Raised in a Barn…

Day-to-Day Life of a Country Mama

Looking Forward 

Last night, our little family followed suit to many others and headed for the County fair. It was the first night of the three day rodeo. We arrived early and took a walk around. Savannah loves getting to see the show animals. I was so happy to see what a large crowd they had, for both the fair shows and the rodeo. 

Something I have really been looking forward to as the kids get older is involving them in the fairs. Growing up with a work-from-home mom and being homeschooled meant that we could get what we needed to done at odd times and work at the County and District fairs. We half lived there as we got older. 

We volunteered and ran the photo entries for many years. Then when there wasn’t enough work to go around, I got loaned out to the craft ladies, who were a little older and could use a gofer (as in go-for this, go-for that). I handled placement of entries for them, keeping it organized by category. When I wasn’t working, I was hanging out at the barns with old and new friends. I loved it and learned so much. 

Now that I am at home wth the kids too, I’d like to get back to going to the fairs. For the time while the kids are little, I’ll probably just start entering things I’m working on. I’m sure I’ll have to get used to changes in regulations on entries. Maybe once they get older, I can get the kids involved. Maybe we can all volunteer. I just want them to build memories at the fairs like I did. 


Shelf for Market 

A little more wood used up! This is a basic shelf display I built for my market table. It is only about a foot and a half wide. It works well for bringing the smaller jars and bottles in my inventory up closer to eye leve. The only thing I plan on changing about it is putting a small decorative ridge on the two upper shelves. They slant slightly to make lid-top labels easier to read. It works well for that, but I worry about the wind coming up and helping items come off. (Yes, this did actually happen once.) I am thinking of making a couple more for at some point having a second table. I have time to decide that though. For now, it’s not much, but I like it. 

Hay to Pine

I’m making some changes in my herb area. After noticing some erosion in one portion of our rock wall, I decided to shift my use of the area. 

While it will still be an herb garden, I am gong to have them all in pots or planters to cut down on the erosion from watering. I had already planted most of them in something to curb their spread so this won’t be much of a change. I am considering building some planters, but I need to look into this some more. 

The main change I’m making is switching the mulch from hay to pine needles. The hay was just putting to much grass seed in the area. This lead to quickly sprouting grass and more wear on the packed areas I am trying to maintain. The needles should curb weed growth by both covering and adding higher acid levels to the ground. 

I’m happy with the changes and hoping they have the positive effect I think they will. I’ll try to pass along any other developments as I try this new method. 

Crayon Case

Upon doing the weekly cleaning out of my purse, I had a great idea. The little box of crayons I carry for Savannah (along wth a small notebook for times when she needs something to do while we wait) had deteriorated. It was far beyond being able to tape it again and get another month’s use. I was trying to decide what to put crayons in for my purse when it hit me. I had an empty Altoids tin. 

So here is the start of Savannah’s new travel crayons. I no longer have to worry about them falling out and melting in the bottom of my purse. I think it’s going to work perfectly. 

Finished Storage Bench 

It’s done! I finished building our storage bench. I gave it a light sanding to knock off the worst of the splinters. (Please ignore the junk in the photo – I organized the garage the same day.) This is what it looks like for now. 

I will add a couple things as I have time. I want to sew a cushion for the top. It will spruce the bench up a bit and make a more comfortable perch. I will also either buy or build a rack for stacking shoes on the right side. 

I also want to try crocheting two or three plastic baskets for the shelves. I have heard of recycling plastic bags by cutting them in strips and crocheting them into usable items. I’m excited to try that though it will probably be a while before I can start on one much less get one done. That will probably be one of my winter projects. 

Anyway, the bench is usable for now and that’s what counts. I still have a lot of wood to use and I better hurry up with it. 

Hay Labor Day

Travis’s long weekend wasn’t much of a break for him. We ended up hauling hay Sunday evening and yesterday morning. There wasn’t very much, but enough to let you know you had done some work. Between it and my woodworking, I was feeling a bit stiff this morning. 

I would say there were a lot of folks like us trying to wrap up haying this weekend. Our area had a very unusually wet and cool August. I am really curious what the following months will bring.  That should be all the hay we put up this yeah. Most hay around here has to be done before Labor Day. Well, time to jump on the rest of the days tasks. 

Garage Bench

I’m getting the base of our garage bench put together. As you can see, I’m in the middle of putting the shelf in before I add the top bench planks. This area is 20 inches wide. This does not include a 10-inch area on the right side that will house a rack for shoes. The bench top will extend the full 30 inches. If everything goes right, it will fit perfectly between our door and wall of the garage. I’ll post again at least with a final photo!

In the Numbers

It’s said that death comes in threes. Is there a saying similar for births? Does it come in fives……tens? I don’t know but it always seems like it. 

For example, at this moment, I know five women off the top of my head that are pregnant. This is just in my relatively small social circle. It doesn’t include Travis’s wide sea of friends. Babies seem to come in waves. The first time I noticed this was when I was pregnant with Savannah. Suddenly there were four or five of us in varying degrees of pregnancy directly connected with the dealership Travis works for. 

Anyway, given the number, I had better get started making the baby home remedy kits I plan to sell at market. I can give some out to friends who are expecting and wait for the ripple effect. If I know this many pregnant women, there are probably a lot of folks needing baby shower gifts. 


I didn’t think the display I built was overly large…….until I set up my little table up next to it. Needless to say, I realized quickly that this display will be a table side one; not a tabletop one. It’s use may have altered slightly, but I think I’m still going to get a lot of use out of it. And I already have an idea for how to build another display. It should stay small enough to use on my table this time, too!

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