The View From Wetumpka Hill

About Linda Mercer and Wetumpka Hill

Wetumpka (meaning “Falling Waters”) Hill is my home, a cabin in the WV Appalachian mountains on a hill (naturally) that literally runs with water in the springtime or any other time of flooding, especially these last two years.  I retired from the federal government as an operations analyst for the Naval Surface Warfare Center a few more years ago than I care to count and now volunteer for several nature-related organizations and the great springer spaniel rescue organization where I got Precious.  That’s in case you’re interested.

I just realized how long ago it was since I updated my front page.  For those of you who read the original, Mr. Feathers, my ancient parakeet succumbed to stress after breaking a toe. At thirteen I think he had a pretty long life. I wasn’t ready to let go of my springer spaniel, Precious, but a sneaky kidney infection and nearly 15 years of life thwarted all our efforts until I had to let her go on November 1 of 2017. I couldn’t bear to remove her picture yet but I think I may add some of my other springer pictures, perhaps on a separate page or onto my Facebook page.

I’ve been a WV Master Naturalist since 2011 but the last couple of years I’ve had to confine my re-certification and volunteer work to webinars and counting the crazy birds outside of my window.  Those of you who have seen my Facebook picture of my heli-hiking trip in the Adaments might have wondered why I’ve never updated. Well, now, it’s become my goal picture, something to get back to. The last several years haven’t been the best for my second favorite sport (polo is still my first but I can’t afford that anymore), but I’m walking a lot better now and back to driving. Best, I’m out of the pain that was so prohibitive. I’m looking forward to getting back out in the garden, hopefully followed by adopting another springer before long, now that I’m getting part of my yard fenced in.

Progress on my book “Ghosts of the Goblin Wind” also got delayed but I’m getting it a lot closer to finished.  I’m hoping it will be available on Amazon sometime this fall. That’s what my deadline was before, just now it is a year later. As you might remember, it’s set in both present day and colonial times in the Shenandoah Valley and the ridge and valley system of the Appalachian Mountains. In a nutshell, it tells the stories of several early settler families and how their actions influenced the lives of their descendants over two hundred years later. In this case, it’s the residents of MisFit Farm and a place called BrokenWood Meadow. And, yes, there’s a murder or two and some “mild” romance. If you enjoy it as much as I like writing it, I’m ahead of the game. I’ll be posting an excerpt later in the summer.  As ol’ Porky the Pig used to say, “That’s All, Folks!”  At least, for now.


Walk with Knowledge and Wisdom, Keep a Kind and Caring Heart.


My “Precious” English Springer, Forever in my heart.


12 Responses to The View From Wetumpka Hill

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  8. Debra McClung says:

    I so enjoyed reading thus. I am a native West Virginia ( Greenbrier County) gal and a graduate of Sullins! I moved to SC five years ago but the love of nature in and around those hills is the marrow of my bones and Sullins continues to embellish my life, like finding you! So happy to find a new Suzie Sister West Virginian! Hope you find your new angel soon.
    Debra Boggs ( Boggsy 74’) McClung-Bowles

    • linlmercer says:

      Thanks Debra. As it turns out, I graduated from high school in Lewisburg, the old (and now defunct) Greenbriar Prep the year before, then off to Sullins. Love being able to be in contact with my old Suzie Sisters. (65′)

  9. NANA says:


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