Last week I was stuck in the goat barn not once, but twice in one day. The first time I took refuge from a deluge, a monsoon, a downpour - I wasn't going out in that till it was over. The second time it was hailing and I again decided I'd wait it out.
A few years ago, my son would have come out with an umbrella and walked (ran) me back to the house. He's sweet like that, but he has his own apartment in the city now.
My daughter M said I should have an "emergency box" in the barn, with a book, a blanket, a bottle of water, and some granola bars or something, just in case this happens again (and it will). I think maybe I just need to keep an umbrella in the barn, but for some reason I can't find any of the four umbrellas that were in my dad's car when he passed away and I drove the car home from California.
So, I took one of the empty bins from the feed trailer (which is unused now that we keep feed in the goat barn), washed it out with dish soap, a scrub-brush and the hose, and let it dry in the sun. Hopefully it will smell ok when it's dry. I gathered up a blanket, a bottle of water, some snacks, and I'll look under the driver's seat in my truck for one of those umbrellas - the truck badly needs to be cleaned out. There's a vintage wooden chair in the storage shed. All this can go in the feed stall until the milkroom is finished.
It might come in handy if I'm out there with a sick or kidding goat too.