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Good Friday morning to you!

Do you get cold feet? My inquiry is not an analogy or code for anything. It's just a simple question. Do your feet get cold?

The website medicalnewstoday.com says your feet can feel cold due to cold temperatures (really?), high stress or anxiety, circulation issues, anemia, diabetes mellitus, nerve disorders, hypothyroidism and other things most of us can’t pronounce.

Some simple solutions, according to the same website, include movement, socks, foot baths, heating pads, water bottles — and my favorite fix: slippers.

Yes, slippers. Before you run off to the emergency room, you might want to give them a try. I have a half-dozen of them around the home and office. Call me Mr. Rogers if you want, but my feet are toasty, and it’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood.

My friend Jason Wilson used to mock me for wearing them, especially when I would bring a pair over to his house when visiting. Then he started wearing slippers, or “house shoes,” as he calls them.

As a child, I couldn’t stand to wear slippers. Seems like I received a pair every year for Christmas, but I rarely wore them. But, to be honest, I rarely wore shirts or pants around the house either. Like most kids, I was too warm-blooded for a whole lot of body coverings.

Most of us can recall the image of the father figure in the home, relaxing in the easy chair, reading the evening paper, smoking a pipe and having the family dog bring him his slippers. In our home, the evening image would be of me in the kitchen, filling the dishwasher, asking Alexa to play some Elvis music, cleaning up the garbage that the dog got into — and wearing slippers. It’s not the makings for a Hallmark movie, but I will take it, as long as I have my slippers.

Comedian/politician Al Franken may have summed it up best with the words, “It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.”

Can you slip into that idea?

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain looks to start sometime late this morning or early afternoon and change over to snow this evening. Computer models are giving the Des Moines metro area anything from a dusting to two inches by early Saturday morning. The snow won’t stay around long as temperatures look to warm into next week.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Friday, Dec. 10
At: Dec. 10-12 at Hoyt Sherman Place; Dec. 17-18 Staplin Center in West Des Moines
Info: Ballet Des Moines will offer an updated production of “The Nutcracker” in 2021. Master dressmaker and fashion designer Sarah Dornink joins the creative team this season to create breathtaking new costumes highlighting new scenes and characters set to the iconic Tchaikovsky score. The production will also feature an expanded professional company in addition to guest dancers and students from a total of 34 dance studios across central Iowa. Hoyt Sherman Place is located in Des Moines at 1501 Woodland Ave. The Staplin Performing Arts Center is located in West Des Moines at 3650 Woodland Ave. For more information, visit www.balletdesmoines.org.

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The Score
NFL Thursday night football: Vikings 36 Steelers 28
NFL NEWS: Former Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas dies at age 33 ... READ MORE FROM NFL.COM
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL: AMES, Iowa — ISU's resurgence continued Thursday night with a 73-53 blasting of rival Iowa in the annual Cy-Hawk Showdown.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM KCCI: WATCH: SUV nearly collides into West Marshall school bus full of kids

Video shows the vehicles were just feet away from a head-on crash. The driver of the SUV had fallen asleep on Highway 30. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: SUV stolen in Des Moines with child inside; police arrest suspect after crash on MLK Parkway

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person has been arrested after an SUV with a four-year-old inside was stolen from a gas station Thursday night. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa DOT worker recovering from minor injuries after being hit on I-35 in Hamilton County

AMES, Iowa — A worker is recovering from minor injuries after being hit by vehicles on Interstate 35 in Hamilton County on Thursday, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Chocolate/Candy Store
1. Chocolaterie Stam
2. Chocolate Storybook
3. Beaverdale Confections


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The oasis: Steils enjoy their outdoor space.

By Darren Tromblay

When Howard Steil and his wife, Vickie, moved to Ankeny from Sioux City in 1981, the new home they inhabited was small, the backyard was wide open with an unsightly shed on it, and the property was surrounded by a chain link fence.

You’d never know that now, though. To look at their backyard is to see a private little oasis in the heart of Ankeny.

“We decided that we enjoyed being outdoors — and our privacy — so we began to make changes on the property,” Steil says.

The couple first purchased arbovitae trees and planted them a few feet apart around the property’s perimeter. That was step No. 1. Later came a privacy fence.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to Dave Mable on Dec. 11, Kris Miler on Dec. 12, and Ken Andresen on Dec. 12.

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Teyana Taylor, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kenneth Branagh, Raven-Symoné, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Bobby Flay, Susan Dey, Nia Peeples

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

How do you prefer your eggnog?

Right out of the carton
I don’t like eggnog


Which type of can opener do you have?

Electric - 18%
Manual -82%
None - 0%

Morning Chuckle

What do you call a snowman with a six-pack?

AN ABDOMINAL SNOWMAN! Readers pointed out that six-pack could refer to beverages as well as abs, so the guesses were quite varied. Guesses from William Snyder (Sir Pects-a-lot); Judy Anderson (My new best friend); Rex Post  with a slew of answers (Popular! Ice Fit; Anabdominal snowman; Jacked Frost; Fit FrostBit); Zach Greenwood (Either ready for a party or Toasty the Snowman)


What do Snowmen call their offspring?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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