Saturday, February 22, 2020

I'm home!

I'd blog more about the work trip but ugh I don't even want to think about it anymore lol. TG that is done! I love how they are like wooohooo we're having a big conference it will be a great time and it's more like torture to me haha

I had the guy driving the work vehicle drop me off in Manteca (a bit closer for Trevor to pick me up and right off the freeway). I drove us home when Trevor picked me up because GD it I needed to have control haha. So nice to drive my own car.

I spent the evening working on packaging up my Etsy orders and signing up for some craft events.

Last Sunday & Monday I spent some time working on listing all those patterns I bought the last time I went to the thrift store and there are a couple in here that sold.

I sold 2 mug cozies I had on sale too. I have some on 50% off. Trying to clear out some of the ones I've had awhile.

and here's my new upcoming events for craft shows. I'm going to have a booth 3 weekends in a row at the Outlet mall that is super busy. I hope it goes well since the booth fee was a bit spendy!

So now I need to sew, sew, sew. If only I didn't have to go sit in a cube during the week. Although I got my TSP Statement and I'll only get $97 a month if I retire now, so I guess I should keep going ;)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Day 2 Down

Well I'm here, in my room back from Karaoke Night in the hotel bar! Talk about some crazy shiznit. I mostly just watched and laughed and sang along and maybe danced a tiny bit.

Some people are freaking crazy.

I've seen one girl drinking since at least 5:30 and last I saw she was going in for some shots with a drink at 11. Like how do you even function the next morning.

So today started out with our mandatory "breakfast" which was some fruit, some muffins, oatmeal (gag) and yogurt (gag) and little boxes of cereal (like Froot Loops? Who eats that?).  I took one muffin and a little bit of fruit and then spent the rest of the day being hungry.

The big wig "chief" came and did a talk, it was actually pretty good and I got all teary when he was talking about how his wife died and stuff.

In between everyone they kept wanting us to applaud this person and that person and lets give this person another round of applause. Like wtf aren't they just doing their jobs? No one gives me a round of applause lol.

After breakfast we went to our "classes" I'm doing a class on civil rights which is partially being taught by someone with such a thick accent I can barely understand her. Seems mostly like a time suck since we worked on that before and after lunch and only got through the first section. Like OMG I have 2 more days of this class.

Lunch was extra fancy and "mandatory". They actually served this one at the table.  They had 2 options we had to pick ahead of time, chicken or vegetarian. I had the chicken, which came with some rice, a tiny bit of vegetables, a sad little salad with fancy greens a roll. I felt like I could have eaten a whole nother plate lol. After inhaling that they served us some key lime pie.

While we were eating there was someone that I think was trying to give a motivational speech of some sort but it was so loud I didn't get much out of it. Well just more applause.

Did I mention how much coffee I drank today?  Our classroom was like -20 inside so everyone was drinking coffee just to warm up and have a hot cup for their hands.

Dinner was also "mandatory" I was starving to I just went for the food. I've realized no one is making us sign in for all these mandatory meals. It's a good thing I didn't bring my own car because I'd just be driving off to find something better to eat. For dinner I had a bunch of vegetables (that was like the whole first section I went through), a little piece of chicken, little piece of beef, little bit of pasta, little pieces of bread and oh a little potato. Everyone was like OH I'm so stuffed. Apparently I'm a fatty because I was like eh I could go for some crackers lol. 

The rest of the dinner was this "tech show" was all just science crap related to my job but nothing I really gaf about. I'm a data entry type position not a soil scientist. Three of us went for a walk and we found a gas station with a little store so I bought some snacks (and a couple Diet Cokes-they are $1.75 a can in the lobby).

I went up to my room for a little bit and then we went down to the bar. So we've come full circle. I can't believe I have 2 more full days here. I feel like I've been here forever and I'm so tired of talking to people. Give me a hotel room and some You Tube and I'm good lol. At some point I want to go down to a Goodwill I saw that's less than a mile away. I should probably take our work vehicle but I might just walk. Guess I won't buy too much if I do that right?

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Another Fun Weekened $$

Saturday I spent my day at the mall in Pleasanton. This was my first time having a booth at this mall and only the 2nd weekend the organizer had anyone set up there.

When I got there the people set up on both sides of me were saying that they had not had very good sales the weekend before.

 I was like ah crap this is going to be a waste of a day. BUT surprisingly I did pretty well!

This is not my favorite set up because I feel like I'm so far away from the customers walking by. I'm glad I have my taller folding chair (from Ikea) so I can be up higher and see over my key chain racks.

I kind of felt like maybe the two girls next to me would have done better if they would have had a better attitude. Also the one girl wasn't dressed very nice and maybe that would have helped her out a bit too. This mall is a bit more upscale. 

For the first time I charged sales tax on ALL my sales. I used to just charge it on the card sales to make it easier but that ended up with me having to pay a lot of the taxes out of my profits in January. I figured out how to use my Square app for cash sales. It worked great since I could put in what I sold and it calculated the tax (it's 9.25% in Pleasanton isn't that crazy!) and then I could put in what tender they gave me and it would tell me the change. 

Also it was fun to see what I sold. Before I would just count my start and end money and call it good.

I probably would have sold more wine bags if I had them. That's on my to do list of things to make altough I don't really enjoy making them all that much. 

The gal that organizes the events asked me if I'd do a booth at a very popular outlet mall. She's still negotiating the prices but if it happens then I will put the wine bags at a higher price since it's a richer shopping area (and wine country)

I raised up my key chain price to $5 and at first I wasn't selling any but sold some later. I need to make some more unique ones of those too. 

I'm at a work conference/training thing all week this week so no sewing. I debated on bringing something to work on but the training days are pretty long so figured I'd be too tired to work on projects. 

Did I tell you guys one of my new favorite You Tuber's? Her name is Evelyn Wood and she refashiones thrift store clothes usually into some kind of vintage style. I dont really like sewing adult clothes but she is cute and fun to watch.

Ok off to watch some You Tube videos in my quiet hotel room with no furry buddies. :( I hung out in the bar for a bit and socialized and then everyone I was hanging out with left. I went to the bathroom and debated finding a new group to hang with or going up to my room and obviously the room won haha. 

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sewing & Stuff

I signed up to have a booth at another mall this Saturday. It's a bit farther away so I'll have to get up early again. Why does everything I like to do have to start so early in the morning ;) 

Here is the last of the zip bags I got done last weekend. (still have a bunch cut out but that will be for when I get tired of sewing other things lol)

After that I cleaned up a box of scraps (still have a lot more to go through but I got tired of that) and then found some key chains that were about 1/2 done and sewed those up. 

I'm not even sure what inventory I have for this weekend since I haven't pulled it all out since the mall show before Christmas.  We shall see! I need to figure out how to get all my stuff inside in one trip. I used to be able to do it then I added a 3rd box of stuff which made it too hard.

Last time I left the other mall I was a bit freaked out that everyone had pretty much left and I still had to make one more trip.  Would be nice if someone with the organizer hung out to make sure everyone got out safely but I guess they figure we're all adults or something (But it was a bit scary!)

We'll see if I get anymore sewing done before Saturday! Not sure what I'm going to work on next. I tend to just start cleaning up and then something grabs me. I do have a bunch of other types of bags that I had cut out and some wine bags too. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Etsy & Ebay Sales

I know this is probably not everyone's cup of tea but I kind of like doing it for now so here it is ;)

Here's what I sold in the last week. Not a ton but about 2 things a day. I have a bunch of patterns I need to put on Etsy but I haven't got around to it.

Most of these items were bought for .10-.25. The knitting needles I had bought about 10 for $5.00 at the flea market awhile back. I still have a few left of this kind and some others.

On my other Etsy--This was 2 orders, the first order is the one of the top left and someone else bought the other 4.  That's always nice when people buy multiples! I have a sale of "heart" items until Valentine's day and the 2 sales ones have a heart on there somewhere lol.

Then over to Ebay, I think I forgot a few of these the last time I did my sales.

Top and bottom are those little plastic confetti things. I got those in a box with some other junk and just thought I'd give them a try on Ebay. I was just about to pull them off and give them to my friend who teaches preschool and then sold a couple. I had them listed for $5 but took best offers. I'm always hopefully someone will come along and buy a bunch of them instead of just one.

 The other thing I sold is this fun book from the 1920's that was like a Home Ec type of text book complete with stuff written and stapled inside. I got that at the flea market for $1. I took a best offer on that one too.

This is my homework for some day soon. Stuff I bought at the thrift store about 2 weeks ago. I haven't shopped again so it's ok I haven't listed them yet lol. I thought I had posted before about what I got but I don't see it anywhere. Sadly I got charged .50 each for the patterns but didn't realize it until later. Guess I have to double check the price now when I buy them. 

Happy Selling!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Happy Birthday to Me

Last Saturday was my birthday. Scott made me breakfast and then I just worked on my little sewing stuff all day until it was time for dinner. We went to Chili's with the family since my birthday landed on a Saturday and no one takes reservations anymore. Usually they are pretty good about larger parties and they were.

Here's Scott & I and my brother Louie (I didn't even know he was coming), mom and dad

Daniel, Jess & niece Adrian

Eric, Melissa & Trevor 

Getting old! Mom got some fun candles they lit up and flashed

She ordered my usual german chocolate cake but they messed up and frosted it. It was still good though!

So dinner was nice except for them forgetting my niece's food but eventually she got it 2x, once the way she wanted it, and it was free lol.

After dinner Scott & I and Jess & Daniel went to the bar (Melissa was like SOON I can go too-she'll be 21 in April). My friend Cassi was there but not a big crowd so it was nice but would have been more fun if there was more people there.  

Another year older another year crankier. Get off my lawn you whippersnappers!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Just Sewing Along

Well it's Tuesday already! Scott has been gone since Friday having a boys weekend. He should be home about the time we go to bed tonight! Trevor and I have been living off teenager food lol. Last night we had nachos for dinner.

I'll be happy for him to get back to taking the dogs out at 5am. It's freaking cold out.

I have been sewing away trying to finish off my stack of these zip bags so that I can do something else. I'm ALMOST there. I should be able to finish what I have left tonight.  That was a lot of bags I cut out! Actually it's not even all the ones I cut out just what I had zippers and batting for. Still mostly "animal" fabrics but a few others I had in my bin made it through too.

I've been watching a lot of You Tube videos lately and came across Scraptastic Patchwork. She's doing a big reorganization/destash. Interesting to watch ;) I try to organize as I go and I've pretty much stopped buying fabric unless it's at the thrift store. Eventually I'll have my book cases I want (don't know why my mind is not working on just getting those lol) and everything all pretty. One thing I've notices is most people who like sewing with scraps can't let go of fabric down to the tiny little pieces. I cut down to 1 1/2 inches for my key chains and anything smaller than that gets sent to someone I met online who makes crumb quits. Part of me is like I could use those myself and then the other part of me is like OMG you have 15 totes of fabric just LET IT GO haha.

I think after I get done with these bags I'm going to pull out some denim that I've saved to re-purpose along with some embroidered linens and make up some fun stuff with those. I am going to have to order some more zippers though ;)

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Friday, January 31, 2020


Happy Friday! Work is so boring today, all I have to work on is these old files I've been working on all week. I'm tired of working on them. No one is ever going to look at them anyways, I'm just doing extra stuff for busy work. 

Today Scott and his friends are off to Colorado for the annual guys weekend to hang out and watch the Super Bowl. I hope he has fun! He hardly does anything that doesn't involve us or work so it's good for him to have a guys weekend. Yesterday he went and got a hair cut, new pants and shoes. I was like do you have a new girlfriend? Guess hanging out with the guys is worth getting cleaned up haha.

Not sure what my plan is for the weekend. I was hoping to work on organizing my new book shelves I bought for myself. But WHOMP WHOMP I bought the wrong size! They were like 1/2 the size in every direction of what I actually wanted. I put one in the craft room to see if I could "make it work" and it was a no!

My friend bought one off of me and a girl at work said she'd buy the other 2 so I'm not out money TG. Still haven't bought the ones I want yet. Thinking I might just go look at actual stores instead of online and get them that way. That way if they turn out to not be what I want they are easier to return.

I cleaned up my craft room a little bit yesterday. I had a bunch of crap that had got tossed in, so got that cleaned up. I am probably going to work on sewing some more of the zip bags this weekend and do a bit of Etsy listing (maybe). We'll see! Saturday night I'm going to my mom's for dinner but other than that it will just be me and Trevor home alone all weekend.

This morning I paid my sales tax for 2019. I really need to stop being lazy and collect sales tax at my booth events. Going to have to break out the cash box and get change. The extra hassle is worth not losing a couple hundred dollars in bottom line profit!

Nothing too exciting has happened all week. Bunco Monday night (didn't win anything), and last night we hung out at the bar for a little bit but that's about it.

I did make a couple dinners

This chicken recipe was the bomb, I will definitely make this again. Horrible picture, I took my good light into the craft room lol.

I've made this soup a million times. It's a crock pot/Instant Pot recipe but I almost always end up making it on the stove. 

Last night I made this meatball "casserole" and Scott kept saying how good it was. Definitely no left overs of that! I did add some cooked pasta shells to the bottom of my skillet before I put it back into the oven. I'd have to buy a lot more meat if I didn't include a carb of some kind for my 2 big guys.

Etsy was slow all week but I finally had a few sales. Someone bought the 2nd pattern here on the top row through the last pattern on the 2nd row. It came up to over $35 so Etsy's "free shipping over $35 promotion" came in play. So I had this sheet that weighs over a pound, 2 patterns, a couple small books and a big heavy book to ship for free. I got burned a bit on that one. I ended up sending it in 2 packages so it cost me over $10 to ship with the "cheaper" ways.  
I've had that sheet in my store forever and I was going to take it out and just cut it up for fabric but forgot. Oh well live and learn!

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Need another day

Well I could use another day to the weekend. Unfortunately that wasn't possible. I wish I could just take every Monday off!

Friday night Scott and I ended up going out to dinner to Sizzler and getting the salad bar. That was nice. I of course had to have some clam chowder and some nachos to go along with my big salad plate. Oh and dessert too of course. I always get their apple crisp stuff and put some vanilla ice cream on top.

Saturday I sewed all day. It was glorious. Scott spent the day frustrated trying to get Trevor's truck to start. The truck apparently has some kind of weird security feature that is tripped and he can't get it to reset. So basically you can't start it for more than like 2 seconds and then it turns off. Looks like we'll have to buy some parts to replace the security system next.

Right when I was getting ready for bed he started having another AFIB session. He refused to go to the ER (he's already on all the meds they give for that) so I went to bed. Last time we went they just hooked him up and went yep you have AFIB. Eventually it stopped and we went home. Thankfully it stopped eventually this time too, although I think he didn't sleep well.

Sunday morning we had breakfast and I was making my grocery list when Scott's mom called and said she thought she was having a heart attack. Good God call 911! She didn't want to of course. I told Scott we could call but he was hesitant so we just got in the car and drove to her house (we live at least 15 minutes away driving over the speed limit).

We got there and she was in her chair shaking a bit and then she said OH GOD THERE IT IS AGAIN. Scott was like what's it feeling like and she's then calmly tells him. So we get her up and into the car and to the hospital. They did an EKG and then when they poked her for the IV her palpitations stopped. They said she was having supra-ventricular tachycardia, so similar to AFIB but a different area of the heart.

We then spent HOURS at the hospital waiting for something I don't know what. They did blood work and a chest x ray and that was ok. Then her blood pressure was pretty low so they gave her a bag of IV fluids but it still stayed low and they were like ok well sending you home. The RN was very expressive about her not taking her high blood pressure meds that night and to call her doctor to maybe get them adjusted.

After we finally got her home we went and did her grocery shopping (and my partial list, luckily I use Google sheets and could bring it up on my phone lol). Had to take that back to her house and then I went just a little bit later than planned over to my friend's house to watch the Grammy's. She uses the record feature so we were a bit behind the real show but pretty much caught up with it by the end after going through the commercials. I think I only missed the red carpet part.

Some of the acts were certainly interesting.... Others were really nice though.

So what did I sew this weekend? More of the zip bags (I cut out a million I think lol) Saturday I worked on butterflies, lady bugs, bees and insects.

and then a dog and a cat made it through from the last batch. The dog one I did some piecing (love doing that kind of work!).  Not sure why the cat one didn't make it in the last round.

I started working on foxes and frogs but didn't get them finished. Close though! I thought I was going to get them done on Sunday but maybe tomorrow night. Tonight I have Bunco.

I sold a bunch of cheap stuff on Etsy this weekend. I have my Etsy store clearance on 50% off so some of it was that. After renewing 4 times I'm going to start pulling them out of my regular inventory and bundling them in larger lots I think. Maybe just do a big flat rate box and put them on eBay just to get rid of them and still make some money.

Kind of funny that I sold 3 cross stitch items (all different buyers). The Airplane book and the one to the right of it (they are paper puppets) were on eBay. The book I got from the church sale so basically free and the puppets I bought at the flea market not that long ago for $2. I didn't know what they were but thought they looked interesting. They are from some kind of learning program that was on cassettes and VHS. Someone knows what they are!

Here's to a fun productive week with no more hospital visits please!

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Another night out

Well 2 nights now of no cooking! Yesterday I had to pick Trevor up after school so we just went to In & Out for dinner. After I got home I went to bingo and actually won 2 games. We hung out afterwards until almost 10.

On my lunch yesterday I went to the thrift store and bought a ton of sewing patterns. Someone definitely cleaned out their stash. Sadly I got charged double what I usually do and didn't realize it until after I had left. Oh well it's all in the wash I guess since some places hardly charge anything at all. I just need to make sure and pay attention next time.

Hopefully I'll stay home and be domestic after work today haha.  Although I am going to have to go by the grocery store and buy some more cat food. With four cats we are going through A LOT of cat food.

Also no eBay or Etsy sales yesterday so that's sad.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Lazy evening

So tired tonight. I got nothing accomplished! After work I went to the gas station, then ran into the store to get a couple things for the soup I was going to make. My friend texted me when I got home and said come hang out at the bar for a bit so I did. I was only going to stay for a little while but ended up staying until after 8 just hanging out. I only had a soda and ended up getting a quesadilla so that was dinner lol. No pictures even what a bad blogger.

I sold a few things today. I had put a few books on "auction" on eBay last week when I was sick and 2 out of three of them sold. Just for the starting bid price but hey they were pretty much free so that's $20 I didn't have before (before fees so about $15 lol)

It was like book day because I sold 2 more books on Etsy.  

Ok I'm going to bed "early" it's almost 10pm so not really early. So exhausted today. On the plus side I just took my blood pressure and it was 120/69 so way better. Still waiting for my blood test results to come back though. I'm hoping I can see them online without having to get the results from the doctor. One can hope!

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Sewed Away Monday

Ahh it was a nice day home. I didn't use the steroid inhaler this morning but I think I will use it before bed. My chest is feeling a little tight. 

Here was my little helper from yesterday and today. Usually it's her sister that hangs out with me but they traded. Tiny Tina isn't quite so tiny anymore.

I spent most of the day sewing up more bags. Got all the "bird" prints done.

Next I'm going to work on butterflies, lady bugs and bees. I think there's a couple more random insect prints in there lol. I cut all these out awhile back so it's just assembling them.

Sold one more item (as of 9pm)

I watched the weirdest Joaquin Pheonix movie today called The Master. So so weird. 

I also watched Julie & Julia, love that movie. I looked up the Julie gal and I guess she wrote a 2nd book but then people didn't like it because her and her husband both had affairs or something like that. Might have to check it out for curiosity sake. 

After those I went back to watching You Tube people. Less to think about lol. There is this one You Tuber named "Taco Stacks" and he basically drives around wasting gas to trash pick. In today's episode he said he took the scrap to the scrap yard and got like $13. THIRTEEN DOLLARS. Gas is like $3 plus a gallon most places around here. Plus it was like 18 degrees and he got up before the sun. Seems like a total waste of time. This guy has 215 THOUSAND followers. I just don't get it. People send him gifts and gift cards. He just seems like a whiney guy to me but hey what do I know. These times are strange I tell ya. (I unsubscribed from this guy after awhile but his stuff still auto plays in my stream when I'm not paying attention and I'm too lazy to skip it.) Maybe I should become a You Tuber and you can hear me complain in videos. Would you send me Subway gift cards? 

For dinner I made Turkey & Rice Casserole. We didn't have any carrots (didn't put them on the list because I didn't think someone was going to eat 1/2 a bag of carrots before I got to them), I used breadcrumbs instead of a slice of bread and I didn't have water chestnuts or tarragon (subbed fennel seed since that is what I could find for a sub online lol). I'm thinking it would have been a bit better with all the correct ingredients but it was ok. Oh and I added a bit of parmesan to the topping too.

The topping defintely made the meal. I need to start setting the table. We've all been eating in weird places. Would be nice to actually sit at the table and talk to each other.  Maybe tomorrow ;)

I have enough turkey left for one more recipe. I think I have 2 saved so I need to figure out which one I want to make. Should I make Turkey & Dumpling Soup or Turkey Corn Chowder? Both sound good to me! I'm glad the turkey is almost gone because I'm getting tired of it. Of course I had it for lunch the last 2 days too. Tomorrow I'll probably go out to lunch at work. I've got a hankering for a big delicous burrito.

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Happy Monday!

The best thing about my job is getting paid holidays off! Scott had to go to work today so it's just Trevor and I here at home. 

Etsy sales for the weekend

I woke up to 8 mug cozies being sold wooho. I have a sale for all "heart" cozies and that's what someone bought. (I put several together in one listing and then you can choose which one, That way I only get charged for one listing instead of 3)

I didn't work on my Etsy stores at all this weekend. Just sewing. I should probably book some craft shows since I haven't done that yet. Now that I'm back in the land of the living that is. Sheesh that was a rough one. Still coughing a phlemmy cough every so often but nothing like the pee your pants crack your ribs cough.

I finally finished sewing up all the Cat & Dog theme "sunglasses cases" which are really just padded zip bags. I usually sell a lot of them at my craft shows and I went through all my animal fabrics and cut things out and put the fabrics on the comic boards. I might have talked about that already though. Eventually I'll get a couple more book cases so I can get rid of all the plastic tote boxes I have my fabric in. That will give me about 12" more inches of room space too. 

I also fixed my comforter that was falling apart. I felt like I should have just tossed it since it was bad but now that I've fixed it it's almost good as new. Good for a few more washings and winter lol. I keep looking for a new one but all the ones I like are super expensive which is stupid because the animals all lay on my bed and I have to wash them all the time.

 Silly dog

I cooked a turkey on Saturday. I always buy one when they are super cheap around Thanksgiving. I got tired of it taking up the freezer so finally thawed it out. So we had a little Thanksgiving like meal on Saturday

Turkey pot pie Sunday, and I'm going to make a casserole for dinner tonight.

Oh and I made turkey broth too :)

I watched a ton of Netflix the last couple of days. 

Grace & Frankie
The Fall From Grace
Killer Inside The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

And Disney Plus (one of my kids paid for it so I got to use it lol)

Pollyanna  & Parent Trap (old one)
I wish they had the other Hayley Mills movies. I love Summer Magic and the Trouble with Angels but they don't have those on there.

Also a miracle happened! I got ALL the laundry done. So freaking crazy.  It's great not feeling like crap I tell ya! Well time to get busy and do some more sewing, starting with BIRDS today haha. Have a good day everyone!
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