Wednesday, July 14, 2010

When it Rains, It Pours

Life at the castle has been a bit crazy.  Right before the hard drive on the desktop computer crashed, we had the laptop upgraded to Windows 7.  There has been a huge learning curve with this change. But not only was the operating system new, we realized that the laptop does not have the same programs that the desktop had, leaving us very frustrated, to say the least.

And then - in the middle of it all - the Duchess became ill.  Gallstones were suspected but an ultrasound turned out negative.  Upon further testing, involving radioactive isotopes, it was discovered that her gallbladder was not functioning up to speed.  It was still working, but not quite perfect. Some people live with that forever and have no problems.  But in this case surgery was scheduled and work days were adjusted and family was notified.

Then a few days before surgery the Duchess had another attack.
Only this time she realized the pain was mainly on the left side - the Gallbladder is on the right.  Back to the surgeon and back to the drawing board.  Thankfully, and surprisingly, it turned out to be a bad food allergy.  An easy fix after all that!!!

Then yesterday the Duchess had to have a tooth pulled and some bone in her jaw worked on.  She spent the day on the couch moaning like a sissy.  The pills they gave her really make her dopey.  She had ice cream for dinner last night because "soupy ice cream tastes better than chicken broth".  Well, I can't argue with that.

So, there you have it.  Now you know where we've been and what's been happening.  I have lot's to show you next time because we went camping and it was great!

Till then I will leave you with some pictures.

This is Bear visiting with our neighbor Oscar.  He is an albino Doxie.

This is me playing hide and seek.  Can you see me?

Here is Higgins first look at a swimming pool.

He did pretty good after a few minutes.

This is Higgins helping till the garden :)

See the basket on the right?

It has a surprise in it!

The Duke left this bird seed uncovered in the barn.

I told the Duchess something is not right . . .

YIKES!  A Varmint!
The Duchess screamed and I tipped over the bucket.  The mouse ran away and Bear ate the bird seed.  All in the blink of an eye!



  1. Phew! All the best to the Duchess!
    Luna goes crazy over our rototiller, and the lawnmower, but is terrified of the weadeater. Weird huh?
    Laughed about the mouse, is Bear part Lab? That would explain the quick gulping down of the bird seed maybe:)

  2. Hi there, So sorry to hear about the Duchess feeling so poorly-I have had problems due to Gluten so am now gluten free and trying to get healthy. The photos of the whole group were cute. Reggie loves to eat bird seed that has fallen on the ground. Yuck with the visitor-glad he ran away.
    Hugs from Noreen & Reggie-dog

  3. Sorry about all of the challenges, so now you deserve a great stretch of only good fortune.

  4. Wow, you have some serious excitement going on there. We sure hope the Duchess is doing much better - sounds very painful. And as for the mouse, we will send Thunder right over, he is very good at critter catching.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  5. SO sorry to hear the Duchess is so feeling well lately...take good care of her!

  6. Sorry to hear the Duchess has had a bad run-in with some food. I can't stand rodents of any kind, but that little mouse critter is kinda cute.

  7. All that excitement in one day..BOL
    Benny & Lily

  8. So much excitement at your castle Emma...We hope that the Duchess is feeling a bit better every day!

    Smileys & Snuggles!
    Dory, Jacob and Bilbo

  9. That could be the awfullest and funniest post I've ever read! Poor Duchess, however... oh, how I feel for her - I hope she feels much better soon and keeps taking the making-dopey meds heheh! The surprise in the flower basket is amazing, but the surprise in the birdseed bucket was truly incredible - especially when the scream produced an upturned bucket with both mouse and seed gone heheh! Oh my gosh BOL!!!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Hope the puter issues resolve themselves!

  10. We are so sorry that the Duchess has been through so much! Just having a tooth pulled makes mom cry like a baby. A mouse! Mom also jumps and screams when she sees those little things too. The pictures are great...we love the swimming pool! Take care and get better to the Duchess! Emma Rose, Sir Bear, and Mister Higgins give her lots of get well kisses! Lots of love, Holly and mom

  11. Sorry things suck lately! Hopefully things get better and back to normal!

    That is one cute mouse you had in your bird feed!

  12. YIKES!

    And all of this was khaused by Windows 7 -


    PeeEssWoo: We hope The Dutchess feels better!

  13. Goodness! The poor Duchess! I hope she's feeling better soon.

    It sure looks like you all have been very busy snoopervising things outside. I'll bet nothing gets onto your estate without you all knowing!


  14. We sure hope the Duchess is feeling MUCH better. But I know you are giving her lots of get well sugars to help, Emma!
    I bet that mousie didn't make her feel much better!!


  15. wauw what a story i hope the duchess is feeling better now,wish her well Emma Rose.
    Love the pictures and the tiny mouse.

  16. Oh nose, poor Duchess! Hope she is feeling better soon.
    The albino doxie is adorable, and I wish I would have been there to help you catch the mouse!


  17. I hope the Duchess is feeling better cream should fix her right up! It sounds terrible first a gallbladder attack /food allergy then a bad tooth..she is a wreck. She did take some great photos..Chance has a pool just like that..except his is dirtier..and we change the water almost every day. your little albino friend is sure handsome..hope he is not blind like some albinos.
    Emma Rose you keep scaring off the mice..good job:)

  18. oh noes! miss emma, i am so sorry your duchess is having so many ickies right now! please give her lots of cuddles and gooey nose kisses from me.
    i hope ya'll get used to how everythingie works with that windows 7 thingie really soon. thanks for takin' the time to post pictures! i really like the one of you and mr. higgins checking out the swimming pool and also the one of sir bear and little oscar dude! :)
    the booker man

  19. My oh my, a lot has been going on at the castle! I hope the Duchess is feeling fit again. Loved all the photos, esp. the pool, birds nest and cute little mouse...glad he got away with a full tummy!

  20. Oh my oh my!! Hugs to mom Duchess!!
    So sorry...blessings to returning health.
    Wonderful photos of all of you. LOVE the pool pix of course :) And, looking forward to the camp trip report!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  21. Oh sounds a real ordeal :-(

    Glad everything is on the mend now :-)


  22. quail eggs? how cool
    cute stuff here!

    (visiting from Far Saide)

  23. Hi Emma Rose:

    I really like the new look on your website.

    Your photographs are great!!

    Have you been swimming in your pool? We have. Because it is very hot here.

    From Sammy

  24. Give the Duchess a hug from us - it sounds like this is one July she'd be happy to forget...

  25. We hope the Duchess is recovering nicely. Ice Cream soup sounds like the perfect dinner!

  26. Wow, there's a lot going on!! We hope everyone is feeling better soon. The little eggs in the planter are so cute. Guess that plant will have to live without water for a while.

    Those darn mice get into everything if you're not careful.

  27. Oh dear...
    I am so sorry that you have been feeling so poorly and that I've not noticed!
    I really hope your surgery has gone well (have you finally had it?...I would imagine that you would have to wait for the teeth to heal up.
    Either way - teeth, gallstones....I wish you a speedy recovery and am sending you lots and lots of healing vibes!
    By the way, the photos on this post are truly wonderful!!! I love the birds eggs and the mouse shots.
    Hope the doggies enjoy their pool too.
    Sending lotsaluv


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