The rig has been in the process of moving in since we arrived here on Monday but the majority of it came on Wednesday and Thursday – with each of those days having over 200 vehicles come in and go out.
We aren’t using a tablet here to log the vehicles….we’re back to log sheets which is a pain in the hiney but we’re getting our rhythm back and soon it will be ‘old hat’ again.
The landowner lives here on the property so we see him quite often. He has an 18-year-old daughter who lives with him too and is a senior in high school. She drives by twice away on her way to and from school.
First thing Tuesday morning while I was sitting in the living room I started hearing some strange noises but every time I’d move to go investigate the noise stopped. I kinda thought it was a mouse and later on in the day I found that I was right when I found that a bag of bird seed that was by the door had a hole chewed in it.
Michael set out a couple of mouse traps that evening and within 20 minutes he’d caught himself a mouse! He saw a second one scampering around but the little bugger was quite deft and eating the contents of the trap without getting caught! Until Thursday night, that is! Michael thinks that there is at least 1 more lurking about so we’re not letting our guard down!
I also discovered other creaturely neighbors on Tuesday….Cows! We haven’t had any cows on any of the other 5 gates we’ve worked this ‘season’ so I was pretty darn excited when cows appeared in the field right in front of our door. I’m pretty sure that they belong to our landowner who is in the process of rebuilding his heard. I’ll have to check with him to see if they are his and also to find out what breed they are….I don’t really care…I’m just happy they’re here.
Wednesday morning, trucks hauling parts of the rig really started coming in pretty heavy and we learned that there was a ‘Spud in‘ meeting at noon for anyone that will have anything to do with this drilling job. We had of sales people, vendors, supervisors, work crews, etc all come for the meeting and it seemed like they came in droves…but I guess it probably wasn’t that bad.
They even brought Coyote Catering in to feed the meeting attendees. The caterers had planned to bring us a couple of plates but they ended up having so many more people eat than what they were told would be there they didn’t have anything extra. We’d heard good things about Coyote too…oh well…maybe next time.
Michael was a huge help to me on Wednesday as he offered to take over at noon, rather than the normal 3:00 pm, since it was so busy and he was pretty sure he wouldn’t be very busy on his shift. My hero!
Being at the junction of 4 roads (1 paved) it had been pretty darn dusty. I’d dusted the house on Sunday but by Wednesday you would never have known it and would have thought it had been months. A gate guard’s favorite vehicle came by on Wednesday morning….a water truck! This guy was awesome and made several passes down the road giving it a good watering.
We’re hearing that the plan is to ‘Spud in’ on Saturday (tomorrow) and with roughly 10 to 14 days to drill a well they should be drilling for the next 60 days or so.
It’s pretty dark out here at night and the little light sets that GGS provides don’t really give off the best light so I asked the field supervisor if we could have a light tower on Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon one was delivered. It never hurts to ask….all they can say is ‘no’. It’s funny how excited one can get with the delivery of a light tower! LOL
Michael wanted to see the derrick come in and he finally got his wish on Thursday afternoon when it finally arrived in about 4 different loads. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any pictures.
I noticed the rig was up early Friday morning. Now we can tell it’s …a sight I really enjoy these day. Although I seeing it lit up at night is much more appealing…in my opinion. Hopefully I can get a picture of it lit up to share with you.
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