Monday, November 19, 2012

November at Overstuffed

I guess this year I am dong the anti-NaBloPoMo!  For all of my thoughts about why I want to keep my blog going, I am having a very difficult time with the follow-through.  And here it is November 19!  Thanksgiving is in just 3 days and then I will be caught up in a whirlwind of Christmas.


So what have the Overstuffed clan been doing for the past 3 weeks?

Well, we voted.  As I am sure all of you did, too.

And yet, the political posts on Facebook just keep coming.  It makes me more tired than going to the gym at 5:45 in the morning does.  (Ok, so it's more like 6:15, but it still makes me exhausted!)

We had to replace our water main.  Our entire front lawn had to be dug up to put shiny new copper pipes in from the street to the house.


So now that we have no front lawn, guess what our spring home improvement project will be?

A skunk decided to visit our backyard one night after dark.   I let Puccini out and shortly thereafter heard her freaking out and I was sure she was being attacked by a wolf.  Luckily it was just a skunk who did not feel the need to spray the frantic little puppy one foot in front of it.  Joel managed to get her in the house before that need kicked in, anyway.


Can you even see the thing?  I learned something new about skunks that night, too: They can climb fences.  Just lovely.

It snowed quite a bit a week ago.  Enough that the girls had to wear snowpants to school, and violin lessons were cancelled that night due to treacherous road conditions.  And I have been remiss in getting the yard ready for winter.  Good thing it's all melted now, maybe I'll finally take those lanterns (and the grill, and the potted plants, and, and, and) down this week.  Since I'm on "vacation."


They are quite pretty in the snow, but I'm afraid once we have our three feet they will be destroyed.

Chloe wrote me one of her sweet notes.  I live for these notes.  They make mothering that particular child totally worth it.


Seriously.  Does that not make you melt into a puddle of cuteness?  And it also makes me want to be that kind of mom all the time, because I have guilt every day that I'm not.

All three of my girls are excelling in school, which thrills me no end.  Parent Teacher Conferences this year were lovely experiences (not that they're ever awful or anything) and it makes me happy to have such wonderful children.  And they are all around wonderful, except when they're not.

I am teaching a huge load at the university and trying to keep my own voice in shape (along with my body, the house, the children, my life...).  I have a couple upcoming engagements that I (should) be working on, but I admit that the music sits on my piano and is ignored for days.  I did perform in a casual recital last weekend, something I've been working on for several months at the assignment of my teacher (from whom I get a voice lesson about twice a year).  I was pleased with the end result--enough so that I will post video here--and you all know I hate doing that. 

Just please ignore my sharpness on the final note. I think I was so relieved to have the high A out of the way (NOT my favorite note to sing) that I forgot there was more. :)

I am happy to have a small respite this week.  I'm THANKFUL to have a small respite.  Today I still got up and went to the gym dark and early--that is another part of our November, 'tis pretty dark and dreary already--and got the girls off to school and then took Puccini walking for another hour with my friend.  But then I went back to bed, and it felt so good.  And then I hung around the house reading a little and puttering.  Which also felt good.  I did actually get my office (mostly) cleaned, too, so I wasn't entirely unproductive.

I think Puccini enjoyed having me in a more relaxed mode.  As I was reading on the couch, she decided to join me and read over my shoulder.

omorrow, I might paint the upstairs hallway, but I might also sleep all day.  Only time will tell.  And on Wednesday I will make my Thanksgiving pies.  We aren't hosting this year, which I am a little sad about.  I do love getting my house ready and making the perfect table and everything, but at the same time, I appreciate that I don't have to stress myself out.  Just hoping the gluten-free pie crust I'm planning on making works and tastes  yummy.

I think I'll go read some more with Puccini now...hope you're all having a lovely November!

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I've fallen off the blogging band wagon as well, although I want to do better since I so enjoy the results. And I love those notes. My second daughter has gifted me with some good ones over the years. They truly are gifts.

  2. I can't believe that I got to take voice lessons from you! Holy smokes. You just get more amazing as time goes on!

  3. Oh, the water main! I'm so sorry. That's a HUGE hassle. :(

    Your pup is so freaking darling. And that note from Chloe? I'd frame that. Seriously so cute!