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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Daredevil Stella!

Stella had been behaving so well! Except for dying herself blue. I was really starting to think that I didn't need to worry about her. Seems like I should have been paying more attention!

My son Jared, with whom Stella is quite impressed, asked if he and Stella could go to the libary. I certainly could think of no reason why not, and it seemed like a nice outing for her.

Here is our beautiful library. I think it is so beautiful and it even has some stained glass windows! It is in a lovely location on the banks of the Maumee River. Unfortunately, the close proximity to the river means that it sometimes floods the downstairs!

The library is on the list of historical sights.

I think this knight's arm holding a light is very cool. I am not sure of the significance of this.

My son decided to take Stella to see the park in which the libary sits.

Here was her first look at the Maumee River.

Here is the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize rivers where the Auglaize flows into the Maumee. These are pretty good sized rivers!

The park is the site of the old Fort Defiance where men fought during the Indian Wars during the Revolutionary War, I believe. Maybe it was even before that time.

Stella took a picture of Jared near another monument marking the site. He is such a cutie. I can see why Stella likes him so much!

The only things remaining of the fort are these cannons. This cannon overlooks the Maumee River.

And this one overlooks the Auglaize. I used to live about a half mile downriver from here on the opposite bank.

Stella was very impressed by the cannons.

She wanted to take a peek inside the cannon.

Then she wanted to crawl inside! Little did I know that some mischievous thoughts were beginning to tumble in her little head.

She had a daring plan in mind. My son, being only 16 and a bit ornery himself, was only too willing to help. He found a tiny crash helmet for her. He even added her name, and made sure that it was a pink helmet! You know how our Stella loves pink.

Stella climbed inside the cannon again.

Then Jared fired the cannon. Oh my goodness!!!


Was she going to make it safely to the other side of the river?

At least they had the presence of mind to have rescue vehicles waiting on the other side just in case they needed help. You will have to click to enlarge the pic to see them.

It was just about that time that I heard of their misguided plans. I hurried to the park on the other bank of the river. Can you see the cannon to the left of the steps and flagpole? If you click the picture, you can see them.

Frantically, I searched for our Stella. Oh, where could she be! I hope she didn't end up in the river? Can she even swim? Oh dear!

It wasn't long before I was hearing faint cries of "Yahooo! Wheeee!" I quickly ran toward the sound, and here is where I found Stella, her pink parachute caught in the tree. Of course, I rescued her right away!

Our silly Stella! Just look at that goofy excited expression on her face. She said it was such a thrill to be shot out of the cannon. Never mind that my heart nearly stopped at the thought of her doing such a stunt!

Once I got her back home, she was sternly scolded, though it broke my heart to do so. My son? He was banished to his bedroom for the rest of his natural life.

You know Stella though and that you just can't stay mad at her for too long. It wasn't long before we hugged and all was well again.

I sure hope she doesn't try anything else like this while she visits!


Mrs. B. Silly said...

Woohoo Stella! She is an adventurous one isn't she?
I think Stella has her first crush!!!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

I forgot to say that I love the architecture on the library building!!!

Neabear said...

That Stella! She had me worried and scared there. I am so glad she didn't end up in the river. Silly girl! It was cool to see the scenery pictures of your area though. Love that helmet you gave/made for her. I suppose that is going into her travel bag when she leaves your house.

Shelia said...

Oh, Kady, this was hilarious! I warned you about that Stella! I thought this may have been the end of our Stella - I don't know if she can swim. That was smart of your cutie pie son to put a parachute on her!
So funny!
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

Heather said...

that is too cute! i love that your son actually helped out with Stella. How great is that?!

Nita in South Carolina said...

Heehee! I do not think I would leave Stella alone with my teenage son - she looks like BIG TROUBLE :)

Lindsay-ann said...

I am amazed at Stella's bravery. I think she is just trying to impress Jared as she has a soft spot for him! I loved her cute helmet and parachute. What an adventure.!! I enjoyed seeing the beautiful river and library. I am enjoying her time in Ohio very much. I can hardly keep up with her.
Thanks so much

Lorrie said...

Hi Kady--I can't believe all that Stella has gotten up to while she's visiting with you--too funny. I never imagined all the neat things she would do on her travels!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I can see why Stella has a crush on your son. He is a cutie! It looks like the two of them together may mean trouble though! Glad Stella is safe. laurie

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Kady, I'm glad that Stella is Ok. What a time she had with your son, you need to keep a closer eye on them! No tellin' what they'll do! I'll be back to see what happens next....

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Loved this, Kady! What a hoot!


Sheila :-)