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20 December, 2009

Bienvenue!...or...Welcome to the Christmas Tour at the Plate Addicts!

welcomeWelcome! I hope you will join us here at Plate Addict for a little Christmas tour! The staff has been working very hard to make everything ready! Sooo…we’ll start here on the porch where we have added sparkly red balls to our usual simple garland. We have also spiffed up our Pottery Barn copy cat lanterns for Christmas with some bows and cranberries!


IMG_9587The wreath came from Target several years ago but was dressed up with a few fancy floral picks! I like the unexpected colors on the flowers. Won’t you please come in and join us?


IMG_9557 Our host for this evening is none other than our very own celebrity, Baby Kitty! He also supervised the decoration of our special tree, as you will see!


potpourri Doesn’t the house smell so nice and Christmasy? It’s a bowl containing my favorite potpourri...The Smell of Christmas by Aromatique! It is being guarded by a pair of cardinals…my favorite birds! I also have some of my homemade potpourri simmering on the stove! (click here for the recipe)


straight fireplace Baby Kitty is taking advantage of the fire in the fireplace to show you a few changes that have been made since I first posted my mantel. Can you spot them?


tree plates Three of the plates have been replaced by Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles Pink Christmas plates! I found them at TJ Maxx, begging to come home with me!


IMG_9679 And you may also notice that, even though I said I didn’t miss having a garland with lights, I finally had to add some sparkle to my wreath! A mantel just needs some lights for me!


straight candy Also, the mice have escaped from the cloche and are hanging out on the demi-lune table near the fireplace! A few candy canes in an old pewter sugar bowl continue the candy cane stripe in the room.


straight table tree There is a small Christmas tree on the table behind one of the love seats. I just wrapped some toile fabric at the base as a skirt. Using the mantel as inspiration, I tried to keep a toile and stripe theme going. Hmmm…Baby Kitty seems to have a theme going of his own, since the ornaments are all…


birdsbirds! More birds to join the cardinals guarding the potpourri!


IMG_9793 And Baby Kitty seems to have called in more kitties to help with the decorating! They are tree toppers dressed in old-fashioned garb. And the kitties have been joined by a doggie and a deer! I think you could sell me anything that has little animals wearing clothes! lol


IMG_9810 In honor of the occasion, Baby Kitty has made his special Christmas cookies and some Russian tea! And… he is using his special Christmas plates! They are Lenox Winter Greetings Everyday. I think cardinals must be his favorite bird, too!


fire Here’s one last peek at our living room! We hope you’ll sit by the fire and enjoy some cookies and special Christmas music because we think you are very special! So we are wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a special holiday season with your families!


IMG_9555 And from the management and staff here at Confessions of a Plate AddictMerry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Please head on over to Mary’s at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday to see one of her beautiful mosaics and to find a list of this week’s participants. You will be treated to some wonderful photos from some very talented people!

met mon Next, be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday where you can get a peek at her gorgeous home and see what sorts of changes she is making, as well as find out who else is playing along! I’m sure that you will see lots of beautiful Christmas decorations!

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And then on Tuesday, please join Susan at thoughtsfromovertherainbow for Deck the Halls! We will be showing off our Christmas decorations every Tuesday between December 1st and January 5th, so come get in on the fun! Thanks again for stopping by! See you next time! A la prochaine!

71 comments:

  1. Things are looking lovely at your Christmas cottage! I would love to come and sip some tea by the fire and gaze at your beautiful tree with Baby Kitty!

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  2. ~WOWEE! Debbie your Christmas tour was wonderful! So pretty and very festive. Baby Kitty did a great job showing us around your beautifully decorated home!
    LOVE your gorgeous mantel, tree and garland around you front door. ~Fabulous job!!!

    Merry Christmas to you from The Millers! Alex, Melissa & Chestnut

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  3. It's all so beautiful! I love the Baby Kitty pics :) Very sweet!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  4. Thank you Kitty for showing us round...thoroughly enjoyed my tour and tell your Mistress she has a wonderful eye for decor....Thank you for your Christmas well wishes..hugs Teresa x

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  5. I enjoyed every bit of your Christmas tour! Your home is beautiful, inviting, and festive!

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  6. Hi Debbie,
    YOUR HOME LOOKS AMAZING!! You have that special decorating touch that we all strive for! I love cardinals, my fave too, and the Mantle and tree are just beautifully done~ The kitties in coats are so darn cute, almost as cute as your real ones! Merry Christmas my friend, Cindy

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  7. Baby Kitty is a great host...really enjoyed myself...

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  8. You captured such a great picture of Baby Kitty on that close up; it is such a great shot. I think he is ready for a job in modeling.

    Oh Debbie, your mantel is gorgeous; I love all of the décor! Especially those plates, if I would have seen them they would have been begging me too!

    How do you create all of those beautiful mosaics? Is it a software program you have?

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  9. It's gorgeous, Debbie! Every single bit of it!

    That's my favorite Christmas potpourri, too. Smells so good.

    Merry Christmas!

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  10. Gorgeous, Debbie! Your mantel is still one of my all-time favorite mantels....sooooo pretty..deserves to be in a magazine pic somewhere! Je vais essayer de faire une poste, mais je suis encore fatiguée après le démanagement de tous les meuble, etc., de ma belle mère. Oh, I love all the little extra touches - the candy canes in the pewter, etc....so lovely! Linda

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  11. Debbie , your home looks wonderful My compliments to you and your staff.Ih I have to pick one favorite it would be the beautiful wreath or maybe the Christmas plate? They are gorgeous.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.
    Riet

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  12. Oh Debbie, your home is just decorated so beautifully. Everything is just stunning. I love the mantel, the tree and all of the outside decorations too. Everything is just stunning. I would love to be there having tea and cookies, but since I can't this year, I will just send you and all your staff my love and wish you the most Blessed Christmas ever. Love ya. Hugs, Marty

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  13. Debbie -
    Your home looks so warm and inviting.
    I love all the birds throughout your decor...and the cardinal Christmas plates. (Have you read Fannie Flagg's "A Redbird Christmas"? It's a good read...fun, heartwarming...and you can finish it in a few hours.)

    Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas,
    Jane (artfully blessed)

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  14. Just absolutely beautiful! I love the toile theme with every part of my decorating heart. :)

    Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

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  15. WOW your Christmas Tour was absolutely beautiful. So warm and inviting. I love your mantel.

    Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Gail

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  16. Everything is so beautiful, Debbie! I'm so glad Baby Kitty has a handle on everything! :)
    Merry Christmas, Dear One,
    Shelia :)

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  17. Awesome pictures, Debbie! Very festive, very pretty. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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  18. Hello Debbie. Such gorgeous decor. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing/

    Merry Christmas!

    (I just got back from vacation).
    Regards.

    Regina

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  19. BRAVO!!! Debbie you really outdid youreslf girl with all this Christmas beauty....I just love your red cardinal tree...nothing says Christmas like cardinal to me...wished we had them here...I pray you have a blessed Christmas my dear friend...Hows that little baby baking....Mountain hugs to you girl...Love ya sis....Gl♥ria

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  20. Everything is so beautiful but not a beautiful as you staff, especially the calico! I love the little vignette with the dog, kitties and deer...adorable.

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  21. Everything looks amazing. I love the topiaries, plates, and wreaths on the mantle. So pretty and I love the symmetry. I also really like the peppermint ribbon on your black lantern. It is all elegant, yet fun and festive. Beautiful job!

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  22. OMG your decorations are just wonderful! I love the fireplace all decorated and your front porch with your lanterns and pretty wreath. Do your cats bother your tree. Our's like to lie underneath ours but he did want to bat a few ornaments around until we scolded him a few times. Merry Christmas!

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  23. Everything looks so pretty! I love, love, love the birds and nests. So sweet and festive!
    ~Michelle

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  24. Oh Debbie what a wonderful tour! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and blessings in the new year. :)

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  25. Wow! Love those wreaths! Target! I'd never have guessed. And your kittys are beautiful! Have a very Merry Christmas

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  26. Debbie, this is beautiful!! I LOVE those plates and the mantle is gorgeous!! Love the kitties! It is all just stunning!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  27. What a fabulous and festive post..where do I begin????
    Especially love the red transfer ware and the other red plates on your mantel, along with the lighted wreath and the fabulous tree with the perfect toile skirt..LOVE it all.
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

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  28. Everything is perfect and lovely. Very warm and inviting. I love the smell of Christmas by Aromatique. They have the best scents!

    Merry Christmas!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  29. My compliments to the management...they've done an extraordinary job!!!

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  30. It looks delightful..the only thing missing is some snow..would you like some> We got clobbered with 30 in of it!! I still need to shop!
    Thank you for the tour of your beautifully decorated home!
    In case I don't get back before then, Merry Christmas, Debbie!

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  31. Very much enjoyed the tour of your lovely Christmas decorations! The lighted wreath is just gorgeous! Gonna check out the Russian the link.

    Merry Christmas wishes!
    Kindly, ldh

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  32. Debbie, your mantle looks gorgeous! The plates are perfection, and lucky you to find Johnson Brothers Castles to go with your Christmas tree plates! Baby Kitty has done an excellent job of giving us the tour of all of your beautiful decorations. (I agree with BK, the cardinals are so pretty-but I'm thinking BK may look at them with a little more of an appetite. Love your tree topper animals. I've never seen any of those, but I'm sure wanting some now (OH NO! Another collection!) Have a wonderful Christmas. laurie

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  33. Debbie, thanks for the tour of your beautifully decorated home. Baby Kitty was a wondeful tour guide. Love, love, love your plates. From our home to yours a Very Merry Christmas..hugs ~lynne~

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  34. Your bird nest tree is gorgeous!! It was so nice to take a tour of your beautiful home accompanied by the adorable kitties! :-)

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  35. Debbie, your home is perfection! I've been admiring the mantel for weeks now. It is so classy! Glad you found the plates. I may rush out tomorrow to see if our store has any of these. Have to say the tree toppers have stolen my heart. Like you, if it's an animal dressed in clothes, I'm sold. These are about as cute as I've seen. I may just be tagging along with Laurie to try to find some of these. LOL
    Thanks for giving us a peek at your beautiful home dressed for Christmas. I wish you and your family a very merry holiday!
    Christmas Hugs ~ Sarah

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  36. Love your sparkly wreath, and the Winter Greetings vignette...I have those dishes too...never tire of them!

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  37. Hi, Debbie,
    Wonderful tour of a beautifully decorated home. Love your kitty pics, too.

    D

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  38. Your home is beautiful Debbie! I absolutely adore your mantle too! ☺

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  39. Merry Chrsitmas, Debbie! I love your decorations, I especially love all the birds. You decorated your home beautifully for Christmas.

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  40. Debbie, your home looks oh so lovely! Love the tree, with all of its birds. Love the mantel with those gorgeous plates. Love the colors, the style, and everything in between!!! How perfectly beautiful, all!
    Merry, Merry! xo Sue

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  41. I thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas tour of your lovely home. Your photos and mosaics are beautiful and it's fun to see 'Baby Kitty' checking things out. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Mosaic Monday and Merry Christmas to you and yours ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,
    My Festive Mosaic

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  42. Beautiful home dressed for the holidays, Debbie! Love all your ornaments and the tree behind the sofa is really exquisite. The cats' pictures against the X'mas view are beautiful. Hope you and your family have a Blessed Christmas and ytes we are both looking forward to a new precious baby!...Christine

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  43. Baby kitty is just too adorable!! We have a similar doggie topper on our Christmas tree.

    Loved the tour! You know I love the plates on the mantel. Love everything actually! You home is just so pretty.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    Manuela

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  44. Hi Debbie, beautiful pictures...I love, love your mantel.

    Merry Christmas,
    Barb

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  45. I just adore your Christmas inspired metamorphosis.

    Be merry and bright!

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  46. I must say you have the most beautiful and welcoming staff i have met to date, they are always there with open arms...love your beautiful home and your wonderful decorations, love that wreath, i should have that....I should have a couple of your staff members also....hugs phyllis

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  47. Your home is exquisite as are your decorations. The plates on the mantle are wonderful. I know Baby Kitty has been a big help.

    Have a wonderful holiday.

    Carol

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  48. I love the light and cheerful colors in your home, Debbie! What a great idea to use toile fabric as a tree skirt. Delightful tour from start to finish and I thank all the special hosts ;)

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  49. Oh Debbie, I could hang out with in this room forever! I found two of the Christmas tree plates at Marshall's. One all red, the other red but with a green tree with red decorations. I went with the more colorful one, I just couldn't help myself. I left hubby home for awhile yesterday with our kitty and the dogs. When I got back there were ornaments all over the floor and the angel was down too! They are all in the DOG HOUSE now!

    Have a wonderful Christmas sweet friend!
    Dawn

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  50. Everything is so beautiful! From the kitties, both real and pretend and the birds too. Your decor is fab. --Delores

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  51. Your decorations are gorgeous, but your cat's have stolen my heart. I love the photos of them.

    Linda

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  52. Debbie, it looks adorable! Love your decorations!!! It's all charming.

    We have the same china (Lenox), and I love mine, too. Also love the chickadees. :-)

    That Baby Kitty is one handsome boy!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  53. Your decorations are fantastic... so festive!
    Merry Merry
    ~Really Rainey~

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  54. Loved the tour today, Baby Kitty was an excellent guide.
    Like Jane I think you'd enjoy A Redbird Christmas, a NL tradition every year.
    Merry Christmas from Normandy.
    Maggie

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  55. Your mantel is exquisite! The tree with the cardinals in nest is amazingly lovely. I agree. Lights, even if not a lot, are wonderful on a mantel.
    I enjoyed the tour..favorite photo was of the cat laying so cozily near the fire. *smile*
    Merry Christmas and hugs..
    Mona

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  56. Everything is so pretty!!!! But, I have to admit the kitties are the cutest ornaments! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  57. Debbie- I have already told you that I am in love with the way you did your mantel this year! The new plates make it even better. This whole room looks so beautiful. I must admit, I have never owned a cat, but Baby Kitty makes me want to curl up beside her in this wonderful room. I wish you the merriest of Christmases and thank you for sharing this at Deck the Halls!

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  58. What a special tour. I love the red tree plates.
    I'm so sorry I haven't been by much. Google has had my blog so messed up that I have spent hours daily trying to get it fixed and they have no idea how to help.
    I have missed coming by. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and make some wonderful memories.
    Cheri

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  59. Debbie, your house is so pretty, it just says Christmas. How do you keep it so clean and so neat with your 4-legged staff members, I have 4 kittys and 2 girls(dogs) and my house never looks quiet as clean and neat as yours. You must share you secret. Merry Christmas to you,your family and especially your staff members. I have truly enjoyed your blog this last year and look forward to seeing what you do next year.

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  60. Debbie, back again! :-)

    Just in case I don't get back by before Christmas, I wanted to wish you and yours a very Merry one!

    Sending much love across the miles...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  61. Gorgeous...everything! That ribbon wouldn't last two minutes in my house with Jack & Buster! Happy Holidays!

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  62. Deb, as always the way you write and take pictures is magical. Your home is so pretty and inviting. I love the bird tree. The addition of the lights on the wreath is a perfect touch. I for one would love to be having some cookies and russian tea with my dear sweet and very talented friend. Hugs and merry merry Christmas, Kathysue

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  63. Debbie, everything looks beautiful. Baby Kitty in front of the fire is just the crowning touch. And I bet cardinals are his favorite bird lol. I'm so happy that you found those plates, just perfect for your lovely mantle. I hope that you and your family have a joyous Christmas! I count you and your friendship among my many blessings every day! Hugs, Kat

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  64. Debbie, hope you are doing fine, warm and safe, news here tell about the most cold winter in U.S.

    Your christmas decor is cozy and lovely!!!!

    Best wishes for your christmas
    Maria Cecilia

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  65. Your house is gorgeous! I love all of your decorations-I love using cardinals in my Christmas decorating too:). Your kitty staff has done a marvelous job helping you. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!!

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  66. Oh my! I love your mantel!!! I NEED those plates desperately. Adore all your pics...Merry Christmas!

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  67. Merci to you and your kitty staff for this beautiful show of your decorations! I love the way you tied in the tree to the mantel decos! I must say the kitties are looking well!

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  68. It was lovely, Debbie. I just joined bhive.com today. You and I have met before, as you will see in my blog. Happy New Year! Cindy

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  69. So well done.It looks so homey.All thats missing is Santas boot coming down the fireplace....anniepoo

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  70. I LOVED every single picture you have posted. You have such a lovely home Debbie, all gussied up for Christmas. Next year, promise you'll make a quick trip to San Diego to dress up my house. Please also bring the whole staff with you so they can meet my kitty.

    I am inspired! Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

    Bonnie

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  71. #71 Commenter thinks YOU ROCK and should be voted the #1 Writer for 2009 for blogging! Seriously Debbie, you inspire me, you make me chuckle, you speak French, and your staff is absolutely KITTYlicious. I adore your BLOG! And, girlfriend.....your photography is SPECTACULAR in this post. Did you get a new camera? You professional YOU! :) Seriously......this was absolutely divine to visit today! ~CC

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie