How quickly life can change. Literally overnight, our job location and gate guarding company changed. I’ve heard stories of people who find a nice, long-term position on a ranch plus great equipment and service. I often wondered just how they find these opportunities.
I’ve come to the conclusion that timing, luck, and perhaps the grace of the guy upstairs has much to do with it.
That said, we have a new gate location and we will be here for a very long time. We also left Gate Guard Services and joined a new company… Riata Oilfield Security, out of Cotulla.
With the neat 8×14′ heavy vinyl pads provided by the ranch, we will not have to worry about tracking in mud into the rig or the car. Yipee!
We are extremely excited about the Onan generator since it IS made to provide power to RVs and household appliances. As a matter of fact, we found out our dishwasher is NOT broken again after all. With the Onan generator providing our power, it works flawlessly. Gee… I wonder if we could have saved $168 on the new board we bought last march??? Guess we’ll never know…
Yesterday we got a tour of the ranch and it is awesome to see the set up they have all over this place. It’s huge! With all the drilling, fracing, and tank batteries going on out there in these ranches, it’s easy to lose touch with the history in this land. On our tour yesterday Justin, our ranch manager, took us to a special place. I did not take a picture of it, but it was two grave markers of the Gardner children.One young life was from 1892-1896 and the other was 1905-1910. A black wrought-iron fence protects the tiny cemetery. Justin goes into the space and clears away the overgrowth from time to time. It was a reminder of years gone by… when living out here was hard, hot, and remote. I can’t imagine where they would find a doctor a century ago or more. Could take days–one way! Families were large because many did not have a long life.
I’m so grateful we live now and in this great country.
We moved to our new ranch location on Tuesday. Wednesday was my first time to attend a ladies gate guard luncheon. It was so much fun to put a face to the names. Many write blogs also so I felt as though I already knew them.
On our first morning in our new location, as the sun was coming up, I decided to go turn the light tower off. As I walked across the caliche road I noticed something in the grass and looked like it could be a snake. I froze… then started backing away so as not to disturb this fellow. My heart was pounding so hard I could hear it! After a few hours I did not see it move and birds were walking all around that area. I imagined it was not a snake after all, but would wait for Bob to get up and walk over there with me. Just in case…
What we found was the above mesh insert sitting on its side. It had been in the grass for a while so grass was all interwoven in it. Bob agreed, it could look like a snake in the early morning. I wonder if he was just humoring me???
Termite update: As we were taking the ranch tour yesterday I noticed that termites are EVERYWHERE! Their mud-saliva-dung solution was clinging to sticks, grass, and prickly pear cactus bases all over the place. They are natures brush cleanup crew. Last year there was a fire and now the termites have moved in to eat their way through the dead debris. Who knew… they are actually good little critters. Just stay out of my rig 😀
I best be getting ready to get some shut-eye.
Till next time…