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Our Home

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Death Of Huey


My mate Shirley Head Goddard back home in Australia sent me a horrible Garden Gnome when we were in Panguitch Utah doing some work camping. She knows I hate them and her front garden is full of the horrible little critters. It dates your yard and does nothing to enhance  it, especially if you are trying to sell your home. I am 100% sure that's why they have had no offers on their house.  I told her to get rid of them.Smile

Anyways, he has travelled well with us since summer last year. He even survived the bad storm we had in Mission a few weeks ago. I was wishing, I tell you.He lives out side, I wont let him in the 5th wheel.

Yesterday while I was having a nanny nap, Dann was guarding the gate as usual. After I woke up, he told me about this huge gust of wind that came from no where and nearly wrecked havoc with everything out side. The small table  that the fridge is on collapsed, chairs went flying,he said it was a bit of a mess. He then told me to come and have a look at something else that was  broken.  At first I didn't recognize it. Then I seen his little one eye that was still in one piece.  He had been sitting on the bottom of this heavy steel sign.





Flat AS !!



Monday, April 23, 2012

My New Cloths Line



As I have no washing machine out here, I have to hand wash, don't have a problem with that. I got a good system going, I bought a real BIG bucket..A Strong BIG bucket, I fill it with HOT water and washing powder, add a few cloths, stick it in the shower  recess, let it sit for a day, rinse and then add some fabric softener, let it sit for another day, then ring it out the best I can and hang it out on my new cloth line. My friend in Mission Bell RV Resort was making these and he made me one. I just knew it would be perfect for down the road a bit.  I wasn't wrong !! Below are some pictures of it in stages.


Piece a wood about 4 – 5 feet long, these cut outs are designed to fit onto your ladder that's mounted on your 5th wheel.


This is it mounted and it actually stays put, does not move around.


Grab a few coat hangers, poke undies and what ever in the holes and Bobs your Uncle. Works great !! last Long Time !!  This is better than a string and 2 poles, trees, and cloths pegs, might not be those mod cons where we are. This I unhook, throw  it into the storage  area and get her out when needed. I hear ya saying, Well you can’t hang much on it, well you cant, BUT I cant wash a lot at once either.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Gate Guard Job


Around 8.30am we finally set of to find our Gate we had to guard, we were given a piece of paper with the directions clearly marked. Along with some verbal instructions. Some one  was to  be waiting for us there to set us up, and he was. We took of and only had travelled about 5 miles I would guess and we came to a intersection out in the middle of whoop whoop, looked at the map and it wasn't on the map..Mmmmmm, decision time quick because a car was fast approaching from behind.  Dann made the executive decision to turn right,it made sense cos that was the direction in which we had to go. WRONG !!!  Now to find a place to turn around, Not easy on a single lane road towing a 5th Wheel.  We set the GPS and threw the instruction on the floor of the truck. She was going of and chucking  such a tizzy fit, she actually started to annoy me..RECALCULATING, RECAULATING..MAKE A U TURN WHEN YOU CAN, over and over..Finally found a area that we could turn around. I was happier now and so was the little voice in the GPS.

oil lit

That's one big cigarette lighter !!

While Dann was driving I had his phone in my hand watching the bars come and go as we travelled up and down the hills along the highway. I could see the odd phone tower here and there but not like you see on the big Highways. As many miles as we have travelled only once I couldn't connect to the internet while moving. YES, I play my games on Facebook while Dann is driving. I look up occasionally and give him a smile and then I am back at it.He doesn't mind. It wasn't looking good for a internet connection out here. I am beginning to get worried now. How was I going to survive out here with no internet. Man I am going be bored shitless. My mind was racing. I said to Dann, if we got no internet, we are outa here, he just smiled at me and gave me a vegemite sandwich. Don't ask me where that came from, it just popped into my mind LOL  The GPS was telling us we were close and I was watching them bars like a hawk. 5 BARS..YAH !!! One happy Camper I am. We are about 500 or so yards from a phone tower. The only one for miles. Below are some pictures of where we are actually camped.

our home

That big green tank is for our sewage.At the back behind the 5th wheel you can see the big Jenny on another trailer.


No need to even use our hoses here, they connected this little tank straight up to our 5th wheel. All the sewage and shower water/kitchen water flows through this, when it gets full it over flows and runs out that other pipe on the right.


Then a pump pumps it into this tank, which they come and empty for us.


Back View of Our set up. Our Home !!


Day 1 –Set up and on the job


This is what you see as you drive through the gate, the Oil Rig will be up that road about 2 miles.


Our Dirty Truck in her carport.


This is the Gate we are Guarding


1st Truck for day 1


2nd Truck Day1


A smaller truck, still day 1- That was it for traffic for day 1- Day 2 wasn't much better.That gate is right near our front door.

I have no idea what I am ever going to blog about while here, I don't have a US drivers Licence and don't intend on getting one either, So I can never leave here.


Beautiful HUGE cricket, they are in a abundance here. He's about 3” long, double that with his long feelers


A beautiful Roadrunner that sits every day on the back of Danns Truck. Been told to encourage these little fellas to hang around, They eat RATTLE SNAKES..        MEET MY NEW BEST FRIEND !!

roadrunner 1

Relaxed, cleaning himself. Very small bird.

He would jump up on our Truck and do this for most of the day. Cute little fella Smile


It was so hot out here that the this is what happened to the drivers side window

smashed window

It just shattered.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Heading To Our First Gate Guarding Job



After 6 months  of planning and research into Gate Guarding jobs for all the different Oil Company's that  flood the State Of Texas, Dann finally narrowed it down to to One. Gate Guarding Services, Their office is in Corpus Christi  and so far we have no complaints what so over with them. They were very helpful and friendly from the get go.  Right from the office girl  to the guy that hooked us up at our gate.

After some sad goodbye’s to newly found friends we were on our way. This is the part of our traveling that I like the best. After being in one place for a while its always refreshing and exciting to me. Heading to who knows where!  A bit down the road we come across the Boarder Patrol check point, they ask if you are Both American citizens, You say yes, and you are on your way.  I took some pictures while passing through.


In line


The drug dog getting his daily dose of exhaust fumes


Yes Sir, Were American Citizens –to Funny-


I’m a alien and they didn't even ask me for my green card !! They just presumed I was a American citizen don't look Mexican so they don't want to know I guess


Dann asked me to take a picture of the American Flag that was flying at the checkpoint.


Were through the checkpoint  finally which didn't hurt to much, and on our way to a little town called Whitsett, which is inland a bit from Corpus Christi. About 50  miles I think. We were told to keep a eye out for the Texas State flag and head towards it, they said you cant miss it. It can be seen for miles.


Took us about 4 hours I think it was to get from A to B. A being Mission and B being Whitsett.  We quickly set up and I was out with my camera.


ourt trailer

This is one of the trailers that will follow us when we head out, A big Jenny, water, Notice how its in a BLACK tank, I bet we get a few cool showers out of that. And the diesel to run the Jenny, there are also some Extension cords and flood lights on it as well..And some STOP signs.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Time To leave Mission Bell RV Resort



That was the quickest 6 months I have ever experienced and no wonder it was. Our time here was filled with work and fun and laughter. Met so many lovely people during our time here. Below are some pictures of my favourite events and people of our time spent at Mission Bell/Trade Winds RV Resort way down South in Texas.


Our Bosses Mike & Audrey


Sing a longs with The Noisy Neighbours


Marj & Harry ( Noisy Neighbours)  Performing at one of our Work Campers Pot Lucks. Marj taking  40 winks I think


Dann serving at our weekly Country Line dance.


Dann & Mike cooking 100’s of Hamburgers for our Hamburger Fry


Don, Harry & Dann trying to work out how to fold Napkins


Our Weekly Meetings


Butch & Maries 50th wedding Anniversary


Our Hand & Foot Card Games


Patty Dancing, Nice Boots Smile


Dann & Me (Halloween)


Lots of Crafts going on almost every day.These ladies are doing Swedish Weaving. I was shown how to do this and started my own project.


Ruby teaching Jewellery Making, I even made some Rings and bracelets when I had time.


My Bra I made from Duck Tape.With My Academy Award hanging from the centre


Me being Stupid.

Before we left Dann helped Mike & Audrey on their Park Model Home.



Mikey & Dann


Audrey and I painted all these. Window Shutters.


Audrey says She don't do Painting, BUT I have the proof !!!


Taking a well earned break, Both of them, That's my Swedish weaving on Auds Lap

I just have to many Pictures to put in here. So I am going to leave it at that. Its time to leave this wonderful place. Was very sad to do the rounds and say goodbye to those that were left.