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Monday, May 9, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

For many of us, a good night’s sleep isn’t as easy to come by as it was when we were younger. On the occasions when I would sleep late in my youth, my father would tell me, “You must have needed it.” He must have been right.

I still need more sleep. We all do. So what helps you get to sleep? And what keeps you awake?

At our home, my wife and I continually debate about the ceiling fan. I want it on. She wants it off. The air movement. The humming sound. The lower temperature. Those all help me sleep better, and they all apparently keep Jolene awake.

Speaking of temperature, the cooler the better for my sleeping satisfaction. Jolene wears wool socks to bed in July.

When we had a dog, we didn’t need an alarm clock, and there was no sleeping in. Kobie was bouncing around at 5:30 every morning, ready to eat. And he somehow instantly adjusted to daylight savings time, too. He was never a minute late, which, of course, would be seven in dog minutes.

Mourning doves are named appropriately. The two that perch on our fence wake me up and make me mourn — every morning. And if you have Canada geese nestling in your neighborhood, you are familiar with their morning honks and hrinks.

Alerts on your cell phone may give you a morning wake-up notice. If the delivery of this e-newsletter dings on your phone, then I am glad we can be the ones to help get you going in the morning.

You must have needed it.

Have a marvelous Monday, 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

The well-advertised heat starts in earnest today and continues through the work week. We'll see occasional thunderstorm chances today and Tuesday in the Des Moines area as well. Cooling moves in late in the weekend and next week.

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

Allergy Forecast

The risk for allergy symptoms through this week is moderately high, with the primary pollen being tree pollen. Grass pollen and Ragweed pollen are currently not causing problems.

Things To Do
Living Undeterred Tour: Des Moines

Monday, May 9, 4-6 p.m.

Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA

Help change the narrative on mental health, substance abuse, and addiction. Free.


Featured Home For Sale
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FROM KCCI: Three teens shot at prom after-party in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Three Iowa teens were shot during a prom after-party early Sunday morning. Police say the shots rang out at a house on Foster Drive around 12:30 a.m. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Sunday morning fire in Des Moines forces residents out

DES MOINES, Iowa – Firefighters responded to a fire at an apartment building early Sunday morning. Capt. Ken Larson with the Des Moines Fire Department said the call came in around 4:11 a.m. When firefighters arrived to S.W. Ninth Street and Loomis Avenue, they saw flames on the outside of the building and smoke inside. They were able to knock down the fire.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Museum exhibit highlights efforts of POW Wives

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is hosting an exhibit highlighting the efforts of POW/MIA Wives. … 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 Mortgage Company
1. Key Mortgage Group
2. Midwest Family Lending
3. Fidelity Bank


Artist settles in Urbandale

Art community a big draw

By Lindsey Giardino

Nora Alshaikh moved to Urbandale six months ago after she married and relocated to her husband’s home.

Her husband, Sinan, initially chose the house because it sits in a nice neighborhood and offers ample space. The couple enjoys that, from where they live, it takes just 10 minutes to get anywhere else around the Des Moines metro.

One of Alshaikh’s favorite parts of her home are the large windows throughout, which provide plenty of natural light and enable fresh air to circulate. The couple’s children also enjoy playing in the spacious basement.

She’s grown to love the neighborhood and the people in it, too.


From the April issue of Urbandale Living magazine.

MLIB. May 8:  Dodgers 7 Cubs 1;  Orioles 4 Royals 2; Royals 6 Orioles 4; Giants 4 Cardinals 2; Twins 4 Athletics 3 ... MORE
IOWA CUBS. May 8:  Iowa Cubs 10 St. Paul 3
May 8:  Kings 4 Oilers 0; Lightning 7 Maple Leafs 3; Blues 5  Wild 2; Bruins 5 Hurricanes 2
NBA: 76ers 116 Heat 108; Mavericks 111 Suns 101
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Rosario Dawson, Billy Joel, Noah Centineo, John Corbett, Candice Bergen, Cree Cicchino, Grace Gummer, Dave Gahan, Alex Martin, Chris Zylka, Rachel Boston

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

Morning Chuckle
How do you get down from an elephant?
YOU DON'T. YOU GET DOWN FROM A DUCK OR GOOSE! Way to go Dewayne Johnson, Lori Bluml, David Dolde, Susan Belgarde, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson, Rex Post


When the man opened his paycheck, the envelope was full of parsley! Why?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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