Kennebunk Maine Seagull- Guest Blog

Eleven degrees in Kennebunk, Maine. Cold!

This series of photos of a persistent seagull pecking on my friend Carrie’s car hood arrived in my messages tonight.
Thanks for sending these shots.

I asked if he did any damage to the hood
Carrie says,

Oh, I didn’t look. Don’t think so.  finally put it in drive and went forward. He stayed on. So I put it in reverse. He still stayed on. Then I backed up and turned to get him off. The little guy was enjoying the ride.”


Monday used to be Washday- and a Laundry Soap Recipe- Guest Blog

Thinking about laundry and washday which was traditionally on Mondays-click for history

Do you have a specific day for laundry?

A fellow knitter hailing from Maine responded to my post of Fels-Naptha Soap

Here is Carrie’s recipe for Homemade Laundry Soap with the accompanying photos she sent when I invited her to be the guest blogger.

“Loved your blog, sorry to text so early. Wanted to tell you it cost 2.75 to make a 5 gallon pail. If you used 1 cup per load it would be approximately 80 loads using 8 oz. Cost per load is about 3.5 cents” Carrie. I had the wrong cost of ingredients you don’t use the entire box.

Thanks for being guest blogger, Carrie.

Full recipe below
5 gallon container
Paddle Bit to stir mixture
Here’s a batch of Carrie’s handmade regular soap. She’s been making her own soap for seven years.



2 cups Super Washing Soda

1 cup Borax Detergent Booster

1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap


5 gallon pail with lid

½ to 1 cup measuring cup


Stir Paddle that attaches to electric drill or large sturdy stir item.


Grate 1 bar of Fels Naptha Soap with a cheese grater and place in a saucepan. Cover soap with approximately 3 to 4 inches of water. Heat on stove at a low simmer until soap is melted, stirring constantly with whisk.

Add Borax Detergent Booster and Super Washing Soda to 5 gallon pail. Fill 5 gallon pail to ¾ full with hot tap water. Attach paddle bit to drill and begin mixing the powder and water until combined and powder has dissolved. 

Then slowly add the melted soap mixture to the pail, while stirring with the paddle. Next fill remaining pail with hot tap water, till it reaches 3 inches from top of pail. Continue to mix until smooth.

Mix it several times over the next few hours until it has cooled. This will produce a smooth pail of soap. 

Use ½ to 1 cup per load of laundry. 

** For use in top load washers, for front load washers, please check your manual.