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Friday, July 29, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag, where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Time for a condo (Yard work mishaps, July 18, 2022)? I am with you, buddy. I am finally tired of mowing my yard. I always enjoyed it in the past.” - Kirk.

Can I buy your lawn mower self-propel belt? - Shane

“Thanks for sharing your adventures in misfortune (Yard work mishaps, July 18, 2022). I hope your Sunday made up for it, and your week is great.” - Donna

Actually, that all happened on a Sunday afternoon, but most all my mishaps are fixed now— and ready to happen again. - Shane

“One of the things we miss about living in Pella was the tradition of not working on Sunday (Yard work mishaps, July 18, 2022). We could sit outside and not have to listen to someone's lawn mower. This is not to criticize you for doing your yard work on Sunday. I can't help but wonder if your misfortunes were your neighbors putting bad mojo on the invasion of their peaceful Sunday afternoon yesterday. Best wishes for a safe weekend.” - John

You might be onto something. Point taken. - Shane

“I laughed really hard during this read this morning (Yard work mishaps, July 18, 2022). My good healthy laugh for the day! Thank you.”- Pat

I am glad someone was laughing. I wasn’t. - Shane

“I want to extend my sympathies in the passing of your mother (Burying my mother, June 21, 2022).  I lost my mom six years ago, and it feels like yesterday. When I read about your not-so-good day, I instantly identified with you. I read about the mower belt and wanted to warn you to take the day off (Yard work mishaps, July 18, 2022). Take days like that weekend as a reminder to sit down and rest. Think of your mom,  sleep or create a new memory with family. Let the chores go. Mishaps do come in more than threes when we are grieving. Be well.” - Karin

Thank you, Karin. That’s a thoughtful perspective I have not considered. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Enjoy a pleasant day today, with a high of 84, because temperatures are going to climb into the 90s then into triple digits into next week. That is actual temperatures, not head index numbers!

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

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FROM KCCI: Updated: Here is a list of beaches in Iowa where swimming is not recommended

More information about beach monitoring, including an interactive map, can be found at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website here...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: More than half of Iowa now in drought conditions

IOWA — It has been weeks since many parts of the state have seen any measurable rainfall – a fact reflected in the updated drought monitor released by the United States Department of Agriculture today. More than half of the state – 56% – is now experiencing drought conditions, according to the report. That’s a nine-percent increase from last week’s report. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: What to expect from Dew Tour 2022 in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Dew Tour returns to Des Moines this weekend.
The skateboarding competition will be hosted at Lauridsen Skatepark in downtown Des Moines at the Principal Riverwalk's northern edge. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Metallic Green Sweat Bee. Sweat bees land on humans to obtain moisture and salts from perspiration. We are sports beverages for insects. This one was gathering pollen in our backyard. — Paul Houston, West Des Moines

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 Home Builder
1. Summit Homes
2. Dreamscape Homebuilders
3. MainBuilt


Where country meets the sky

The Sheltons are landowners, pilots and volunteers.

By Becky Kolosik

The National Balloon Classic is a special and busy time for the Shelton family. Bob and Janice are landowners, and having a competition target located on their land is something they don’t take lightly.

“The relationships between pilots and landowners across the county is vital to the existence of the Classic,” says Bob. “Without permission to launch/land a balloon, pilots could not fly.”

However, the Sheltons are not just landowners. Bob is a pilot and both he and Janice are long-standing volunteers with the Classic.

... Read More From the July issue of Indianola Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Genesis Rodriguez, Wil Wheaton, Josh Radnor, Allison Mack, Dak Prescott, Martina McBride, Rachel Miner, Ken Burns, Timothy Omundson, Tim Gunn, Cynthia Rowley

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Where did the sheep family go on vacation?
THE BAAAAHAMAS! Got it Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml, Diane Doro


Where do bees go on vacation?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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