Luncheons, A Light, A License & Lots Of Other Stuff

Posted by on April 12, 2014
A few of the ladies...

A few of the ladies…

On Wednesday and Thursday, Michael and I went to luncheons in Yorktown at Aunt Di’s.  We had a nice turn out for the ladies, with 8 attending.  Unfortunately, many of us will be leaving within the next few weeks for the summer.   Then men had just 3 show up but it sounds like they had some really good conversation.  Hopefully, the luncheons will continue through the summer.  If not, I’m sure we’ll just start where we left off.

Ta da!  No excuses for any late night mishaps!

Ta da! No excuses for any late night mishaps!

With the traffic tapering off so nicely Michael has had time to work on a few small projects, one being installing and additional ‘puck light’ under a cabinet in the bathroom that is above the toilet.  It’s a helpful addition for those late night visits!

The light is the same as what we currently have under our kitchen cabinets.  Michael planned to order one from Heartland but our friend, Larry, actually had recently removed his and still had them on hand.  He was good enough to ship 1 to us from Florida.  Thanks, Larry!

He was able to tap into the 12 volt wires in the wall behind the toilet by going through one of the existing light switch holes.  So nice to have such a handy guy around!

Our friends, Sam & Pam...visit whenever they decide the time is right.

Our friends, Sam & Pam…visit whenever they decide the time is right.

Our wandering dog friends showed back up the beginning of this past week.  They visit all the pipeline workers and I even heard that they visit the crews way down on the ‘C’ pad.  They’re such friendly, sweet girls and always ready for a good pet or a pat on the belly.  They’ve gotten where they like to lie on our patio mat and sleep the last couple of days.

On Thursday the crane and it’s crew pulled out.  It was a sad day as they’ve been with us for about 4 weeks and they’re a good couple of guys.  The workover rig also came down…but didn’t pull out until Friday.  Another good crew of guys to work with.  Hopefully, when we come back this fall we’ll see some of them again.

Tony, one of the crane operators, driving the crane out the gate and on to it's next destination

Tony, one of the crane operators, driving the crane out the gate and on to its next destination

While those crews were leaving we also had a new crew arriving for Flow Back.  We had 6 new crew members arrive to join the 2 guys that have been down there for a while.  So now it’s just the company man and an 8 man crew that stay on the pad.  The 8 man crew does 2 twelve-hour shifts.  We’re now hearing that they could be done as soon as a week from now or as long as 3 weeks from now.  Hmmmm….I guess we’ll just wait and see.

The tank battery that currently sits on the pad behind us and will soon be dismantled.

The tank battery that currently sits on the pad behind us and will soon be dismantled.

The pipeline is nearly complete.  They’ve discontinued use of the tank battery that had been used to store oil and will be removing the tanks at some point.  We thought they’d be done on Friday but it didn’t work out that way.  They’ll be back on Monday and should be able to finish up early next week I’d think.

Such interesting markings on this lovely ladies...

Such interesting markings on this lovely ladies…

The cows continue to graze nearby, however, they don’t wander off of the grass and come any closer to us.  I’m not sure what kind of cows they are but they sure have some interesting markings, especially on their faces.

I finally saw a armadillo yesterday on my way into town…unfortunately it was flat as a pancake in the middle of the road.  I shared the picture with my kids and was called a ‘loser’ by my daughter in law.  LOL  I guess she just doesn’t appreciate ‘fine’ art!  So that I don’t get labeled a ‘loser’ by any of our readers I’ve decided not to share my ‘fine’ art with you.  😉

Trying to stay on top of the copious amounts of dust I did a fairly thorough dusting this week – slide tops, counter tops, TVs, chairs, couches, tables, woodwork, window sills, etc.  When we leave we’ll still have dusting to do but it shouldn’t be nearly as bad.  I will, however, have to take everything out of cabinets and dust as it really needs it.  It was a good day for housework as I also got some sweeping done and the clothes washed.

Pretty weird that there is no picture on the license...but I guess it only has a picture if you have a TX drivers license

Pretty weird that there is no picture on the license…but I guess it only has a picture if you have a TX drivers license

We got mail delivered straight to our door yesterday afternoon!  It was my Texas Non-Commissioned Security Officer license.  It had been forwarded to us by the Gate Guard office in Corpus

This mornings flare stack blazing away...it burned most of the day

This mornings flare stack blazing away…it burned most of the day

Christi.  Unfortunately, only mine was ready but not Michael’s.  We’ve talked with other gate guards and for some it’s taken 6 months or more for some to get their licenses.  Thankfully, we are still able to work without having the actual license in hand, it just needs to have been applied for.  So…now I’m official….but Michael’s not!

We woke Saturday morning to find a big flame burning on the flare stack down on ‘C’ pad….don’t know why…but I like seeing a flare stack burning.  LOL

Since the pipeline crew doesn’t work on the weekend it makes for a nice and quiet day for us!  The biggest events of the day were that our elderly neighbor stopped by to chat again and the trailer ‘house’ for the workover rig moved out today and on to its next destination.

 

 

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