. Man it looks cold there. Lucas looks like a sweet boy. Your pie looks gorgeous. It is interesting what we remember of our mums. I am a cleaner in January. Have a good week.

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    1. I really liked The last Christmas in Paris:)Thank you..Yes Jan is spic and span month;)For organizing;)

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  24. What a wonderful young man!! (well, still boy too, right?) The snow photos, Lady in Red exquisite...One of the best experiences in my life was when a dear college friend took me ice fishing with her dad...Heaven! These days the lakes are tricky, with freezing and then melts...I had a memory of my mother recently, thinking of her pressed powder compact, how she would put on lipstick... and blot her lips...Her parfum: Chanel #5.

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    1. ♥I love stories..they make my day ..thank you..yes pressed and loose..I forget the pressed.I remember the losse more clearly.I have her container for it.
      Blotting the red lips:)
      Ice..not a big fan..cannot imagine..walking across a lake.We have an ice bridge here.
      I read a good book years ago..Ice Lake:)John Farrow..It's one of the ones I would have liked to keep..I lent it and it never came back..90% of the time I say pass it on:)Oh well!!

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  25. PS I have the urge to embroider, to read many books, to do a puzzle...but I don't know how to find the time to do it all, because the sketching and paint doodling make me so happy...

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    1. And I feel I should not be so scattered!!
      I should be just painting and sketching:) Une girouette ..je suis une girouette!

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  26. Dearest Monique,
    Yeah, that organizing scenario with the broom stick behind the door of: 'What IF you get into an accident and others find your things like THIS..."
    We all try but it is quite a battle to declutter. Managed to declutter my iMac yesterday and having checked off all my files and having them on iCloud made me sleep like a rose!
    Your Mom's memories are very sweet and they will be lasting!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  27. I did that with my mom's clothes but my dad's, too -- I still have a couple of his old shirts that fit me -- well, oversized, like a jacket. Some things I've passed on to Rick. Such memories. There is that though about if we die tomorrow -- oh my! Someone would go nuts pawing through too many books and art supplies and Christmas things and dishes. I'm weeding out the clothes; I'd do it faster if my washing machine wasn't broken. There are things I want to wash before they go, just because they've been hanging around for too long and charity doesn't deserve it. So many can't even afford regular laundry, so there's that. And it just seems impolite.

    Your boy -- 12! Don't they grow so quickly? And all your lovely photos. Those stitching supplies are especially beautiful. Lots of memories here. You reminded me of ice fishing with my dad. We didn't have a little shanty but we'd put some sort of alert by our hole in the ice and when we were tired of hanging out in the cold, go watch it from the cottage! Slacker ice fishing! Ha!

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    1. I was even turning into a slacker downhill skier at the end..the cccold..Oh Jeanie..you have so many dear memories of your great parents.I see their faces since you have mentioned them so often.I love those posts♥
      I agree..I have to wash things before donating..if you can believe it though..some things..very few but some things I have worn so long..they are worn..and I have to throw away..not even donatable.And white shirts.I used to live in them..some I can't even get white anymore..I can't donate those..
      Hope you had a marvelous w/e..btw..do you have Amazon Prime? I hate evn saying that we resisted for years..but have it now..The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.. 1958..winner show:)
      Bonne soirée!

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    2. I know just what you mean about things that aren't even good enough to donate. I hate throwing them away but just too worn or things that are stained beyond cleaning. Ugh. I have resisted Amazon Prime too. And Netflix. But I might cave to one or the other soon!

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