Repairs, A New Friend, Rig Move, Gifts & A Crash

Posted by on March 18, 2016
AC was out of the ceiling for a matter of minutes before the new was installed

AC was out of the ceiling for a matter of minutes before the new was installed

Monday GoRV was here to replace our bedroom air conditioner. They’d been out a couple of weeks ago on sort of a ‘wellness’ visit and noted a few issues that needed attention and then worked with our extended warranty company to get the approval to fix them.

Our ac had been getting noisier and noisier and I think they determined that the fan or motor was about to go so the replacement was done. With the new unit installed there is a HUGE difference in the noise level.  Awesome!

Checking to see where the leak was coming from

Checking to see where the leak was coming from

They also got the approval to replace one of our grey tanks (the one that was repaired last summer is leaking again) and also to fix a pipe that is leaking and ruined all the insulation that Michael installed last summer when he replaced the under belly.

Unfortunately, the new grey water tank will take 4-6 weeks to arrive after ordering…and since we have less than 5 weeks left in the patch that will have to wait until this fall when we come back to work. But…at least it’s approved!  GoRV did go ahead and order the tank so that they will have it on hand when we come back in the fall and we don’t have to wait.

Tuesday I went into Dilley and met a small group of gate guards for lunch at Pacho Garcia’s Cafe.  We had a total of 6 of us there, which is a nice sized group to be able to chat with everyone.  I enjoyed my hamburger steak lunch (the special of the day) and visiting with gate guards I already knew and ones I’d just met.

It happened to be my normal day to go grocery shopping too so I made stops at both Walmart & HEB in Pearsall…dropping a ton of moola in both places!  Michael nearly fainted when I got home when he saw how many bags were in the back seat of the truck…and then again when he saw the receipts!  LOL….poor guy….good thing he doesn’t have a heart condition.

Ace on the left, Lil Mama on the righ

Ace on the left, Lil Mama on the righ

Before I left to go to town, that day, we had a female dog show up at the gate that had had a litter of pups not too long ago.  She was malnourished, but friendly and kinda shy.  Our landowner has at least 4 dogs of his own so he’s taken her under his wing and she’s made friends with the other dogs.  She especially likes, Ace, who is similar in looks to her although she’s not quite as energetic as he is.  When she’s not down by the land owners home or off wandering she visits us and makes herself at home.  I’ve taken to calling her ‘Lil Mama’…she doesn’t seem to mind.

We have a new work crew that will be coming in daily for the next few weeks as they build and prep the two tank batteries, where the oil from these new wells will be stored.  From what I understand they need to have them ready by the first week of May (after the frac is completed) when these wells that are currently being drilled will go into production.

Our two landowners meeting. One owns the land that is being drilled on, the other owns the land that the tank batteries are on and the road that is used to get to the drill site

Our two landowners meeting. One owns the land that is being drilled on, the other owns the land that the tank batteries are on and the road that is used to get to the drill site

Drilling was completed on the first pad early on Tuesday.  The casing crew came in early Wednesday morning and left early Thursday morning.  The cement crew came in early Thursday morning and finally pulled out very late on Thursday.  Various trucks and crews came in Thursday to start moving the smaller equipment to the new location.

Fajita Dinner...good stuff!

Fajita Dinner…good stuff!

There was another ‘Spud in Meeting’ Thursday afternoon and with that came lots of extra traffic on top of the rise in traffic due to the rig move and the work being done on the tank battery.  But the upside to the ‘Spud In Meeting’ was the fact that Coyote Catering came in to cater and was nice enough to drop off 2 meals of fajitas, beans, banana pudding and a gallon of sweet tea.  Our first catered meal this season and very much appreciated.

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A very thoughtful gift!

One of our regulars, Eric, who pumps out the porta potties gifted us with a case of bottled water today.  How sweet is that?  He told me he likes to make sure that the people who are nice to him know how much he appreciates them.  Awww

Who's the culprit??

Who’s the culprit??

Someone must have been traveling WAY too fast on the road directly across from our gate and wasn’t able to negotiate a right hand turn and smacked into our landowners fence.  They, of course, didn’t stop but did leave part of their bumper behind.  They busted up the concrete around the post and totally wiped out the telephone/internet box.  The landowner was going to fix it himself but after looking at it more in-depth decided it was more than he wanted to deal with so will have someone else do the work.

As our time in the oil patch dwindles I’ve been working on finalizing our summer travel plans, making plans to meet with friends for dinner, making play reservations, ordering tickets for site-seeing adventures etc.  I have several countdowns set on my cell phone that remind me that freedom is near!

30  Days til we leave the oil patch
58 Days til we hug our sweet Paityn and Cameron

 

 

 

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