DIY Detergent, Lego Cake, Eagle

by Josh on October 21, 2009 · 3 comments

in Journal

Battling a cold and preparing for my oldest son’s sixth birthday, my do-it-yourself projects took a little different form this past weekend.

DIY Laundry Detergent

I have read a few blog posts lately about people making their own laundry soap, and with my detergent running low, I decided to give it a try.  There are lots of laundry soap recipes online, but I used one I found over at Tipnut.  In addition to the Fels-Naptha soap, Borax and washing soda, I also mixed in some Oxyclean powder for extra stain fighting.

Homemade Laundry Soap

Is that a photo of the world’s largest urine sample?  No!  It’s just my homemade detergent.  As you can see, the resulting soap mixture separates quickly and requires stirring or shaking before use.  I washed a few loads of laundry over the weekend and the results seemed as clean and fresh-smelling as when using commercial detergent, at a substantially cheaper cost.

Birthday Block Cake

I’ve blogged in the past about my childhood lifelong love of Legos.  Now my kids are getting started with Legos of their own.  For his sixth birthday, my older boy requested a Lego party, so of course I needed to build him a Lego cake.

Lego Cake

The frosting was a bit of a challenge, but, all things considered, I think it turned out pretty well.  More importantly, my son couldn’t wait to blow out his candles.

Backyard Eagle

I continue to deal with persistent pigeons roosting on my roof, but now I have proof that I don’t struggle alone against these pests.  Check out the sweet raptor I managed to catch on film while it paused on the garden fence in my backyard.

Backyard Eagle

I had to snap the picture quickly through the screen window and I unfortunately didn’t get a second shot to fix the focus.  Even blurry, it’s clear that is one wicked bird.  My bird identification skills are lousy– can anyone make out exactly what kind of raptor this is?  I just hope he likes pigeons.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

denise October 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Good shot, even if it’s blurry! I would guess it’s a Cooper’s Hawk. It’s hard to tell the size, but they’re medium-sized and more common in (sub)urban areas. We have one that frequents our neighborhood and was stalking sparrows in our yard a few weeks ago.


Will October 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I may have to copy you for Ryan’s b-day… I think a Lego Cake would send him happily into a sugar coma. I’ll e-mail you about insulation talk, I got the permits yesterday to finish the rough in. Thanks for the advice!


Amit November 3, 2009 at 6:24 am

Hmm i just loved the idea of making detergent. Let me try once it for me as well.
Thanks buddy.

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