How to Keep an Oilfield Marrige Strong

Is there life after the Oil Field?


My Hot Oil Man and I have been talking a lot about the future lately. We like to plan…..well, I like to plan and he humors me. I have learned that things don’t usually go as planned, if they did I wouldn’t be living in Alaska homeschooling right now. However, both of those life experiences […]

Oilfield Cafe: Pumpkin Butter


Okay, so it’s a bit early for pumpkin, but since I’m elbow deep in the stuff right now I thought I’d share my recipe for pumpkin butter with you. In preparation for our return to North Dakota we had to pull up our garden which means my kitchen is now overflowing with produce that all […]

Alaska State Fair

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  As an Alaskan Oilfield family, one of our favorite things to do is go the Fair.  We love the State Fair, and what’s even better was dad was home to go with us! The fair is always the last big hurrah of the summer –  one final day of fun before we settle down […]

5 North Dakota Places To Visit


I am currently in the process of trying to organize everything for the kids and I to go back to North Dakota in a couple of weeks and while doing so I’ve been thinking about all the neat places I want to revisit when I get there. The following list are the top five that […]

What’s for lunch?


As an oilfield mom, time is not my friend when I’m pulling single parent duty while my Hot Oil Man is away. Especially at meal time, the easier and better!  I do quick and simple breakfasts – hot cereal or bagels with fresh fruit – for the kids.  If I’m really on the ball I […]

Ramble On- Heading Back to the Bakken

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  Leaves are falling all around, It’s time I was on my way.  Thanks to you, I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay.  But now it’s time for me to go. The autumn moon lights my way. Despite the continued heat, the signs that summer is drawing to a close are apparent. I actually […]

The back-to-school Funk


It’s that time of year again…..time to get ready for another school year.  As I’ve mentioned before, this is my favorite time of year. I love fall and I LOVE the anticipation of back to school. I like the transition and the excitement. Everything seems “new”.  It’s a change in seasons, change in weather, and […]

Battling Isolation


Isolation. As an oilfield wife, mother, homeschooler and hopeless introvert it is something I battle every day. While oilfield life is certainly not entirely to blame it does contribute greatly to my sense of isolation. Since my husband doesn’t work on/off shifts and we’ve yet to work out a living arrangment that allows him to […]

Family Game Night

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As a busy Oilfield family, our lives get so crazy that we don’t always have the time to sit down as a family and just be together as much as we should.  Our schedules can get pretty hectic, but we try to make the most of our time together, especially when dad is home for […]

Coping Postpartum


In some cultures women spend 40 days postpartum in their bedroom nursing their babies and being waited on by their mothers or other female friends or relatives. In oilfield world you get four days before you husband returns to work and five days before your family has to go back to their own town. At […]