Thursday, February 26, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Feb 20

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Friday, February 20, 2015
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind S 9 Mph, Humidity 68%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 81 Degrees, Wind S 9Mph, Humidity 39%, sunny.  

Busy day an night at this gate, there is real “work” going on with sand trucks supplying the most activity here at the gate for the frak. The last two gates we had started with a week or two of work then just sitting watching tankers haul oil and water off site.

The service people are different now with this gate company as the water tank was filled today, that is all this person does. Another person doing the generator oil & filter change Wednesday and diesel fuel I will find out soon. When we worked for them before it was one person doing the work. We relieved another couple and then backed Buster in to this spot. The door on their rig was different location than Buster so I will get busy setting things better for our use at the site. the double gate guard setup so turning in vehicles do not block the road. The other guard just handles the gate and records license plate numbers and time. We do that and take names and number of persons inside the vehicles.
Frak Sand Box
The frak sand is brought to the site in containers, while I have seen bulk tank trailers going to other well sites they have to wait on site until they are unloaded. The sand box trailer can back haul two empty box’s to be refilled. Some trucks do not wait for an empty and depart without any containers.

Two empty sand box's going out

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Feb 21

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Saturday, February 21, 2015
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind 6 SE, Humidity 82%, partly sunny.

Afternoon 86 Degrees, Wind 9 E, Humidity 36%, sunny. sunny.  
I have since serviced the diesel up to full near the end of daylight

Bonnie had some sand trucks tonight but that slowed as there is a problem “down the hole” and the frak is stopped to do other work. NASCAR race today FROM Daytona, FL. I am getting behind as there is work to attend to.

Happy Birthday to ME

Feb 26,

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Feb 19

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Thursday, February 19, 2015
Morning 45 Degrees, Wind E 8, Humidity 76%, mostly sunny.
Tan Jan hooked to Buster
Electrical issues over night. Busy gate as four oil wells will be “fraked”, then completion work to production. When I surveyed everything yesterday I thought to myself I will service the fuel into the generator in the morning. This was during the time the oil change was taking place. Just before midnight I was up for a bathroom call and noticed some electric off. In talking to Bonnie she had plugged a heater and another heater into the same circuit and tripped a circuit breaker. I had to advise her as to where and how to reset, ok everything is now good so back to bed for me. I was awakened again when the generator was surging, the rpm was dropping then recovering it was causing the outside lights to go off then a half hour to come back to full brightness. This got so bad that the generator was winding down to almost shutting off. Just about daylight I was checking the unit and saw that there was just about a half a tank of fuel. I serviced to full and no more surging today

Yellow generator case black water tank and white diesel fuel tank are on this trailer
Afternoon 81 Degrees, Wind SE 8 mph, Humidity 53%, mostly sunny. Busy day as there are a lot of different companies involved with the operation of the frak. Most have a shift change but there are sleep overs also. There are logistic trucks bringing and taking equipment also with service companies, toilet, diesel fuel for the equipment operation, chemicals and sand trucks.

Locals walking thru

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Feb 17 - 18

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Morning 40 Degrees, Wind N 5 Mph, Humidity 80%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 56 Degrees, Wind NE 6 mph, Humidity 37%, mostly sunny.  

Three Rivers, TX today delivering my tax work package but the person was not there as there was sickness in the family. But it is in and probably more work will be needed. Then to Pleasanton to shop for groceries “provisions” needed for being stationed for the gate assignment.

This afternoon pre trip packing up putting things away as the longer we stay put the more that needs to be stowed. Outside I kept things to a minimum laid out, less to put away besides we spent more time here at the RV park inside Buster. Our last eating out together for a while tonight.

Buster's now empty site at Atascosa RV Park

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Morning 30 Degrees, Wind WNW 1, Humidity 87%, mostly sunny.

Off to work we go, a trip to the gate this morning of one hundred five miles. We stopped in Big Wells to meet the coordinator and while there I put some diesel in Buster, not a great price, but I wanted to not be short encase if we use the generator. Sometimes I will need to run the generator and that uses diesel fuel. From there another eighteen miles to the gate. This site is a double gate guard setup, one at the paved road only takes plate numbers. We are in six hundred feet and the turn left around Buster and we also take that plus names.

The gate guard at the road
(picture take from inside near Buster)
Busters gate Asherton, TX
Afternoon 71 Degrees, Wind ESE 7 mph, Humidity 27%, mostly sunny.     On arrival busy setting Buster to the site and checking trucks in and out. We relieved another couple who are going for medical, repair joints. We need to ensure trailer trucks swing wide and step back so the trailer does not hit us. This afternoon they were here to change the filter and oil in the electric generator. The is a fuel tank in the generator box just over one half full and will refill that in the morning from the tank on the back of the trailer.

I had to move Tan Jan in more, trucks need a lot of room

Friday, February 20, 2015

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Feb 16

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Monday, February 16, 2015
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind N 1 mph, Humidity 91%, mostly cloudy rain forecasted as a front moves south thru the area during the morning. Colder overnight tonight after the front moves thru and the gusty winds started just after nine thirty. 17 gusting to 37 mph this latter morning.  Afternoon 64 Degrees, (and that was early afternoon) Wind NNE 8 mph, Humidity 57%, mostly cloudy and some rain showers.

I received a call just after eight o’clock this morning from a gate company for a gate available on March fifth and we are the top of the list so any thing that comes available before we will also be able to take. Now two things are more important to complete soon, taxes and another Dr visit. There was another call latter and we are on a different gate starting Wednesday morning. This gate is near Asherton and the other was west of Dilley, short route between is sixty miles but I would not drive Buster on some of them road, so it would be more than eighty miles between these locations. Anyway from the park here in Pleasanton it will also be ninety miles but on decent roads.

I went to the doctor today for swelling of my legs and weight gain from the retension of water. The swelling got so bad it was bothering me enough to make a doctors appointment, gaining weight and developing a rash.  I received three new prescriptions. Bonnie and I had dinner in San Antonio.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Feb 13 - 15

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Friday, February 13, 2015
Morning 50 Degrees, wind NW 4, humidity 59%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 69 Degrees, wind N 3, humidity 48%, partly sunny.    

A do nothing day.

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Saturday, February 14, 2015
Morning 47  Degrees, wind N 1, humidity 95%, partly sunny. With patchie ground fog
Afternoon 72 Degrees, Wind SE 4, Humidity 64%, partly sunny.  

NASCAR racing tonight from Daytona, FL. Just a no points race for the trophy and some money, "checkers or wreckers."

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Sunday, February 15, 2015
Morning 58 Degrees, Wind N 1, humidity 91%, mostly cloudy and changed to rain during the morning. Afternoon 74 Degrees, wind NNW 3, humidity 65%, partly sunny.

Bob Working
In the morning I went to Walmart and exchanged the propane gas bottle while it was still raining. Latter in the afternoon, it had cleared, Bonnie and I took a ride to visit our friends Bob & Jean at the gate they are watching. It was nice visit and catching up our lifes.

Hard Work

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Feb 7 - 12

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Saturday, February 7, 2015
Morning 51 Degrees, wind N 1, humidity 87%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 71 Degrees, wind W 3, humidity 55%, mostly sunny.    

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Sunday, February 8, 2015
Morning 57 Degrees, wind SSE 4, humidity 97%, cloudy with patchy dense fog.
Afternoon 74 Degrees, wind SW 7, humidity 45%, mostly sunny.    

I made a trip into Pleasanton after the fog cleared for some groceries and the Sunday paper, Bonnie wants to check the coupons. That was the high point of the day.

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Monday, February 9, 2015
Morning 52 Degrees, wind NW 7, humidity 77%, sunny.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, wind NW 2, humidity 27%, sunny. Our day beat the forecasted temperature sunny all day, great weather.

After dinner I walked down to dump the trash and can notice the days getting longer today that there is hardly a cloud in the sky.

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Morning 46 Degrees, wind variable & calm, humidity 90%, sunny.
Afternoon 83 Degrees, wind NW 4, humidity 42%, sunny.  

This morning again with the clear sky’s the early sun sunshine is coming at an early hour now, the early sun has not been noticeable with the cloudy and foggy mornings

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Morning 47 Degrees, wind N 1, humidity 95%, mostly sunny some early morning fog.
Afternoon 76 Degrees, wind W 6, humidity 41%, mostly sunny.  

Some more tax work has been done today, I am still dragging my feet, I do need to get this done.

Atascosa RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Thursday, February 12, 2015
Morning 58 Degrees, wind N 13 & gusting to 21, humidity 64%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 66 Degrees, wind NNE 10 & gusting to 17, humidity 38%, mostly sunny.    
Feeling cooler with that wind but the sun is warm. We went into Pleasanton later this afternoon getting some groceries and enjoying the ride.