Our rig crew changes every 7 days and Wednesday was ‘crew change day’. Michael had quite a few guys coming in from their days off throughout the night. I believe that shifts run from 5:30 to 5:30 so guys were arriving up til that point and then others started leaving shortly thereafter to start their days off.
Then it was fairly quiet until about 7:30 am when the various crews came in to start their workday. Traffic flowed smoothly throughout the day. About mid afternoon we received the first 2 sand trucks! In all we received 28 sand trucks to fill the sand castles and 3 other storage tanks so that everything was full and ready for the frac to begin this morning.
Late Wednesday morning we had 23+ visitors from the oil company, many of whom where from Norway. They arrived in a small bus and several smaller vehicles. The visited both the rig and the frac site and were here just under 2 hours.
Wednesday afternoon Michael met 4 other gate guard men from around the area for lunch. They met at Aunt Di’s again and sounds like they had a good time sharing their experiences. I find it funny that all of us women had to almost twist these guys arms to go to the luncheons but they are gone far longer than we are when we go! I’m glad that they’re enjoying themselves though!
Our crane operators, Javier & Tony, brought us each a piece of cheesecake from their favorite Mexican restaurant in Kenedy the other day and we finally got a chance to try it last night. It’s probably some of the best cheesecake we’ve ever eaten…wow! We each just ate 1/2 of our slice so that we could enjoy some more this evening!
Our blessings continue to overflow. Beside the cheesecake we’ve also had brownies, pens, chocolate, mango juice and pork cracklins dropped off in the last few days. The pork cracklins are real pork…and are awesome. I’m not a pork rind/cracklins fan but these are good stuff. Michael is a fan…but doesn’t care for these as they’re too real for him! The mango juice was from one of our first sand truck drivers and was a big surprise.
Our son, Zack, drove from his home in Vancouver, Washington to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio (2000+ miles) to attend the Captain’s Career Course for the next 2 months. We’re thankful that he made the long trek safely and that we now have a child less than 80 miles away from us! He’s hoping to come and visit us Saturday afternoon for a few hours and I can’t wait!
We finally got our NuWave cooktops and cookware yesterday. They’d been at the office in Whitsett and we just had to find the time to get over there and get them…which Michael did yesterday. No big gourmet meals made using them yet..just some reheated chicken & dumplings last night and Michael made french toast this morning. With that little bit of use I can already tell I’m gonna like ’em. They seem easy to use, easy to clean and heat up nicely.
Thursday morning shortly after I woke up I noticed that the gate was sticking up in the air. I thought someone had moved it out of the way as it can be a tight fit for some of these big trucks. After I went on duty and it started lightening up some more I realized that the gate had actually been run over and was pretty mangled. Michael didn’t see or hear anything so we don’t know who did it or when. However, I was able to narrow it down to 8 or so drivers and our frac safety guy is doing some investigating.
In the meantime, the rig company man and safety guy came over with a forklift and removed the gate as it was a bit dangerous to leave it sit there. A big wind or a big jostle of the cattle guard coulda knocked it over and onto a vehicle going through the gate. The rig has a welder and they will get the gate straightened out, welded together and put back into place.
The rig is done drilling and is now inserting casing into the well. When that is done they will fill around the outside of the casing with cement. We had 4 trucks hauling cement bins arrive yesterday and then we received 10 trucks with cement. (Michael was pretty busy last night!) Still sounds like the rig will move out Monday or Tuesday.