Scenes From the Weekend

We had a lovely weekend here on The Hill.

Mr. C had to take his boat in for more repairs so we took it out for a test run on Saturday.

It was chilly on the water!


Mr. C fished a bit while I watched the sun and clouds change patterns on the mountains





Egypt’s Bend on the Shenandoah river is always a great place for photo ops






On Sunday we cleaned the garage and enjoyed the views here on The Hill


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Anniversary Hike

Mr. C and I went for a hike on our 29th anniversary,  thought I’d just share some of the lovely sights.

There’s my handsome hubby


So many contrasting shapes, colors and textures are found in the fall forest.









It was a lovely day. It’s an even lovelier life.


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New Neighbors

Well it’s been awhile since I last ‘blobbed’ hasn’t it? Life gets busy, beavers and squirrels fill your hours, days go by quickly and time gets away from you.

There have been some changes happening around The Hill!

Neighbor Mike and his lovely wife Maxie sold their place, bought a travel trailer and hit the road. We will miss them, Miss Sassy and Dixie-Doodlebug but wish them happy trails. Of course that meant that Miracle had a ‘situation’ since she couldn’t fit in the camper. Guess who is now a proud member of our Sassy Cat Hill family!


The new folks moved in a few weeks ago with 6 kids ranging from 7 years old to college age. They brought with them a whole BUNCH of critters for me to love on!!!

Meet the cast of characters (sorry, no pics of the bi-peds)…

First to arrive was the chickens, ducks, guineas, and a peacock





This is Fiech (not sure of that spelling, pronounced Fa-EEk)


Then came Julia and her baby Lola



Along with these goof balls, whose names I haven’t learned yet.




Meet the alpacas Richard, (brown) and Al, (white…maybe?)



And the sheep, not sure if they are named since they pretty much all look alike!


I love it that I get to see all of these critters right outside my back door.

Not pictured are the cats and bunnies .

Miracle is not so sure about sharing her pasture with all of these new faces, but at least she won’t be lonely!

Today marks 29 years that Mr. C and I have been married!

I certainly couldn’t have been any luckier in life. I thank God every day for him  and our life here on The Hill. Happy anniversary Mr. C!!! xoxoxoxoxoxox

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My Matilda

The new beaver-girl’s name is Matilda.

I found a source on the internet for female German names and their meanings. I chose the name Matilda for a few reasons.

The meaning is Battle maiden. Surely this girl has fought through many battles in the year or so she’s been alive.

She just LOOKS likes a Matilda.

And finally, my mom used to call me Matilda once in awhile when I was a kid. I have no idea why.

She and I have made great strides together since she’s been here. Many long tick removal treatments and baths. She has been amazingly sweet and patient through all of it. Never once has she made an aggressive or defensive move toward me.

She is now eating almost non stop! Once her appetite kicked in she ate until she was so full she couldn’t swallow any more and her mouth was stuffed with leaves and apple pieces and I actually had to take them out of her mouth so she wouldn’t choke. And she LET me!



I believe I have gotten almost all of the ticks off her. Every once in awhile I’ll find some new ones that must have been to small for me to feel sooner.


I’m spoiling her  as much as I can.

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A New Addition to The Hill

Yesterday I got a call about a young beaver in trouble so I made the arrangements and went and got her.

This poor girl is in really rough shape. She’s just skin and bones.



She has a bite out of her tail like Pudge had!


A college student  found her along a walking trail, laying on her side and covered with flies. He thought she was dead. He found online and called my ‘beaver mentor’ in New York and she got him in touch with me.

Once I got a look at her I knew we had a long road ahead of us. She is extremely underweight and absolutely COVERED with deer ticks. The ones around and inside her ears, around her eyes, and covering her face are the ones that you can actually see. What you can’t see, because of a beavers thick fur, is that most of her body is also covered.





I took her to see the vet and had blood work done, and x-rays. So we know for sure that she has no broken bones and that she is indeed a girl. She is probably about a year old. She is anemic, has pneumonia, and her blood sugar was very low.

I started on the tick removal process and antibiotics yesterday and got her settled into the greenhouse until we know she’s healthy enough to introduce to B.B.

This one is old enough to have learned some natural beaver behavior from her family so I’m praying that she and BB get along well and the knowledge can be passed along. If they DON’T get along I’m not sure what the heck I’m gonna do!!

All prayers and good thoughts are appreciated!


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The Cupola

There was a martin house that used to be up at our cottage many years back. I’m not really sure where it came from. I’m fairly certain that my dad didn’t make it. Do any of my siblings know anything about it? Please share if you do.

Anyway, when mom and dad used to come and stay with us at our home in Greensboro, dad asked me if I would like to have it since there were no martins coming to it up at the cottage, of course I said yes since I had always loved it. We lived down the road from a beautiful lake that had many martins around so I guess dad thought we had a better chance at luring them to use the house. He hauled it from Michigan to North Carolina and we put it up. No martins. Lots of starlings and sparrows.

When we moved to Virginia we hauled it along with us and put it up, again, no martins. Lots of starlings and sparrows.

Eventually we took it down and it has been sitting under our front porch for years. I finally had the inspiration to mount it on top of my potting shed as a cupola. Last weekend I painted it and Mr.C and I got it up there. I’m sure we won’t get martins, but perhaps some of my future baby squirrels will make use of it… or even starlings or sparrows. I don’t really care, I just like seeing it up there.



And now…


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Proud Gardener

It’s a banner year for sweet bell peppers here on The Hill this season. I’m particularly proud because I started all of my plants from seed this time. These seeds were called Rainbow mix bell peppers.


I’m glad the peppers did well because both the cukes and the maters got “the blight”  as Mr. C’s dad used to call it.

I guess I’ve got some stuffing to do!

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