Saturday, November 26, 2011

Requiem to a German Shepherd

Our beautiful BigDog

It is day five since Dieter left this world and left Tom and I.  There are no words to express the sorrow we feel. The last few days have been filled with tears at inappropriate moments and dreams of the event while sleeping.  Tom and I compared notes yesterday and discovered both of us have been seeing the same things.  Going out the motor home door and seeing him across the street, ears up, listening for the coyotes; signing in a service truck, looking for him to be sleeping across the road; coming in the MH door and looking to see him under my desk. Yesterday I even apologized to him out loud when my chair caught on the rug and I thought I ran over his tail. Those things are making me crazy.

Long tail makes great propeller
 On the other hand, I can look down the road and see him running flat out barking at the wild pigs that live there. When he was running with purpose, his tail went round and round like a propeller and Tom and I would laugh at his silliness. Dieter really loved this ranch.  He could sleep in the sun, bark at the animals, protect us from all evils, real and perceived.

Waiting for waffles
 He always knew when it was Sunday because he would not go outside until Tom took him a waffle outside to feed him.  He would lay on the floor and stare at Tom while he cooked. His eyes never left Tom as he waited somewhat impatiently for the treat he knew was coming. 

And then there was Thanksgiving a few years ago when he decided to herd the ducks.  Of course, the ducks took to the water and Dieter followed them in.  It took 6 people and our beloved son-in-law, Chris, getting in the water also, freezing his butt off for 45 minutes to get him out.

Dieter with Jonathan and baby Bryce
 Dieter loved his family. He never growled or snapped at the little ones no matter what they did. He would just get up and move when he was tired of them laying on him.  He was a gentle giant.

He will be loved and remembered for a long time.

I have had many pets over the years.  We always had a dog when we were growing up and have had one most of our married life.  Dieter is my one in a lifetime.  If you have had one of these, please share it with me and tell me how you made it through. I am already looking at dogs online because of the emptiness I feel.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dang it's been a long time since I updated this! 09/15/2011 - 11/20/2011 Catarina, TX

Hello you all!  Thought I would take a little time and update you on our status.  We have been gate guarding in Catarina, TX since September 15th. This is a great site and we have been treated really well by the managing company. When we first got here, was only one rig and the processing facility.  It was real easy to get into a rhythm. Since then we have had up to 4 rigs and anywhere from 200-300 incoming vehicles a day.  Tom checked out the logs and figured out that we have logged over 8,000 semi's. trucks and cars in 2 months. For each of those incoming is an outgoing.  So that is more than 16,000.  We were both really surprised by that.  We will be back to only one rig after Thanksgiving and I bet we will be really bored!

This is me in my security vest and windblown hair.  

This is Tom actually reading a book while eating breakfast. He has lost a lot of weight since we have been here and learned how to read.  I remember all those years with him complaining about me reading at the table.  ROFL  Note the security vest and skull dew rag!

We work shifts, me from midnight to noon and Tom from noon to midnight.  We don't have time off together because the gate has to be manned 24/7.  This is the worst part of the job. The best part is the paycheck.  We are planning to stay through January 20 and then will go to San Antonio to be there when grandbaby #6 arrives. 

We wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  May memories, family, friends and good food surround you this year. 

Happy Traills to you.