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

I inherited some old Adirondack chairs recently. With a light sanding and a new coat of paint, these could be nice chairs, I reasoned. When my light sanding peeled off sheets of paint, I knew I was in for more work than I had planned. I persisted, using a power washer to take off the large stuff and an orbital sander to smooth it out. After two coats of an oil-based primer, two coats of top paint, and many hours, my wife asked why I didn’t just buy new chairs. Good question.

The answer is that this became a challenge I had to conquer. The amount of time or money I was putting into the chairs quickly became irrelevant. I simply had to win. Something was pushing me to save these chairs.

While power-washing, sanding, priming and painting, I couldn’t help but think about what these old chairs had been through, and I smiled as I thought how similar they are to the human body.

Each layer of paint represents memories for someone. These are the experiences the prior owners had, much like the clothes we choose to wear on our bodies. Sometimes old and worn. Sometimes faded. Sometimes needing repaired. Sometimes needing replaced. But we sometimes hang on to them, often by needle and thread or with a new accessory to make the old appear new again. Even so, each layer — each color —represents a specific stage of life.

Underneath those layers of paint, I found a few damaged boards that needed repair — broken bones, you might call them. Despite the fix, they are never quite the same. The repaired pieces don’t blend in with the others, but they do keep the old chairs usable, for a while.

Securing these boards now are a bunch of rusty screws — the joints of the chairs. At first they were shiny, new and sharp, made to hold the bones together. Over time, they have weakened, become discolored and even broken off. So, in a surgical DIY effort, I took a few of the worst ones out, and I screwed in shiny, new sharp ones again.

While putting in the new screws, I realized that some of the core wood was soft and rotten, no longer able to do what it was intended to do. The shiny, new, sharp screws couldn’t hold that mush together anymore. Repair was no longer an option. These vital boards — the organs of my chairs — needed replaced immediately.

At some point, these old chairs will simply need to be discarded, maybe even set aflame. But I am not ready to throw them in the woodpile just yet. That fresh coat of paint brought life to them for a few more years, as well as a smile to my face.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Our hot week continues with a high in the upper 90s today. Hot weather continues into the weekend and next week. Rain chances come on Friday and again early and late Sunday.

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FROM KCCI: Polk County Health Department warns of climbing COVID-19 cases

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — Polk County is seeing another spike in COVID-19 cases this summer. The health department shared the omicron B.A. 5 subvariant is causing the rise. This strain is highly contagious and is quickly becoming the dominant strain in Iowa as well as the U.S. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowans warned the water is not safe at 9 state beaches

POLK CITY, IOWA — Iowans looking to escape the heat this week are being greeted by warnings at nine state beaches” “swimming not recommended” or “swimming discouraged” due to high levels of e. coli in the water. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Advocates say Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is first step in fixing the 'boyfriend loophole'

The act provides new protections to victims who may be dating a violent abuser who owns firearms.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

A lot of birds have been arriving at the bird feeder in pairs. These two perch on the deck rail while watching for an opening at the feeder. Photo by Tammy Pearson
Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.
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 Restaurant... Period
1. Simon’s
2. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
3. Early Bird


Backyard entertaining space

Poldberg home serves as gathering grounds

By Lindsey Giardino

It’s been more than three decades since Craig and Wendy Poldberg moved to Adel.

They settled down in the community in 1987 when the couple’s jobs transferred them to Des Moines and Waukee.

In 2004, after living on an acreage west of Adel for 17 years — the place they initially moved to — the Poldbergs built a home in town.

In the 18 years since then, they’ve transformed their backyard into an entertainment area where they enjoy gathering with family and friends. In fact, their outdoor space is Craig and Wendy’s favorite part of where they live. They recently shared their backyard, which also includes a rock wall and raised perennial and vegetable beds, with the Adel community as part of the Adel Home Garden Tour held on June 26.

... Read More From the July issue of Adel Living.

MLB All Stars Game Tonight, 7 p.m.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Padalecki, Brian May, Topher Grace, Nancy Carell, LaMarcus Aldridge, Ryan Dorsey, Jim Norton, Kaitlin Doubleday, Trai Byers, Stuart Scott

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What kind of doctor is Dr. Pepper?
A FIZZ - ICIAN (PHYSICIAN)! Gail Tomlinson, Russ Cerniglia
or a SODIATRIST! Rich Hoidahl
or a DR. of MIXOLOGY! William Snyder


My friend has a therapy dog she takes to visit patients in the hospital. I have a therapy opossum. We are banned from visiting patients. Why?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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