‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
Monday, May 1, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

Dandelions and kids go hand in hand. Yellow stains and all.

Most of us can remember being a child and playing in the green grass of spring about this time of year. And most of us can recall our first sight of those bright yellow “flowers” in the grass, and how we proudly picked them and gave them to our mothers. Our mothers then politely thanked us and discreetly tossed them in the garbage while we weren’t looking. Sound familiar?

The era doesn’t seem to matter, as that scenario played out almost exactly as I stated above for generations. What has changed is how we deal with the dandelions and other weeds today.

I thought topping off all those dandelions in the lawn with the mower blade would suffice in the weed management plan. Mom disagreed.

She never put fertilizer or weed killer on the lawn. The rain and sun were the fertilizer, and I was the weed killer. Mom would send me out with a garden trowel to hand-dig each dandelion in the yard — and she would inspect each one to be sure I got the entire root. Oddly, it was a task I looked forward to. It sure beat staining the deck or doing the dishes.

That dandelion-removal process did make mowing more challenging, though, as the cut dandelions allowed me to see the mower’s path. Without them, I had to guess on what I mowed and what I didn’t, as the dry summer months didn’t make for a lush lawn. I mowed more dead grass and dirt than anything green, but I still mowed because that’s what Mom demanded. I tried to debate the need for mowing with her from time to time, but I never seemed to win that argument. In fact, it usually ended with me having an additional task, like using those awful hand-trimming sheers to edge. So I learned to dig out dandelions by hand, mow dead grass and dirt, and shut my mouth.

Back to those yellow dandelions stains. Do you remember how they never seemed to wash off your fingers, no matter how hard you scrubbed? But yellow fingers were OK. In fact, they were a colorful symbol of being a kid, as were the green grass stains on your jeans and the black grease spots from your bicycle chain on your socks. Getting dirty was just part of the growing-up process.

Don’t you miss those days?

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

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

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Thrift Shop

1. Many Hands Thrift Market

2. DAV Thrift Store

3. St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store


Read More

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Windy conditions will continue today and tomorrow, along with highs in the 50s. The winds finally die down starting Wednesday as a stretch of warm and mostly dry weather takes us into the weekend. Thursday and Friday’s rain chances look slim.

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

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.

3105 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

Stunning two story nestled in Historic Kingman Place District filled with endless charm, character, and lots of updates! As you approach the home, youre immediately struck by its grandeur.

See More Homes For Sale

Slim Chickens (Arkansas) opened their second Iowa store last Thursday in Grimes. (2170 E. First St.). The drive-thru line extended into the street while two cashier lines were 12 deep and out the door. They serve tenders and wings.

Sugar prices are soaring on speculation that India will struggle to deliver their usual production, mainly because of infrastructure problems.

Mondays mean half-priced pizza and Peroni beer at Centro (1003 Locust St., Des Moines).

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Body found in Clive, believed to be missing Des Moines woman

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police believe they've found the body of 48-year-old Joann Stone who went missing Friday morning.vPolice say a body was found at a pond in Clive at 124th and Woodlands Parkway. Police have 'tentatively identified' the body as Stone. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Renovations for Rocket Slide set to be completed by summer 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa — The renovation of a Des Moines icon will last another year. The city recently announced in a Facebook post it expects to finish work on the Rocket Slide in Union Park by the summer of 2024. The slide is still mostly operational. Only the middle twisty slide can’t be used. People can still use the other two. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Civil lawsuits reveal alleged details in post-prom shooting

The lawsuits were filed by two men who were shot at the 2022 party, alleging negligence on behalf of the party's hosts. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 1 ...

1926: Ford adopts 40-hour work week. On May 1, 1926, Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories. The policy would be extended to Ford’s office workers the following August.

1931: Empire State Building dedicated. On May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building’s lights. Hoover’s gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in New York.

1898: Battle of Manila Bay. At Manila Bay in the Philippines, the U.S. Asiatic Squadron destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the Spanish-American War. Nearly 400 Spanish sailors were killed and 10 Spanish warships wrecked or captured at the cost of only six Americans wounded. The Spanish-American War had its origins in the rebellion against Spanish rule that began in Cuba in 1895.

Read more at History.com.


Loyal GVSS volunteer

Schmidt enjoys driving clients.

By Lindsey Giardino

Chris Schmidt and her husband have lived in the Grimes area for 35 years, and both of their daughters graduated from the Dallas Center-Grimes School District.

As an extension of her loyalty to the community, Schmidt takes time to volunteer both her time and talents.

“Most of my volunteer activities are with my church and Grimes Volunteer Support Services (GVSS),” she explains. “I love the goal of GVSS to help people stay in their homes. So many people, especially seniors, just need a helping hand.”

... Read more in the April issue of Urbandale Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Ray Parker Jr, Tim McGraw, Wes Anderson, Julie Benz, Jamie Dornan, Lizzy Greene, D’Arcy Wretzky, Wayne Hancock, Charlie Schlatter

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you get when you cross an octopus and a cow? A SELF-MILKING COW! -Sharon Sorensen, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post

Today's Riddle

What do you call a frightened cow?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

More email offerings

Enjoy the Daily Umbrella? Perhaps you would enjoy receiving emails of our other publications!

• CITYVIEW • Living Weekly newsletters: Johnston, Polk City and Adel • Lake Panorama Times • Events • CITYVIEW Business Journal,  

See a full list of our offerings by clicking on SUBSCRIBE here.


If you would like to advertise in this daily newsletter, please contact Jolene Goodman at jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com, or call 515-953-4822 ext. 319.

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@example.com

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