Back in mid-February, my glasses went missing. I still had the case but no glasses. A few days later, our car went missing. Hmm, what next.
Well, I had a phone call just a week or so ago telling me that bits of the car had been found in another stolen vehicle in South Seattle. So that was the end of that story. Now just today while I was out in the garden doing some hoeing I saw something glittering. I continued banging with the hoe but then suddenly thought maybe I should examine this glittering object – a pair of dirty but unharmed glasses. I could hardly believe it. Another rather trivial thing that happened today was the reuniting of 2 wayward socks. I always find that quite satisfying when a lone sock finds its mate. These 2 socks had been apart for many months.
Now for more colourful things – the Syttende Mai Parade. The big parade in Ballard to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day, May 17th. We had a glorious day. There were 90+ groups participating and the parade went on for 2 hours. I understand that the Ballard Parade is the biggest in the U.S. It has been celebrated here since 1889 – the year Seattle became a State.
I marched with some of my friends in the Norwegian language class.
just behind those ladies is a man with an accordion – he played the whole way and then not long after we finished I saw him again with another group
these friends had their little King Charles Spaniel with them, complete with a Norwegian patterned lead. The dog walked the whole way, smiling and wagging his tail.
many of the ladies were in national dress
this Caitlin caught my eye – not our granddaughter Caitlin for a few years yet
Our neighbourhood band
the Nordic Heritage Museum – our group was just behind them
the Troll was just in front of us but he kindly turned to pose for a picture
we had to wait for the Viking Ship to turn the corner at 24th and Market
and here are some of the Whittier Wildcats on their giraffe unicycles – they got 2nd prize in the Youth Category.
the sun was just setting as I made my weary way home – the downtown skyscrapers are outlined far in the distance
The website for My Ballard.com has some good videos of the Parade also. Check them out if you are interested.