This is youngest in one of the cool polos Top Golf provided for him to wear at his new job there! He also has a black polo and a super nice black lined jacket.
He’s polishing silverware, folding napkins and bundling the silverware into rolls. And he absolutely loves it so far. Apparently people stop by and say hi all the time, his boss gave him a certificate for a free meal there (and he gets to golf for free), and he loves the music they play…
My new job is being the mom bus driving him a couple times a week when he works. He applied for a reduced rate bus pass and through our township, we can arrange for a van to take him to and from work at a fairly reasonable cost. Don’t want to throw too many changes at him at once so we will start that soon.
Bottom line, as anyone with a special needs child knows, if he’s happy, then I’m happy!
I am pulling something from my archives to repost and if you haven’t already read it, I hope you enjoy! (If you have already seen it, maybe you could just pretend to like it again?) 🙂
I’m toying with writing some fiction and hey, I’ve known you all of five months now, so I’m feeling more comfortable trying this out and I’d appreciate any and all comments — I love it when you’re all so supportive, but helpful criticism is appreciated, too!
Our First Apartment!
The upstairs of the rentable suburban two-flat was small. There was just one big bedroom, a kitchen, living room and what you might call a front parlor. The one bathroom was tiny and had incredibly crazy jungle print wallpaper. She stared at it, then turned to him with wide eyes. He pulled her close, rocking her gently in his arms. “Baby, it’s not so bad, is it?” he asked quietly. She moved a little in his arms but didn’t answer and his heart dropped. It was the best place they’d seen, and they really couldn’t afford much else. He hated that she was upset.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you’re a fan of romance novelist Debbie Macomber you simply cannot miss her new book releasing this week. When Nichole finds that her husband, Jake, has been cheating on her during their short marriage, she decides she can’t keep giving him one more chance and files for divorce. This gives her mother-in-law the courage to admit that she’s turned a blind eye to Jake’s father’s cheating for their entire marriage and she won’t continue.
Nichole and her MIL Leanne end up taking apartments across the hall from each other and make a plan to help them not only get through but thrive during this new and unfamiliar time. Leanne takes a volunteer position teaching English as a second language and becomes friends with a lovely Ukrainian immigrant widower named Nikolai who has much to teach her about starting over if she can open her heart to him.
And Nichole meets a rough-edged tow truck company owner named Rocco, a decent, hard working guy with a daughter. He’s a wonderful father, but feeling a little out of his comfort zone with dresses and dances and all the things that go along with raising a teenaged girl and is happy to have Nichole’s input. Neither he nor Nichole are certain they want to move forward with a relationship, especially when Jake decides to try to work things out with Nichole and threatens to sue for custody of their young son if she keeps on seeing Rocco.
In true Debbie Macomber fashion, it’s heartwarming and sweet and a HEA is practically guaranteed. I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley.
There’s no place like seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, at Christmas—and there’s nothing like a wedding, the warmth of the holidays, and an old crush, to create the perfect new start…
Interior designer Fiona McCrae has left fast-paced Manhattan to move back home to peaceful Blueberry Cove. But she’s barely arrived before she’s hooked into planning her big sister Hannah’s Christmas wedding—in less than seven weeks. The last thing she needs is for her first love, Ben Campbell, to return to neighboring Snowflake Bay…
As kids, Fiona was the bratty little sister Ben mercilessly teased—while pining after Hannah. But Fi never once thought of Ben like a brother. And that hasn’t changed. Except Fi is all grown up. Will Ben notice her now? More importantly, with her life in a jumble, should he? Or might the romance of the occasion, the spirit of the season, and the gifts of time ignite a long-held flame for many Christmases to come…
Something old might just become something new…
Donna Kauffman has seen her books reviewed in venues ranging from Kirkus
Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives
just outside of DC in the lovely Virginia countryside, where she is presently
trying to makeover her newly empty nest into something that doesn’t have to
accommodate piles of sports equipment falling out of her coat closet (okay, out
of every closet…and under every bed….), size 13 cleats and sweaty uniforms
cluttering her foyer (and stairwell, and laundry room, and…), and a kitchen
that should have come with a traffic light. And a pantry monitor. (Anyone with
a clever idea on how to repurpose lacrosse sticks into matching reading lamps,
she’s all ears!) When she’s not stripping paint, varnishing an old auction
house find, or trying to avoid bodily injury with her latest power tool
purchase, she loves to hear from readers!
My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
Ever since they were teenagers, there was incredible heat between Darcy Cochrane and Beck Rivera. He wanted to be a firefighter like his foster dad, Sean Dempsey, and she was an heiress in Chicago. And since Beck knew nothing could come of their attraction, he told her he didn’t feel anything for her so that she’d move on to a better life. And too bad if his heart hurt just at the look of betrayal in her eyes.
But Darcy wasn’t interested in her father’s lifestyle and wounded beyond belief by Beck’s declaration, she left town and traveled the world, learning her art from some fabulous tattoo artists. She’s back in the city and meeting her friend for a drink when they run into Beck at a local bar and she finds he realized his dream of becoming a firefighter after all.
And when he’s obviously still attracted to her, she decides that maybe one night before she leaves him will give him a taste of his own medicine. But she finds that’s not really possible when the fire still burns so brightly between them.
This is a cute little novella that precedes the other books in the Hot in Chicago series. It’s short and sweet and a quick holiday read with a nice HEA. And who better to accompany this review than Elvis? 😉