Tired to the bone.


I’m too tired to do anything except type. So, I may as well do a catch up



I’ve been working a ton, as is usual in the summer. But, man, being 60, it sure wears me out!   My oldest son and his wife (Adam and Sarah) found out they are pregnant, which was awesome, because they have tried for 6 plus years. But, an ultrasound two weeks ago showed that there are many problems and the baby probably won’t survive. After about 24 hours feeling truly awful we decided (separately, but simultaneously) that this is always going to be their baby and it is now warm, nourished, and cared for, so we will cherish each moment it is with us and grieve when it is not. They came up last weekend and we enjoyed the gardens at Michigan State University.

Another reason I am exhausted….. One and a half weeks ago my husband, (veterinarian) was contacted by the local Humane Society. They needed vaccination records on two of his patients, 8 month old Great Dane sisters. The owners had left them at the Humane Society because they were tearing their house up (hello, Great Dane puppies). These two pups are sisters and are related to Orion. So after a few days of thinking, and a couple of visits, we brought them home. So, yes. We now have five dogs, three of whom are Great Danes.

Dana is on the left, Dottie is on the right. In reality, everyone is settling in very well. The girls are learning manners very quickly and they have their giant dog crates, which they love, so the house won’t be any more dismantled than it already is.


This weekend, Ashlee and Anthony and their two dogs came up. So we had SEVEN dogs, three of them crazy puppies.

Thus…….tired. There, I think I caught you guys up on most everything. So, here is a gorgeous cloud.


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27 Responses to Tired to the bone.

  1. Dear gawd, you need a stable for those Great Danes! I’m surprised it doesn’t sound like ponies trotting around on your hardwood floors, lol.

    Seriously, you have a huge heart to want to take in those pups. While a lot of people think it’s cool to own a big dog, very few have the resources or the space, so the dog ends up going back to the shelter, sometimes multiple times. I just hope you don’t go crazy with all the dogs running your house now!

    I’m sad for your son and daughter in law, but it sounds like they are making the best out of a difficult situation. You need a ((hug)) too.

  2. You can always hitch those dogs to a wagon and save money on gas!

  3. Now that is a lot of dogs in one house! Good thing you guys have room for them to run around outside 😀 Sad for your son and his wife. Is adoption a possibility for them?

  4. Laurie says:

    Oh, my lord, look at all the dogs! I saw you comment on someone else’s post mentioning lots of dogs and I thought it was just the usual crowd. It’s like a tide of Great Danes.
    What a wrench for your son and his wife — and you, of course. One thing to think about for them — there are photographers out there who will take very sensitive, lovely portraits of parents with their stillborns, it may be a remembrance they will want to have. Just a thought.

    • Lauri says:

      Thank you for the idea about the photographer. It will be something to cherish if they get that far.

      It is an entire stable of Great Danes. At this very moment, Dottie is club-footing the sliding door because she wants to go out and eat tomatoes.

      For the most part all is going smoothly. 😉

  5. kimkiminy says:

    Get some little saddles, and charge neighborhood tots for “pony” rides! 🙂

  6. tom says:

    That is an awesome cloud! I hope you get some rest soon.

  7. aubrey says:

    That is grievous news for your son and daughter – for your whole family. I hope you will be able to cherish the experience for as long as you can. It will require a lot of strength and a lot of love. A romping stable of animals could help maintain the happy quotient.

    What a lovely, golden cloud. Though here in Los Angeles, if I saw it, my immediate reaction would be “Good God, ANOTHER brush fire?”

  8. madtante says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the baby but it is loved and that is what matters.

    I’m glad that you can help the Danes!

  9. Emmy says:

    Best wishes for Adam and Sarah. Sorry to hear they’re going through such a rough time. Biology just sucks sometimes, doesn’t it. Glad you have the cheery beasts to lift spirits though. I say, the more the better! Though that’s easy for me to say, cats are somewhat smaller than Great Danes. 😉

    • Lauri says:

      It is biology, after all, and anything can happen. It’s truly miraculous that things go right as often as they do! Sorry about your comment…..it got hung up awaiting moderation for some reason…..no idea why!

      Really, the more the better…but I do believe five WILL be our all time high! I wore the girls out with a leash training lesson just now, so everyone is napping and it’s quiet! Yay! 🙂

  10. Lauri says:

    Well, I found out another reason I was so dang wiped out. I came down with a cold after a week of exhaustion. The cold only stuck around for a couple of days, so I am NOW feeling better than I have felt in a long time. Yay! 😀

  11. Jaypo says:

    Isn’t the saying “Progress not perfection”? You didn’t know what progress you were making … and that 5 dogs is nearing Perfection! I don’t know how you do it, but I’m sorta glad you’re sick because it just means your resistance was low and you was tired cuz of that.

    I’m so sad to hear about Sarah’s baby and just love how involved they are as they’re able. So in the moment and not giving in to whatever the future may hold. Somehow last night I found myself on this website:

    I read nearly the entire blog! This woman and her husband had one healthy boy. Their next two girls, about 3 years apart, are BOTH microcephalitic (?)–tiny heads, like in Zika. Her attitude and perspective are incredible. She loves those girls entirely, each for who they are.

  12. Jaypo says:

    Here’s a quote from her:

    “We know that our family is definitely not “the norm.” We know that we are basically a walking freakshow when we go out in public (!), as we have not one tiny-headed, non-mobile, non-verbal dwarf, but TWO. We feel the pity and the judgment, we hear the comments, questions & remarks, and we see the stares, elbow nudging, and sheer surprise — and none of this matters to us, because WE LOVE OUR LIFE. We love our three children, feel blessed by each unique child, and wouldn’t change one thing about our life or what we’ve been through. We only wish everyone could feel what *WE* feel on a daily basis.”

    • Lauri says:

      Isn’t that AMAZING???
      That’s the spirit, right there!
      Life can through crap at us, but we can take it and make it better.
      I’m going to read that right now.
      Thank you! 🙂

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