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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Have you seen the remote control? That’s a common question in our house, with the next one being, “Which remote control?”

We have the TV remote control. The sound bar remote control. The Firestick remote control. And that little, slick metal remote for the Apple TV that we seem to lose the most.

When we first misplaced it, I became so frustrated that I bought another one. Then I found the old one. Now we have two Apple TV remotes to lose. And we do. Frequently.

We have learned that the most common spot to look is in the couch, as the remotes often slip through the cushions. Since I am the designated person to do the search, I find many other hidden treasures — a dozen or so hair scrunchies, some pocket change, more bobby pins than I can count, and a few kernels of popcorn that the dog usually beats me to.

I remember when we had TVs without remote controls. Being the youngest child, I was the one who was told to change the channel. When that plastic knob would break (as it often did), I would have to use the pliers to turn to another station. Seriously.

I remember buying my first VCR, which came with a “corded” remote. It was about 6 feet long and had more tangles that a string of Christmas lights. It didn’t last long.

The first TV I bought was a console set on a swivel base that had a great picture and an incredible booming sound from its wooden enclosure. I bought it in 1990 at Stogdill’s (you know, “that place on Franklin”). TVs didn’t need sound bars back then, but those who bought them did need ibuprofen after moving the 150-pounders (which I did up and down stairs more times than I want to count). Most importantly, this TV came with a remote control. No pliers.

It’s too bad life doesn’t have a remote control so we could turn down the volume, press mute, change the channel to a different scene, or simply press off — all at the click of a button. That sounds nice, but it’s probably best that a life remote doesn’t exist. It would likely fall between the cushions, too.

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

Another mild day is ahead today, and Wednesday will likely bring record highs to Iowa. A cold front moving through Wednesday evening will bring showers and storms and usher in a much colder second half of the week.

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

Things To Do

Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
Iowa Wild vs. Milwaukee Admirals
At: Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., Des Moines
Info: Just a step below the NHL, the Iowa Wild ice hockey team plays in the American Hockey League and supports the Minnesota Wild. www.iowawild.com

Featured Home For Sale
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The Score
NFL: Rams 30 Cardinals 23
Drake Relays to return to traditional format in 2022 … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM KCCI: West Des Moines school board votes to lift mask mandate

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — West Des Moines students and staff will no longer be required to wear a mask starting Jan. 18. In a 4-3 vote Monday night, the school board decided to lift the district's mask mandate for the second semester. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Republicans promise tax cuts as state revenue growth continues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A trio of Iowa state budget experts predicted Monday that state revenue will increase by about 3% for the current fiscal year and 1.7% next year, leaving billions of dollars in unspent money that Republican leaders say should be returned to Iowans in the form of tax cuts.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Years after facing own devastation, Marshalltown group packing bags to help those impacted by tornadoes in Kentucky

Iowans in Marshalltown are coming together to offer the kind of help they received not too long ago. . ... 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 Ice Cream or Gelato Shop
1. The Outside Scoop
2. Snookies Malt Shop
3. Over the Top


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Tranquility in a growing community: Swank family finds pond provides a touch of rural living.

By Colson Thayer

With two growing kids, Luke and Alisha Swank wanted to move out of the Des Moines south side to a safer neighborhood for their daughters. But that was not their only reason for moving to the suburbs. They also wanted to return to a small-town feel. 

Luke and Alisha are both from Lenox, where they developed a love for small towns before attending college and moving to the metro. Ultimately, they decided to grow their family in one as well.

In 2012, the Swank family built their two-story home in Waukee. Despite the immense growth that Waukee has had since the Swanks moved in only a few years ago, its small-town footprint remains, they say. Behind their home is a pond, surrounded by the rest of the houses in the development.


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A beautiful little succulent my daughter sent me. Somehow I was unable to keep it alive. Photo by Tammy Pearson
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Digital Editions
Indianola Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The December issue cover story, "Christmas Then and Now,"features stories of Christmases past and present and how they differ. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Learn more at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View a sample digital edition from this week here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Vanessa Hudgens, Jackson Rathbone, Natascha McElhone, Miranda Hart, Stan Smith, Tony Nathan

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

Poll of the Week

How many times have you seen "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”?

1 time
2-5 times
6-10 times
11 times or more


How do you prefer your eggnog?

Homemade - 4%
Right out of the carton - 32%
Spiked - 25%
I don’t like eggnog - 39%

Morning Chuckle

What vegetable is bad to have aboard ship?

A LEEK! Good job Aaron Burns, Gail Tomlinson, Dewayne Johnson, Lori Bluml


What’s another name for an artificial Christmas tree?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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