Sue & I celebrated a special anniversary this week. It has nothing to do with our time at KRZ or our relationship.
It was one year ago that we adopted our 2 dogs, Franky & Sammy.
We always like to say our dogs found US instead us finding THEM.
A friend of mine who volunteers at Blue Chip Animal Rescue texted me photos of a few of the smaller dogs that were looking for homes. The minute I showed the photos to Sue she wanted to drive to the shelter to meet them.
These 2 little terriers fit right in immediately. And now, a year later, it seems like they’ve always been members of our family.
Blue Chip is a NO-KILL shelter dependent on donations from the community.
Sue and I both urge you to visit the farm for yourself. You just might find a new family member OR one might find YOU!
Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge
974 Lockville Road
Dallas, PA 18612
Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun: Noon-5:00PM
Other Hours by Appointment
Blue Chip is seeking volunteers for days or evenings for help in the kitty cottage as well as walking dogs, brushing them, cleaning up after them, etc.
If you are interested in volunteering and are at least 16 years of age, call them at (570) 333-5265
Hi friends! Hope you had a great holiday ... eating lots of turkey and yummy things! I mentioned last week that I planned to bake Domino Light OATMEAL Chocolate Chip COOKIES to bring home to my family in Rhode Island, so I wanted to share a pic! They went over really well and the first thing everyone said was, "they are perfect, not too sweet, and SO moist!" Domino Light gives the cookie a nice consistentcy and they were SO moist! Get the recipe here - DominoSugar.com/Light.
While I was home I celebrated my best friend Sarah's upcoming wedding with her BACHELORETTE Party!
And also ... BOUGHT MY WEDDING DRESS! Believe it or not, my mom and I had 1 appointment and it was the 3rd dress I put on. She was doing that weird faced cry and I was nervous giggling ... it was just the one. I'm obviously not going to post it here because I don't want John (fiance!) to see it, but if you follow me on PINTEREST, it's a combination of most of the dresses i've pinned. You can see the real thing in October! :)
Ooooh the wedding bells are ringing and I can't wait to start planning the FUN stuff!
I think I speak for Rocky as well when I say we are completely OVERWHELMED with gratitude for the outpouring of love yesterday at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes Barre! Our happy helpers, consisting of family, friends, coworkers, and even first time volunteers came from all over Northeast PA to help us prepare a feast for the folks who will be eating at the soup kitchen on Thanksgiving.
I'll let the pictures do the talking, but one final thing: our hearts were heavy as this was our first annual broadcast without Anne Marie McCawley, longtime director of the soup kitchen who passed away on Friday. I'm sure she was in heaven smiling down on us though :) Her spirit was everywhere....
Our water company peeps!! They come every year! Love them!!!!
Kelly with her sons Brian & Noah - they came last year too! Aren't those the most handsome boys?
...hard workers too! Brian & Noah chopped TONS of carrots - I told them they're already better in the kitchen than I am. They seemed not surprised by that.
Gracie & Kathy from Blakeslee - they were awesome! Their other daughter's in the air force so we recorded a "Happy Thanksgiving" message and sent it to her on Facebook :)
Lisa & Marty Polivitus! Lisa's one of my Ryan's Run buddies from Allied - LOVE HER!!!
Carol Strzelecki Zalutko (next to me) and her mom from Berwick were SO great, they even stayed to help with lunch that day! What an amazing young lady!!!
I asked if I could take this one home with me - Peighton :) Isn't she beautiful? And she seemed so natural holding a mic. Methinks she could be a guest co-host at some point....
Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins in the house! They're so wonderful, they help out every year. THANKS GUYS for coming down! And for giving a portion of your ticket sales to the soup kitchen this weekend - you're awesome!!
Rocky & I with Jeremy Deebel from WBRE and Monsignor Kelly - Jeremy did his whole broadcast from the soup kitchen and even helped us out chopping ONIONS! What a cool cat!
.....our Pretty Potato Peeps! :)
Intern Danielle is AMAZING!! I seriously don't know what we would've done without her yesterday. Such a huge help. I'm dreading when her semester ends and she has to go! I wanna, like, chain her to the mixing board or something... but I guess that's "unethical"..... damn PC regulations these days...
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR HELP YESTERDAY!! We really do have the best listeners in the universe. Now let's go get fat tomorrow :)
What a great time last night at our Sparty! I really have to hand it to Jaida Spa in Scranton - they did such a spectacular job! We got facials, relaxation massages, reiki massages, and mani/pedis!! And they let us use their fabulous steamroom and sauna (something they do for anyone who gets a service there). I feel totally zen today. What a PERFECT way to unwind right before a busy holiday!
I was telling Rocky on the air this morning that I think I may have found my new favorite spa. Their staff is so wonderful and welcoming, and the ambience is perfect! I'm afraid they might never be rid of me now (poor things). But our contest winners added a lot to my night too - what an amazing group of ladies! SO fun!!! Hope we get to hang out again soon. Maybe at Jaida? Hahaa ........please check them out if you're in the Scranton area!
We lost a long-time friend of the show on Friday. Anne Marie McCawley, director of the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre passed away.
Sue and I met Anne Marie over 21 years ago when we first contacted her about getting listeners to volunteer at the kitchen. And I still remember her reaction when we told her that we needed to have someone there early so our engineers could set up for the broadcast.
“5 in the MORNING?” she asked.
Later we learned that the reason she was so concerned about the time was because SHE would be the one opening the door.
Over the years Anne Marie grew to look forward to our annual Kitchen Crew broadcast…even when we suggested that we have bands perform to entertain our volunteers while they chopped vegetables.
"It's a great loss to the community, and it's a great loss to Catholic Social Services," Monsignor Joseph Kelly, secretary for human services in the Diocese of Scranton told the Citizen’s Voice.
"She was always more than willing to go the extra mile to meet the needs of the poorest of the poor, “ he added.
Today was going to be our first year broadcasting at the kitchen without Anne Marie. She retired this summer after 25 years.
But now with her passing, our annual event will take on a whole new meaning.
Anne Marie was a one-of-a-kind woman who gave all to people in need.
She’s gone but not forgotten. We’re dedicating today’s show to you Anne Marie.
Sue remembers Ann Marie as SELFLESS…..it was always about other people, that was her mission. She was quiet, wanted no special attention but fought hard for the best she could get for others.
She never stopped, never complained, always believed in the goodness of other people and they never let her down.
She was so good, she inspired the same in everyone she came in contact with. She quietly shared her gift of giving and you wanted to be part of it.
When we first met Ann Marie her daughter was in elementary school, then college and now all grown up….Ann Marie beamed when she talked about her daughter. Ann Marie had one daughter, but she had a huge family of those who met her, knew her and loved her. She was an exceptional humanitarian and a lovely woman.
If you're in the Philly are tonight, come see me play! I'll be one of the artists performing on David Ivory Presents for Xfinity On Demand. It's at Puck Live in Doylestown, PA - my set's at 8pm. Get a load of the groovy poster! If not, see ya at the Scranton Christmas Parade tomorrow morning! Happy Friday!
I got a call yesterday from Mike the Kitchen Director at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in WB. Mike was asking for help.
Mike asked if we could spread the word about a few pressing needs at the kitchen. They could still use pie donations for their Thanksgiving meal.
AND, if you would like to volunteer, here's how you can help. Drivers are needed to deliver meals to the homebound on Thanksgiving day. For some in need, this will be the only human contact they will receive this Thanksgiving. It's a simple way you can really MAKE A DIFFERENCE in someone's life.
Call the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen @ 829.7796.
And thank you in advance for thinking of others this Thanksgiving!!!