About rheanna

Rheanna is a stay-at-home mom to two children. She is a lifetime resident of New Mexico and her Oilfield Man works on the North Slope of Alaska, averaging 4 weeks on and 2 off. In her previous life she was a bookkeeper and boiler technician for her father’s plumbing company. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, motorsports and pretending not to kill her garden. Cooking is a favorite past time, but unfortunately a lifelong allergy to crafting supplies and a debilitating ineptitude with a glue gun prevent her from spending too much time on Pinterest.

Oilfield Wife Guilt

We all know that the supposed secret to survival and sanity in this crazy oilfield life is to stay busy while our oilfield man is away.  But what am I supposed to do with this guilt that I feel because I’m getting to do things while he works his butt off? As a team, we […]

Learning to Sleep Alone… Again

We recently moved into a new house 4 miles from the one we were living in.  Actually, it’s an old house in the sense that it’s my childhood home that I grew up in. And when I was growing up in this house, some strange things happened. My parents didn’t believe me until years after […]

3 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her House

In my time working at -and later managing- my father’s company, I learned a few things about plumbing.  I still hold a Plumbing Contractor’s License which is really the only credential I can flash at you…. and about the only thing you’d ever WANT to see me flash, but I digress. I worked in the […]

Our First “Real” Birthday Party

My oldest son is about to turn 6 and is in Kindergarten.  Until now, his birthday parties were as much about the adults as they were about him because we don’t throw a lot of parties and he didn’t have many friends.  This year will be a bit different because he wants to invite most […]

Part-Time Husband

The other day I was explaining my husband’s work schedule (4-6 weeks in Alaska, 2 weeks here) to someone and she said matter-of-factly, “Oh, so you have a part-time husband.” As I usually do, I didn’t really answer her and instead giggle a little and move the conversation forward.  I wish I could explain to […]

I Want a Best Friend

I want a best friend. A female one, not the male version I’m married to. I’ve had a few over the years. That person you talk to everyday, the one that you would say “what are we doing tonight?” to instead of “can we do lunch a week from Thursday?”  The kind of friend you […]

To Move or Not to Move

My friend’s husband was murdered on Tuesday. He was shot in the back by a fellow police officer during an argument and we still don’t know what the argument was about.  He left behind his wife, three children under 11, and one on the way. This happened about four days into my husband’s R&R after […]

Taking a Sick Day

I just love that commercial on TV where someone knocks on the door, leans in with their runny Rudolf nose and says “Bob, I’m sorry, but I need to take a sick day tomorrow” and the camera cuts to Bob who is an adorable toddler looking at their parent like the parent has lost their […]

Does It Ever Get Easier?

I see a lot of oilfield wives ask the same question: Does it ever get easier? Many women say it doesn’t. Some say it doesn’t get easier, we just get stronger. I’d agree with that, but I do think it gets easier. Today we are two weeks into a 4 week hitch and we are […]

A Stay-at-Home Mom’s Guide to Space Saver Bags

I recently decided that since I’m now a stay-at-home mom, I should have closets that reflect my new station in life.  I thought those space saver vacuum bags looked like a fairly affordable way to achieve this. The following is my personal experience. Step 1:  Choose the correct size for the items you wish to […]