Touring the Neighborhood, Celebrating & Repairs

Posted by on March 31, 2016
The rig in it's current location.

The rig in its current location.

After nearly 6 weeks here (1 day shy) I finally took a drive down the lease road!  I’d made Easter dinner and had a plate to give Dean, the 18-year-old gate guard on the other gate here.  So I figured it was a good time to check things out.  I rode over to the pad where they drilled the first 3 wells and to where the rig is located currently which is just barely a quarter of a mile apart.

First new tank battery looks to be nearly complete.

First new tank battery looks to be nearly complete.

I also checked out the 2 existing tank batteries that were established well before we arrived.  Plus I checked out the 2 new tank battery locations that have been built since we got here.  One is nearly complete with the tanks in place and the heaters set up.  The other is still just a bare pad with caliche layed down.  When the first battery is completed they’ll move over to the second one and get that one completed.

Cattle pens are nearing completion too.

Cattle pens are nearing completion too.

I also checked out where our land owner lives and his cattle pens are being built.  We’ve had a couple of guys coming to work on them nearly every day that we’ve been here too….nice guys.

Isnt she lovely??

Isnt she lovely??

This past Tuesday would have been my normal day to go into Pearsall to do my bi-weekly grocery shopping but Michael wanted to wash the truck so he did the food run and washed the truck too.  The truck looks so nice….let’s just see how long that lasts!

Michael is intrigued by these 6 pump jacks on the way into Cotulla so he took a picture to share.

Michael is intrigued by these 6 pump jacks on the way into Cotulla so he took a picture to share.

Have you ever used Amazon Prime Pantry?  Do you know what it is?  It’s a service from Amazon that allows to you order select household items (food, cleaning supplies, office supplies, etc) and for a delivery fee of $5.99 they’re delivered straight to your door.

As you can see my Prime Pantry box is only 1/2 full.

As you can see my Prime Pantry box is only 1/2 full.

I decided to place an order for somethings that I can’t get in this order and then tried to fill up the box (it keeps track of how full your box is with each item you add to your cart) by ordering several more items that we could use.  I only ended up filling the box about half way and spent roughly $85.00.  It was actually pretty cool and could really come in handy for people who can’t get out or even for gate guards like us who’s nearest grocery store is quite a distance away.

Such a sweetheart!

Such a sweetheart!

Wednesday I celebrated my 50th birthday!  It wasn’t something that I was looking forward to….but it turned out to be a wonderful day.  Besides receiving oodles of well wishes on FB and numerous text messages I had nearly everyone that came in the gate say ‘Happy Birthday!’!  LOL  One of our salesmen brought in a baked chicken dinner (with mac & cheese & green beans) for me and even brought a Kenny Rogers cd for Michael because he said Michael reminds him of him!  One of the delivery guys gave me a birthday card with a $40 Visa gift card in it so that we could go out for dinner on him.  There’s no wonder we love these guys so much.  It’s really hard not to get attached!

Stuffed pepper steak with mashed potatoes, peas & carrots and deep fried corn on the cob!

Stuffed pepper steak with mashed potatoes, peas & carrots and deep-fried corn on the cob!

Michael baked a cake and ran into Cotulla and picked up dinner from the Country Store.  I’d been wanting some pepper steak (hamburger patty stuffed with cheese, onions & jalapenos) and he found it on their menu!  He tried their brisket.  Our meals were ‘ok’…but they both could have used a little more seasoning…even just salt would have gone a long way.

Under the coach fixin' the leaky pipe!

Under the coach fixin’ the leaky pipe!

The guys from GoRV were back to fix the leaky pipe in the underbelly.  They were here about an hour and a half and got the leak fixed and the under belly back up and in place.  The new gray water tank is on order but most likely will not be in in time for us to have it replaced before we leave so GoRV will just hold on to it and when we come back this fall we’ll stop by their shop in Three Rivers and have it installed before we make ourselves available for a gate.

Doing the Turkey Trot!!??

Doing the Turkey Trot!!??

We’ve been having several turkey sightings lately.  I was told by someone who came in to the gate that they’ll really start getting more and more active now.  We had 8 or 10 of them walking down the road and I tried to get a picture of them but it didn’t turn out the greatest…but you get the idea.

I also had someone tell me that he’d seen a HUGE rattlesnake on the road by the landowners place and also one on the one (speeding ticket alley) coming here!  Please, please, please keep those things away from here!  We’ve been doing this a little over 2 years now and have yet to see a rattlesnake, tarantula, scorpion, etc and really don’t want to start now!

We’re hearing that the rig crew reached TD (total depth) on the first of the three wells on the new pad on Wednesday.  The casing crew arrived Thursday morning to run casing which means they should be skidding the rig over late Thursday and spudding in late Thursday or very early Friday morning.  At the rate they’re going they’ll probably be done drilling and ready to move out just a few days before we’re ready to leave for the summer.  But then the frac crews and equipment should start arriving….we’ll just have to wait and see.

Days til we leave the oil patch: 17
Days til we hug our sweet Paityn & Cameron (& their Momma & Papa too!):  45

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