Saturday, August 2, 2014

Life's highs and lows...


Scarlet Macaws fighting for a nesting spot.

I was searching for old blueberry picking posts and Life's highs and lows with the only label of Costa Rica popped up.  O.K. blogger.  I'll bite.  What could picking blueberries and Costa Rica possibly have in common.  Well, blogger knew more than I did.  You'd have to read my former post below for the rest of the story.  My funny highs and lows post.  At least it was amusing to me.  Like a time capsule.  Or diary.

I thought retrofitting this post was timely because we are picking blueberries at Cain's Orchard next weekend.  Click here to pick some blueberries virtually there. And we just booked a return trip to Osa!!!!  The rustic and beautiful peninsula of Costa Rica down by the border of Panama. And the best part is we'll be seeing these beautiful critters again. Except this time I'll be armed with a 30 + zoom instead of only a 10.  Scarlet Macaws.  Get ready for your close up


Now for some highs and lows...


High tide
Low tide
Osa Penninsula, Costa Rica

Last week's Highs...(2 years ago anyway)

1) We picked two ice cream pails of big blueberries at the postcard pretty Cain's Orchard.  Antioxidants!

2) I discovered the smallest and most perfect of feathers on the scenic Foundation Trail in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

3) I was juried into Art Perchance at the MIA for the 3rd year in a row! I dropped off my framed print, Cat on a Blue Stairway at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts last Monday.  And they are actually going to hang it up.  

4) I made my first recipe from Pinterest.  Pretzels, chocolate chips, pecans and caramel.  How bad could it be?

5) I unveiled my new website and book on my blog.  Yay!  And my blog followers left lots of nice comments.  Thank you!

6) My husband and I split our first triple deluxe burger at Culvers.  It was a burger moment made in heaven.

7) We were gone for the weekend and didn't discover any cat puke when we got home.  Double yay!

8) We were among the last people to leave the party at our National Night Out event last week.  

9) And speaking of partying we stopped at the Sand Creek Brewery and discovered they made a Doppel Bock out of their Wild Ride IPA.  Whoo Hoo!

10) I actually got something in the mail.  My friend Christina's book!

Last Week's lows...

1) I somehow had to find room in the fridge for two huge pails of blueberries.

2) The feather I found won't help me fly.  Although I could hold it and take a flying leap to the couch.

3) The print I dropped off at the MIA will be given away at a fundraising event.  I'll walk away with empty pockets.  Again.

4) I made the recipe right before we left town and it was too gooey to cut.  I still haven't had any!!!!!!!

5) I posted the news about my new book and website on facehole and didn't get one comment.  I suddenly feel the need to change my status to loser.  And change my profile shot to one of me holding my hand over my forehead in the shape of an L.  Plus, none of my friends came to my MIA event.  Again.  Double L.

6)  The burger is no longer in my stomach.  Just on it.

7) The cats were still here when we got home.  Just joking.  Maybe.

8) Our new block leader fell and sprained his ankle and wrist at our block party!  He didn't have any fun at the event he organized.

9) My husband didn't want to sample the Doppel Bock at the tap room last weekend.  He was not feeling wild enough.  For shame. (but we did bring some home)

10) I'm still waiting by the mailbox...

Well, I'm still waiting by the mailbox.  For what I don't know. What were your highs and lows this week? 

P.S.

11) I have another low to add.  My cousin Debbie just told me that Cain's has a bad blueberry crop this year and won't be open next weekend!




35 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

Yin and yang, that's all...
I usually find the cat hurl by stepping in it! Not good. I'm glad to hear that you at least "split" the triple burger!

Mary said...

Fun week. Note to self:try Culvers burger. Hahahahaaaaa. Heaven ok

Sprite said...

Congratulations on the Art Perchance selection, Sharon!! And for all the happy things that you've mentioned!!!

As for the rest...well.. there is more good stuff just around the corner!

:)
Amy

Christina Rodriguez said...

Yay for those highs, boo for those lows! Thanks again for purchasing the book, and I'm glad you liked it!

Last week's highs for me included dogsitting a particularly wonderful pup, hosting a guest and some pretty awesome outdoors time. Lows included Mystery Allergic Reaction, and (Non)Fun with Antibiotics.

TexWisGirl said...

the ice cream buckets o' berries brought back berry picking memories from my youth. thanks! :)

Nancy Claeys said...

Love how this post is composed, Sharon -- very crafty. :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Yeaaaa for the berries- I love them too.
love
tweedles

Linda Hensley said...

I smiled all the way through both your highs and lows for the week. It's all a matter of perspective, right? :)

The Chair Speaks said...

Congrats on the Art Perchance selection.
We look forward to your painting of the smallest and most perfect of feathers you discovered on the scenic Foundation Trail, if you are going to paint it. :)

Au and Target said...

It souns heaven, even without your husband sharing the fun

Joreina Blanco said...

Very creative, Ms. Sharon :))

DJan said...

I've been too busy to visit your new site yet, Sharon, but I will, I will! I always love to visit you. Even your downs are very UP to me! :-)

Donald Urness said...

Ah yes the world of art. One minute you can be on top of the world and the next minute it's on top of you. Enjoying the ride is all you can do.

eileeninmd said...

Sharon, the Scarlet Macaws are awesome birds. Now, you have me wanting to book a trip to Costa Rica too! The berries sound wonderful, the birds in my yard are picking our blueberries before we can get to them. Wonderful post.. thank you for linking up, have a happy weekend!

Marie said...

VERY interesting highs and lows...I had not heard of this meme before! What I loved learning is that you paint (your art print chosen to give away at a fundraiser is HUGE though I know you would like to earn some moola for your work! Been there, done that!) and that you write! I checked out your book on your sidebar and it looks wonderful! We don't often take the time to look at people's sidebars and we should! I know your lows are there making the most noise right now, but I hope your highs will out-shout them soon!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous macaws! How wonderful that you're going back.

DJan said...

Oh yay! Oh bummer! Oh yay! Oh bummer.... and I could go on and on. Are you getting that Canon SX700? I'm gonna get it as soon as I can afford it without putting it on my credit card. :-)

Margaret Adamson said...

I enjoyed reading about your highs and lows. Have a great weekend.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Those are some highs and lows! Love those parrots.

TexWisGirl said...

wow, they are just amazing, up and down that tree!

Rajesh said...

Wow! lovely and colorful flowers all in one tree.

carol l mckenna said...

Great photos ~ love the creative and colorful birds and lovely tree texture ~ thanks, xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Maggid said...

Oh, what a marvelous post - AND - a tree full of Macaws . . just like that - you found this in real life . . not in a movie . . . Brilliant!!!

Linda Hensley said...

Yay for you to get to go on another trip. I'm sure the photos will be tremendous. In the world of highs and lows, it seems like life has been treating you pretty nicely. Maybe I should try to remember that for myself too when I think about people making me nuts?

EG CameraGirl said...

Not a bad week overall, methinks. Those birds are wonderfully colourful!

Marilia Bavaresco said...

Oh my!!! So beautiful colors!

Frank said...

I guess you'll be getting up close and personal with the 30X!
Lovely colourful images Sharon.

I'll be picking lots of Blackberries very soon.

bailey-road.com said...

Love how those colorful macaws are decorating the tree.

Chris Rohrer said...

Scarlet Macaws!!! Epic!!! Beautiful birds to witness in the wild. Thanks for sharing.

janiceadcock said...

Fun post. Love the macaws, blueberries and blackberries!

Roan said...

The macaws are gorgeous!

Arija said...

Look forward to all the wonders of your Macaw shots to come.

Stewart M said...

Nice post - there will never be enough memory cards if I ever get to see macaws!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Lady Lilith said...

They look so full of color.

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Nice post... And was happy to read about your highs and lows, guess i had a lot of catch on, considering i didn't read anything last week as was down with viral. But first and foremost, congratulations on the book and new website... so happy for you :)