A Mini Vacation?

Posted by on December 1, 2015
Our sweet grandbabies lined up from smallest to tallest - there is just 2 1/2 years between the oldest and youngest in this picture.

Our sweet grandbabies lined up from smallest to tallest – there is just 2 1/2 years between the oldest and youngest in this picture.

Most everyone said, ‘See you on Monday’ as they left for day on Wednesday!  It looked like we might have a very quiet 4 day weekend as even our two company men went home for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Thursday 11/26

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving with a very non-traditional dinner of  steak, shrimp, two-toned baked potatoes, fresh green beans and asparagus with pumpkin pie and chocolate cake for dessert.

We had just 16 vehicles in…which was wonderful!

Friday 11/27

The flare stack on our pad as seen from our neighboring gate guards gate.

The flare stack on our pad as seen from our neighboring gate guards gate.

Friday was quiet too but we did have a few vehicles other than oil or water trucks come in.  The Heater Treater came in again to warm up the oil enough so that the water would ‘fall off’ and provide good loads for the oil trucks to haul off.

Raul came in quickly and topped off diesel in our light set and before we knew it he was on his way again.

Rain started in the late evening – nothing much more than a mist but it continued throughout most of the night.

21 vehicles in…woohoo!

Saturday 11/28

It rained/or misted off and on throughout the day.  Which was nice in the sense that it knocked down the dust but then again….it provided for yucky muddy roads.

The trucks coming from the south (the horribly bad 2 mile stretch) were once again coming in with mud covered license plates or if they were really lucky…their entire trucks were covered in mud!

We keep a spray bottle of water on our ‘stop’ sign so that we can easily spray off the license plate so that we are able to read it and enter it into the tablet for logging purposes.

17 vehicles in…Yes!

Sunday 11/29

Oil seems to be flowly better now...as easily seen by the back up of oil trucks ready to pick up a load

Oil seems to be flowly better now…as easily seen by the back up of oil trucks ready to pick up a load

We had a little rain in the morning.  Thankfully, there is none in the forecast for a while so hopefully it will dry up somewhat now….but not too much as I took advantage of the moist conditions and I dusted and washed the floors as they were getting pretty dusty again.  Thankfully the majority of the dust is contained to the area right around the door and lessens the further away you get from the door so the bedroom doesn’t get hit bad at all.

I tried a new recipe for dinner today….Easy Pepper Steak.  I’ve made pepper steak in the past but the recipe was kind of involved.  This recipe is super easy and just as tasty…give it a shot!

17 vehicles in….oh yeah!

Monday 11/30

Busy getting the 'mountains' mowed down.

Busy getting the ‘mountains’ mowed down.

Our mini vacation is over.  Besides the normal oil and water trucks we always see Ryan was back in to work with bulldozer on leveling out the 2 mountains of sand/caliche and the two swabbing unit guys were back to continue working on the wells.  Then of course, since the Operations Manager was back he was in and out all day and so were all the people who come in to see him.

We had 42 vehicles in and that will just rise now as the week goes on and everyone realizes that the 2 company guys are back in residence.

Since we’re used to completion jobs (fracs are us!) the slower pace of this gate has us sometimes looking for things to do.  We’ve been spending time watching lots of Christmas movies and playing Facebook games.  We’re having no problem keeping our DVR cleaned up as we sometimes do while gate guarding. I think I’ll be challenging Michael to a cribbage tournament soon!

 

 

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