Monday, June 14, 2021

I Went Chasing Waterfalls


I was brewing my own kombucha for a long time, and all of a sudden one day when I went to bottle my latest batch, I saw all these little gnat looking bugs on my scoby! I looked it up and I think they were white mites. Apparently this is common when brewing booch, although I never had this issue in PA. or Seattle. I got stuck in a white mite scoby wormhole for awhile, and almost everyone said to rince the scoby and keep brewing. I just couldn't do it. the thought of all the mite poop and pee all over the scoby. So, I threw it all away and haven't brewed since. Kombucha is not cheap so I have felt that hit.

Since that happened, I've discovered water kefir and I love it's light, refreshing fizziness. I looked into making your own, and it's a much shorter process, so I'm hoping that means less time for little bugs to find a home. Fingers crossed. I'll be activating the crystals starting today, so hopefully by Thursday or Friday I should have homemade water kefir!! The package says you can use water, coconut water or juice, so I got some mango lemonade to use. Sounds nice and summery, right?

I mentioned that the last couple of weeks have been pretty bad for me mental health wise, so Saturday I went with a friend for a drive through both big and little cottonwood canyons. It was nice to see actual green, and I even saw a waterfall which really surprised me given the dryness of it all. I'm still not happy living in Utah, but it was nice to see some beauty and green. 

I was surprised to see so much snow still on this mountain. It's been so hot already!

Part of a ski resort with a rooftop pool very swanky!

Next time we're going to find a nice trail by the river, and try to find a not very people-y spot to sit by the water. 

I still feel a little shaky, but I do feel better and I hope to be back more this week, a little peppier. We'll see, it's going to be a hot, dry week.


  1. I am hoping that things do turn around for you soon. Hopefully the renovations are wrapping up so that is one less thing. Good luck with the kefir. Hopefully it is more resistant to fermentation issues.

    1. Thank you so much. I hope I feel better soon too.
      Tomorrow my kefir grains should be ready to go, I'm so excited!!!

  2. It's funny because I follow a few Utah bloggers and have always thought it look like such a beautiful place to live! Just goes to show you, the grass is always greener... or whatever. The issues you mentioned (renovations and having people in and out of your apartment) are definitely stressful. I hope you start to feel better soon!

  3. While normally I would say don't got chasing waterfalls, I am glad you were able to get away from the rivers and the lakes that you are used to and see some nice nature. I am very excited about your kefir making! I prefer water kefir to kombucha, but it is much harder to find. I haven't ever tried making either one.