Thursday was apparently ‘Rig Washing Day’ as we had 4 different companies with a total of 5 different guys here to wash the rig. Even with all of those various crews in to wash we still had 2 companies with a crew each come in on Friday to do some more heavy-duty cleaning. Since the rig is being ‘stacked’ they wanted to get it all cleaned up so that when it’s called out of retirement it’s ready to go.
Besides washing the rig we had another company come in to drain all the oils and fluids from the rig in preparation for lying dormant in the yard for however long it ends up being.
Throughout the week we had various companies come in to haul off equipment or excess ‘mud’, excess ‘diesel’ etc. But traffic levels weren’t bad at all during the day and night traffic was really quiet except for Thursday night/Friday morning when several of the rig washing crews left in the middle of the night.
Both company men and the entire rig crew started working days about mid-week so it was a little different traffic-wise at the normal shift change time. Nobody went to town in the mornings (since they were all working) but nearly everyone went to town after their day ended at 6:00 pm.
Early Friday morning while we were sleeping I was woke up by a ‘SNAP’…you guessed it…mousey number 8! That’s 8 mice in 8 1/2 weeks. I am READY to be done with mice!
We received one last treat from one of our sales people….carne guisada tacos…basically beef chunks in gravy and then placed in a soft taco. They were pretty tasty and made for a good lunch!
I was able to try a couple new recipes again this week….both being keepers! If you’re interested you can just click on the names of the dish for the recipes.
The first dish was Chicken & Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce. It was fairly easy, just the way I like ’em and was very tasty with just a small hint of lemon flavor.
The second dish was Cheesy Beef & Potato Bake. Another nice and easy one to prepare for the oven but can also be made in the crock pot. This one’s a real comfort food dish.
By 1:00 pm on Saturday all of the rig crew (except for 2 guys) were gone but this time it wasn’t nearly as sad as they were actually going to a new rig! The one here is still being laid down but the guys will just work on a newer rig! Hooray! By 1:00 pm we were also down to just 1 company man who oversaw the remainder of the rig being moved out.
It was a very slow rig move so we had plenty of time to get our ‘move day’ chores completed. On Saturday, Michael emptied the black & grey tanks, rinsed out the hoses and stowed them. He also disconnect us from the big water tank so that he could store those hoses, as well. We just used our onboard water overnight. He also took down the satellite dish and stowed it as well as a few other items that were out of place.
While Michael did normal outdoor chores I worked on the inside chores…stowing things in the travel homes, securing moveable items, wiping down counters, sweeping floors, etc.
With all of that done, by the time we went to bed Saturday night all we had to do Sunday morning was pretty much bring in the slides and hitch up.
Days til we leave the oil patch: 0
Days til we hug our sweet Paityn & Cameron (& their Momma & Papa too!): 28