7 Not So Fabulous Things About Living In An Oilfield Camper



As promised, here is the second part of my post series on the great and not so great things about living in a camper in the oilfield. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love being able to be here with Jacob and as I mentioned in my previous post there are some really awesome things about living this lifestyle. However, I must admit, there are a few things that are less than ideal. Obviously, they are not deal breakers or I would not be here, but perhaps if you are thinking of embarking on your own camper living adventure, they are things you might want to consider.

Privacy Does Not Exist– Want to live in a camper? The first thing you will need to do is to hang your privacy at the door. For some folks this is easy, for those of us introverts (as Jacob and I both are) who need alone time, this can be a challenge. Thankfully, we are able to work out our schedules so that we can find at least a little bit of alone time. For the most part. Even if it means locking ourselves in the bathroom.

Your Neighbors Are Right On Top Of You– Privacy inside the camper is at a premium, but privacy outside the camper is non-existent. Since most people spend a great deal of time outside the camper this makes many of your activities less private than even an apartment, where you have walls. And speaking of walls, camper walls can be thin. You will hear your neighbor’s conversations when they are outside. And they will hear yours. So, be mindful of what you say.

Your Neighbors May Not Be The Most Savory of Characters-Most of this post is meant to be taken in a light-hearted manner. However, I want you to take this item seriously.

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A Simple Fall Bucket List


Here I go again with this autumn ‘stuff.’ There are some hilarious memes out there, making fun of how fall is every white girl’s favorite season; maybe it’s true! But it really is the most wonderful time of the year, to me. The crunch of the leaves under my feet, the perfect temperatures, and all the family-centered fun. In our house, it also means football!

Having a toddler makes me love this time of year even more, so I thought I’d create a short bucket list of things I’d like to do with our little family this season. And you certainly don’t need kids to have a blast doing these activities!

  1. Trick-or-treat
  2. Go apple picking
  3. Make apple stamp art
  4. Visit a local farm or homestead
  5. Make homemade butternut squash soup
  6. Go on a fall hike in the mountains
  7. Make butterbeer (Most available recipes are ‘virgin,’ so the kids can enjoy a mug too!)

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7 Rules for Healthy Oilfield Relationships


Thriving, not just surviving, in an oil field relationship

Being an Oilfield wife is not easy. It can be stressful dealing with the difficult schedules of our Oilfield Men. The following are 7 rules that I believe are necessary to maintain a good relationship while dealing with the pressures of an oilfield marriage.

1. Do not resent your husband for leaving. Ever. It is not easy for him. You are left alone with the all responsibilities, but it’s not like he’s leaving on vacation. Neither of you have the “easy” job, you are both essentially taking one for the team — so you need to be a team. Both jobs are equally hard and sacrificial (in different ways). And the opposite is true, too. He should never be resentful of you “getting” to stay home…..we know it’s no piece of cake! If there is resentment on either side, as harsh as this sounds, I would recommend finding a different line of work. The OF may not be for you. Resentment leads to broken marriages/relationships – and no job is worth that.

2. Accept your emotions. It is OK to be sad when he leaves, EVERY time he leaves. You never need to act like it’s easy. It will get easier. It will become routine. But it will always be hard, that never changes. Give some extra cuddles to the kids (or pets, or whatever your case may be) and just be sad together.

3. You are permitted to stay in your pjs and feed your kids graham crackers and peanut butter for dinner. This is totally fine…..once (maybe twice) per hitch. ‘Nuff said.

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Jenna has been an oilfield wife for as long as she’s been a wife. Her husband, Les, started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married, and that was over 10 years ago. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they’ve lived in Wasilla for two years. Les is a Hot Oil Operator and works a two on/two off schedule at the North Slope. The family consists of their two children; daughter Lauryn, age 8, and son Lincoln, 5. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs thrown in the mix, Willy and Fudge. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn’t “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, cake decorating, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

10 Essentials for Camper Living

10-Essentials-Collage_finalGreetings from our camper in North Dakota! After spending a few weeks back at our house in Kentucky and with family in Indiana, Will and I have finally returned to Jacob and our camper home. Since packing items for our return has been at the forefront of my mind, I thought I would share with you ten of the items I simply cannot live without in order to survive life in a camper.

1. Double Duty Wardrobe – There’s not much space in a camper so it’s important to make every stitch of clothing count. I try to include a few interchangeable basics along with some stand out pieces and lots of jewelry to dress things up. My camper uniform mostly consists of camisole tops or thermal tops in several colors along with several reversible silk “magic skirts” made from recycled sari fabric and lots of costume jewelry.

2. Fire Extinguishers & Smoke Alarms- If you’re considering camper life I don’t want these next items on the list to scare you, but the truth is that campers are notorious for being fire prone. If you’re going to live in one, be sure you have extinguishers and alarms that work. Also, be sure that all family members know where the fire exits are in your camper and that they know how they work.

3. Wifi Hotspot – I will gladly live without TV, but I don’t think I could function without the internet. I’ve found that the most practical internet option for our family is a Verizon (one of the few providers that works out here) hotspot. I can take it back and forth from our camper to our house and should Jacob’s job send us somewhere else there are no worries about canceling or starting service with another company.

4. Storage containers-When living in such a small space organization is essential. I have lots of plastic tubs and boxes with dividers to contain our jewelry, toys, food and other bric a brac. I am, by nature, extremely unorganized. If I didn’t have storage containers to put things in, all of the things would things strewn about from floor to ceiling.

5. Break resistant dishes – I used to hate Corelle dishes. Now that I live in a camper I love them. When the camper has to be moved I don’t have to worry too much about whether they are secure and when they get left outside I don’t have to worry about them getting broken, scratched or chipped. They also come in lots of cool patterns these days.

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The Working Mommy Menu


Being an oilfield wife and juggling a fulltime job makes mealtime nothing less than creative and challenging especially when you are a mommy too! I will be the first to admit, when Daddy is away at the rig, I am 100% guilty of nights when cereal is what’s for dinner, popcorn is the main course, or watermelon is an entrée for two. It was not until I noticed my toddler picking up some poor eating habits that I decided it was time to “make time” and take my cooking (or lack of) and get back on track. Here are just a few of my survival tips!

1) Early to rise! I wake up 15 minutes earlier on days when my husband is at the rig to empty the dishwasher first thing in the morning. Crazy I know, but this keeps mealtime clean up even quicker and I never get behind!

Read the rest of Becky’s tips HERE!

Check out here “Recipes to Try” and “Clean and Organized” boards on Pinterest for more ideas on mealtime and cooking:  http://pinterest.com/beckyarnld/boards/


Our Camper Life: An Introduction

camperlifeTwo months ago I was living in a four bedroom house with chickens and gardens, working a full time job and taking care of my son, Will, while his daddy, Jacob, worked in the North Dakota oilfields. Sounds pretty normal, right?

However, for our family, this arrangement quickly became unmanageable. I needed a change and our son needed his daddy. So, after some soul searching, a lot of back and forth and a bucketful of tears, we decided to sell or give away nearly everything we owned. I took what was left and jammed it into my vehicle along with our son and our Great Pyrenees, Thor. Then we headed off to live with Jacob in our camper in North Dakota.

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About Chelsea: Chelsea is mama to 4 year old Will and partner to her oilfield man and best friend of 16 years, Jacob. She splits her time between the family’s camper in the North Dakota Oil Patch and a small urban homestead in Kentucky. Chelsea writes about the family’s camper adventures at www.talesofanoilfieldgypsy.blogspot.com. She is a batik artist and loves teaching others about the art of batik at www.beautyofbatik.com. She can also be found working on her other sites www.chelseaniehaus.com and www.urbanagricultureinfo.com. In her moments of spare time she enjoys knitting, sewing and gardening.


The Oilfield Cafe: Bacon Ranch Foil Packet Potatoes


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I don’t know about y’all, but summer means grilling season in our household. Hubby is a master with a charcoal grill and I’m always looking for yummy sides to pair with his delicious steaks or ribs. I found this potato recipe while surfing around Facebook the other day and decided to give it a go. Let me just say that these potatoes were an instant hit! Hubby loved them so much that I had to make them again while we were at the lake with family, who all also fell in love with them. You can even fry up the leftovers in a little bit of butter for breakfast the next morning for instant home fries! (I never said I ate healthy, y’all.)

Here’s what you’ll need (This is enough for three servings. Adjust as needed.):


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