‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

It’s almost camping season. If you are not into camping, you are missing out. Getting back to nature is something most all of us should do. The fresh air. The wildlife. The near silence. And then there are the stories around the campfire, the gooey smores, and a hot cup of coffee in the morning. I am relaxing just thinking about it.

Now, to be honest, my definition of camping today does include an air-conditioned RV, but it wasn’t always that way. Jolene and I spent many weekends in our younger days tent-camping with friends. Once we had kids, we wanted them to experience this, too. So we packed up the minivan, strapped in the young kids, and we drove an hour to a state park after work on a Friday evening only to hear, “Sorry, folks, the campground is full.” I looked in the rearview mirror to see the kids all holding back tears. All I could think of was the Griswolds’ trip to Walley World in the 1983 movie, “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

The park attendant directed us to another nearby campground, which we quickly learned was located next to a stock car race track. After a few hours of “vvvrrroom, vvvrrroom,” silence finally set in. We got ourselves ready for a good night’s sleep, and a massive thunderstorm rolled in. Within minutes, our tent filled with rain. We put up a good effort for an hour or two, but the kids were crying, the sleeping bags were soaked, and Jolene and I were exhausted. In the pouring rain, we tossed the wet tent and sleeping bags in the back of the minivan, secured the kids in their car seats, and drove home.

The next week, we bought a pop-up camper. A few years later, we upgraded to a travel trailer. A few years after that, we bought a nicer travel trailer with more features. Unfortunately, by then, the kids no longer wanted to be cooped up in a home on wheels with their parents, so we sold it. Several years went by, and I sought out a small recreational vehicle to use as a base for our growing company events, community parades and festivals. You may have seen it around town with our publication logos plastered on it. This has worked out great for our business, and it helps fulfill our occasional quests in the great outdoors while promoting the company’s brands, too. It is cozy and convenient, and a wonderful way to connect with the fresh air, the wildlife and the near silence once again — without the wet sleeping bags and the vvvrrroom, vvvrrroom.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

Expect another cool day today with clouds on the increase. Wednesday brings rain chances, mainly during the afternoon hours, but slightly warmer temperatures. Thursday looks dry and warm. Friday and Saturday warm up, but also have rain chances for most of both days.

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

Things To Do
Tommy Browder & The Country River Band

Tuesday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prairie Meadows

Come listen to Tommy Browder & the Country River Band play in the Finish Line Show Lounge. You’ll be dancing all day long as they perform country tunes in this FREE show. Must be 21 or older to attend.


Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
4244 Foster Dr,
Des Moines, IA 50312
This beautiful colonial style brick in the heart of South of Grand features over .60 acres, private back yard, updated kitchen, waterproofed and finished basement, 4 beds up with master ensuite. Come check out this 3 story home (third story could be living space or made into another bedroom. This home has tons of charm, newer windows and maintained by the same owners for nearly 20 years. ... SEE MORE ABOUT THIS LISTING
See More Homes For Sale

FROM KCCI: Iowa teen earns perfect ACT score

ANKENY, Iowa — There's no doubt about it, taking the ACT or other major college entry tests can be stressful. Some say the worst part is waiting for the results, but a junior from Ankeny High School recently found out she got a perfect score of 36! Sydney Madetzke said she found out her results while she was in class. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: City Council rejects time restrictions to Lauridsen Amphitheater

DES MOINES, Iowa – Council members considered new rules for the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Waterworks Park. During the summer months, concerts can take place up to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A proposed amendment would lower that time between Labor Day and Memorial Day to 9:00 p.m. on weeknights and 10:00 p.m. on weekends.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: IDHS: Child abuse/neglect assessments increased by more than 5,000 in 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Human Services recently released its 2021 child abuse data. According to it, child abuse and neglect assessments rose by 5,442 in 2021 compared to 2020. The agency 2021 is more in line with pr-pandemic numbers and believes the uptick is due to the pandemic. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Place to Get a Donut
1. Hurts Donut Company
2. ChuChu Donuts
3. Donut Hut


On the Road

Iowa Living magazines feature people who drive for a living.

The trucking industry in the U.S. employs For more than 30 years, Winterset native Todd Crase moonlighted as a rodeo cowboy on the weekend and a human services professional during the week.

One day, though, he realized he wanted a break from all the paperwork that his day job required. A job as a truck driver seemed like a great change of pace.

For Crase, the best part of being a long-haul truck driver is seeing new places.

“I have been to Cheyenne, Wyoming, twice over the past year, and it is beautiful there,” he says.

No matter if Crase is driving his truck across the states, engaging in rodeo activities or following any of his other passions, he’s going to find joy in every day.

“I am going to be 59 years young in May and enjoy life to the fullest and live it with no regrets.”

From the April issue of Winterset Living magazine.


Technically it may be spring, but Mother Nature gave us a reminder that it isn't spring until she says so. Photo by Celeste Tilton

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Maria Sharapova, Hayden Christensen, Suge Knight, Ashley Judd, Tim Curry, Troy Polamalu

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

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a flying turtle?
A SHELLICOPTER: Gail Tomlinson
And some analysis of the joke from William Snyder


What do you call a turtle that is only awake at night?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


If you would like to advertise in this daily newsletter, please contact Pat Checketts at pat@dmcityview.com, or call 515-953-4822 xt. 311.

P.S. As a free newsletter, we rely on readers like you to grow our subscriber list. If you have a friend or coworker who you think would enjoy waking up to The Daily Umbrella each weekday morning, please share our newsletter sign-up page with them! Visit www.thedailyumbrella.com and click on the SUBSCRIBE link on the upper right-hand side!


This email was sent to: email@somehost.com

Big Green Umbrella Media, Inc.
8101 Birchwood Court, Suite D
Johnston, Iowa 50131