This Week on the Farmstead – June 26



Thanks again for popping in and setting with me today while I chatter on about what’s been going on this past week. I’m so excited that you are here, because it’s really the one time in the week that I’m just being me, rather than teacher, if that makes sense! I love teaching but I love to just chat leisurely, too, so pull up a chair and grab a cup and let’s chew the fat for a bit.

This Week on the Farmstead - Stone Family Farmstead

It’s been a HOT week here, but not nearly as hot as last week, and that’s a fact. Over 100 degrees is downright oppressive! 90s–even the upper 90s–are much more manageable for me. Farm work doesn’t stop for the weather, though, and so I’m turning a nice shade of brown.

As for this week’s post, I liked how I broke it up last week, so I’ll do that again for those of you who are interested in specific types of news.

Family and Personal News

I had the car this week, and I can’t tell you how nice it was to be able to get out of the house at will…until Thursday morning when I discovered that I locked the keys in the car! Poor Abi had to call on her friend’s mom to pick her up for theater camp…again. I felt like the worst mom ever!

Speaking of theater camp–it ends this week and will culminate with a live choir performance of medleys tonight that will be sung by the teens and the younger children. I’m especially interested in attending because this will be the first time I’ve ever heard Abi sing. I’m excited!

Danny donated his Saturn last Saturday, which was the last thing he needed to do with it. Back in February, he bought a car, paying most in cash and financing a few thousand dollars to build some credit. He’s great with money. Must have some of Grandma Becky’s good money sense in him–and, of course, his dad’s.

Todd is back to his regular hours at work, and all of us are adjusting back to our regularly scheduled lives. He is off today, and is planning on getting the last part of my garden area fence in this weekend, I think. Working all those weird hours take a toll on a person, so I don’t blame him for waiting, not one bit.

Garden

We are still harvesting three types of squash out of the garden, and we’ve also harvested a couple of peppers. We have a fourth type of squash plant that is setting fruit called pattypan. I like them because they look like little flower-shaped squash. Two of my tomato plants are setting fruit this week, so I’m super stoked about that. I’m never sure I’m going to get tomatoes for some reason. It’s probably because I tend to overload my raised beds with nitrogen rich compost, and I’m finding out this year that tomatoes don’t really care much for that.

Our tomato plants are finally setting fruit - Stone Family Farmstead

I’ve been having a heck of a time trying to figure out my Moringa trees. I think I need to read some more about them because their leaves are turning yellow, which can me too much water, or not enough. Also, something is eating them–can you see the missing leaves? Does anyone know what pest eats a Moringa plant?

Moringa issues - Stone Family Farmstead

Animals

We have this ongoing saga with Bella where we have been trying to switch her to grain free kibble for months, but her stomach wasn’t having it. We are finally seeing some success with using milk kefir along with the very slow switch to the grain free stuff. It was happening before that she would throw up after every meal that included even a small amount of grain free food. Now that I’m using 1 teaspoon of milk kefir with every meal, she seems to be accepting the new kibble much more easily.

On another note, Bella sort of freaks out about things. I think it’s the breed (she’s a Vizsla)–they are more anxious than most other breeds, it seems. This week’s thing that freaked her out was trying to pass a long dangly hairball that she ate off the cat on Wednesday. I think she frantic-slammed the screen door a couple of times to get to me so I could rescue her from her poopy plight. Yay. (BTW, please don’t judge us–this dog eats ANYthing and EVERYthing she can get into her mouth. I’m not kidding. Suffice to say that I pretty much know what she’s been eating every day, and not because I see her eating it…)

Bella of Stone Family Farmstead

Don’t let this innocent face fool you.

Here’s another fun one–I’m full of them this week, just so ya know–one of the cats caught a wild rabbit sometime in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Whichever cat it was ate an arm and a leg and left the rest–worms and all–for us on the porch. And now, I’m watching my animals for diarrhea and worms for the next week or two. Double yay.

And thirdly–I think my broody hen, Carlotta, has scaly leg mites. I’ve not dealt with this before, so I think Saturday will be a chicken coop cleaning and disinfecting day for me if the new fence is up. If not, I’ll have to wait for that to happen before I can treat everyone and the coop.

Carlotta's feet - Stone Family Farmstead

Am I right in thinking this is scaly leg mites?

That’s enough for the bad animals news, though. I’ve got some good news about the barn that I’ve been trying to cool down. I’m not sure if it’s the outdoor temps, but the barn inside has been a little cooler since the hose has been partially in the hole (I’ll be posting more in depth about it over the weekend, or at least by Monday). I’m still digging the trench, but the hose is covered with boxes to keep the water cool inside and I think it’s helping. Once this project is done, it will bring the rabbits one step closer to comfort this summer. That’s a yay!

My goatie girls are doing well, nothing to report really. Since you’ve made it through all my bad news, though, you do deserve a bit of goatie cuteness, so here you go.

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Wrapping Up

As per usual, I still have a ton more to say, but you have things to do and so do I. Go put your cup in the sink and get moving on making your farmstead work like a well-oiled machine, and I will too.

See you next 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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Comments

  1. What a busy week you’ve had! My favorite part was the grace you imparted on your husband. Husbands are such a gift, and not to be taken for granted–sounds like you’ve got that down 🙂 .
    Second favorite part? Goat cuteness 🙂
    Blessings,

    • Yep, he’s definitely a keeper, Deborah. He’s been anticipating my barn-cooling needs for the past couple of weeks and I’m so grateful to him for that. He he, the goats are always cute and good for a smile. 🙂

  2. You’ve got a lot going on! I am a bit intimidated by tomatoes myself. I vow to conquer that though (just not this summer).
    Thanks for stopping by The Maple Hill Hop!

    • Ha ha, yeah. Tomatoes, for some reason, just don’t do much for me if I’m trying, ha ha. I need to conquer them too, and I’m hoping it IS this summer! Thanks for stopping by, Daisy!

  3. Boy you are one busy lady. While I have always wanted a farm I think I’ll just stick to reading about the adventures of others. Our cats love to leave us presents, but would never leave a rabbit. Wondering if there was something wrong with it that the cats didn’t finish it. You mentioned worms, but I’m not sure if they were there before or after.

    • Hi Joyce! Yeah, it was really weird. Usually they will eat most of it and leave the head, but this time around, it seemed like no one wanted to touch it. Maybe it was because of the worms. In that case, I’m glad!

  4. Love hearing about what’s going on at your homestead! Thanks, once again, for linking up at My Flagstaff Home.

    Jennifer

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