Vampira and Bela Lugosi

22″X 28″ poster board

Done in soft pastel chalk, Magic Marker and colored pencil.

Each year as Valentine’s Day approaches, the St. Petersburg art community hosts the Valentween art show with the theme always a mixture of Valentine love and Halloween spookiness.

This year’s theme is Vampires!

Pam decided to enter this year.   Rob is doing well and she has begun to take up her chalks again.  “Vampira and Bela Lugosi” was done these last few weeks in her spare time specifically for the show.  Love, lust and Halloween.

She will also enter a piece previously seen here when Rob got ill last summer.

Rob is doing quite well and after four rounds of chemo a complete scan could identify no living cancer cells.  He will have another scan in three months.  He had his first meeting with the prosthysis techies and will begin measurements as he has now been cleared by the wound care specialist.  His amputated leg has completely healed and he got to ring the bell.

They are getting around well, go to movies, see their amateur theater friends and shop.  Pam texted that they had a “romantic dinner” at a restaurant last week   She said it was so good to see him sitting opposite her across the table.  Rob is having little difficulty in getting around with a walker and is quite adept in his wheelchair.  Pam has returned to her art.

Life is beginning to settle into the new normalcy.

Please, no invitations for Thanksgiving this year.  Pam, Rob, Marie, Clark and I will be cruising to the Bahamas.


.Happier days will be here again.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Valentween!

  1. beetleypete says:

    Excellent work from Pam, and great news about Rob.
    He rang the bell! It doesn’t get better than that.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jennie says:

    Wonderful news on Rob! Ringing the bell had to be the best!

    Liked by 1 person

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