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The Puckerbrush Irregular Vol. 8-17

Started out my Saturday morning in fine fashion with this email:

My weather forecast

Good morning Andy, just wanted to drop a note of appreciation. We started on our first gate Monday, (My wife Linda and I). We are loving it.

Just wanted to let you know how much your blog helped us to prepare for the job. I have been reading it since 2011 and you helped us know what to expect, and what we needed to bring. We are about 35 miles from (somewhere in Jim Hogg County,TX) and love the area.

The people around here are great, they are like

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Pucker Brush Bliss

Dog romp in progress

Me and the black face dog are just about back to a normal schedule after 2 weeks of helter skelter with a workover rig and a flowback crew hangin’ out here.  Makes me realize why most gates have a couple in residence.

I was glad to see ’em go – no time for morning and evening dog romps, no time to cook up somethin’ decent, no time to get any extra projects done.  Pretty much sucked – especially this last week or so.  With 76 days gone by since our last supply run the pantry is gettin’

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You're not in Kansas anymore.

Vela Von at one year old

A coupla years back we scheduled a week or so off the gate and on the appointed day the relief gate guards the company had selected showed up so we could be on our way.  The old man that crawled out of that F-250 so slowly concerned me.  He was all hunched over and stove up, walking with a cane.  He had to turn his head sideways to look me in the eye and he must have noticed some concern on my face because he said ‘Don’t fret,  I been to this rodeo before.’

When

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The larder is gettin' thin

Flood watch in My Small World

I was mentally prepared for the South Texas August Heat Blast.  I really was.  What choice was there since there is no snivelin’ in the Oil Patch?  August rolled up and sure ’nuff the temps were a hunnert degrees every day.  Along about the middle of the month there was a week in there that it topped 105 every day.  But then something happened…………

That same storm system that drowned Louisiana stopped off here first and we got about 3″ of rain out of the deal.  Something about those low pressure systems spinnin’ done from

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