Friday, March 24, 2017

Big news coming soon!!!

we are getting the land next week!!!

Many pictures coming!!

The 3rd edition raw vegan gathering in Costa Rica was a success!!

Friday, March 4, 2016

2nd edition raw vegan gathering in Costa-Rica updates!!



Updates!!

The gathering is doing well, long but pleasant meetings 5 days a week, 2 market days per week, and during the Saturday organic market at Puerto Viejo it is also our connection/beach day. 
We are working on building the legal entity, the vision documents, checking chemistry with each other, visiting land and other raw vegan or vegan families, beautiful circle of friends here. 
We also enjoy the abundance of coconuts (10cents each), the organic fruits, leafs and other delicious raw foods grown here locally, sapotes are here! And many more of course... 
The rent is fairly cheap, internet is OK, slow but OK, Micha made a pool in the creek, and we have worked the past problems with land carers (usage of pesticides for example...), everything is becoming really nice!
People come and go, hopefully we will have a solid team for the upcoming mushroom season!! And of course to eventually buy land this year! The gathering is going on until 19th of April, then it's up to each if us to gather the money and skills needed for our coming back after the wild foods harvest in Canada, May til October. 

Keep it fruity!!










Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hello dear fruit heads of the world!

Gathering for the creation of the fruitarian community  in Costa-Rica!!

Its with pleasure that we invite all the fruit heads of the world to come and either witness or be part of this wonderful event that will occur this winter, from January 21st to April 19th! Or come for however long you want! If your looking for a nice place to spend the winter, surrounded with tropical fruits and fruitarians from all over the world keep reading! Or you can take a look at the progress we've made so far, like gathering all the information you need to know about Costa-Rica, or the people already on board, or the possible land we are interested in... And more, all on our website fruitariancommunity.tk

Also we must talk about after the gathering... Some of us, plan to go to Canada,  and go wild mushroom picking!! Pom has been doing this for 11 years, seasonally of course, and guaranty that any rooky can make 200-400$ a day... Very limited space!! Good way to finance the land all together!! The season last 1-3 months, hopefully we should be back to Costa-Rica with enough money for the down payment.

Now here's the index of everything you need to know about the gathering...

Housing and internet
Cost per month and available food
Activities
What to bring
Topics of circles

HOUSING

If you stay less then 2 weeks, 4$ per day,
2 weeks to 1 month is 3$, and if you plan to commit to the community project and come mushroom picking afterwards, you will pay the rent's monthly cost divided by the others whom committed to, so far its been about 1-2$ a day for us...

 Bring you tent! We will share a kitchen, which will be a good opportunity to learn about sharing a kitchen among fruitarians... Or good opportunity to show how we behave in communal spaces, after all, one of the main objective of this gathering will be to see each other in many situation! We hope to move to a land that interest us, to learn about it as much as possible about it before the big investment.

INTERNET
Free unlimited high speed internet wherever Minda's phone is... So around us most of the time, ;)


COST PER MONTH

For housing, food, communication, and transport, i say from 250$ to 650$ a month minimum, let us explain... The housing cost you as little as 80-120$ a month, divided by the amount people who are here. Food is quite expensive, so if you want to eat awesome food like sapote or organic mangoes, it might cost you up to 15$ a day, so 450$ a month. BUT!! If you decide to give a little effort, you'll easily find food around that nobody cares about, like coconut, sugar cane, some jackfruit, many varieties of bananas, plantains, coconut palm heart, oranges, and many greens like local spinach, colllards, katouk or cranberry hibiscus, my favorite, etc... If you go this way it could cost you only 5$ a day or 150$ a month, that's what Michaela, Minda and Pom does. Pom has a truck for everyone's groceries, at least for as many people as possible, and for looking at lands, going to the beach etc... So we ask for gaz money, not much, but with other transports like bus's, around 40$ a month. .

ACTIVITIES

Meatings and meatings!! looking for land, visiting permaculture farms, doing training at the house in non-violent communication, permaculture, or this book we really like called Creating life together, real bible to create a community... also we do many circles on personal values towards all sorts of subjects, and lots of fruit shopping/foraging.

WHAT TO BRING

You will be sleeping in the house, but in case it gets cramped, we advise that you bring the following... A tent that is well aired, or a large mosquito net with a tarp over it,  or a hammock with a mosquito net incorporated in it, with a tarp over it. Don't worry though there's barely any mosquitoes year round!

Hicking shoes and a pair of sandals. A sleeping bag is not essential, a blanket can be plenty, but some summer sleeping bag can be very compact compared to a blanket... Outer then that you know the essential, tooth brush, cloths, ceramic knife, wooden spoon, etc...

TOPICS OF CIRCLES

 We are talking mostly of the vision, just sharing what we think about all community realted topics, like diet, politics, having pets, legal entity, drugs etc... We need to find out what is the core goal of every one, the long term one. Then we need to choose a legal entity, a cooperative probably, that is to buy land under many people's name, to protect each other financially and legally. Its important to understand the necessity of this, we really hope you did or will read Diana Leafe Christian's book Creating life together... In there you will see WHAT we talk about in details, and HOW we talk, like with a facilitator. If you want it free PM Minda or Pom. Also we talk about the different pods of the project, such as a animal shelter, a PRI (permaculture research institute), and especially the school we will create. Lots to talk about!

So we hope we gained your attention. You can simply come as a witness to!  enjoying the fruits, the beach and the fruitarian company! No stress!

For more information please don't be shy, contact Pom Vincent or 'Mindaugas Austinskas'. Or find the event on Facebook!
 Hello dear fruit heads of the world!

Gathering for the creation of the fruitarian community  in Costa-Rica!!

Its with pleasure that we invite all the fruit heads of the world to come and either witness or be part of this wonderful event that will occur this winter, from January 21st to April 19th! Or come for however long you want! If your looking for a nice place to spend the winter, surrounded with tropical fruits and fruitarians from all over the world keep reading! Or you can take a look at the progress we've made so far, like gathering all the information you need to know about Costa-Rica, or the people already on board, or the possible land we are interested in... And more, all on our website fruitariancommunity.tk

Also we must talk about after the gathering... Most of us, hopefully all, plan to go to Canada,  and go wild mushroom picking!! Pom has been doing this for 11 years, seasonally of course, and guaranty that any rooky can make 200-400$ a day... Good way to finance the land all together!! The season last 3-4 months, so we should be back to Costa-Rica with enough money for the down payment.

Now here's the index of everything you need to know about the gathering...

Housing and internet
Cost per month and available food
Activities
What to bring
Topics of circles

HOUSING

If you stay less then 2 weeks, 4$ per day,
2 weeks to 1 month is 3$, and if you plan to commit to the community project and come mushroom picking afterwards, you will pay the rent's monthly cost divided by the others whom committed to, so far its been about 1-2$ a day for us...

 Bring you tent! We will share a kitchen, which will be a good opportunity to learn about sharing a kitchen among fruitarians... Or good opportunity to show how we behave in communal spaces, after all, one of the main objective of this gathering will be to see each other in many situation! We hope to move to a land that interest us, to learn about it as much as possible about it before the big investment.

INTERNET
Free unlimited high speed internet wherever Minda's phone is... So around us most of the time, ;)


COST PER MONTH

For housing, food, communication, and transport, i say from 250$ to 650$ a month minimum, let us explain... The housing cost you as little 160$ a month, divided by the amount people who are here. Food is quite expensive, so if you want to eat awesome food like sapote or organic mangoes, it might cost you up to 15$ a day, so 450$ a month. BUT!! If you decide to give a little effort, you'll easily find food around that nobody cares about, like coconut, sugar cane, some jackfruit, many varieties of bananas, plantains, coconut palm heart, oranges, and many greens like local spinach, colllards, katouk or cranberry hibiscus, my favorite, etc... If you go this way it could cost you only 5$ a day or 150$ a month, that's what Minda and Pom does. Pom has a truck for everyone's groceries, at least for as many people as possible, and for looking at lands, going to the beach etc... So we ask for gaz money, not much, but with other transports like bus's, around 40$ a month. .

ACTIVITIES

Meatings and meatings!! looking for land, visiting permaculture farms, doing training at the house in non-violent communication, permaculture, or this book we really like called Creating life together, real bible to create a community... also we do many circles on personal values towards all sorts of subjects, and lots of fruit shopping/foraging.

WHAT TO BRING

You will be sleeping in the house, but in case it gets cramped, we advise that you bring the following... A tent that is well aired, or a large mosquito net with a tarp over it,  or a hammock with a mosquito net incorporated in it, with a tarp over it. Don't worry though there's barely any mosquitoes year round!

Hicking shoes and a pair of sandals. A sleeping bag is not essential, a blanket can be plenty, but some summer sleeping bag can be very compact compared to a blanket... Outer then that you know the essential, tooth brush, cloths, ceramic knife, wooden spoon, etc...

TOPICS OF CIRCLES

 We are talking mostly of the vision, just sharing what we think about all community realted topics, like diet, politics, having pets, legal entity, drugs etc... We need to find out what is the core goal of every one, the long term one. Then we need to choose a legal entity, a cooperative probably, that is to buy land under many people's name, to protect each other financially and legally. Its important to understand the necessity of this, we really hope you did or will read Diana Leafe Christian's book Creating life together... In there you will see WHAT we talk about in details, and HOW we talk, like with a facilitator. If you want it free PM Minda or Pom. Also we talk about the different pods of the project, such as a animal shelter, a PRI (permaculture research institute), and especially the school we will create. Lots to talk about!

So we hope we gained your attention. You can simply come as a witness to!  enjoying the fruits, the beach and the fruitarian company! No stress!

For more information please don't be shy, contact Pom Vincent or 'Mindaugas Austinskas'. Or follow us on our event page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/573961856088568/

Blessings!

Friday, August 8, 2014

winter gathering for fruitarian community in Costa-Rica!

Hello dear fruit heads of the world!

Gathering for the creation of the fruitarian community in Costa-Rica!!

Its with pleasure that we invite all the fruit heads of the world to come and either witness or be part of this wonderful event that will occur this winter, from December 10th to the middle of.... May! Or come for however long you want! If your looking for a nice place to spend the winter, surrounded with tropical fruits and fruitarians from all over the world keep reading! Or you can take a look at the progress we've made so far, like gathering all the information you need to know about Costa-Rica, or the people already on board, or the possible land we are interested in... And more, all on Pom's website fruitariancommunity.tk

Also we must talk about after the gathering... Most of us, hopefully all, plan to go to Canada, buy a bus, and go wild mushroom picking!! Pom has been doing this for 10 years, seasonally of course, and guaranty that any rooky can make 200 to 500$ a day... Good way to finance the land all together!! The season last 3 months, so we should be back to Costa-Rica with enough money for the down payment.

Now here's the index of everything you need to know about the gathering...

Housing and internet
Cost per month and available food
Activities
What to bring
Topics of circles

HOUSING

If you stay less then 2 weeks, 5$ per day,
2 weeks to 1 month is 4$, and if you plan to commit to the community project and come mushroom picking afterwards, you will pay the rent's monthly cost divided by the others whom committed to, so far its been about 2-3$ a day for us...

Lots of room in the house or balcony! But bring you tent! We will share a kitchen, which will be a good opportunity to learn about sharing a kitchen among fruitarians... Or good opportunity to show how we behave in communal spaces, after all, one of the main objective of this gathering will be to see each other in many situation! We hope to move to a land that interest us, to learn about it as much as possible about it before the big investment.

INTERNET
Free unlimited high speed internet wherever Nike's phone is... So around us most of the time, ;)


COST PER MONTH

For housing, food, communication, and transport, i say from 250$ to 650$ a month minimum, let us explain... The housing can cost you as little 75$ a month. Food is quite expensive, so if you want to eat awesome food like sapote or organic papaya, it might cost you up to 15$ a day, so 450$ a month. BUT!! If you decide to give a little effort, you'll easily find food around that nobody cares about, like coconut, sugar cane, some jackfruit, many varieties of bananas, plantains, coconut palm heart, oranges, and many greens like local spinach, colllards, katouk or cranberry hibiscus, my favorite, etc... If you go this way it could cost you only 5$ a day or 150$ a month. Pom has a truck for everyone's groceries, at least for as many people as possible, and for looking at lands, going to the beach etc... So we ask for gaz money, not much, but with other transports like bus's, around 40$ a month. .

ACTIVITIES

Surfing!! And also... looking for land, visiting permaculture farms, doing training at the house in non-violent communication, permaculture, or this book we really like called Creating life together, real bible to create a community... also we do many circles, and lots of fruit shopping/foraging can be a good part of our days, but we need to get to know each other as much as possible, so we need to play together!! Any sport like soccer, frisby or even tag is encourage. Any suggestions is welcome, I bet we won't run out of ideas!

WHAT TO BRING

You will be sleeping in the house, but in case it gets cramped, we advise that you bring the following... A tent that is well aired, or a large mosquito net with a tarp over it, or a hammock with a mosquito net incorporated in it, with a tarp over it. Don't worry though there's barely any mosquitoes year round!

Some good hiking shoes, as light as possible, crocs and five fingers might get worned out fast on the gravel roads and long hikes we take to look for land, but will be nice to have for the most part. A sleeping bag is not essential, a blanket can be plenty, but some summer sleeping bag can be very compact compared to a blanket... Outer then that you know the essential, tooth brush, cloths, ceramic knife, wooden spoon, etc...

TOPICS OF CIRCLES

The group is divided into 2, the ones truly interested in becoming a resident of the community, and the ones whom are there simply to witness the event. The fist ones have daily circles to attend to, even home works!! We are talking mostly of the vision, just sharing what we think about all community realted topics, like diet, politics, having pets, legal entity, drugs etc... We need to find out what is the core goal of every one, the long term one. Then we need to choose a legal entity, a cooperative probably, that is to buy land under many people's name, to protect each other financial and legally. This will be the toughest thing to accomplish. Which will take about a month of work. Its important to understand the necessity of this, we really hope you did or will read Diana Leafe Christian's book Creating life together... In there you will see WHAT we talk about in details, and HOW we talk, like with a facilitator. Also we talk about the different branches of the project, such as a animal shelter, a yoga center, a PRI (permaculture research institute), a healing center, etc.. Lots to talk about! The second group can witness the circles whenever, and enjoy the others like we will enjoy you!!

So we hope we gained your attention... And like we said, you can simply come as a witness, enjoying the fruits, the beach and the fruitarian company! No stress!

For more information please don't be shy, you can contact anyone in the group that you will on the pictures for example, Pom Vincent'Mindaugas Austinskas'Les KuzmenkoAusia TaileenJojo Go Flow or call Pom at his Costa-Rican number +5068432-2640.

Blessings!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

funny winter news in Costa-Rica

i (Pom) am the only one that couldn't come to CR this winter, lack of funds... but the craziest thing happened, out of all the fruitarians who came for the project, which is about 8 people, only 1 turned out to have kinda of similar vision as us... Some choose to leave and get rich to possibly come back later (Mathieu), chemistry hasn't been been all that good with some, and others choose the Instincto diet, which is not vegan at all... there is a huge movement of instinctos over there in Puerto-Viejo area, , and they have influenced many fruitarians to start eating meat... following certain natural cravings. My opinion is that they don't understand the importance of eating huge amounts of greens! To us it is very important to have a community that doesn't allow animal suffering, some even talk about having cattle... and some turned out to be not fully raw, they want to be allowed to cook some food in their own houses...

The goal of this winter was to regroup as many fruitarians together and see if the chemistry with one another was good, and see the vision of each other to see what kind of community could be formed. So far there is us, with the fruitarian community project, with our vision stated on our website http://www.fruitariancommunity.tk/. Then there might be a instincto eco-village that will be a neighborhood kind of place, not community base, they haven't setup a vision or any structure, but the people and some will is there to be found.

So now our goal is to try the same thing as we did all year last year, to find people to come to CR next winter to do like what we intended this winter, check out the chemistry of each other and the vision of each other, while searching for land, living together, playing and working together. We have a house that we (not me...) are renting, very beautiful, 15 minute walk form the ocean, 650$ per month, or there is other ones too, even way cheaper. But anyway, we have a long ways to go until then, we are thinking of going to fruitaran gatherings, as many as possible. Many people have contacted me already, ready to come to Costa-Rica next winter. Francois is even thinking about spending the next winter in Thailand and represent the project in fruitarian gatherings. Even though he wants the same kind of community as me, he really wants to have the option to cook food on the land because he never succeeded to be 100% raw for more than a few months in a row. So that's a problem, or challenge, but he had been working in the project for over a year and is 100% committed to the fruitarian community project, well, his vision of it anyway, we are till good partners in this project.

I'm in Vancouver, Canada, working in landscaping, trying to connect with other loving fruit lovers in the area... 

For any questions don't be shy to contact me or Francois, my e-mail is wearefruitarian@gmail.com and his is fyblais@gmail.com

Monday, September 2, 2013

News from Canada!

Long time no see!!!

Glad to finally have the feeling of writing! So so so.... 
we are now 6! 
The funding is increasing a lot everyday! 
We are NOT in Costa-Rica! 
but in Canada!!
and we are still 100% dedicated to the creation of this raw community in Costa-Rica!! 

But don't worry, were coming back soon!

So much have happened, first we left Costa-Rica in May, me (Pom) and Francois, to first Quebec, Canada, for 2 weeks, then we moved to western Canada, where we worked in the wild north, i mean really north! picking Morel mushrooms, the pay was good, but not enough! The very good thing about it is that we have met Renard, or Emmanuel Lavigne, whom became Fruitarian and a very good friend. So the 3 of us then moved to Southern British-Colombia, in the semi-desert of the Okanagan valley, where we started picking cherries. There again, we made new friends!! Mathieu and Mirenda, both from Quebec, like me and Francois. We totally fell in love, especially when Mathieu told me that he was going to Costa-Rica this winter to look for land.... Surprise! After a few weeks of travelling/working together, they both decided to join us is this epic adventure. So now we have a van that we bought together, we have finished cherry picking, Renard left us after 3 months of working/travelling together back to his musician life in Montreal,  and me, Francois, Mathieu and Miranda are now going to California for more farm work, after the next contract, ending in about 2-3 months, the 4 of should be joining Randy and Sterenn in Costa-Rica in around November-December. 

Ho i forgot to mention about Randy and Sterenn, the couple we met in Costa-Rica, they are still in the project, but they also went back to their countries (Swiss and France) to make more money for the project and other things. We have been corresponding via Skype. 

We have been working a lot on the website in the mean time, i advise everyone to re-read all of it, its like brand new! There you will find the latest thoughts on the project, but to be clear, what we are focusing on is to find people ready to invest, who we get along with, and who will fit with our vision for when it will  be time to establish the foundation of the community. In other words, we want to find the right people, and when it will be time to buy the land, these people will be the ones that will launch the first guidelines of the community, like about land division, education, sexuality, animals, rules etc...  This way we are opening ourselves a lot more to people, which is what we need, nice and ready people are hard to find!! 

We see that many people are liking our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/self.substainable.fruitarian.community and we encourage you to share and like it even more! Let's spread out the word!! 

We hope we will hear from any of you, the time of buying land is coming, the first team is the most important, if any of you are considering moving to the wet tropics, to plant fruit trees, to live with like minded people, and who loves simplicity of life, it's really time you seriously consider us!! Many people talk about doing this, but no one does it... But we are doing it right now!! let's get going guys!!

love and unity to all!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Caribbeans, ya man!!


Hello everyone!

we are now on the Caribbean side of Costa-Rica, quite amazing!!

After Rebecca and I left the group to search for a comfortable place
to move the entire group here in the Caribbeans, we found an amazing
group of raw families!! Two of them are raw-vegan, the other one is
Instincto, so not vegan.

The first family is Erek and Alexandra, from Poland, they follow
something very close to the 80-10-10 diet, been this way for about 5-6
years, been looking for land in Costa-Rica for 1 year, and only a few
days ago, they found land!! 2 and a half hectares, just neighboring
the place where the 3 families live. They have a 3 year old daughter,
absolutely amazing little girl. They have many great information on
Costa-Rica, for legal stuff and how to deal with this and that.
Alexandra is a real encyclopedia, very interesting person!!

Then there is Sandra and Yorg, she from Swiss, and he from Germany,
they live in France, but are here to maybe buy land, and create a raw
community. They have 2 kids, one of 4 years old, absolutely cute boy,
and a 17months girl, with the most beautiful smile in the world. He
has been raw for 20 years, and Sandra for about 7 years i think...
They are both very free spirits, travellers, very beautiful energies, I have
 been connecting well with them very much. They are going back in France
 in 2 months, to make some money and hopefully come back.

Then there is Konstantin and Sonya, both from Germany, She has been
Eating like that for 16 years, and him for around 7. They have 2
babies, one is a girl, 3 years old, very shy and playful, the other is
7 months old, a boy, the chubbiest baby I've ever seen!! They have
been searching for land for 2 years, and they have gathered A
LOT of information. They have been also looking to buy something huge,
like 100 hectares for example, they have the money. Me and Francois
are not to keen to join their project, lack of connection energy wise,
and different values too; they aren't vegan, they eat raw meat. We are
working together right now to find land, we think that if they find
land, we could probably find land next to them, so we could create our
project close to them, or buy land from them, after all, having a raw
neighborhood would be great!

Finally, we have met Randy, 28 years old, fruitarian since 6 years
ago, very healthy, intelligent and especially independent. We are
presently renting a house with him, in Hone Creek,
http://goo.gl/maps/SjXnX . We are about 10 minutes walk from the other
3 families. He is in Costa-Rica to buy land, he is presently looking
with Konstantin and Sonya, but wants to buy land adjacent to them, and
maybe join them in the future.

SO about the place.....

It is amazing!! I have been traveling a lot into places that are
famous to have lots of dreadlocks around, and Ive never seen so many
in one place!! Here there is a huge alternative community, the market
in Puerto Viejo is filled with organic produces, people sell-out most
of the time! Seeing that gave me the desire to do the same. Market
days here are like a great mingle of interesting people coming from
all over the world, its very nice!!

The price of the land is affordable, the only place so far in
Costa-Rica! We are looking at land between 2k and 4k per hectares,
this is really cheap for Costa-Rica.

The climate is also amazing, its low altitude, so you think, no way!
to hot!! well think again, there is a nice cool breeze from the ocean,
and the rain also cools the place down, so its barely every too hot!
I've been here for 2 weeks, and been uncomfortable by the heat for
only 2-3 days. Here it rains at night, usually, making our lives much
easier. There's about 3.400mm of rain per year, so its a lot. Here it
is probably the best place in Costa-Rica to grow fruits!!!!!!! There
is barely any dry season, so perfect for Durian! here the Durian
season can go up to 7 months!!! yes! fruits here really thrives. the
topography is very hilly, with terraces, very easy to find land with
astonishing views. There are creeks almost everywhere, tiny, but good.
It is difficult to find creeks or rivers where we can bath, but we
think of making pools and ponds ourselves. Also, to finish, the
Caribbean side is surrounded with pristine virgin forest, mostly
protected, you can see it on the map.

What else... the crime here so far is kind of high, we heard of people
getting mugged, like Konstentin and Yorg the other day by a guy with a
knife... and other stories too, lots of drugs and alcohol. We are in a
small village, quiet but not so quiet.... So far it doesn't worry me,
Francois either, and the others also.

So as for Michael and Yasmín... Michael will be with us in about 1 or 2
weeks, he is house-sitting with Yasmín near
San Isidro in a lovely house. After Yasmín will go back
to Quepos, on the Pacific side, to do a 40 days
retreat aiming to strengthen in her center and being more fully at service for
 the mission... We are doing many Skype conferences, and will continue to do so.

As for plans, Michael will go to France in mid-April for 2 and a half
weeks.. Francois will also leave around that time, to Quebec, to put money
 aside for the project. Finally I will beleaving also, a bit later to work in
 Northern Alberta or Yukonterritory, don't know yet, depends on where
the most mushrooms will be, because my friend called me up and invited me
 to pick wild mushrooms (Morel), Michael might join me also. We seriously
 think it will be an amazing season. Randy will also depart, in one month, to make
 money in Switzerland,his home country.

Living in Costa-Rica is relatively expensive, that's the reason we are all doing
this. Land, food, materials, everything is expensive!!

Ho and those who wounder about Rebecca, she is renting a house where
the 3 raw families live, she is doing her own thing, taking it one day
at a time, and feels like keeping it local, as in not moving to much.
She isn't part of the circles no more, but watches us carefully, she
will be more of a neighbor, hopefully!

We found some possible land to purchase already, but we need more
people so we can buy the land together, so again, if you are....
 -Independent (financially also)
-Mentally strong
-Self-confident
-With great level of emotional maturity
-Someone who get along with each other in a community environment
-Not shy to tell about what they like and what they need
-of course, one with our vision...
Then we would love to have you on board!!

Hope to hear from you!!