Spring is always full of projects, and I basically keep a running project list. This past weekend was the weekend for small refresh projects. I went around the farm and analyzed what was in good shape, could be refreshed, and what needed to be flagged for a dump run. I love the idea of donating, but apart from baby gear, most things around here surpass donate quality or else we wouldn’t get rid of it.
Saturday morning, I ran to the city for basic supplies, I didn’t plan far enough in advance and everything here was closed. I try to buy local when reasonable, but lately I suck at planning. I had a turkey in my fridge all week because I couldn’t seem to plan enough to get the dang thing to thaw! It made a great Mother’s Day dinner though.
My favorite thing about buying supplies at a farm supply store is that the labels speak my language. For example, I was looking for paint, wasn’t real sure what I wanted, but it would be used for a picnic table and whatever else needed paint. The perfect gallon stood out to me “Siding, barn, fence, and general outdoor paint”. Yup, that covers the jobs I have – SOLD. Next came spray paint, I wanted a good red for the wagon and maybe toys. What did I find? Farm and implement paint in Massey Ferguson Red. Yes, tractor red was perfect & it sounded like it should hold up to kids.
We did some divide and concur for farm projects, and I must admit, they all benefit me, so what could be better for a Mom’s weekend? I took care of painting the picnic tables, the wagon, and Tonka trucks, and Hubby built a stanchion for shearing goats and trimming the hooves for goats and sheep.
The Tonka trucks were probably my most work, I had to tape off the plastic the best I could after washing them, and to be honest, these things ae super ugly, so I couldn’t get real into protecting the super faded black. I chose orange in hopes it would do a better job covering the parts starting to rust. They turned out pretty good, though they kind of look a bit like a Cheeto truck fleet. Overall, they look a heck of a lot better than they did before.
This guy above didn’t get a lot of attention for detail.
The wagon is probably my favorite fix up just because it’s such an emblem of American youth, and it turned out pretty good.
Hubby built the stanchion out of scrap lumber we had saved from other projects and things that have been taken apart or repaired. He built it out of his head, so I don’t have any plans share. It’s a basic frame with deck, and then there are two 2×4’s pinned in place using 6in 5/8th bolts with lock nuts and washers. That allows the arms to open and close to hold the goat in place, he also placed a couple wood blocks to prevent the arms from moving too much. He set it up so we could chain at two different points so that it didn’t matter if we used it for lambs, sheep, goats, or kids (hahahaha – goat kids not mine – no worries).
I’m most excited for the stanchion, the shears should arrive Thursday so the ladies will be getting a trim next weekend. Stay tuned for that, it should be entertaining. I also have fabric for making goat sheets, so we will see how that project turns out. I used to sew blankets for Breyers all the time as a kid, had a little mini business for it, so it shouldn’t be too hard right? HAHA