Sunday, December 25, 2005

What Can I Say!!!!

I'm so embarrassed!

Can You Believe They'd Dress Me Like This!

For all you humans that know me you would have to agree that I'm a cute, warm, loving dog, right?
Then why do the keep dressing me like this?

Corgis Rule!

Corgis Rule!

The Moresi Christmas Tree

Decorated with a combination of antique ornaments from Pete's family in Italy and ormaments handmade by the kids the Moresi tree is always beautiful.

Budd and Margaret

Here's Budd and Margaret opening Christmas presents. Margaret is clutching her favorite old time movie given to her by Judd and June.

A Busy Kitchen

Our Christmas surf and turf dinner was skillfully prepared by my brother and sister in law Pete and Kristy Moresi at their beautiful home. What a dinner it was!
Thanks Pete and Kristy for a great dinner.

Papa Judd

Christmas morning and here's Papa Judd, the best father in law and grandfather there ever was looking at the Sarc Family Blog on my laptop at the Moresi's house.

My God Son!

Isn't my God Son the best looking kid in the world?

The Christmas Gerbil!

The Christmas Gerbil was spotted today dressed in a red sweater and snow flake collar at our family gathering!
Since there has been a shortage of Christmas Elf's Santa has begun using Christmas Gerbil. This one was left behind or fell off Santa's sleigh so we decided to take it home and care for it until next Christmas with the hopes that Santa will take it back, lol!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Team Viagra Rules!

If you have visited the Sarc Family Blog over the past few weeks you are aware of the up and down situation with Chris's lighted Christmas Tree.
Wind fell tree one and an ice storm fell tree two. Finally with a hugh amount of modification tree three rose into the Spicers Grove sky with the addition of a star designed and built by Wayne.
Team Viagra was able to get it up and keep it up this time.
Chris was kind enough to make us all team shirts. Here I am with mine!!!!
I'm so proud!!!

Cold Night Warm Fire!

Cold weather has gripped the south with evening temperatures dropping into the low 20's which is perfect for a warming fire.

We love our fireplace!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Delta Employee Saves Airline!

Clutching the future of Delta Airlines in her hands Courtney smiles knowing that her future is final secure!!!

Presentation Of The Bowl!! "A Major Award"

Walking away with the "Grand Prize" at this years Christmas Bunko was yours truly! This coveted bowl with it's hand painted Christmas decorations purchased at "Target" will make an excellent addition to my trophy case!!!!

Excepting my Grand Price Bowl award from Simon!

Thanks Simon, lol!

I'm Rich!!!!

Beth counts her victory loot after winning the "Left Right Center" game at the annual Bunko Christmas Party!!
What will she do with all that money???

Oh I won the bowl!

Team Viagra Gets It Up!!

Third times a charm!!!

With a new telescoping pole, new stainless steal guide wires, a third additional guide wire system and a star on top Chris's lighted Christmas Tree is again the beacon for the neighborhood!!
Look at Wayne's star glowing atop the tree!

Beth Wins Christmas Bunko Prize!

Look every body, I won!!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Go Team Viagra!

After our recent ice storm that downed Chris's pride and joy 34' lighted Christmas Tree display Team Viagra jumped into action with yet another raising.
Helping to "get it up" are the members of Team Viagra from left to right Emory, Chris, Ralph, Wayne and Joe!
We're hoping the fruits of our labor will keep it up the rest of the season!!!!
Go Team Viagra, lol!!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2005

I Hate Baths!!

Dog shampoo $3.99.

Hair Dryer $19.99

Hair Brush $6.99

Wet dog "Priceless!!!!!"

Wind Tunnel Tests

Wind tunnel testing began today on Lockheed's new super secret stealth mini dog instrument surveillance module.
Project Janie, "Jet Assisted Nano Instrument Evaluator" device is set to be deployed to the US Armed Forces late in 2006!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Ice Storm Cometh!

What a surprise when we opened the door to let the pack out for their morning patrol when we all came to a sliding stop half way across the ice covered deck!!
Over night the temperature dipped below freezing causing our rain fall to freeze.
This picture shows the pine trees in our backyard bending as they became top heavy with ice. Five years ago we lost several pines to ice!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Our Most Prized Christmas Ornament!

Hark the herald chicken sings makes Beth want some chicken wings!

Thanks Molly!

Christmas Tree December 2005

Merry Christmas

The Christmas season offically began today with the decorating of our Christmas Tree!
Decorated in red bows and balls and trimmed with years of collected antique and family ornaments our tree is always enjoyable!
Beth and I would like to wish all our friends and family a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2006.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Tree Lighting

With spiked punch, chips and our good friends around us this evening our early morning endeavers paid off! With Mr. Maher at the switch the lighting of this years Maher Christmas Tree was a huge success!

Let the Christmas season officially begin!

Janie Goes To Grams For Thanksgiving.

After a bath and perm little miss everyone loves me got to go to Grams for Thanksgiving. Sporting her long gray beard she ate twice her weight in turkey! Due to the warmer weather the red sweater planned for the day was not needed!

Turkey Ala Emeril

This year the family gathered at Beth's parents home for Thanksgiving.
Beth's sister Stacey made the turkey using Emeril's famous brine and beer soaked recipe.
It was fantastic!!

The Raising Of The Spicers Grove Christmas Tree

This morning was the morning men in Spicers Grove fear most!
The Staurday morning after Thanksgiving call from Chris rallying every able body man from the ages of three to eighty( we raised it from two and added eighty so Emery could join us) to haul, push and pull the yearly Maher lighted Christmas tree extravaganza into the waiting skies over Spicers Grove.
This years tree is seven foot taller that last years and required additional lights.
A picture of the lighted tree this evening will follow.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Out To Dinner!

Beth and I out to dinner a few weeks ago with her parents. We frequent the local Loghorn Steak House for its salads and great salmon and chicken dishes.

Beth is sporting a new hair cut and I of course had just had my hair colored gray!! I think it makes me look older!
Plus I have been asked to be Santa this year at our annual Christmas get together!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Dressed For The Day!

You have to admit Janie is pretty cute!!!

All dressed up for a busy day.

The Pack!!

Weekend mornings in the kitchen are always crowded as the pack lines up in pecking order for breakfast. Louise, Thelma and Janie!
My father in law jokes that Beth and I have the least amount of pets now in our lives!!!
Beth is under court order to stay at least five miles away from any Pet Smart Store!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Lola Sleeping!

Once a month Beth and I trim Lola's nails. As you can see in this picture taken this weekend she sleeps through the whole process! She would sleep all day in my arms if I let her, lol!
I don't know who has more white hair me or the rabbit!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Point Pelee National Park of Canada

One of my fondest childhood memories are our family winter picnics to Point Pelee.
In the 1950's my Mom, Dad, Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunts, Uncles and many cousins would make the winter time trek to the covered picnic areas of Point Pelee.
The covered picnic areas were large log structures with giant cast iron stoves located in the middle of the building surrounded by large long picnic tables.
My Dad and Uncles would cover the openings of the building with canvas and stoke the giant stove! Uncle Jack was the worlds greatest cook and spent hours at the stove cooking a huge feast while all us kids played in the snow! The smells still linger today.

Dieppe Park Windsor.

Named after Dieppe, France, where the Essex Scottish Regiment of Windsor, along with other units of the 2nd Canadian Division made an assault landing on August 19, 1942.The 5,000-man force, which included British and American armed service personnel, suffered casualties with 3,363 persons killed, wounded and prisoners of war.This Park has been named in honour of the Essex Scottish Regiment and all the men who served in this engagement and to the memory of men from this area who served in Canada's Armed Forces in World War II.

Dedicated to the men and women who served on the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Merchant Navy:World War I, 1914 - 1918;World War II, 1939 - 1945;Korean War, 1950 - 1953;Canadian Naval Peacekeeping.Greater love hath no man than this that lay down his life for his country.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Uhaul Versus Police Car

Just when you thought it was safe to leave the CVS a crew member was pulling into a gas station and ran into a police car, lol!!! A perfect ending to a perfect project!!!!
Oh and "NO" I wasn't the driver!!!
Notice the trim piece missing from the Uhaul which impaled the Bloomfield Hills police car!!!

The SparV

Affectionately known as the "SparV" my home away from home for the past 4 years while traveling with Spar/CVS is a 1998 35' Holiday Rambler Motor Coach.
Fitted with all the latest electronic toys and towing our 1998 Jeep Wrangler the SparV has been great fun.
This picture was taken two years ago in Clearwater Florida.
When not on the road the SparV spends her time resting with other RV's in a storage yard near our home!

Words to live by.....

Words to live by...

When you are in deep trouble, say nothing, and try to look like you know what you're doing!!!!

The Bob-Lo Boats

The Bob-Lo Boats were always a thrill to see on the Detroit River.
The first steamer to carry passengers to the island was the ferry Promise. Frank E. Kirby designed the next two steamers: the Columbia, built in 1902, and the Ste. Claire, built in 1910. The Columbia’s first trip was July 8, 1902; the Ste. Claire’s launching was May 7, 1910 and her first trip was later that year. The Ste. Claire was named after Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River, which in turn reflect the fact that the explorer Robert de La Salle paddled through the two waterways during the feast of Ste. Claire. The Columbia, named after Christopher Columbus, is celebrating her 100th birthday this year. She is the oldest steamer in the USA, with the exception of vessels classed as ferries.Both steamers are propeller driven, as were all North American steamers. The Ste. Claire is 197 feet long, 65 feet wide and 14 feet deep. Her tonnage is 870 grt and 507 nrt. The engine is a triple expansion steam with 1083 horsepower. She can carry 2500 people.The Columbia and the Ste. Clair, which served 81 years on a single run – a record unequalled in U.S. Maritime history – are the last of the classic excursion steamers in the U.S.

Duffy's Tavern

One of our familes favorite restraurant. Sunday dinner at Duffy's was always a treat!! As kids my sister and I would sit in the window and watch the ships traveling the Detroit River and the ferry crossing to Boblo Island
Duffy's Tavern is fully licensed with seating for 400 people. Duffy's also caters to private parties in the Marine Room and the Anchor Room. Open 7 days a week, serving the very best of breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Only 20 minutes from downtown Windsor and 40 minutes from Detroit Metro Airport. Dancing and live entertainment. Friday and Saturday nights. Friendly atmosphere. Private banquet facilities. Full service restraurant. Lunch special, salad bar and buffet. Dining room overlooking Detroit River. Duffy's also doubles as an Inn and boasts over 35 rooms with king size beds, jacuzzis, pool, exercise room and more.

Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada

Fort Malden was always on the list of places to visit while in Windsor. Our family always went for rides on Sunday and the Fort was a great place to play.
In 1812, the main outpost for the British army in the Western District was Fort Malden. It stood just north of the town of Amherstburg and had been built in 1796, after the British moved to the south side of the Detroit River. At the beginning of the war, there were approximately 250 regular soldiers based at the fort. The garrison was manned by men from the 41st Infantry Regiment. Amherstburg was also a major base for the British Indian Department and had the King's Dockyard, where ships for the upper Great Lakes were built. The Dockyard was also the local base for the Provincial Marine.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Engine 5588 Dieppe Park

Dieppe Park sits on Windsor's waterfront, looking across the Detroit River at the Detroit skyline. There you'll find Engine 5588, a steam locomotive built in 1911, sitting idle and on display. This was the end of the Great Western Railway, which once ran from Toronto to Windsor.

The Penobscot Building

When I was a kid we use to visit Dieppe Park in Windsor overlooking the Detroit River and the Detroit skyline. I remember thinking the Penobscot Building was the biggest building I had ever seen. I thought it was the building King Kong climbed, lol!!!!!

The building was designed by Wirt C. Rowland of the leading Detroit architectural firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls.
Clad in Indiana limestone with a granite base, it rises like a shear cliff for thirty stories, then has a series of setbacks culminating in a red neon beacon tower.
Ornamentation follows American Indian motifs, particularly in the entrance archway and in metalwork found in the lobby.
The Penobscot Building was Detroit's tallest building for nearly half a century until the Marriott Renaissance Center overtook it in 1977.
Once the tallest building outside New York and Chicago
8th tallest building in the world, when it was completed.
The old framing elevation drawing of this building list is as being 560'-10" to the highest roof, 563'-10" to the parapet wall around the roof, and 652'-10" to the top of the warning beacon atop the antenna.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Lancaster Over Windsor

This famous WW2 Lancaster bomber is on display as the center piece of the Queens Rose Garden in Windsor Ontario.
In 1960 I use to play on this airplane before it was mounted while attending Saturday YMCA.
It seems just like yesterday!

Detroit/Windsor At Night!

I was taking off from Detroit Wednesday evening to the east right over downtown Detroit and my home town Windsor Ontario Canada, on the right in this picture, giving me a great opportunity for this beautiful night time picture.
The Detroit River seperates the US and Canada. You can clearly see the Ambassador Bridge crossing between the two counties.
Oh I took this picture with my cell phone!

Union Pickets CVS

As many of you know I build CVS Pharmacies.
I have several crews doing reset work in the Detroit area a large union city.
This store located in Bloomfield Hills is being picketed by the carpenters union.
CVS uses independent general contractors within their stores. This GC is not a union contractor so the union is picketing.
The store is progressing even with a giant "Rat" sittin on the sidewalk, lol!!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Don't Hook Me Up To A Machine!

This is pretty good!!!!!

Lola Our Lop Eared Bunny!

It's the Easter Bunny!

Lola is the last member of our family, I promise, lol!!!
She's a three year old lop eared bunny. We got her when she could sit in the palm of my hand. She's sweet, loving and enjoys sleeping on the bed!

Guarding The Yard!

Always on the lookout!

Ever vigilent, always on guard, protecting us from harm and loving us unconditionly it's the alpha dog Louise!

Our House!

Sarc family home in Woodstock, GA!

Beth and I bought our new home in the fall of 1996.
The house is located on a half acre wooded lot in the Spicers Grove subdivision just outside of Woodstock, GA.
We have vaulted ceilings in our living room and kitchen along with a tray ceiling in the master bedroom. The house has three bed rooms, a full basement and a two car garage.
We have a large deck located off our kitchen that we really enjoy.

It's Spooky At The Sarc House!

Halloween in Woodstock!

Beth and I made this ghost a few years ago as part of our Halloween decorations!
It's pretty spooky don't you think?