This Week on the Farmstead, August 14

Good Friday morning, everyone! This one is going to have to be short because I’m trying to get it typed before Kieran gets up!

This Week on the Farmstead - Stone Family Farmstead

This week has been pretty much non-stop for me. With all the work that I wanted to get done before Kieran got here yesterday, and all that needs to be maintained on a daily basis, I’m thinking my fitbit tracked more steps than I have had in a long time!

Family and Personal News

Due to it being Kieran’s 2nd birthday last Saturday, we didn’t have our sleepover. We did, however, head out to Aquarium of the Pacific to spend the day with the family enjoying the sea life and watching Kieran see it all for the first time. Here are a few photos from the aquarium.

Kieran with Auntie Abi on the other side of a fish tank, probably wondering what Grandma is doing in there!

Kieran with Auntie Abi on the other side of a fish tank, probably wondering what Grandma is doing in there!

Kieran petting sharks with Mommy, Daddy, and Auntie Abi. Uncle Danny is in the far right.

Kieran petting sharks with Mommy, Daddy, and Auntie Abi. Uncle Danny is in the far right.

Grandpa Todd took Kieran to get a picture with this guy, but Kieran wasn't having it. Grandpa enjoyed it though. :)

Grandpa Todd took Kieran to get a picture with this guy, but Kieran wasn’t having it. Grandpa enjoyed it though. 🙂

Me, feeding the Lorikeets some nectar.

Me, feeding the Lorikeets some nectar.

We also took Kieran and Abi to Knott’s Berry Farm yesterday, which was a lot of fun, but boy was it humid out there! Here’s a cute pic of Kieran and Grandpa Todd in the Pig Pen ride.



I was able to bottle up my strawberry kombucha this week, and it turned out delicious! I used my strawberry syrup to flavor most of them, and just used cut up raisins for the last 4 bottles. I’ll be posting the recipe on Monday, so stay tuned for that.

homemade kombucha - Stone Family Farmstead


It looks like our citrus tree is coming back to life, thankfully! Todd watered closer to the root ball, rather than in the pvc pipe he buried next to it and that seemed to work much better. Most other trees don’t have any issues with that, but for some reason this one wants water all around its trunk.


Our tomatoes are starting to ripen and we are getting larger peppers since I pruned the plants back. I was able to get our fall planting done and covered, but I see that one of the chickens must have gotten in each of the gardens and dug up a few spots. Since the seeds were planted 24 inches apart, it might still be ok. If they did get to the seeds, they probably only moved them around a bit, so some of the plants might come up in the wrong spots. All is secured again so as to minimize the chance of them getting in there again.


The rabbits and chins are still enjoying the indoors, and all the attention they are getting. Having them indoors is really helping me to understand their needs a little better. Also, I was able to switch all of the rabbits to those “lixit-style” waterers, which has been something I’ve wanted to do for years. I am happy to report that all of them are switched over and will now enjoy clean water for every drink, as opposed to clean water with a little bit of hay or fur in it. Geeky, but I’m very happy about this switch!

I noticed what looked like some signs of copper deficiency in Naomi in the past week so Abi and I copper bolused them on Tuesday night. I used marshmallows as my bolusing “tool” and poor Naomi and Willow had no idea what to do with that, or the tiny copper rods that were buried in them. They got them down, though, and none of us will need to worry about them again for another 6 months or so. I must say that the girls are faring well in this mini-heatwave we are having. They don’t seem to notice the heat at all, but I wet them down yesterday anyway. The temps this weekend are supposed to be around 104-105, so I’ll be keeping an eye on them.

I have so much more to share, but I just know that Kieran will be awakening very soon and ready to get outside. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you next week. If I don’t, you’ll know I’m doing grandma stuff, and that I’ll be back on the 28th! Have a wonderful week!

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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! 🙂
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  1. Hi Kristi, I’m new to the Kombucha scene and I am just wondering what kind of shelf life it has, or how long do you keep it? Thanks

    • It keeps for quite a while in the fridge. It does keep brewing, but the brewing process is slowed significantly by the cooler temps. I have never had kombucha go bad in the fridge, even if stored longer than two weeks.

  2. Fun post, Kristi! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop (


  3. loved reading all about the fun on the farmstead this week from one grand-parent to another it sure was worth the hard work having those kids for now we get to enjoy the grand-babies
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  4. Looks like a good time was had by all.

    You’ve got a great head start on the fall garden! I haven’t given a thought to what I’ll be growing this year.

    Thank you for sharing your outdoor post on this week’s Maple Hill Hop!

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