Photo books

I’ve tried a few photo book services/apps in the past but they can be pretty time consuming  so I was kind of interested in trying out this new app – Chatbooks .

I have too many photos for an app to decide which ones to use but it’s not too hard to choose 30 (or more) photos myself and do some quick arranging and I like the price – $15 for a hardcover book or $10 for softcover —  shipping is $4 dollars but both times I’ve ordered they’ve given me free shipping for the next 48 hours … and yep, both times I went back and created another book to get the free shipping. 

I doubt I’d just do this for everyday type photos but for those special trips it’s even easier than having a bunch of photos printed and then having to put them in albums myself. I guess I’ll be adding some books to the library!

I’m even considering going back and printing a book of my quilt photos.

The boys are back home

Chris and Adam are back from their trip to Virginia where they attended their grandmother’s funeral. I love that they took me along with them through texts and photos and that they had that time together. 

I know not everyone would,  but I appreciated Chris taking a couple photos after the service. 

Chris realized this trip that all 3 sets of grandparents are buried (or will be in the case of my Mom) in Virginia. Keith’s parents are at Arlington National Cemetery, My Dad is in Newport News, and his father and that set of grandparents are buried in Southampton county. Keith and I have recently decided that we want to be cremated and our ashes interred at the same cemetery my Dad is buried and Chris told me tonight that he’d like to have his family’s ashes buried there too … of course, he’ll have to convince Becky of that. 

My brother got me information from the cemetery in October and I’m thinking about doing some pre-planning but so far, I’ve just been thinking about it. Maybe it’s time to actually make some concrete plans. 

Sick day

Thank you Keith for passing along the cold the kids gave you last week! I’ve felt it coming on the last couple days and it hit me hard last night. Luckily, I still made progress on my knitting goals. 

Pattern – St Mungo’s simple hat  

Needles – US 6

Yarn – Caron Cupcakes in the Candy Buttons colorway

Finn was happy to cuddle up and keep me company all afternoon. 

An exciting afternoon

I was knitting this afternoon when I heard a woman outside calling out and went out to see what the problem was, she was a dog walker hired by one of my neighbors and she’d lost the dog!! I helped her look around our community property and when we didn’t find the dog, I took her to the neighborhood park and along Bayshore where we found the dog but he was scared from all the traffic and noise and ran faster than I could … he ended up jumping in the bay when someone tried to catch him and crawled in a storm drain. By this time there was just me and two strangers who had stopped to help and the guy who had tried to catch him pointed out which drain he’d crawled into. We called 911 and then waited while first the police and then the marine response unit came out and tried to rescue the dog. Eventually the owner showed up and the dog was rescued thankfully!!

In addition to the police and marine response officer, lots of media showed up.  If you’re bored, you can click the link below to view the news coverage – you might even recognize me in my purple top!

Toby’s rescue from the bay