Northside parade

The Ladies Auxiliary Lawnchair Brigade

So this year’s Independence Day Parade in Northside seemed a bit light on the wacky side and a bit heavy on the politicians, but overall—thoroughly enjoyable.

We didn’t wave as much or clap as hard for the Republicans. Though I admit there’s a certain tiresome antic about wrapping folks into these two political camps. With Sandra Day O’Connor stepping down, I think the label I’m drawn to most is “moderate.”

The real fun wasn’t on the street though, but over at my mom’s place.

She and my brother, with a little help from family and friends, have turned a non-descript house along the parade route into a slice of paradise. Thriving garden out back and lots of interesting bits lining the walls and surfaces inside. Holidays mean themes and that means the place was fit for a magazine spread on Americana.

Quite a spread of vittles catered to every taste and I’ve got a plate in the fridge for a midnight snack.