2017 in Review

Wow, 2018 is here. Another year is behind us, lets see what 2017 was like and what’s ahead in 2018.

2018

Started 2017 in Kenedy, Tx. working in the oil fields of the Eagle Ford area. We were getting work, but not steady work with the gate guard company we were with. After several months of this we were told that new jobs were opening up close to Whitsett, Tx. so we made the move there and soon found a good gig where we were both working the day shift at a large ranch. We were very busy and actually loved the work, but after about a month/six weeks it tapered off and we had enough. The company just didn’t have enough work for all the people they had, and lots of empty promises.

We contacted several companies about gate guard jobs and one called us back with an opportunity in East Texas starting in July. After being in South Texas with all the dirt and dust in the oil fields the piney woods of East Texas sounded wonderful. We would both be working 12 hr shifts-one day shift and one night, but said if we wanted some help to let them know and they could send another couple to help out. We took the job, packed up, and headed East.

Arrived in Goodrich, Tx. in July, found a great campground with our site beneath a huge canopy of 80 ft pine trees. The hot summer sun barely penetrated our motorhome so we only had to run one air conditioner all summer. We were tucked back in a hollow with a lake across from the site. Nice and quiet with only 2 other campers and we all worked the same place. Great change for us…we loved it!!

During that first 30 days of working 24/7 we notified our company we wanted some help. Great pay, easy work, but not much of a life. Laurie worked days and I worked nights so we only saw each other at shift change. We had already decided when we embarked on this RV full time journey that money was NOT at the top of our list. Our relief couple arrived after about 30 days. Laurie and I would work days and they worked nights. We had our life back!

August 2017Survived Hurricane Harvey. That was a fun time. I remember it rained for 36 hours straight. Flooding was just a few miles down the road from us.

Celebrated 2 years full time Rv travel adventures in September. We both love this lifestyle as we have met some great and interesting people along the way. It’s so nice to  be able to visit and experience different places. Kinda strange for myself who spent over 20 years in Real Estate, but I can’t imagine living the bricks and sticks way again…maybe one day, but not now.

October 2017-We took a few days off and headed to DFW to visit with friends and family. Celebrated all my kids birthdays with them and also visited with Mom, Sister, and Dad. Also went by my Aunt and Uncle’s place and saw them with some cousins too. It was a great time and we also came home with a (new to us) motor scooter. We were very busy during October.

In conclusion, we had a great year. This is the best gig we have had since we started 2 years ago. The job is supposed to last a year and we hope it does so we can stay here for a while longer. We love it here. Laurie works most days and I take care of the house duties. Yes, I am a “house hubby” as she calls me. She loves her job, the guys bring her food all the time, she knows them all by name(over 100) and they all miss her when she takes a day off occasionally. I do most all the shopping, cooking, and cleaning. It works for us. We are both happy and have a great life.

Whats in store for 2018? As I said earlier more of the same…we hope we work here well into the new year, but if we learned anything is that things change. That’s ok. Change is good. If it happens we are ready, if not, we are ready also. We don’t worry about it, in fact worry is not something I do a lot of now. A new adventure is just down the road!

 

 

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Visitors

Started a new gate just outside of Whitsett. Great location, on a hill with cows, and several ponds.

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I looked up yesterday around 10:30am and thought it was two dogs walking down the road. Nope, it was 2 coyotes.

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They were heading to the pond for a drink.

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Not a bad way to start the day off.

Weather in Whitsett

For the past 3 days we have had stormy clouds all over, but not much rain. Made for some great photo opportunities but we are still waiting on some showers on us!!

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Another shower way out there
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Looking like it might rain…maybe??
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Wow, look at that shower…about 10 miles away
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Looks to be headed our way, its right over the Karnes City area now.
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Just outside of Whitsett at a new gate, never rained.

 

Grill Time

Time to fire up the grill. Food for the upcoming week and more. Chicken, pork chops, corn, baked potato’s, t-bone steaks and more!!

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Start with some fresh sweet corn
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Jalapeno Chicken, baked potato’s, and the corn.
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After that is done, more chicken with some secret sauce
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Secret no more, brush this on right before they were done.
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Now, lets do some pig.
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Looking good!!
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Hickory smoke on everything
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Saved the best for last…T-bones
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Mmmmm Good!!
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Dessert was no sugar lemon creme cake, topped with low calorie, low sugar vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries mixed in. After all that I’m ready for a nap!!
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Life is GOOD!!

New Gate we are now Working

We moved to Whitsett, Texas to both work at a local ranch oil gate for several weeks.  Great opportunity because we can both work day shift and pay is double what we were making before. This is located west of Kenedy about 45 miles. We have moved the motorhome to a park in Whitsett and only a 5 minute drive to work now!!

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Bigger shelter with indoor bathroom and small kitchen area.
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Our office for about a month or so.