Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winter Storm

We have a major winter storm approaching us, last night they said again it would be a big one, but they didn't know yet how big. Coming in monday night thru tuesday night.
Usually the winter storms here are really not that bad to me, considering I grew up in Indiana, and have lived in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. However in '07 we had that record breaking ice storm and ended up with no power for over 14 days. That was rough cause with no power we also have no sewer and water.
Ever since then, when I hear bad storm, I clean up the house and make sure all dishes are clean, and do up all the laundry, and fill up bottles of water-just in case.
Up early this morning, so went to the weather channel online-this sounds like it could be one of those"big ones"
Issued by The National Weather Service
Springfield, MO
4:12 am CST, Sun., Jan. 30, 2011
... WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPRINGFIELD HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.
* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED... ALL OF THE MISSOURI OZARKS AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.
FREEZING DRIZZLE IS INITIALLY EXPECTED MONDAY EVENING... WITH A WINTRY MIX THEN CHANGING TO HEAVY SNOW FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE SNOW WILL END TUESDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS... SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED... WITH SOME SLEET POSSIBLE FROM MONDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. SOME LOCATIONS MAY RECEIVE OVER A FOOT OF SNOW... ESPECIALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 44 CORRIDOR.
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS... UP TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE IS EXPECTED FROM MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATION ARE EXPECTED SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 44.
* WINDS AND VISIBILITY... STRONG AND GUSTY NORTH WINDS WILL LEAD TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW... ALONG WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY.
* IMPACTS... TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY BECOME EXTREMELY TREACHEROUS... ESPECIALLY FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS MAY MAKE TRAVEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES DUE TO SNOW DRIFTS AND NEAR ZERO VISIBILITIES.
LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES CANNOT BE RULED OUT... ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 44 WHERE ICE IS MORE LIKELY.
BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL FOLLOW THIS STORM SYSTEM AND LAST INTO FRIDAY MORNING. SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES WILL BE LIKELY BY THURSDAY MORNING... WITH WIND CHILLS DROPPING INTO THE -10 TO -20 RANGE AT TIMES.
Quite a change from our last several days of spring temperatures-50s and 60s with sun.
So I guess today I will be getting ready for it in ernest, especially getting lots of wood in close to the house. The snow is not so bad-but the ice-the ice we can do without-cause it can be so damaging, especially if it breaks down the electric wires.
I can see next week will be a perfect week for me to work on getting the quilt I am working on hand quilted. I know the northeast has gotton hit so much harder than us, and they will be getting this storm too. Stay safe and warm everyone.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Quilt Going on the Frame This Morning


I took the vintage baby quilt off the frame, and will put back on this summer. When it is too hot to be outside-hand quilting is nice to do in the a/c and I have more light in the summer time too.
This quilt will be easier to hand quilt on the frame. I found a couple mini bags of embroidery threads in tans, browns, greenish browns-so am going to use that. Haven't decided yet how many strands to use. I chose a higher loft poly batting this time, so will see how the hand quilting goes.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quilt Progress #2


Quilt progress


I finished up with the border, decided the quilt was big enough so did not add the extra 6 1/2" border. For the four corners I used my onion skin dyed cotton fabric I dyed last year-love how it picks up the golds in some of the prints.
This quilt was made with mens shirts, homespun, and quilt fabric, the backing is homespun-you can see a little bit of it on the one edge.
I decided not to knot this too, I am going to baste it first and then put it on my quilt frame-and hand quilt with long running stitches using embroidery threads-I think I will love it much better, and should go fairly fast-going to cross hatch it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Good Morning Tuesday


I'm up and making fresh lemonaid-I am back to drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice sweetened with stevia and agave; in the mornings now. Then a cup of tea, and then my protein shake. I found a brown rice protein (instead of the whey protein) which is working out well for me. The supplements I added have really helped alot, and am working on keeping busy to help with my stress level.
I finished up making the blocks for Mr. L's quilt yesterday-so that is my project this morning-to lay out the squares to my liking and sew the top together. This was made with the Turning 20 pattern-and works up great with the men's cotton shirts. I also added in some quilting fabrics with fishing and hunting. I had also picked up two xxl large men's cottons shirts with fishing themes-so that worked out wonderfully in this.
I love this pattern, the blocks are 16" and the pieces are large so it just works up fast, and ends up with a nice big quilt too.
Then to decide how to quilt this up fast. I am going to check on the wool blankets I have to see if I have one big enough for the batting, and may just tie this quilt-will go fast and will make it very "country" and "comfy"
Will post a photo when I get it layed out.
What are you all doing this tuesday??

Monday, January 24, 2011

Step Inside my Cyber Space for a Warm Up

Especially those of you in the northeast, anticipating yet another storm and minus temps this morning.
We have Hot cocoa


or a hot coffee beverage?


or Hot Tea


a little strudel?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Day

This was our week to take in another box or bag to the resale shop. This time I had some "good" stuff to take in, and hopefully will make a bit of money.
We actually went to our two favorite resale shops without buying much-me nothing, and my friend a neat little sewing tool.
We needed to do a little food shopping too, me mostly veggies, and some fresh fruits. I was happy that we were able to find usa grown veggies this time-yeh! One store that we started to check out more now had a sale of 10 frozen bags, mostly around 12 ounces each, for 10.00-and they were mostly usa-so was happy about that, so I got a good variety of veggies this time. My diet right now is consuming lots of veggies.
Lots of shoppers at Wal mart, cause we have snow coming in, but was able to pick up some nice fresh fruits there. When I got home needed to get some wood in up by the house, take Nikita for a walk, and I even walked up to the mailbox. When I was finished-the snow started-came down really hard, but we are just getting a few inches, but the temps will be dropping to 4 degrees by friday morning-brrrr.
One good thing about this winter, we have been getting a couple warm up days thrown in between storms.
I decided to try selling my two hand quilted baby quilts on ebay this week-so positive thoughts please on that-
I am back to embroidering my flower blocks-have 12 of them, and I had sent my Mom 12 blocks of sunbonnet sue blocks that match mine-she has all of hers done but 2 now, and I am on my 4th one-lol-so I am working on these in the evening. Would like to get mine finished by June-so we can put a quilt top together.
That's about it here, staying warm, finding stuff to sell to make some dollars, and doing a bit of crafts.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Chicken Tuesday Playoffs Chicken

David Garrard's Buffalo Chicken Dip here
Seahawks Playoff Barbecue Smoked Cornell Chicken here (I know they lost-but interesting recipe)
Lime Chicken Tequilla here
and I found this tailgate menu with several good looking recipes including wings here
buffalo-style_chicken_wings
and here is a collection of dips for your football party here

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Healthy Mondays Sea Vegetables

I have been looking thru my pantry looking for items for my diet. Which do too poor digestion right now, is more of combining certain foods, and just a few no no's
When my digestion is not working at all, I also refer to the Body Ecology diet for her tips. She suggests combining proteins with non starchy land or sea veggies, or starchy veggies and grains with non starchy land or sea veggies. Never combine proteins with starchy foods.
When you think about it; most of our menus do combine proteins with starchy-which is potatoes, squash, corn, peas, grains etc.
Her suggestions with fruits is only on an empty stomach-can wait 30 minutes to eat something else as it will already be down to the lower intestines. At first though only acids-lemons and fresh or frozen cranberries-no sweetening. When digestion improves add kiwis and grapefruits, and slowly add in the berries and then the more starchy fruits.
I remembered the last time I was this bad, I had purchased some packages of sea vegetables-dehydrated form, good in salads, soups, with starchy grains and veggies like millet and potatoes. So back to looking in my pantry-I found a jar of them-yeh! and ate them with my millet for lunch after being re hydrated.
More information here on sea veggies
Mountain Rose Herbs sells them here
Here is a recipe with potatoes and sea veggies
Potatoes with Sea Vegetables
I found Ilike these sea veggies best in soups, mixed with grains, or like this potato recipe. I like the Oshawa brand.

Art Sunday Football in Art


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Happy Sunday if you watch football-enjoy the playoffs!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Little Setback on my Diet

After a week of my symptoms, I finally put it all together, that I went off my diet enough the last couple months-to have my old symptoms return-full blown.
This brings back to mind what I went thru about 15 years or more ago, reading and exploring my body health issues.
I got out my old standby book Prescription For Nutritional Healing by Bach off the shelf and started re reading again. I have the 2000 issue, I see online they have had several updates since this one.
This is an excellent book to have on your shelf for self healing. It helped me back then, to put it all together, and helped me with diet, supplements, herbs, exercises,etc. to help me. For me, this is the best I have found with very real useful practical information. It also suggests when to see your doctor. I decided to write this post to share this book, and to share that if you really listen to your body-you can self heal. Doctors are helpful to help you pinpoint the problem-but back when I first got into trouble-no one was really aware of celiac disease-I discovered that on my own.
So, I re read about IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and then celiac disease again. Made my list of supplements I don't have, re read about things I need to be doing again-and hopefully I can heal myself within a month's time.
I haven't eaten any wheat products, but I over ate the gluten free baked products, added back in too much dairy, too much sugary foods, and even too much alcohol. Not that the amount I drank would really be too much for "normal" people-a shot of my homemade brandys a couple times a week during December-but it added to the problem.
For some reason I stopped taking my supplements-my vitamins, etc. so now I know those really do work-who knows with me why I stopped that. lol
Also, stress has brought this back on too. We are going thru financial nightmares right now with our Illinois property.
So lesson learned-Back to my very strict diet for at least a month or more, back on my supplements, deep breathing exercises-which will help my asthma too, exercise-I do get that daily, and try not to stress so much-that's a hard one.
Now to figure out what I have on hand that is soft diet-back on my whey protein shakes, drinking chicken stocks and beef stocks, back on certain herb teas, steamed veggies-etc. No fun, but at least I got my head back on as to the problem-lol

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Zodiac Signs Change---what??

lol I just caught this story on the news tonight-anyone believe this? after 2000 years they want to change this. does this apply to everyone or to newborns from now on? I was a scorpio, so now I am a virgo? I don't think so - giggling

Zodiac Sign Change Causes Chaos On Internet

Thanks to the Earth's movement, your astrological sign may have changed.

The Internet is buzzing with the news that the zodiac has been rearranged.

A sign has been added to the list of 12 astrological signs we've been used to, stated the Christian Science Monitor. "Ophiuchus," the added sign is said to be a formation the ancient Babylonians discarded because they wanted 12 star signs, not 13.

Ophiuchus is for those whose birthdays fall on Nov. 29-Dec. 17.

According to the website, the positions were determined more than 2,000 years ago.

Here are the "real" dates of astrological signs, according to astronomers:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
Pisces: March 11-April 18.
Aries: April 18-May 13.
Taurus: May 13-June 21.
Gemini: June 21-July 20.
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Just my Doings

I have bird feeders set up outside for viewing thru several windows now, and they have been quite busy with these bitter cold temps we are having now. We even got to watch one of the pileated woodpeckers on one of the trees here-I love to watch those-they are very large-and just very cool.
Found this photo online: here

Since we only heat with our woodstoves, when the temps get bitter cold, the house has alot of cold areas. The computer is now in one of those rooms, and it's soooo cold in there-lol So, I have not been on the computer too much this week.
It's also too cold to do alot of projects, but I did get thru alot of books, and I just finished up going thru 2 big boxes of photos-that most were just thrown in there. I managed to get most all the photos into albums, and by subject matter too. Photos from our bird business, and from activities while living in Illinois, then photos of moving down here, some photos of Mom's (Grandma's) farm. Just alot of memories in those boxes. Has been kinda fun just going thru these photos again. I fear another thing lost to computers.
Since we bought our digital camera, I no longer print any photos, the ones I want, are in albums at photobucket. I am thinking I need to check into those photo books and print off a few for those books. One for my rock shower, the pretty flowers we planted when we first moved here, the ice storms that killed everything we planted-I have some really nice photos in there. But then I have no one to pass all these photos down to, so may be a waste of time and money-have not decided on that yet.
I have been under the weather all last night and today. I ate something that my body definately did not like, so I have been in pain from that. Hope that all clears soon. I am afraid to eat anything now, so have been drinking hot chicken broth, ginger tea, and a little yogurt too. Decided to make up a fresh batach of beef soup for supper.
That's about it for my doings this week-Later--what are ya all doing?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Just Some Thoughts of my Day (just a little politics)

I was happy to hear on PBS and the news that the Congress took the time to read out loud the Constitution of the United States. First time this has been done-and I thought a good reminder to all members

I am also happy to hear that the congress has up for a vote; a bill to repeal Obamacare. Of course the news media and everyone all say of course it won't go thru in the senate and if it should of course Obama will veto it. but then they fail to mention that when that happens it goes back to congress for another vote. I know the vote is not there in the Senate at this time, but they can try again in 2012.

On another matter, I heard on PBS last night that they are re writing one of Mark Twain's books and leaving out the N word and replacing it with the word slave. I found an article here

This is just too unbelievable to me-to change a writer's words-how dare they. I suppose that means if someone is offended by a painting they will just chose to re paint it? What do you think about this?? I'm sorry, but this is too unbelievable to me, to be politically correct in today's society-that they will re write Mark Twain's book. Books should not be re written but left as the author wrote them, and reading their works gives you a reflection of their time period in history.

On a lighter note-I took out a bag of frozen blackberries yesterday, and tonight I planned on baking up a cobbler. Wasn't sure what I was going to do for the cake part, til reading my new Mary Jane's Farm magazine. She had a recipe for blackberry coffee cake. I used her basic recipe but put the fruit on the bottom of the pan instead of mixing in with cake batter, I changed her cake batter to gluten free, and used her crumble topping of butter-sugar-cinnamon. Turned out soooo yummy

Meme Watercolor Test

You Are Highly Colorful
You are intensely alive and very passionate.
You are optimistic about the world and about people.

You feel very connected to others, and you tend to be a harmonizing force.
You are vibrant and receptive. You are ready for whatever the world has to offer you.

More King Cake Recipes

I thought I would also do a search for other recipes, as I thought this cake sometimes had yeast in it. Wow! if you do a google search, there are many varitations for this recipe.
Emeril Lagasse
CDKitchen-many recipes here
here-this is a nice link with the history, recipe, and other recipes for mardi gras too

I have never made this cake, if you have a favorite recipe you would like to share, please post in comments or send us a link

King Cake


King Cake is also called Kings' Cake, Gateau des Rois, Cake of Kings, or Twelfth Night Cake. It is still important in Louisiana, where it is served from the feast of the Epiphany through Mardi Gras. Traditionally, a trinket is based inside. In the U.S., the most common trinket is a small plastic baby to represent the baby Jesus. In European countries, the traditional trinket is a bean.
In the recipe below, you may swirl molasses cake batter with white cake batter to make a marble cake, or make the molasses cake alone.
Yield: 9-inch square cake

Cake recipe

  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
Mix molasses, baking soda, and butter in a large bowl. Add salt, ginger, and boiling water. Stir well and gradually blend in the flour. Stir until smooth. Pour into a buttered and floured 8- or 9-inch square cake pan (if preparing marble cake, use a 9 x 13-inch pan and drop spoonfuls of each batter in alternate layers). Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for about 30 minutes (45 minutes for the marble cake), or until cake tests done. Cool and frost with Fudge icing.
recipe from Farmers Almanac

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Eagles Found


Larry took me to Bennett Springs State Park early this morning. We live around 45 minutes away from the park.Today and tomorrow will be the nicest weather for awhile, so wanted to search for eagles one of these two days. This is a really wonderful park, known for it's history, trout fishing, and fish hatchery.
When we drove up next to one of the trout fishing areas, Larry spotted a pair of eagles right away flying around. We saw a couple more but they were all pretty far away-I wanted to see one up close-lol
We drove around the drive that lines the river, and near the lodge picnic areas etc, and then we spotted one. He was sitting across from the river and up in a tree-in clear view. I took a few photos from the car, and then walked down slowly to the edge of the river and took a few more. I was hoping he would fly down to catch some fish, as I could see and hear the fish jumping and swimming around.
I walked back to the car, and the eagle was still starring at the river. Several cars started to drive by, and the eagle kept turning his head when he heard a car drive by. a car pulled up behind us, while I was checking the photos on the camera-I looked back and he was gone. So I didn't catch him in flight. an awesome day, I will remember-my first time seeing eagles.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In Search of Eagles

Ever since we retired and moved down here to the Lake of the Ozarks area of Missouri, I had heard there were eagles living here. Some live here in Missouri year round, and many others are here in January.
I have never seen one though. They have eagle days at the conservation area in Springfield, Mo. with telescopes etc set up to watch them, but we have never made it over there.
Within the last a coupleof weeks Larry and Mr. L have seen them. One day they saw lots of them fishing across from them in a river near Tunnel Dam. The day Mr. L comes in and says I just saw an eagle flying as I drove down your driveaway. So I am now searching for the chance to view them.
Just down the road from me is a canoe launching access that hooks up with an area about an hour from here where eagles are known to be.
So this afternoon, after coming home from a nice girls day out, and bringing up firewood, I suggested we go look for eagles.
It was a beautiful sunny day, not too windy, and in the 40s. Larry spotted one flying up really high and taking advantage of the warm air currents-we sat on the country road and watched for a bit.
Now for sure I want to see an eagle up closer. We may go out again tomorrow or thursday before winter weather returns.
Here a few links about eagles in Missouri:
here
cool photo here and eagle days and here
this is a neat link with lots of photos here
one of the photos:
Click on image to download
Wish me good fortune in my search for eagles. Will share a photo if I am fortunate enough

Monday, January 3, 2011

Chicken Tuesday

I loved posting for chicken tuesdays, so from time to time I still love to do a post. Posting a little early, cause I will gone tomorrow morning-I am dropping off a box for the resale shop.
Baked Thighs

photo from here
I acutally made this for the first time ever last night. I had gotton a big bag of frozen thighs last summer in one of my Angel food boxes, and didn't know what to do with them-lol Larry is not fond of dark meat on poultry, and acutally is a little too rich and fatty for him, so I just never made these.
I got out my gluten free flour mix, and dusted the thighs really well after first rubbing in some lemon pepper and crushed rosemary.
I put a little olive oil on the bottom of the foil pan and added in the thighs-baked slow for a couple hours and then turned up the heat and took off the cover to finish up.
There was alot of fat on the bottom of the pan, so placed another sheet of foil on top of that and added the thighs back on the clean foil to finish up. excellent flavor-really loved the dish. Larry so so--where's the white meat-lol
I found this recipe online-looks really good too, is made with olive oil and lots of herbs, garlic and lemon-here

Sales Continue in my Etsy Shop

I had placed several items on sale for the holidays, and I have decided to continue these sales thru the month of January. The link to my shop is in the right column-click on Kathyinozarks. I also have a couple bars left of my dragonfly soaps.

I need dollars right now,  (don't we all-lol)  plus I really want to find homes for some of these fine pieces-especially the two hand made, hand quilted baby quilts-I have them really really reduced now. So if you need an upcoming gift these would be awesome.

I also still have about 4 more pieces of the organic cotton batting I want to sell-as they are taking over my craft room and I need the shelves-lol My shop shows one left, but when that one sells I will add more.

I have several sun dye pieces I will be posting soon and some natural dyed on cotton pieces that I did this past fall using onion skins, marigolds, and mimosa-they are all gorgeous in the yellowish family.
Happy New Year All.

Good Morning First Monday of the Year and Healthy Mondays

I have never gotton into the "going on a diet" ups and downs, rather I have always just tried to eat sensibly and learn as I go.
I am definately having some stomach issues again--goes with the celiac disease--so need to get back on the stick-and since the christmas cookies are just about gone now will be easier-lol
I got an email from Karinas just now, and this is such a good post I wanted to share it this morning. Karina's Mediterranean Diet Friendly Recipes
I always thought that the mediterranean diet concept was one of the best out there. Here is the food pyramid


a little more information here

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Kind of a Lazy Day Today

I woke up really tired, cause our Nikita couldn't settle down and was in and out, and howling, and then wanting to come inside, and then wanting to go outside again-lol I finally gave up sleeping and just stayed up around 5 am-which is usually the time I wake up anyways.
I wanted to relate, that we are really enjoying my home canned foods this year. I usually put up lots of fruit, but then I am usually stingy with them-and save them for a back up-lol Larry says to stop saving all this food. Well, this season I am making a point to use and enjoy all this food I put up.
The no sugar jams are all excellent, so far the only one I would not make again is the watermellon jam-that one was so-so.
I also was not happy with my salsa this year, the tomatoes were not nice at all due to the weather here this summer, so I think that was alot of the problem, I am straining out the solids and then re-spicing it or adding to chunky canned tomatoes-so it won't go to waste. Somehow, I got too much vinegar in there. Next time I will can my salsa in the pressure canner and then should not have that problem.
Tonight, since I had dinner in the oven, I decided to bake up a crisp using a quart of my peach pie filling. This canned up really really well-and will definately do this again, if I can find what I need at the amish store again.
My Mom had given me a mini pyrex baking dish, that was the perfect size. I put the peach filling in first, and then using my gluten free oatmeal-I mixed that with some melted butter and a little brown sugar, and I also added in some almond meal for flavor, along with a little cinnamon and a little splash of almond extract. Spread that mixture on top and baked-yummy!!
I was hoping to have been able to watch the 3pm game with the Packers and the Bears or at the very least follow along on the nfl channel.
They aired the Dallas game instead, and I didn't realize that the second games were not on the nfl channel, so couldn't follow along by radio.
I did find out that the Packers won though and will be in the playoffs-Yeh!! Happy dancing for them. I also got to see the interview with Brett Favre, and he will be retiring I am sure this time-he is still suffering from the concussion and other injuries. I so enjoyed watching him play all these years.
I made it thru the all the tshirts and sweatshirts I wanted to save for quilts-they are all cut up in squares now and packed away for now. We learned Mr. L will be 70 in March-so I went thru my outdoorsy fabrics and shirts and want to make a quilt for him, got that about ready to start sewing.
Well, enough ramblings for now-Have a wonderful new week-Our first week of the new year.

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