Penny's Passion: Weekending - October 25, 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Weekending - October 25, 2018

It's Tuesday and I'm just now getting to my weekending post.  I think that's a sign of how my week has started!  Lots to do and barely keeping my head above water!  Regardless, here's a quick wrap up of our weekend ~

First, let me share our Halloween decorations in the family room.  I added a few things this year, which is always fun.  The mantle scarf was an Amazon find and I picked up a cover for our lamp in the same pattern.  


When I pulled in the driveway after work on Friday, I noticed we had been Booed.  Such a fun neighborhood tradition!  Do you do this in your neighborhood? 

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Friday night I finished reading my book club book - A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult.  I'm not going to sugar coat it.  I didn't like this book very much.  Here's the summary from Goodreads ~
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.
After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.
But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.
Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.
Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.
A Spark of Light: A Novel by [Picoult, Jodi]

The subject matter of the book is an extremely sensitive one and some of her descriptions were too graphic for me.  I don't have a ton of time to read and when I do, I want it to be enjoyable.  This book borderline crossed the line for me.  The way the book is written, it is constantly jumping time frames and characters.  A little too much for me.  Have you read it?  What did you think?

Before Eric headed off to work on Saturday morning, he set out our donation bags that were being picked up.  It was a great way to keep all those political solicitors from ringing our door bell!  

I hit the chores hot and heavy in the morning with the TV tuned in to the Hallmark channel.  By the afternoon I was in a Christmas movie coma and needed to get out of the house!  Nothing that a little retail therapy couldn't fix.


Since we got Booed on Friday night, I did put together two bags to Boo two additional neighbors.  I think they were delivered without the recipients knowing who they came from!

Sunday Eric had to work again so I spent the day working on a craft project I was doing for a friend and cooking.  Ian and Kayla were coming over for dinner and that made this mama extremely happy!  Sunday night family dinners can't happen very often because usually Eric works Sunday night, but this week he worked early (YAY!).  Didn't get a single picture, but it was a great evening.  I think food just tastes better when you enjoy it around a table full of people.

Now we're into another work week!  This one is going to be a little shorter for us because we're taking a trip to Parke County, Indiana.  What's in Parke County, Indiana?  Several covered bridges and HOPEFULLY some beautiful leaves!  

Hope your week is off to a great start.  Pop back in tomorrow for the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!


  1. That book is in my pile to read. I'm so far behind!

  2. I haven’t heard of this Jodi Piccoult book before but that’s a shame because I’ve read and enjoyed a few of her books (I always have a hard time following along when there are too many characters/storylines).

    Your Halloween decorations are so cute! I just found out about booing; what a cute tradition!

  3. We're doing the big purge at our house too and I think all of the local donation places are completely sick of us! But I have a completely empty closet and tons of room in all of the others, so that was nice.

  4. Your decorations look fantastic!!! Congrats on the purge - it feels soooo good to do those - I am doing it slowly as I move furniture, etc. and am deciding that I really don't need all the crap I have-HA!!!!