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Lent Laden Dreams?

Last night I dreamed I was in a horseshoe shaped football stadium where Notre Dame and Alabama were playing.  The open end of the stadium included a tee box for one of the holes of the adjoining golf course.  Joe Paterno showed up, made his way down the sideline to the tee box wearing light khaki pants and a light yellow (very Easter colored) sweater.  He hit three balls, all going into the water hazard directly in front of the tee box. 

I'm not sure what to make of this. However, seeing as it included Notre Dame and questionable moral compasses, I'm thinking it might have to do with Lent and guilt and all of the normal Catholic wrongs I must be committing.  But really I'd like to think, also regarding Lent, since Alabama (Crimson Tide, the band Alabama) was involved is that it is saying don't give up drinking (for Lent) and go have a Crimson Tide (vodka and pomegranate juice).  Then get in my truck with one arm on the wheel, holdin' my lover with the other  - and go - make a little lovin', a little turtle dovin' - and find some - whitetail buck deer munchin' on clover...

Looks like I'm getting worse?

Sooooo, I thought I would be getting better at this blogging but I am failing miserably!  As I have said before, I will try to be better...but I'm not sure anyone reads this anyway?  I'll browse the old laptop for a pic to include towards the end.  Let's see, what have I been up to since my last blog entry?  A quick check of the page, my last blog entry was NOVEMBER!  Oh my goodness folks, that was a WHILE ago.  Ok, so let's start back in November and get this blogosphere up to speed!

Addressing things mentioned in my last blog - We finished the house a week before the desired deadline!  It looks great and it was a lot of work, but very rewarding.  And, I have to give you a warning, American Family Insurance is TERRIBLE to deal with.  It was the end of August before they let us start rebuilding (house burned in April), and it is now over a year and they still have not settled on the claim and owe my cousin tens of thousands of dollars...it is a crime how slowly and unsympathetic they are!  Stay away from them, or if you have a policy, think about changing to another provider.  You have been warned!

After the construction was over, it was time to focus on some hunting!  I had a successful bow hunting season, late in the year.  As I like to say, it was the best sick day of my life!  I wasn't feeling well and stayed home from work one day the first week of December.  By noon was I going pretty stir-crazy, and was feeling a little better, so I decided to head to the closest wildlife management area I could hunt from my place in the cities.  I was in the woods about 20 minutes, creeping along when I had to cough (I was sick remember), I stop and tried to muffle my cough as best I could.  As soon as I coughed though a buck instantly stood up about 30 yards from me up on the side of the ridge.  I was busted, standing there like a statue, he was looking right at me.  He had been bedded down behind a blow-down tree and I hadn't seen him.  As he stared at me for what seemed like an eternity, a dog barked and someone yelled to it somewhere on the other side of the ridge.  The buck turned his head to look towards the noise, and before I could think about it I had drawn and let my arrow fly - I nailed him.  I couldn't believe it, biggest buck of my life!  It was one of the luckiest days of my life, yay for me and my intestinal fortitude to get out in the woods when I wasn't feeling well, and yay for that barking dog!  Like I said, best sick day of my life!  This will also be my first mount...still waiting to get him back from the taxidermist.  Here are a couple of pics!




Work has been fairly busy still, although we are definitely feeling the effects of the recession I guess, as most businesses are as well.  I have been troubled with carpal tunnel for years, and I finally couldn't take it anymore, I couldn't pull my bow back enough to practice properly, and after shooting that buck I decided I couldn't wait any longer, bow hunting means too much to me.  I had surgery on both hands, one in April and one in May.  Recovery has been slow since I had them done close together and have been over using them.  I needed to get them done so they could start healing before I had to start haying at the end of June though, so I'm not sorry for doing them close together...mother nature waits for no one!  I've started to look for new work, after finishing my MBA, the university fell through on their promise to give me a raise, very disappointing as I have been totally faithful and not looked for other work.  So who knows what my future holds, but hopefully something new and a bit more financially rewarding!

Part of my desire for new work and a new salary is to fund a trip to Europe, I have a good friend there who has been patiently waiting for me to visit for over 10 years, but with commitments to the military and work and school full time, I never had the time.  Now that I am done with my military service and school, I just need some funds to make this happen. It is an exciting dream that I hope to finally come true!  Put that on the "goal list!"

I've been slacking in the photo category and that has been driving me nuts!  I need to get out there and start shooting more!  I had my 1940s Eumig out to the cemetery on Memorial Day while I was visiting my grandfather's grave and took some shots with it there.  I get them back this week and am hoping that some of them turned out nicely.  Here is a shot I took with my Nikon D80:


With summer just beginning here in Minnesota, I'm trying to make getting out and doing some photographing a priority.  I did catch some photos of a few things recently.  I had a Western Tanager outside my window at work that I got a couple of shots of, he was way out of his normal range!  Here is a collage of the shots I got of him.

 
Other big news to mention...My cousin Ben finished his Air Force training, got married, and was stationed in Hawaii!  What a lucky young man, very proud of him!  We had a successful MS Walk in Duluth in May, didn't raise as much money as last year...blame the economy again??  I introduced another cousin to Beekeeping, so we have our 3rd beekeeper in the family now!  That is super exciting for me, and his bees are doing very well - happy happy times there!

I'll think I will close for now, as I am at happy hour @OlMexico (Twitter - twitter.com/OlMexico ) in Roseville MN and it is bar bingo night, which is about to start!  Check them out on Foursquare for their location - I am of course the Mayor!  Every Tuesday, come on down foursquare.com/venue/23358 ! Feel free to leave a comment here, or follow me on Twitter (@Wybi), add me on Foursquare so you can properly keep track of my every move (Wybi)! Or drop me an email - wybierala@gmail.com - hopefully I'll be a bit more timely in replying than I am at keeping up with this blog! :o)

So bad at this blogging thing...

Ugh, where has Summer and Fall gone?  It is almost winter!  Once again I have failed to be a good blogger, and I am failing at Twitter as well...I just don't think about it or don't have time to log in and post.  I thought finishing school would help free me up to be a better blogger but it hasn't happened yet and I finished school in August!

I have been busy since August helping my cousin rebuild his house after finally getting the go ahead from his insurance company (it burned in April!).  We completely gutted the entire house down to the studs, and rebuilt it in 7 weeks, moving him in a week ahead of his goal of November 1st.  We are still working on the finishing details, but it is 95% done and looks great.  I'm happy that we finished up in time for the hunting opener as we haven't had time to get out with our bows the last two months and our bear tags went to waste as well.

Work has been busy, and I have been out of the office supporting the college's off-site events for two days in each of the last two weeks.  It is a nice change of pace, and things have been going well.  I'm happy to be back in the office for the full week next week to finish up some projects there though, always a long list of things to do.

I hope everyone this finds everyone well and that the upcoming holidays will be happy for all (assuming I won't get another post up here for months again).  I'll try to post more often!

Where has Summer gone??

Hello everyone!

I apologize for my lack of blog postings this summer, it has been pretty hectic for me and I can't believe that it is almost over already!  I have had class 3 nights a week to finish up my MBA, so I haven't had a summer at all.  I have one week left and then I am done, pretty excited about that!

I started to wonder what I would be doing in all my "free time" but then realized that the MN State Fair is just around the corner, and I have signed up for 25 entries this year...so much for that free time!  I extracted about 80 pounds of honey a couple weekends ago to try and get a jump on my entries, but I haven't been able to do anything else since.  This weekend I'll be making peach-honey jam and start testing out some bread and cookie recipes as well (hopefully).  I was out taking some photos before work on Sunday as I hadn't been out getting any bee pictures yet this summer either.

Thanks for stopping by!  Come on out to the fair starting August 27th this year!

Michael
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New site, New pics!

Here it is, supposedly spring, but it snowed this morning!  All this gloom had me needing something green and alive, so I headed to Como Conservatory yesterday for about an hour to get some photos and to cheer me up some.  Check out the 'site' or 'photo' pages for some of what I took!

As always this site is a work in progress, with classes starting up again today for me, it will most likely be slow going!  Let me know what you think as a comment here or an email or twitter.

Hoping spring comes soon, for real this time.

Michael


Popping the Wy-Buzz Blog Cherry!

Greetings and Welcome to the Wy-Buzz Blog!



If you are reading this blog, chances are you might already know me, and if not I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Michael Wybierala, and I spend my days in either St. Paul or Bruno, MN. 
I have many interests and hobbies, and they keep me very busy!  I enjoy photography and try to do that as much as possible - check out my link to my Flickr albums on my social page - I will also be sharing photos here on the blog, so check back often!  I am also a beekeeper, and I do love bees...especially mine!  I also like to get out to the country as much as possible and love getting out in the woods or getting on the tractor - if I was a farmer I would be a very happy man!

I hope to be a good blogger and make frequent updates, so check back soon and often!  You can also check out my Twitter - @Wybi - and if you don't know what that means, check it out at www.twitter.com!


Hope to see, chat, text, or twitter you soon!

Michael

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