5 Things You Need For An Awesome Summer:

Summer is starting!

Ok, actually it's not. Summer doesn't officially start until June 21st.
But whatever. Work with me here.




  1. A crazy plan that may or may not happen. 
    Hike the Appalachian trail? Go on an epic road trip? Make some crazy plans and try to make it work. But don't be too disappointed if it fails.
  2. A no less fun plan that you can  make happen. How about some fun things that will happen? Make a bucket list. Go watch a new  movie, go ice skating, (indoor naturally,) rent some kayaks and head up the river. Bonus points if you find a rope swing over the water.
  3. A new skill to learn.
    Want to write with your non dominate hand? Go for it. Cartwheels? Run a 5K? Do it.
  4. A reading list
    Or if you want to try something else, a list a movies to watch. Want to watch every old John Wayne cowboy movie? Re watch all your favorite war movies with your dad? Musical Movie Marathon? Watch EVERY DISNEY MOVIE EVER? Then do it.

  5. Try something that scares you. 
    You want to cut your hair, but are worried about the sudden change, or what other people will think? Want to take Martial Arts, but are scared of starting lessons? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and go! Live your dreams! Don't hold yourself back. (Oh, You should open your eyes after the deep breath) 

Have a great summer.

Cheers mates,
-Kat

Banana Cream Pie Recipe (because Ascension and food.)

Tomorrow is the feast of the Ascension. Ascension Thursday. Our Lord's Ascension into heaven.

(The Poison. The poison for Kuzco. The poison chosen  specially for Kuzco. Kuzco's poison.)



*ahem*

So, many of us have younger siblings living with us and the rest of us love food, so I decided to include this happy little banana cream pie recipe.

Ummmm  Kat???


(Yes?)


What does Banana Cream Pie have to do with Ascension Thursday?

Well, it's like this.

First, does everyone know what a Banana Cream Pie looks like?

Well, I'll tell you. Yellow banana pudding, fluffy white stuff on top. *ding* and there you go.

And the Ascension Thursday part?


Well,, on the Ascension, the Lord rose up into the clouds (aka fluffy stuff at the top) and the apostles down below...

wait for it

...went bananas.



*laughing*

(And yes, I have been waiting since November for my chance to post this.)



But where's the pie? You promised us a DIY Banana Cream Pie!



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Ingredients! 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch 
  • 1/2 tsp* salt 
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  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons butter 
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Nine Inch pastry shell, baked
  • 2 large firm bananas
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

  • Got it? Good. 

    In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, Reduce heat, cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into eggs. 
    (Note, you have to let it cool first, or it will cook the eggs and you'll have a scrambled egg in your pie. And that's gross. mixing a tiny bit in with the eggs make the egg mixture a little closer in temperature to the custard.)  
    Return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil: cook and stir for another two minutes. 

    2. Remove from heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto the surface of custard, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

    3. Spread half of custard in pastry shell. Slice bananas and add a layer of them over the top of custard. Pour remaining custard over bananas. Spread whip cream over the top. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. 

    Serves 8. 


    Enjoy and happy Feast of the Ascension!


    -Kat











    Day 3 of Hail Mary Novena




    Oh, Mother of Mercy, Mother of penitent sinners, I stand before thee sinful and sorrowful, beseeching thee through the immense Love given to thee by the Holy Spirit for us poor sinners, obtain for me true and perfect contrition for my sins, which I hate and detest with all my heart, because I love God.
    Mother most merciful, help me in my present necessity. Turn, then those eyes of mercy toward us, oh clement, oh loving, oh sweet Virgin Mary!
    To obtain this precious gift, I honor thy loving mercy by reciting:
    Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed in the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, 
    Amen. 

    Day 2 of Hail Mary Novena

    Oh Virgin Mary, my Mother, through that ineffable wisdom bestowed upon thee by the Incarnate Word of God, I humbly beseech thee, obtain for me meekness and humility of heart, a perfect knowledge of the Divine Will, and strength to accomplish it always.
    Oh Mary, Seat of Wisdom; as a tender Mother lead me in the path of Christian virtue and perfection; enlighten and enable me to do what is most pleasing to thy beloved Son, and obtain my petition.
    To obtain this grace I honor thy wisdom by reciting:
    Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed in the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, 
    Amen. 

    Day 1 of Three Hail Mary Novena

    Oh, Immaculate Mary, Virgin most powerful, I beseech thee, through that immense power which thou hast received from the Eternal Father, obtain for me purity of heart, strength to overcome all the enemies of my soul, and the special favor I implore in my present necessity.
    [Name your request]
    Mother most pure! Forsake me not, despise not my prayer, graciously hear me for God’s glory, thy honor, and the welfare of my soul.
    To obtain this favor I honor thy power by reciting:
    Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed in the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, 
    Amen. 

    Music of the Week #16

    Hello!


    Sorry I didn't post one of these last week. I was incredibly busy.


    This week...................


    Love Never Dies!

    It's the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Trust me, this storyline is kinda meh. But the music!!!!

    It's amazing. (plus in the version I found, Its Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess!!)






    Til I Hear You Sing





    Love Never Dies




    Once Upon Another Time




    Devil Take the Hindmost

                                               seriously, this song is hilarious



    Finale





    Enjoy!

    (and tell me in the comments if you've listened to this musical)


    -Lia

    "Because I Knew You, I Have Been Changed For The Better"

    Hey guys.

    So yesterday, my sister graduated from college. She's not actually my sister but we are pretty much sisters. She is going off to grad school in another state and I have no idea when the next time I will see her again. (hopefully soon because I miss her like crazy)

    So this is basically what I couldn't say to her last night as we were hugging goodbye.
    (I probably would have started crying if I tried)


    You have changed my life. I don't know what I would be doing now if you hadn't come into my life. You brought out the person that I am today. For that, I am eternally grateful. You make me laugh and every time we talk, I am so happy. I can tell you anything and you will do the same in return.


    I wish you all the luck in the world. I hope at grad school, you find your someone and he makes you happy.


    Thank you for being my friend. And especially, thank you for being my sister.


    Love,
    -Lia


    (P.S. I totally know you are going to cry when  you read this, so chin up buttercup!)

    (also email me so I can make you laugh)

    Guest Post: May Crowning

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    Hey y’all,

    First things first, many thanks to Kat for inviting me to post here on Catholic Girl Stuff! I’ve participated  in a couple of May Crownings, so I got really excited when Kat asked me to talk to you guys about it.

    You may ask, what is May Crowning?

    Well…it takes place in May! (But I had a feeling that you knew that already……). Usually it happens after Sunday Mass in early-middle of May, depending on the parish schedule.

    Simply put, it’s a really special ceremony in which Catholics, in particular Catholic children, venerate Our  Lady by crowning a statue of her in honor of her Queenship of Heaven. The reason is, besides the fact  that the entire month is devoted to Our Lady, there are two feasts celebrating Her Queenship, one on May 1 and one on May 31.

    As with a lot of Catholic rituals, the origins of this devotion are shrouded in tradition. Of course, Mary as Queen of Heaven has been venerated for several hundred years, and crowning an image was not unknown. But the current form is probably much more recent than a lot think.

    According to Catholic Straight Answers, “[T]he Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, to help celebrate the Marian Year declared by Pope St. John Paul II in 1987 to prepare for the new millennium, issued a ritual, Order of Crowning an Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which captures the significance of this pious practice….” (http://catholicstraightanswers.com/what-are- the-origins- of-the- may-crowning/).

    So, it really is not surprising that a lot of people have not heard of this particular devotion.

    May Crowning may be organized by the women of the parish, but it is often a ceremony in which young women’s sodalities (Junior Sodalities) can get heavily involved in too.

    As a member of one such Junior Sodality, I know how much of a joy it is to put a May Crowning on. I believe that is one of the very greatest celebrations that a Catholic girl to participate in.

    My favorite May Crowning was actually my first May Crowning. It was a celebration full of joy for me for a variety of reasons. First, it was the first May Crowning of our Latin Mass Community and our Junior Sodality, which is exciting in and of itself. Second, I was asked by our Sodality leader if I would crown Our

    Lady, in offering thanksgiving for my recent conversion. This I did with a very full heart, as I have a great devotion to Our Lady. I still remember taking the crown from the pillow that the president of our Sodality held and raising the flowery crown to my Mother’s head. Oh, what holy joy I felt!

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    (caption: A picture of the crown I placed on Our Lady. I apologize for the quality, my poor camera had a really annoying focus problem.)

    So…what happens during a May Crowning?

    There is a basic form, which includes hymns, blessings and prayers. How it is executed often varies
    slightly with each parish. So, I’ll do two different versions: a sodality version and a parish version. The black text is for what happens in both versions.

    Before Mass, a statue of Our Lady is placed in the Sanctuary, usually near the Communion rail. A small

    table is set up beneath Her feet, and a vase is set on top of that table.

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    After Mass, the sodality members will either gather in the back and process in front of Father and the
    altar boys, or will gather at the front of the church and meet Father at the statue (ours did it both ways).
    One member will hold the pillow on which the floral crown will rest. A Marian hymn is usually sung at the beginning.

    After Mass, Father re-enters with an MC, thurifer, two candle bearers and a cross-bearer and stops in
    front of the statue. A girl will be holding the floral crown in her hands or on a pillow.

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    The sodality member holding the pillow and another member will step to the side of the statue. The
    second member will either crown Mary herself or hand the crown to Father, who will then crown the
    statue (It depends on the priest. It is acceptable to do it both ways). A Marian hymn is sung during the
    crowning, (often a continuation of the processional hymn).

    A girl will either crown the statue herself or hand the crown to Father, who will then crown the statue. A Marian hymn is sung during the crowning.

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    Father then goes through a liturgical form, in which a Bible passage is read (most typically the
    Annunciation), the statue is blessed with holy water and incense and prayers said. (I wish I could
    reproduce the form, but that particular piece of paper is hidden in my black hole AKA my room).

    Another Marian antiphon/hymn is typically sung afterwards.

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    Two Sodality members will be in front of each of the front pews, each with a big basket of flowers.
    Children will line up, receive a flower from the sodality member, and then place it in the vase before the crowned statue of Our Lady. They will then return to their seats. If any flowers are leftover, the Sodality members will then place them in the vase.

    Parish children will either process with flowers, or will be handed flowers by women/girls before placing it in the vase.

    Marian hymns may also be sung at this time. Conclusion prayers will follow.

    Sodality members will renew their annual consecration to Mary using the St. Louis de Montfort
    consecration prayer.

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    The order of these different steps (besides the entrance of course) can change per parish, but that the
    above form is the one that I’m most familiar with.

    Which Marian hymns are sung may also vary by parish as well. One of my favorites for May Crowning is “Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above”. It is a very triumphant hymn, which is perfect for the Easter Season

    (We are technically still in Easter until late May). Salve Regina, Ave Regina Caelorum, O Sancticissima, are some other good ones, but any Marian will work.

    However way it is done, May Crowning is a wonderful way to show devotion to Our Lady, especially
    since this is Her month. I hope that every child may have the opportunity to participate at least once in this great celebration of Mary, Queen of Heaven.

    I wish y’all a very blessed May!

    Old-fashionably yours,

    Farm Lassie

    I DARETH

    Hi guys!


    So I stole this idea from Mary Kate who in turn stole it from Cait who stole it from Shannon

    So go check out their blogs!

    This tag is called the #IDareYou Book tag. So I dare :)


    1. What book has been on your shelves the longest?

    The Boxcar children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I owned those books since I learned to read.




    2. What is your Current Read, Your Last Read, and your Next Read?

    Previous read: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

    Current Read: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

    Next Read: Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller








    3. Book You Read Everyone Liked, But You Hated?

    The Hunger Games. Everyone is raving about them and me? I found them horribly depressing, and really, really violent.





    4. Book You Keep Telling Yourself That You'll Read, But Probably Won't?

    I honestly have no idea what to answer for this question. I will give any book a chance. The only book I probably will never read are the Twilight books. Bleck!


    5. What Book Are You Saving For Retirement?


    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Why save books for retirement when you can read them now?


    6. Last Page: Do You Read It First Or Save It For The End?

    I would never spoil myself like that. Save it for the end!


    7. Acknowledgements? Waste Of Paper And Ink Or Are They Interesting?

    I used to skip over them but now I read them. Kiera Cass's acknowledgements are so funny!



    8. Which Book Character Would You Switch Places With?

    Ugh. Seriously. This is a really hard question to answer. Cammie from the Gallagher Girls series.
    She is awesome. And she's a spy!  (plus Zach!)





    9. Do You Have A Book That Reminds You Of Something Specific In Your Life?

    Not really but when I look at the book I will remember when I read it.

    February 2017, I read Heartless. And cried in the bathroom for 20 minutes.



    10. Name A Book You Acquired In An Interesting Way?

    Well, Kat has let me borrow a ton of books from her. But the twist is, she borrows them from the library and then gives them to me. (and I don't think your supposed to do that)



    11. Have You Ever Given Away A Special Book To A Special Person?

    I would never give away any of my babies!!!!!! For me to give one of my books away, that person would have to be very special.


    12. Which Book Has Been With You The Most Places?

    I can't read in the car, because I will get carsick. I do bring books with me when my family goes on long car trips and I read them in the hotel room. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan has been with me the most times.




    13. Any Required Reading That Was Bad In High School That Wasn't So Bad Two Years Later?

    I'm still in high school so that would be a problem. So far every book I've had to read for school I have picked out. (#homeschoolrocks)



    14. Used or Brand New?

    I would love to say brand new but my wallet says used. :(




    15. Have You Ever Read A Dan Brown Book Before?

    Ummmm No.




    16. Have You Ever Seen A Movie You Liked More Than The Book?

    How To Train Your Dragon is way better than the books!


    17. What Book Made You Hungry?

    Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan. The amount of coffee and food the characters consumed made me really hungry.


    18. Who Is A Person Whose Book Advice You Will Always Take?

    Kat has recommend so many books to me. She's the best :)



    19. Most Read Author?

    Rick Riordan



    20. Ship From Two Different Books?

    No clue.


    21. Paper Books Or Ebooks?

    Both!


    22. Favorite Book Villian?

    Captain Hook.   (*wink, wink*)





    Added By Me

    23. Ultimate OTP?

    Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase. I am obsessed with these two.



    24. Favorite Book Cover?

    To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han.




    Those are my answers! Also, can we appreciate the number of pictures in this post? Wow!

    (Almost every question I typed, I tried spelling book as bok.)



    Love,

    -Lia








    Day 9: Novena To Our Lady, Undoer of Knots


    Most Holy Mary, our Advocate, Undoer of Knots, I come today to thank you for undoing this knot in my life.
    You know very well the suffering it has caused me. Thank you for coming, Mother, with your long fingers of mercy to dry the tears in my eyes; you receive me in your arms and make it possible for me to receive once again the divine grace. Mary, Undoer of Knots, dearest Mother, I thank you for undoing the knots in my life. Wrap me in your mantle of love, keep me under your protection, enlighten me with your peace! Amen.
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.  You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
    [Mention your request here]
    I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.
    O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
    Hear my plea.
    Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Amen.

    Day 8: Novena To Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

    Virgin Mother of God, overflowing with mercy, have mercy on your child and undo this knot [mention your request here] in my life.
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.  You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
    [Mention your request here]
    I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.
    O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
    Hear my plea.
    Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Amen.

    Day 7: Novena To Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

    Mother Most Pure, I come to You today to beg you to undo this knot in my life [mention your request here] and free me from the snares of evil.
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.  You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
    [Mention your request here]
    I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.
    O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
    Hear my plea.
    Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Amen.

    Day 6: Novena To Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

    Queen of Mercy, I entrust to you this knot in my life [mention your request here] and I ask you to give me a heart that is patient until you undo it.
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.  You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
    [Mention your request here]
    I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.
    O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
    Hear my plea.
    Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Amen.

    Day 5: Novena To Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

    Mother, Undoer of Knots, generous and compassionate, I come to You today to once again entrust this knot [mention your request here] in my life to you and to ask the divine wisdom to undo, under the light of the Holy Spirit, this snarl of problems.
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.  You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
    [Mention your request here]
    I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.
    O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
    Hear my plea.
    Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Amen.

    Day 4: Novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

    Dearest Holy Mother, you are generous with all who seek you, have mercy on me. I entrust into your hands this knot which robs the peace of my heart, paralyzes my soul and keeps me from going to my Lord and serving Him with my life.
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.  You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
    [Mention your request here]
    I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.
    O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
    Hear my plea.
    Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
    Amen.