Storms, Storms, Rain and Sunshine!

Posted by on April 21, 2015

Thursday 4/16

We had a pretty good storm blow through in the afternoon but it only lasted about 10 minutes.  The last crack of lightning knocked out our power.  I couldn’t figure out how to open the power box to flip the breaker back on but shortly after the guys in the park with us came home (they’d gotten rained out) and showed me how to open it.  We got the breaker flipped back on and we were good to go again.

Pre-cooking some sausage patties, links and jalapeno & cheddar Opa's to make my mornings a little easier!

Pre-cooking some sausage patties, links and jalapeno & cheddar Opa’s to make my mornings a little easier!

I’ve found it easier to cook up some foods and then store them in the freezer until needed while we’re doing this 12 hour shack gig.  5:00 am is just way too early to be making breakfast and to have it ready by the time that Michael leaves at 5:40ish.

Friday 4/17

A little dark for 3:00 in the afternoon!

A little dark for 3:00 in the afternoon!

More storms again today!  Stormed in the afternoon pretty good….enough that I brought the off-door slide in and did a little pacing.  It stopped in time for Michael to come home but started again about 7:30 pm.  Brought the slide back in and left it in for the remainder of the night.

Mr. Roadrunner was back in the morning.  This time he decided to take it to the next level!

Mr. Roadrunner was back in the morning. This time he decided to take it to the next level!

The storms were bad enough that 2 oil service facilities in the area were hit by lightning and exploded and/or caught on fire.  One was just 3 miles from Karnes City and the other just 8 miles northwest of Nordheim.  No injuries at either place, thank goodness.

With all of the recent rain there were 2 areas in the road between the shack and home that are covered in water.  No problem for us with the big hippy truck though.

Saturday 4/18 

Hard to see the rig for the fog!

Hard to see the rig for the fog!

I worked for Michael so that he could have some down time.  He drove me to work as he had a couple of errands to run later in the day.  It was super foggy until mid morning…so much so that we couldn’t see the rig lights as we drove down the road.

Turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day!

Turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day!

It stayed overcast most of the day.  I got a little bit of rain and thunder but nothing to worry about.  The sun finally came out in the late afternoon, which was a real treat!

Michael picked up Subway sandwiches for lunch and stayed at the shack with me while we enjoyed lunch together….a special treat these days.

It was my slowest day so far with just 39 vehicles…very nice.

Sunday 4/19

Michael was back to work and it ended up being the slowest day he’s experienced in a while with right around 40 vehicles.

Monday 4/20

Fred (in the front) on the alert while Gingers rests

Fred (in the front) on the alert while Ginger rests

I worked again as Michael had a 8:00 am phone call that he was expecting but ended up missing it and it’s rescheduled for next week now.

Ginger gettin' comfy...no budging her even when I had to go up and down the steps...

Ginger gettin’ comfy…no budging her even when I had to go up and down the steps…

We were met on the road to rig by ‘Fred & Ginger’ as Michael drove me to the shack this morning.  They ran in front of the truck almost all the way to the gate before falling behind.  They arrived shortly after we did and pretty much hung around all day.  They love the treats that we keep for them and love any attention we lavish on them.  They’re just so darn sweet.

It was a chilly 60 degrees and windy this morning.  Although my friends and family in Wisconsin, New York & Utah will think I’m crazy for that as they’d all be wearing shorts and short sleeves.  The sun shone all day long and we got a high of about 72.  After all the recent rain and overcast days it was wonderful!

Definitely worth another visit

Definitely worth another visit

After Michael picked me up from the shack we headed to Yorktown for dinner.  We decided to try Angelica’s Mexican Restaurant.  The place isn’t much to look at so I was a bit apprehensive but we pressed on and ordered.  We both ordered the #2 – 2 enchiladas and 1 puffy taco with beans & rice (minus the beans for me).  Neither of us are real fond of enchilada sauce so we normally order a queso sauce instead of the enchilada sauce….this time we forgot.  After realizing our error I had the waitress add a side of queso.

Our meals arrived and we were both very surprised that everything was really good.  Then enchilada sauce was very mild and quite tasty.  Coupled with some of the queso it was even better!  In other words we’ll go back…Cinco de Mayo is coming up you know!

Couldn't resist sharing another pic of my guard dogs.  They're so sweet!

Couldn’t resist sharing another pic of my guard dogs. They’re so sweet!

I think that I forgot to mention that our youngest son, Dan, and his family are moving back to Wisconsin from Long Island, New York.  They’ve been living there for almost 7 years (they were just babes of 18 & 19 when they moved there!) and miss being near family and friends.

They are currently working on getting all the specifics together to have a home built in Verona (a Madison suburb).  The hope is for them to be back in Wisconsin mid-July or so and for the house to be completed the end of September/beginning of October….exactly when the new baby is due to arrive!

With them back in Wisconsin we’ll probably find ourselves spending more time back there as well…  Now if we could just get Zack and Kelsea stationed in Texas we’d have our summer and winter destinations all set!

 

 

 

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