A Somber Return to the Blob

Welcome to the quarterly installment of Life On Sassy Cat Hill. Hopefully that is just a little joke and I’ll get back to blobbing a bit more regularly… but I won’t make any promises.

I’ve had a few posts sloshing around in my head waiting to be written down but they just never materialized. I have always wanted my blog (aka blob) to be a positive happy read for whomever may stumble upon it out there in cyber-land; but frankly, there have been happenings around here on The Hill that have made me quite grumpy and not exactly able to write with a positive and happy feeling. So, I just didn’t write.

Todays post however, will not be a happy one but I felt the need to write about it.

For months now I have been walking every single day, usually at a local park with a walking trail that runs along the beautiful Shenandoah River. My routine is to walk down first to the river’s edge and take in the beauty of our area. I’ve posted many pictures from the same spot on facebook and instagram. Standing in that spot for just a few minutes would give me energy to walk the 3-4 miles ahead. Many times at the end of my walk I’ll go back down to that same spot for some more energy to get me through the rest of the day.






Yesterday, Sunday, September 18, 2016 Mr. C joined me as he often does on the weekends. As we walked down the hill to that very spot we observed two individuals a male and a female in the water throwing rocks forcefully into the water as their friend; another male, watched from the bank.

As we got closer I realized that they were forcefully throwing those rocks at an animal struggling in the water. I could not tell what it was but I was horrified as these two monsters laughed gleefully as they bludgeoned this defenseless creature. I heard the female ask several times as she laughed… “Is it dead yet?”

I screamed “What the F#@k are you doing?!” At which point they stopped the torture and tried to pretend that they hadn’t been doing anything wrong. They even started hugging each other and laughing and kissing. I began to call the sheriff’s office at which point the guy on the bank yelled something as a warning. I was so angry I don’t even know what he said. Then I realized I needed to take pictures of the cars license plates as they were clearly planning to make their escape before the sheriff arrived.

As they came out of the river the girl kept repeating “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” They all made a beeline for his truck as I unleashed a string of profanities on them and told them that they were despicable human beings. Unfortunately I only got a picture of the guy on the riverbanks face as the other two ran by too fast for me to get good shots of them. I had gotten a clear shot of the truck and plates though. As expected, they piled into the truck and peeled out of there as fast as they could.

I had never completed the call to the sheriff’s office as I knew I needed to use my phone to get those pictures. So after they left I made the call as my HERO, Mr. C. waded into the river in his best walking shoes to try to rescue the animal. He was able to reach it and bring it to shore limp and barely breathing. I did my best to revive it but it was already too late. The poor little groundhog’s lungs were full of water. I worked on it for awhile and for a few minutes we thought it might be breathing again but that wasn’t the case.

We gave our statements to the sheriff and then again to the Game warden. They told me that there is a “possibility” that there will be charges against them, but I really don’t believe that they will get any type of punishment at all.

Yesterday I was furious.

Today is a gloomy, rainy day. I still went down for my walk, I still went down to that spot and stood there looking out onto the river but instead of seeing beauty and being filled with energy all I could see were those monsters torturing and killing this poor, sweet little being…. and laughing.



It seems to me that I should be able to file charges against each of them personally because they robbed me, and what they have robbed me of was far more precious than money or jewelry. They have robbed me of all of the joy and peace and energy I got each morning as I gazed upon that spot on the river and I will never be the same for witnessing such evil.

Today I only walked 2.5 miles in the pouring rain. I cried for almost the entire walk.

Today I feel defeated, today I am sad.




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Now I’m a Yakker

Mr C got a bonus and he bought me a present!


Yep, that’s how he rolls… am I a lucky gal or what?!?!!

On the last day of his staycation we headed out to a local lake so I could take it out for the first time.


Mr C was in his boat and I was in mine. We had walkie-talkies so we could communicate easily.



I was astounded by how close I could get to the different wildlife while in the kayak as apposed to being in a boat or even a canoe.

The normally skittish turtles stayed basking on their logs



This little dude even swam right up to me.


I was able to float right directly above this big guy

Can you see him?


The waterfowl seemed to not even notice me until I was right up next to them.




The best thing was seeing the signs of another active beaver colony… lots of chewed sticks and stumps



Stubs of scrub trees and pathways also called ‘beaver slides’


And even more exciting was being able to paddle right up to the lodge and see the underwater workings of this amazing animal



Hummm… apparently I didn’t take pics of the underwater structure, guess that means I’ll have to go back… darn!

I’d love to go back in the evening sometime and perhaps see the beavers themselves.

I’ve declared that the kayak is the best present EVER!

Thanks Mr C… you’re the best!


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Enjoying the Water

We took the boat out a few times last week.

We went to Lake Anna where Mr C would like to retire some day.

There were a few places for sale but probably a bit out of our price point.




Mr. C fished without much success while I was feeling lazy and mostly just enjoyed the views.



We found a very active beaver lodge!


These were some ambitious workers!


An easy way to save your trees from beavers should you ever need to know.


When we got home that evening I got a call from the local sheriff’s office asking me to get in touch with a person who was claiming to have from some abandoned otter babies!

I had the guy bring them to me and was quite sure they were NOT otters but I wasn’t exactly sure what they really were! 

I could tell they were in the mustelid family mainly because they stunk to high heaven! I suspected they were weasels.  After what happened in the chicken coop a few years ago I knew that I didn’t really want to raise these two. So the next day I delivered them to the local wildlife center. They were thrilled to be able to raise these two MINK babies!




They are super cute! I’m glad someone was happy to have them and I’ve read that they are fun to rehab but I don’t really want them here on The Hill. I wish them nothing but the best…

                                   …somewhere else! 


Still more from the week to show you later Smile

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A Busy Week and Saying Farewell to BB

Mr C took last week off for a staycation. Usually when he does that we end up doing a bunch of projects around the house, however this time he truly took the time to enjoy some of his favorite things.

He spent some time in the woods and lots of time on the water.

We did start the week doing one project and that was replenishing our woodpile for next winter. While doing that we discovered a great place in which to release BB. So after a couple of days preparing for my heart to be broken, we took him out to begin the rest of his life.

I opened the crate and he stepped out into a whole new world.


Tentative at first



Then getting braver


and braver




He looked before him and saw a new beginning filled with possibilities


He turned around as if to say thank you



Then set off to explore. I followed him for a bit and watched as he checked out the area




and did a little rub-a-dubbing


Then he got back into the water and disappeared around a bend


That’s when I did the hardest thing ever… I walked back to the truck and fell sobbing into Mr. C’s arms and we left.

I sobbed all the way home.

I found this rock while we were there which kind of depicts our journey. Two lives coming together for awhile before each going their own way.


Mr C said “I hope this gets easier.”

Somehow I don’t think it ever will.

I’ll be back with more from our week.



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Big Day On The Hill Today!

international beaver day!


Woo Hoo!!


I should make cupcakes!


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Bandwagons and Wildflowers

I got out of the habit of taking my morning walks and I’m trying to hop back onto that bandwagon as well as the blobbing bandwagon.  I’m just not sure how many bandwagons this girl can ride.  I really admire the folks that can seemingly ride a dozen or more along with raising kids and other things.

I used to be able, but it’s getting harder and harder.

The rewards usually show themselves every time I hop back onto one. THANK YOU to those who actually comment on my blob posts so that I know at least a few folks are reading.

The rewards of yesterdays walk were all of the pretty wildflowers that are popping up along the walking trail.

The Virginia Bluebells are just beginning their show. Some are in full bloom but there are many that haven’t even begun.




Trillium! Surrounded by Creeping Charlie


Dutchman’s Breeches









Rue Anemone ( I think)


Star Chickweed


Not sure…





Not sure


And I don’t care what anyone says… I love these beauties!


These photos were taken yesterday, today it’s freezing and tomorrow is supposed to be even colder.

I think Mother Nature might just be bi-polar.

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Where Does The Time Go?

I guess I have a little bit of catching up to do.

You would think that I had a LOT of catching up to do since I haven’t blobbed since the beginning of February! But, while I stay pretty darned busy around here, it’s mostly the same old thing and there’s only so much you can say about cleaning up poop.

Let’s start with the main culprits in the poop production department. 

In March I made a quick trip to Michigan to Deliver Miss Matilda Magillacuddy to meet her one true love, Wapi, at the Howell Nature Center.


The introduction went perfectly and they were cuddling together on the very first night. Both Matilda and Wapi have similar disabilities so they understand each other. Here’s a close up of her handsome new beau


A match made in heaven.


Matilda seemed to love her new accommodations as well. A big pond and a heated shed. Life is good!


That whole thing left BB feeling a bit lonely though.


The big news about Miss BB though is that BB is a MR!!!  No doubt about it, he showed me his business! Later this month he will be released to go and search for his own true love. Please say a prayer for both him and for Mr C and I, as this is the most difficult part of wildlife rehabilitation… turning them loose into the big scary world where you can’t protect them anymore. It’s the BEST thing too… but it still makes your heart hurt.


Michi and Pita are growing like weeds and will move to the outdoor enclosure once BB has moved to the wild blue yonder. Not a moment too soon as they have outgrown the basement tank!



Let’s see… the other biggest poop producer…


Thank goodness Mr. C has taken on most of THOSE poop scoopin duties!


Spring has started to spring here on The Hill so gardening chores are being added to the daily to-do list. But I’m still going to TRY to get back on the blobbing bandwagon.

Thanks for being patient with me.

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