Riggin’ Up & Heatin’ Up

Posted by on April 27, 2014
Bright orange...

Bright orange…

....and bright yellow.  My camera phone doesn't do them justice

….and bright yellow. My camera phone doesn’t do them justice

On Friday I drove into Floresville to pick up some groceries and was happy to see that the cactus’ were blooming!  Bright yellow or orange blooms peppered the sides of the roads.  They were so pretty I had to stop on the way home and snap a few pictures.

The rig finally went up about 5:00 pm on Friday evening….it sure is a little bitty thing!  We’d talked with some of the drillers and were told that this well will be about 16,500 feet deep, with about 7,000 of that being the horizontal part.  If you’re like me and have very little knowledge of oil wells here’s something I learned.  Wells are not vertical.  They’re kinda ‘L’ shaped.  They drill down vertically and then make a turn and drill horizontally.  Who knew?

The first casing using in the drilling process is much larger than what we saw on our last rig at the end of the process

The first casing used in the drilling process is much larger than what we saw on our last rig at the end of the process

We were due to receive our first load of casing early Saturday morning.  Unfortunately the trucking company must have heard ‘deliver it to Post, Texas’ rather than ‘deliver it to Poth, Texas’.  Post, Texas is roughly 380 miles away from Poth.  Oopsie.  Since the casing is needed to begin the drilling process…drilling didn’t start yesterday as planned.

Finally!  Took about 5 days to get everything here and get the rig up.  Seemed kinda long...

Finally! Took about 5 days to get everything here and get the rig up. Seemed kinda long…

The first load of casing finally made it here about 11:00 pm last night and loads 2-5 followed this morning.  Now that the casing is here I’m assuming that they will ‘spud in’ today at some point.

We have a ‘pack’ of about 8 dogs that like to hang around…or at least they did when we first got here.  They don’t seem to hang around quite as much as they used too…thankfully.  Normally I wouldn’t mind but these dogs belong to the house to the back of us, I think, and are ‘barky’, ‘yappy, ‘dirty’ and just kinda ‘icky’.  I have to admit there is one that really kinda tugs at my heart.  He/she reminds me of an Australian Shepherd and is quite sweet.

The neighbors across the road have a yellow lab that ‘the pack’ doesn’t seem to like so when he comes around and they see it…they’re right here ‘yelling’ at him.  A couple of days ago the owners of the yellow lab stopped by and were looking for him

Loving this cool picture...and I took all by myself!!

Loving this cool picture…and I took it all by myself!!

and thought he might have followed one of the trucks down to the pad.  They ended up driving down to see if they could see him.  Sure enough a few minutes later they came back with him chasing them the whole way.  He’d be sitting down there watching everything going on and was now covered in oil/grease!  They said the he was now going to ‘detention’ aka getting chained up.

We’ve noticed a couple of birds sitting on the fence across from the coach.  This morning I noticed a hole in one of the fence posts and wondered if something lived in the hole.  Sure enough…the female came out of the hole and perched on the fence and we had a great photo session!  Now if I can just get the male, who is a pretty blue, to come back and allow me to take some pictures of him too!

Here's what we look like at night with the rig in the background

Here’s what we look like at night with the rig in the background

The weather is really starting to warm up!  We had a high in the low 90s yesterday and are looking for a high of 100 today, 98 tomorrow and 90 on Tuesday.  Hopefully the forecast is correct as it shows dropping to 82 on Wednesday and 76 on Thursday!  Looks like we will be leaving the oil patch just in time!  Neither of us are fans of temps in the 90s and 100s!

We have just 7 more nights here and are looking forward to leaving the dust behind, no bells ringing and lots and lots of love and hugs from our 4 beautiful grandbabies, Paityn, Alex, Cameron and Ben!

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to Riggin’ Up & Heatin’ Up

  1. Hans

    Aww i will miss you and Michael

    • Kelly

      Believe it or not….we miss you too!! Please make sure you keep in touch!

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