Friday, October 16, 2009

The St. Peter's Glee Club Seton Chorale Reunion is now a memory

I am still on a high from the reunion which took place on Oct. 10th, in the gymnasium of St. Peter's High School for Boys. It was wonderful to see my classmates and friends. The guys all looked distinguished with their grey/white hair, while we ladies surely are keeping Clairol in business! Despite all the years that past since we saw each other, we all picked up like it was only yesterday. I have pictures of the evening on my Facebook page, and there are youtube videos of us all singing. The evening was a once in a lifetime event and I am so grateful to my sister and brother in law for making it possible for me to attend. The smile has not left my face yet.

I Believe/Ave Maria

Boys Alma Mater

Girls Alma Mater

Pics from the reunion

more pics of reunion

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Pat the WiseWoman

Sent to me by a dear High School friend Louise. What was I thinking with that blouse?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Artist's Block

As most of you know, I lost the love of my life, my best friend/husband at the end of March of this year. It was understandable when I had artist's block then. Through the encouragement of my online friends from, and Yahoo group EveryDay Matters, I eventually got back to drawing and painting. But it is back....ARTIST'S BLOCK! What do I do now? Has this ever happened to anyone here? You know that feeling, "I had it once, but I lost it" ?

Friday, September 04, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

EDM weekly challenge #237 Draw what's under your bed

I am woefully behind in these challenges, but I was sitting in the chair in my bedroom staring at this mess and decided to have a go at the challenge. I left the dust bunnies out of the picture, but they are there, hiding behind this stuff

Monday, August 31, 2009

Oops, left one out

'60s ATC swap, I left one off

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

'60s ATC swap on

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These are the ATCs I created for the '60s swap on These are fun to participate in. I love getting cards from all over the world, each one of a kind, hand drawn or painted. I have gotten cards from literally all over the world, South Africa, Canada, Australia, UK, USA, Bulgaria, India, just to name a few.

Monday, August 17, 2009

EDM Weekly Challenge #236

I couldn't sleep last night so I thought I would do something productive. Here is EDM Weekly Challenge #236 Draw your left palm (non-dominant hand)

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

As promised, some zentangles

I have found this artform to be relaxing and freeing. Since they are basically doodles there is no expectations or disappointments. Some are basic forms that I did while learning this, others are more free flowing.



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Friday, August 14, 2009

Latest calamity

It has been a while since I posted here. As usual I have many excuses why. I recently had dinner with friends and while "horsing around" with their 5 yr old son, I tripped and fell full force on my right knee. I eventually went to the emergency room where they x-rayed and a did an ultra sound to check for blood clots and thankfully they all turned out fine, no evidence of fracture, or blood clots. I am thinking about posting some zentangles I have done. If I ever get out of the recliner, I will get those up on the blog soon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Birds, Birds, Birds! ATC swap on Drawspace

Here are the Artist Trading Cards I did for Birds, Birds, Birds! on



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These will be sent to the other artists who are participating in this swap, they are from all around the world, Scotland, England, Canada, Australia, as well as the USA.
I had been looking forward to this theme as I really enjoy birds.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Drawspace Weekly Challenge 5/24-5/30/09

I can see I have been away from drawing a bit too long. I need practice.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Drawspace Weekly challenge 5/16 -5/23/09

This is the first drawing I have done in a while. Gosh, I am out of practice but, nevertheless here is my offering.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Lonely days

It is so unreal living day to day without Merle. I am in the process of trying to decide what I am going to do with what is left of my life. Merle told me to go on after he was gone, but that is easily said and not very easily done. I have joined some bereavement groups and they are of some help. I have met some other widows, so they really know where I am, and what I am going through. I am learning new things everyday, and as Merle used to say, it is never a wasted day if you learn something new. I am trying to get all of the paperwork squared away, this is necessary and keeps my mind occupied. I will try to keep this blog updated. At my therapist's and other people's urging, I am going to try to make some art and will post here when I have. I close this with the caveat to all who read this, appreciate what you have. Tell those around you how much you love them everyday. You never know when you will no longer have them.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Booklet from Merle's funeral

Celebrating the life of
Merlin P. Owen

November 12, 1926 - March 27, 2009
Spring Hill, Florida
Merlin P. Owen, son of Mable B. Owen McCabe and Merlin P. Owen Sr., passed away on March 27, 2009. He was 82 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia (Trish) Koehler Owen, a much loved daughter Karen Nelsen of Gainesville FL, two grand-daughters, Jodi Owen of the town of Newburgh, Christine Owen of the town of New Windsor, two great grand sons and several nieces and nephews in NY and FL. He is predeceased by his son John Owen (Johnny O) of Newburgh, NY, a brother Robert Owen of St Augustine, FL, and a sister Gladys Signarino of Richmond VA. Mr. Owen was an electrician for the DuPont Co. of Newburgh for 17 years. He was also employed by IBM at the East Fishkill facility for 21 years, until he retired from the Facilities Engineering Department. Mr. Owen was a veteran of WW II. He served as a radioman aboard the USS LST 821 for 2 years in the Pacific Ocean theater of operations. In 1951, he was recalled for the Korean war. He served with the Tactical Air Control Squadrons 4 & 6 as a Forward Observer. Mr. Owen, a Master Mason, was a 50 plus year member of Wallkill Lodge #627 F&AM, a charter member of the Winona Lake Fire Co., a member of the ARRL with a general class license, call letters of KC4LPG, a life member in the VFW and the DAV. Burial will be at the Bushnell National cemetery in Bushnell, FL with full military honors. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Merlin Owen at 12132 Norvell Road, Spring Hill FL 34609.

Sub note…Strange feeling to write your own obit, lol. Love ya baby, I’ll be your special angel, or the head fireman in hell. MWAH!!!!! Get on with your life my babies. Don’t mourn me too long please. Thank you both for all the happiness you gave me.

Merle was a man of faith. He believed in the cause for Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski. In Merle’s memory please join us in continuing to further his cause toward sanctification.

Our Lord and God, grant us this grace… through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus that I may be marked by unwavering trust in You, especially when You lead me upon a thorny path toward the glorious promises of Your love. Through Christ our Lord.

Thank You
The pain of loss can never be removed but it can be lessened by the love and support of my family and friends.

Thanks to all who have helped me through this unbelievable time of shock, loss and pain. Thank you so much for your support and love.

I could not have gotten all the planning necessary for this day without Karen and the help of my family and dear friends. I am grateful for your outpouring of love.

How can I begin to thank my dearest friend and light of my life, Merle, for 21 years of love and the love of adventure. He was my anchor and rock of stability, bringing peace to my often chaotic world.

As expressed in our special song we shared, “One love, ageless and evergreen.”
I love you all,

Sad News

I haven't posted here because on March 27th, Merle, my best friend, husband and soulmate, passed away. I am in shock, and have been going through the days on auto-pilot. Thankfully, Merle passed away in his sleep, with me lying beside him, sharing his pillow. My daughter, too, is having a rough time dealing with this loss. Her natural dad passed away when she was 8 years old. Now, for the second time she is experiencing the pain of loss of her poppy. They had an incredibly strong bond.
I have tried to keep busy with the paperwork and other business matters which need to be taken care of. I am not sure when I will resume making art, I have found it therapeutic in the past, but lately, it is just too hard to draw/sketch with tears in my eyes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Drawspace Weekly challenge

I participate in the Weekly Drawing Challenge on, where I am a member. I have not been drawing much and I thought this might be a good way to get back into the routine of drawing every day.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

EDM challenge #201 Draw a Stapler


Coffee bar in Doctor's waiting room


Last month when my sweetie was in the hospital with pneumonia
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Thursday, February 12, 2009


I have gotten many nice compliments on my Flower ATCs. Thank you all for your kindness. I have gotten the question, what are ATCs? ATC=Artist Trading Cards. You can find more information about ATCs on