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
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