I made the trek into Kenedy to pick up some groceries, make a few phone calls and stop at the UPS store to give them our email address rather than our phone number since our phones don’t work here. (We had a few packages sent there so it was closer for us to pick up) It’s about a 18 miles one way so while I was in town I picked up one of Michael’s favorite treats…donuts from the Donut Palace.
Traffic was steady today…but nothing crazy. Unfortunately, there’s a hold up with sand (needed in order to frac) as there seems to be a shortage of sand truck drivers (not sand as previously stated). The frac was slated to start tomorrow but looks more like Friday at this point. Keep your fingers crossed…although the longer it takes the more job security we have! Shhh…don’t tell the oil company I said that.
I was talking with one of the supervisors with the frac company today, telling how much we were enjoying being so close tot he rig and being able to see what’s going on and that I’d never seen the sand castles standing on end before. (sand castles hold the frac sand and I believe moves it into the well) He said, ‘Just let me know and I’ll take you around and show you everything’. So hopefully, one day this week while it’s slow Mike and I will take turns and he’ll show us around the frac site. I’m really excited and think it will be AWESOME!
The dust has been pretty manageable for quite a while. I guess the rain we received helped. However, yesterday we had 2 trucks hauling gravel, driving like madmen up and down the county road throwing dust everywhere. Then today it was super windy again, which kicked up quite a bit of dust too. By the end of the day I felt super yucky, dust in my hair, all over my face, arms, feet and couldn’t wait to hop in the shower. It wasn’t just me that was full of dust…the inside of the house needs a good once (or twice) over too!
I’ve mentioned before how wonderful many of the guys we’ve met here in the oil patch before…and you’ll hear it over and over again. Michael asked the rig company man if he could ‘hook him up’ with a StatOil hat last night and this morning one of the crew brought a hat over along with a set up binoculars in a little pouch. The pouch also contained a Swiss Army-like knife, carabiner with compass and a bunch of key chains with the oil company logo.
Then a good friend came back from his 2 weeks off bearing gifts as well. I’d asked him a few days ago if he could find a StatOil hat for Michael (unbeknownst to Michael) and he brought one today! Now we each have one…and mine even has a pink logo! He also brought homemade cabbage soup & kumquat marmalade….can’t wait to try both!
We have been so blessed in this life and now to be able to work with such an awesome group of guys and befriend one that will surely become a forever friend is just more than we could have hoped for with this experience.