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Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730/November, Art Poster by Robert Furber

Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730/November, Art Poster by Robert Furber

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shrine 12

shrine 12

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shrine 12

mixed media on wood: acrylic paint, my photographs of dolls i collaged and assemblaged, collages paper, mirrors, bottlecaps, bone, sequins, jewels, cloth flowers, matchbox retablo, skull, beads, day of the dead figure, stamp, angel charm

23 1/2" X 9 1/2" X 2"


Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
30 October- November 2010


i was reading the washington post newspaper weekender section, friday 22 october, with my morning coffee.
imagine my surprise when i turned to page 27 and.........there is my shrine 12, with my name under it.
the article in the section, talking about the "ofrenda" show that i will be in 28 october-9 november, 2010, at the torpedo factory art center.

must admit..seeing it in the newspaper brought a huge smile to my face! i am enjoying my "five minutes of fame"!


i have been making shrines for neal because he has been having problems with his eyes.
i finished this shrine in time for his cataract surgery 23 july.

the surgery went well.
the surgery took longer than expected and the recovery took a long time also as neal was nauseous, dizzy, felt like throwing up. so of course we had to wait. they gave him medicine to help with all that. he was so pale and had the sweats.
when we got home david and i put him to bed after giving him his eye drops (3 kinds every two hours).
neal has to wear a hard, clear, plastic eye patch when he sleeps so he does not rub his eye in his sleep.
neal says it hurts. they gave him medicine for the pain after the surgery and also extra strenght tylenol. it still hurts. i can give him more tylenol at 2pm.
tomorrow he sees the doctor for the follow up visit. at that time we will ask all our questions about travel, etc.
neal did very well. he was not exceptionally nervous. i think i was more anxious than he was.
having david with us was an enormous help. he is the best son!
we are glad it is over.


after neal woke up from his three hour nap (he was exhausted!), at 3pm, he was in a lot of pain and the nausea continued (bad). i called the doctor. he called the pharmacy and ordered pain medication and anti-nausea medication. i had to go pick it up. the doctor became upset when he found out i was walking to the pharmacy because it was 100 degrees outside...but no choice (the car was in the repair shop!).
on my way out i saw one of my neighbors and asked her of she would take me to the shopping center. she said yes and off we went.
before i left the house i called david and he called christine and she left work and decided to meet me at the pharmacy...surprise. she then drove me home and popped in to see neal.

neal took both medications and the doctor called back around 1 1/2 hours later to see how neal was doing. the pain and nausea were worse. the doctor said he would come, from his home, and meet us at his office.

i called david and he came over. neal could hardly walk to the car and had to lean on david and stop constantly. at one point we had to stop driving, go into a shopping mall parking place, because neal though he would throw up.

we finally made it to the doctor and he took the pressure in neal's right eye. it was 150% higher than the left eye! it was a dangerous glaucoma situation. the doctor said if it didn't go down and continued it could cause permanent damage to the optic nerve.

he worked with neal, giving him drops, measuring, waiting, doing it again and again and again and again until the pressure dropped to within normal.

the doctor said that the pressure could rise again and neal could be on the drops for who knows how long.

as david put was like his eye ball was going to explode!

we were there for 2 1/2 hours.

the doctor said to call him before neal goes to sleep and let him know how he is doing. and if the pain/nausea return, to call immediately, even if it was three in the morning, and he would see neal.

neal will see the doctor tomorrow at 10:15 am. david will take us there.

this is a great doctor!!!! and neal was a real trouper going through all of this. the change in his mood and appearance was remarkable once the pressure went down.

what a day!!!!!


david drove us to the eye doctor. we had the extra added pleasure of helena coming along as christine was doing an art/textile lecture in washington, d.c. with a friend.

the pressure in neal's eye has returned to almost normal. in part that is because he is using eye drops to control the pressure. the doctor said that this glaucoma condition was brought on by the psuedo exfoliation syndrome that neal has (think of it is drandruff in his eye. flakes of the lens come off. ugh!).
we do not know if this glaucoma will continue forever or will abate. probably forever. but will he need to use eye drops forever? we do not know an

Grumichama Flowers Out Today on My Fruit Tree

Grumichama Flowers Out Today on My Fruit Tree

I took these flowers today of my fruit trees that are flowering. They are tropical fruits so the names may not be familiar to some people.

The FIRST is the Grumichama. It is in full flower today and also tomorrow. The fruit is lovely. A bit like black cherries with a slight wood taste. There is also a yellow variety. The perfume is very distinctive and I just can't describe it. This morning there were a lot of bees visiting, both honey bee and native bee. Underneath there is some information I put with a grumichama flower on Flickr 20 months ago. This info came from an American source.

This is a small shrub-like tree that is a tropical fruit originally from the Amazon. A few times a year it breaks out in these magfnificent white flowers with a musky distinctive smell. The fruit is similar to a black cherry, but delicate and sweet.

An often admired but still very minor fruiting member of the Myrtaceae, the grumichama, Eugenia brasiliensis Lam. (syn. E. dombeyi Skeels), is also called grumixama, grumichameira, or grumixameira in Brazil, and sometimes Brazil cherry elsewhere.

Grumichama -- The grumichama (Eugenia brasiliensis) is more cherry-like than many so-called "cherries" but handicapped by small size, apical sepals and large seeds.

Description -- The highly ornamental tree is slender, erect, usually to 25 or 35 ft (7.5-10.5 m) high, short-trunked and heavily foliaged with opposite, oblong-oval leaves 3 1/2 to 5 in (9-16 cm) long, 2 3/8 in (5-6 cm) wide, with recurved margin; glossy, thick, leathery, and minutely pitted on both surfaces. They persist for 2 years. New shoots are rosy. The flowers, borne singly in the leaf axils, are 1 in (2.5 cm) wide; have 4 green sepals and 4 white petals, and about 100 white stamens with pale-yellow anthers. The long-stalked fruit is oblate, 1/2 to 3/4 in (1.25-2 cm) wide; turns from green to bright-red and finally dark-purple to nearly black as it ripens, and bears the persistent, purple- or red-tinted sepals, to 1/2 in (1.25 cm) long, at its apex. The skin is thin, firm and exudes dark-red juice. The red or white pulp is juicy and tastes much like a true subacid or sweet cherry except for a touch of aromatic resin. There may be 1 more or less round, or 2 to 3 hemispherical, hard, light-tan or greenish-gray seeds to 1/2 in (1.25 cm) wide and half as thick.

Origin and Distribution -- he grumichama is native and wild in coastal southern Brazil, especially in the states of Parana and Santa Catarina. It is cultivated in and around Rio de Janeiro, also in Paraguay. A specimen was growing in Hope Gardens, Jamaica, in 1880 and a tree was planted in the Botanical Gardens, Singapore, in 1888, fruited in 1903. It has long since vanished from both of these locations. An attempt to grow it in the Philippines in the early 1920's did not meet with success. Neither did a trial in Israel. An early introduction, perhaps by Don Francisco de Paula Marin in 1791, was made in Hawaii and the tree was adopted into numerous local gardens.

The United States Department of Agriculture received seeds from Mauritius in 1911 (S.P.I. #30040); plants and seeds from Bahia, Brazil, in 1914 (S.P.I. #36968), and more seeds from Mauritius in 1922 (S.P.I. #54797). Plants were set out at the Plant Introduction Station in Miami and prospered. Other plantings were made in California where it seemed even better adapted but has apparently disappeared. The United States Department of Agriculture raised seedlings at Puerto Arturo, Honduras, and transferred some plants to the Lancetilla Experimental Garden at Tela in 1926. They flourished there and flowered and fruited well.

Over the years there have been mild efforts to encourage interest in the virtues of the grumichama in Florida, mainly because of the beauty and hardiness of the tree and the pleasant flavor of the fruit but the sepals are a nuisance and there is too little flesh in proportion to seed for the fruit to be taken seriously.

Climate -- The grumichama is subtropical, surviving temperatures of 26? F (-3.33? C) in Brazil. It is better suited to Palm Beach than to southern Florida. In Hawaii, the tree fruits best from sea-level to an altitude of no more than 300 ft (90 m).

Culture -- The grumichama is of slow growth when young unless raised in a mixture of peat moss and sand and then given a thick layer of peat moss around the roots when setting out, and kept heavily fertilized. In Hawaii, it has taken 7 years to reach 7 ft. Fruiting begins when the plants are 4 to 5 years old.

Season -- The tree is regarded as remarkable for the short period from flowering to fruiting. In Florida, it has been in full bloom in late April and loaded with fruits 30 days later. The crop ripens quickly over just a few days. In Hawaii, the trees bloom and fruit from July to December, with the main crop in the fall. Trees in Brazil vary considerably in time of flowering and fruiting so that the overall season extends from November to February.

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