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Zero to Fifty in 1 second

I made my annual drive to and from Connecticut with my mom and the dog to go visit my 90-year old grandmother, other family members and friends.  We drive (meaning I drive) from Georgia to Virginia and sleep over and then finish the route from Virginia to Connecticut.  We spend 4 days and do the same trip in reverse.  It’s so much fun I can hardly stand it!

Don’t get me wrong – I love seeing my family and friends and I miss them all immensely when not there, but I know that living in Georgia is what’s right for me (even if snow in CT was not an issue).

The fun part of being at my grandmother’s is our life on and off mute.  The volume of the TV literally goes from Zero to Fifty in 1 second.  Unlike the average person who simply turns down the volume on the TV during the commercials, my grandmother actually completely mutes the commercials and so when she “un” mutes the TV it’s like you need earplugs.  And then when the TV is on she is usually watching shows that she is always yelling at…court shows where she is calling everyone crazy, telling the judges that they are too mean or loud.  Or watching a full day of game shows and carrying on about how this one host kisses everyone and it’s disgusting or the other one has a big mouth, but really is a sharp dresser (it was a day long marathon of Family Feud with just about every host they’ve ever had).

I think it took me a week to get my hearing back in sync.  I typically have my TV volume on 7 or 8.  I understand that all TVs have different scales, but I hear quite well and even sometimes 7 or 8 seems loud to me.

My grandmother and I are too much alike, as my mother keeps reminding me, and therefore my mother has informed me that she is glad she will not be around when I turn 90.  I’m thinking it’s a good time for God to perform one of his miracles and allow my mother to live a little longer… 🙂  I’m sure she’d just love to live to be well over 100!!

We arrived back in GA on Friday night, July 6th and I decided the best way to get back in the swing of things was to paint one wall in my sewing room.  Why not get all the pain (of driving for too many days) and painting out-of-the-way all at once.  I’m happy to say that it’s now the 17th and I think I finally feel better from all that.

We’ve talked about next year’s trip already…oh my!  I think it might be too soon to think about that!



I love great quotes!

I have always been a “collector” of quotes.  There are so many great ones out there – from the very famous to the not so well-known.  Whenever I come across one that really makes me think or reflect on anything I copy it down on paper or save it to a growing list on my computer.  I have not signed up for one of the many “Quote of the Day” e-mails because I’m afraid that I would want to save them all.  So for now I will just keep an eye out for things that stand out and have some personal meaning to me and save them.  Today I’d like to share them with you because I know there are a lot of people going through things in their lives and maybe one of these will help you or a friend or family member who needs some words of wisdom!

Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond to it.

A cheerful heart is good medicine. Prov 17:22a

An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less, until eventually he knows everything about nothing”

Success is not something you obtain, it’s something you attract by the person you become.

The major difference between a dog and a man is that if you take in a starving dog, feed him and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.~Mark Twain

Many people approach risk as if it is the enemy when it is really good fortune’s accomplice. ~Sting

Never blame circumstances for your lack of results. Instead, accept responsibility and commit to the necessary actions to produce the intended results.

If you truly expect to realize your dreams, abandon the need to be liked by all.  Conforming to everyone else’s expectations sacrifices your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence.

Insanity is doing the same exact thing over and over and expecting different results. ~Albert Einstein

Have Faith, Uphold Your Standards, and Patiently Wait.

The day you can be grateful for every single trifle in your life,

For the moving train, for the water that runs down a tap when you open it, For the light that comes on when you press a switch, for clean sheets on your bed…your heart will be filled with deep contentment and with almost continuous joy. The secret of being always joyful is to be always grateful. ~Anthony De Mello

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted…

You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. ~Zig Ziglar

As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move and the map to move by, we have a hundred alternatives, a thousand paths, and an infinity of dreams. Author Unknown

The greatest talent in the world is not using 2 words to say what can be said in one ~Thomas Jefferson

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain

I’d rather be hated for who I am then loved for who I’m not

Success is not the key to happiness….Happiness is the key to success.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible. ~George Bernard Shaw.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  What we think we become ~Buddha

Insults should be written in sand, compliments should be carved in stone ~Arabic proverb

The two things that matter the most to me:  emotional resonance and rocket launchers. ~Joss Whedon

Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened. ~Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something. ~Jared Sparks

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~Raymond Lindquist

Differences were meant by God not to divide but to enrich. ~J.H. Oldham

I would sooner live in a cottage and wonder at everything than live in a castle and wonder at nothing. ~Joan Winmill Brown

Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships. ~Jodie Foster

Minds are like parachutes; they only function when open. ~Thomas Dewar

Everywhere is walking distance if you have time. ~Steven Wright

There’s something in a simple hug that always warms the heart; it welcomes us back home and makes it easier to part. ~ Jill Wolf

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. ~Jack Penn

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. ~David Starr Jordan

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear an answer. ~Ed Cunningham

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. ~George Santayana

If you are going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. ~ Nora Roberts

Obstacles are things people see when they lose sight of their goals. (Sean Selders)

Choice NOT chance determines your destiny.

If you don’t determine your destiny someone else will.

When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world. ~ Zig Ziglar

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. ~Truman Capote

There is no failure, only delays on the road to success

As Mark Twain once said, Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

There is no patent. Could you patent the sun? ~Jonas Salk

A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. ~Francis Bacon

If you ask anyone on the street if they like music, they’ll tell you, “Oh, I can’t live without music.” But if you look at their record collections…it’s crap. ~Elisabeth Esselink

My grandmother always told me; beauty fades, but dumb is forever! ~Judge Judith Scheindlin

Sir don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining. ~Judge Judith Scheindlin

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results ~Albert Einstein

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. ~Janis Joplin

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ~Buddha

Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business. ~Ann Landers

It’s all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back. ~Mick Jagger

I’ve developed a new philosophy – I only dread one day at a time. ~Charlie Brown

What makes it possible for people who might seem ordinary to achieve great things? The answer is passion. Passion makes the impossible possible!” unknown author

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. (from Lydia Tant)

The irony of life is that, by the time You’re old enough to know your way Around, you’re not going anywhere. (from Lana Brewer)

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.

History will be kind to me, for i intend to write it  ~Winston Churchill

What would you do with your life if you knew you could not fail

If all else fails,stop using all else

Do yourself a favor and make someone feel better about themselves

With everything you’ve been through in your life, You didn’t get to where you’re at because you fell down. But because you got up

Sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I’m breathing then I pray don’t take me soon cause I’m here for a reason…

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying…”I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher

The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller

Those who do not read good books have no advantage over those who cannot read them. ~Mark Twain

…So have a heart

and save my soul.

Better yet, just let me go.

But if you keep me

take me while I lie sleeping… ~”Gardens of Ice”, Scott Faerchild

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be ~Marcel Pagnol

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. ~Buddha

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others. ~Norman Shidle

You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back. ~William D. Tammeus

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person. ~Audrey Hepburn

There is so much good in the worst of us,

And so much bad in the best of us,

That it hardly becomes any of us

To talk about the rest of us.

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way. ~Author Unknown

There should be one of those warning stickers in our date books, like the one on the passenger’s side-view mirror: Warning: Dates in calender are closer than they may appear. ~Elizabeth Lesser

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn Monroe

I found my “inner child” – but put that brat up for adoption!

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.  ~Peter T. Mcintyre

All our dreams can come true – if you have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

Today is just a good day in disguise. ~Paul Venghaus

Everyone is better looking when they are smiling ~Joe Harsel

Smile when it hurts most. ~unknown

Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. ~Dolly Parton

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~William James

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford

Every artist was first an amateur. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky

Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. ~Les Brown

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. ~Walter Winchell

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. ~ Susan B. Anthony

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. ~Gustave Flaubert

Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~Stephen King

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. – inc magazine

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. ~Benjamin Disraeli

And this is a sign I saw recently on Facebook that really struck a nerve with me.  At 42 I’ve found it easy to be judgemental when considering dating people.  I’ve become set in my ways and I feel that I’ve “earned” the right to seek out perfection in whomever I finally settle down with (if it is meant to be).  That said – I know that I have a lot of things I expect this person to accept from me – the good, the bad, and the very ugly!  So I found this inspirational.  As I am seeking someone to accept these things from me, I too, should accept them from someone else and offer to help them “unpack.”

Proud to call him friend – Maxim Nazaire CSCS

I’m not a regular watcher of anything CNN related or HLN, but I had a reason to watch the other day and will have the reason to watch several more times.  My friend Max, a coach for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge, a personal trainer, and someone in the non-profit arena, was on HLN for a “Health Coach” segment, and there will be 4 or 5 more segments coming.

Max is someone you should be following on Facebook and Twitter (@fit2dmax), along with his company Fit2DMax!

Last night a bunch of us met at The Chocolate Bar (yes, I said Chocolate Bar) to celebrate Max’s first appearance on HLN.  He told us a story about when he was 18 years old and was told that he had a health condition that may keep him from being the active person he was used to being – if he survived at all.  When Max was given a 2nd chance he made the decision that he would work with people to make a positive impact – from a health and fitness perspective as well as from his newly created non-profit – Altruistic Hope Society.

If you live in Atlanta you need to reach out and get to know this guy!  He will change your life!


…from me and about me!

I’ve posted a few random factoids on Facebook lately and the other night on the way home from anAWESOMEDaughtry show lots of random thoughts were going through my head and I thought I would share them.

First – on Facebook I recently posted “What you should know about me.  If I say I’m going to go lay down and read or watch TV that is code for I will be asleep in less than 30 minutes.”

Second – here is a list of random thoughts that have been going through my head starting with the one that popped up on the way home from Daughtry.

  1. I know I look all girly and prissy and what-not, but I really have a thing for guys with full sleeves and actually even like some neck tattoos.
  2. I love clean underwear and change my “panties” everyday after I get home from work.
  3. I prefer old black and white shows over new shows from today ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.  Bring on Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Andy Griffith, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke (some are in color now or were the first in color of this type show).  I love TV Land, Nick at Night and MeTV among the others that play the classics.  I’d rather watch a rerun I’ve seen 100x of one of these shows than a rerun of something current.
  4. I often want to knock on people’s doors when I see odd things in their yard and simply ask “Why?”  Here’s an example…This crashed up SUV has been in this driveway on my way to work for months now!  You kind of have to wonder about that!  Or at least I do. (Yes, that’s Reba’s ear you see…we were going for a ride in the car just because she likes to do that everyday and so I could take a picture of this.)
  5. I admit I have an unusual fear of insects (that’s a story for another day), but I have a very abnormal fear of beat up and dented up cars going down the road.  I mean, what do the owners really have to lose at that point if they hit you?  It’s not like their car is going to get any worse!
  6. I hate running!  There is nothing about it that appeals to me. First, I’ve never seen a happy runner.  No smile, no sense of satisfaction, no look of “this is the best thing since sliced bread” – nothing but the look of pain and need to get this over with.  Second, nothing is chasing me.  I mean really, is there a reason to run if nothing is chasing you? I’d have to think not. And besides…I’m pretty sure this is reality –
  7. I’m becoming more and more interested in staying home and less and less interested in going places.  I enjoy time with my friends, but sometimes it’s a lot of work. (sorry friends)
  8. I don’t exactly like driving, but I don’t like HATE being a passenger so I always offer to drive.  It’s nothing against your driving (okay – that might not be entirely true) I just feel more comfortable in control when I’m driving!
  9. I have a tattoo that I got approximately 21 years ago and it is still unfinished.  Can I still call it a tattoo?  And here’s the thing about that (I passed out getting it – yep – you read that correctly) – I.WANT.ANOTHER.ONE.  Well, first I want to have this unfinished piece of art made into something different.  I want a Gerbera Daisy.  And second, I want the CTRL Z (undo) symbol from Mac somewhere on my body in red.  I realize it makes no sense, but because I realize that I think it might be okay.  Below is the Undo symbol I saw in the form of a necklace.
  10. I’m a cat AND a dog person – yep, it can be done!  That being said, I don’t think my dog is a cat dog and I don’t think my cat is a dog cat.  They seem to tolerate each other okay, but I don’t think they’d be upset if they didn’t have each other in their life.
  11. I love to be crafty (most of you now know that about me), but many people have been shocked by this fact about me.  Do I look like the non-crafty type?
  12. I like to write.  But, I’m especially good at writing letters to companies when they make me mad.  And, I often get my way due to said letter.
  13. For almost 42 years my mother tried to get me to eat broccoli.  This past year due to some stomach issues I was back in the Gastroenterologist’s office and got some paperwork that actually had “avoid broccoli” on it.  Guess who is pretty happy now!  I finally have a reason to tell my mother I WILL NOT BE EATING BROCCOLI!
  14. I used to want 15 kids (8 boys and 7 girls).  This lasted until my early 20s when I realized that kids and I would not be a good match for a life time.  I had a hysterectomy at 33 due to health reasons and the fact that I can never accidentally get pregnant (okay…I do realize I would need a boyfriend and a relationship) makes me happy everyday!
  15. My grandmother thinks I’m a good driver (I guess she doesn’t realize how many accidents I’ve been in – to my defense 99% were not my fault).  She is always amazed how I can still get around Groton, CT even though I haven’t lived there since 1998.  It’s funny how a person can still get around a place that hasn’t changed.
  16. I’ve had surgery on my left wrist, left knee and left big toe.  I’d say my left side is not having a good life.
  17. Un-ironed clothes make me cringe.  I will never understand going to work in un-ironed clothes.  And yes, I am judging you.
  18. I’ve bought Girl Scout cookies and still had some in the back of the closet the next year.  It really is possible!
  19. When I was young my dad’s sister married a black man and for a long time I thought everyone had a black uncle.
  20.  I hardly ever watch the news because I hate bad news, but if I hear a story it really makes me upset when I never hear the final outcome.
  21. I love animals!  But, (sorry PETA) I would absolutely love to have a long black mink coat and a short silver fox jacket.
  22. I understand that everyone has opinions and beliefs, but I’d like to know why it’s okay to be mean, rude, hateful, and violent to those that don’t have your same beliefs?  I saw a sign on a church recently that said “God didn’t reject anyone and neither will we.”  Doesn’t that seem like a better way to live?

Well, that’s it for now. But I will leave you with some random pictures.

My salad from last night (lettuce on the side please)…







Project 365 – Photo a Day

Sometime in January or February I heard about Project 365.  Last year I attempted to take pictures everyday, but only for fun and not following any kind of plan or “rules.”  So, when I came across Project 365 on The House of Smiths (a blog I started following) I decided to take part.

Because I had been sick much of December and January I really didn’t have pictures that corresponded with the January list (originally found here – on Fat Mum Slim’s blog)

Here is a snippet of what was listed on Chantelle’s blog:

How to play? Use the list above as a guide, and as inspiration, and take a photo each day. You can take it with your point-and-shoot camera, your big, fancy-pants DSLR, your iPhone {or equivalent} or whatever photo-taking-device you own.
You can upload you photos to Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Path, Facebook, your blog or just keep them on your desktop {and not share at all}. Whatever you want to do is totally fine. You can take the list above literally and stick to it, or take inspiration and go crazy.
If you’re sharing them on Twitter or Instagram – you can tag them with the hashtag #JANphotoaday so that everyone can follow along with you.

I’ve been having a lot of fun chronicling my days via photograph.  Today I tweeted my March 1st photo.  Why don’t you join me in the fun??  Here are pictures from January and February along with the lists for the months.


Here’s a glimpse of what is in store for March…

I’m looking forward to seeing your photos!

It could only happen to me…

I have to bring this to my blog – I posted this on Facebook on January 31st at 6:37 pm.

So…a guy at the bar at the local Chili’s literally saved my life tonight!! I choked on a crouton from my grilled chicken cesaer salad and he gave me the heimlich . Wow!!

And here are the comments that followed:

APRIL M:  HOLY COW! January 31 at 6:40pm

WES S: Wow – have not seen anyone use that pick up line before :). Glad you are ok… January 31 at 6:53pm

WANDA M:OMG. Glad you are ok. January 31 at 6:55pm

NANCY J:  Oh my gosh. You have a hero! That must have been scary. So glad you are ok. January 31 at 7:13pm

HEATHER P:  Whew, that was a close one!! You see?! And here I was thinking salad was GOOD for me?!! WTH! Did you get his number? THAT would be such a cute “how did you two meet” story, wouldn’t it?? January 31 at 7:24pm

STEPHANIE A: I’m so glad you’re okay! January 31 at 7:31pm

CHRISTINE B: Wow, I’m thankful he was thinking on his toes. Glad you are okay!! January 31 at 7:39pm

HEATHER (ME): So, here’s a back story regarding coughing. My mom has been on blood pressure medicine for years and it makes her cough (a lot) and people always look at me funny when I’m not doing anything about her coughing – I know she’s not choking, just coughing. I tell my friends when they worry about her coughing that until she bangs on the table she’s fine. Tonight I am definitely choking and I forget our code – bang on the table! My mother is laughing all is said and done and she knows I’m breathing because not ONE person tried to help her when she was coughing only seconds before I accidentally inhaled the crouton into my throat. And, as far as “how did you two meet” he was a retired USMC drunk (or at least one drink away from) and I’m just glad he was at least cognizant enough to save my life!!! I offered to buy him a drink before my server told me that he’s in there drinking (too much) all time. Also, he was WAY taller than me which meant that he ended up doing the heimlich  a little higher up than my belly button area and I think I will be all bruised tomorrow. My mother jumped up from her chair and started whacking me on the back and he jumps up, a chair goes flying, he pushes my mother aside and next thing I know he’s making a piece of crouton go flying out of my mouth (sorry if someone slips on that later). In true, Heather, fashion the whole thing made me pee my pants!! LOL January 31 at 7:39pm

LISA H: Glad you’re ok! January 31 at 7:41pm

HEATHER (ME): Thanks everyone – I like to keep things interesting! For the record, tomorrow is MY New Year’s Day since the real one sucked with being in the ER. I wasn’t planning on ending my year 2x on a bad note. 🙂 January 31 at 7:42pm

RANDI T: Holy moly! Thank goodness he reacted with a cool head in a crisis! Are you ok? Any broken ribs?  January 31 at 7:44pm

CORINNE E: Was he cute? Did you get his number so you can thank him properly? 😉 January 31 at 7:46pm

HEATHER (ME): Nothing broken…no numbers exchanged…a little bruised, I think…and definitely (above all) thankful!! January 31 at 7:48pm

CORINNE E: glad you are ok Heather!! January 31 at 7:52pm

HELEN V: Wow, that was far more interesting then my evening! January 31 at 8:16pm

HEATHER (ME):  I would have been okay with a dull evening LOL January 31 at 8:25pm

DAWN S: Happy that someone stepped up to the plate to help, glad for mom too =) January 31 at 8:48pm

DAWN S:  Side question what meds does ur mom take ??? You can pm me if you’d like. I cough too, wonder if we are taking the same thing January 31 at 8:50pm

KARA B: Marines kick ass!!! Better bruised than dead. Glad you’re still with us. I hope you hugged our hero. January 31 at 8:50pm

TUESDAY W: OH MY GOODNESS! January 31 at 8:52pm

TUESDAY W: I am SO glad that we are hearing the story from YOU and not someone else!!! Angels were watching out for you! Xoxooxxoxoxoxo January 31 at 8:52pm

MEGAN K: Wow. Glad he was there drunk or not! January 31 at 8:53pm

JENNIFER W: I read this and thought, “only my best friend!” Glad he was there! January 31 at 8:56pm

LIZ M: oh my girl, I am so glad you are ok, and thank goodness for him!! 🙂 February 1 at 12:33am

LISA G: I am glad you are ok ,but your story made me almost pee my pants laughed so hard I cried! Will you please write your book already! lol! February 1 at 8:16am

SCOTT (MY BROTHER): Omg!!!!! This could only happen to you. I’m so glad that your here to tell us about it.
Tell that Guy thank you from your brother 🙂 February 1 at 8:42am

I have to tell you…stuff like this has been happening to me my whole life.  Today there was an “incident” with a BIG roach and the service elevator at work.  I did a little dance, almost got stuck in the elevator, and then jumped out to avoid said roach.  If there was a video I’d probably win some money!

The thing is, I’m not sure I’d want my life any other way.  I have great family. I have great friends.  And they ALL. LOVE. ME. JUST. THE. WAY. I. AM!!  I’m not sure why they do, but they do and I’m giddy about that. 🙂


Oops – I moved and didn’t tell you

I posted this today on my Blogger page…

So, I recently discovered that I won a prize on another bloggers site – and upon realizing this I noticed I had never told any of my dedicated followers that I have moved.
Because I am now trying to set up my own website for selling my crafty creations via WordPress I decided to use their platform for blogging. I’d love it if you’d follow me there –
Also, you can find my crafty items at I give 10% of everything I sell to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
See you over there! ~heather