I have a short story that takes place on an isolated medieval (ish - the precise technology level isn't important to the story and so can be set to whatever is convenient) farmstead. The family who lives there don't spend a lot of time going about their daily lives before the plot starts, but I still want to mention something plausible-sounding for them to be doing, just to establish a feeling of comfortable mundanity before things get weird. The demands of the plot are as follows: The father is away working somewhere, far enough away that shouting for him or running to get him when things get dangerous isn't an option. For the same reason, there are no nearby neighbours or similar who can be summoned in a hurry. The mother is doing something outside, in front of the house. The daughter (age negotiable, but somewhere between 5 and 10 years old) at one point has an errand that takes her around the barn (or similar building), out of sight from her mother. Any suggestions for concrete things I can have them doing?