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Good Wednesday morning to you!

I am guessing that many of you receive phone calls, view emails or read posts from those living in other states who want to continually tell you how nice the weather is there, rubbing it in, of sorts. What they seem to fail to understand is that, if we wanted to live in a pile of sand, we would move to a pile of sand. Most of us prefer to live here with the change of seasons, and we are not alone. See if you agree with these musical artists and me. In the words of Eddie Rabbitt, I love a rainy night. From John Denver, sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. Out of the mouths of the Mamas and The Papas, all the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray. And as Frank Sinatra sang, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
     April is clearly a transition month, from a time when the winter snow melts and uncovers nature's and human debris to a period of new life, growth and a remarkable cleansing. This is abundantly apparent with farmers preparing their fields for planting, with the Christian celebration of Easter, and with people from all walks of life deciding to so some “spring cleaning.”
     So remember to enjoy all that Mother Nature brings us, and be sure to sing along to the words of Terry Jacks, “We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun!"
     Have a wonderful Wednesday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Wednesday Recipe

Avocado Veggie Sandwich

As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in a surprising source: bread. In fact, a 20-year trend of declining grain food consumption has been reversed.

A national study by the Grain Food Foundation suggests that the turnaround is more than a one-time sales blip due to pantry loading. In reality, consumers count bread among their top comfort foods. The study revealed one-third of Americans named pasta and bread as foods that are comforting during a stressful time.

In addition to the comforting flavor, this trend provides valuable nutritional benefits. As a part of many healthy eating plans, bread and pasta are nutritionist approved and provide nutrients needed for healthy aging such as B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, iron, folate and fiber.


Des Moines Weather
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 44. Low 23. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible. Chilly today and tomorrow, then, well, much warmer. Make sure your car AC is ready.
The Score
Iowa Wild (5-9-3-0, 13 pts.) grabbed one point in an overtime loss against the Texas Stars (10-6-2-0, 22 pts.) by a final score of 4-3 at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas Tuesday night.

Iowa State Softball (23-8, 0-3 Big 12) defeated Drake (5-19, 1-5 MVC), 12-5, on Tuesday night at Buel Field.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: City of Des Moines debates changes to rental code

DES MOINES, Iowa —The Des Moines City Council held a virtual meeting Tuesday to hear comments on proposed changes to the city’s rental code. Proposed amendments to the rental code include requiring owners to remove knockout panels and install new fire exits. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Remarkable Women: Sylvia Carter

AMES, Iowa — Facing the ups and downs of life with a positive attitude is often easier said than done. From abuse and poverty to helping save lives through scientific research, 71-year-old Ames resident Sylvia Carter is a remarkable woman.” READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ames police officer arrested and charged with eluding, OWI in high-speed chase

AMES, Iowa — An Ames police officer was arrested and placed on paid administrative leave after law enforcement said he led them on a high-speed chase while driving the wrong way on the highway Monday night.… 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. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Orthopedic Clinic
1. DMOS Orthopaedic Centers
2. Iowa Ortho
3. Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine


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Urbandale orange:
Olson clear the way — for free — at Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Park and Arboretum.

By Darren Tromblay

Richard Olson had the greatest of intentions when he purchased a brand new, walk-behind Toro snowblower this year.
It was big. It was heavy. But man, could it cut through everything. When the first big snow fell, Olson was out clearing his next-door neighbors’ drives on both sides of his house. While he was at it, he thought, he might as well clear the paths at Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Park and Arboretum, a place he and his wife used frequently for dog walking.
“I retired last year and thought it would be a good thing to do,” he reflects. “The city didn’t clear it, and it made it hard for us dog walkers. Everything would ice over, and it was rough going if you wanted to enjoy the park on foot.”


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Things To Do
Wednesday, March 31
Four Des Moines Area Jersey Mike’s Locations Will Donate 100% of Sales to Make-A-Wish Iowa. That’s right they will give every single dollar in sales, not just the profit, to Make-A-Wish Iowa. It’s all part of Jersey Mike’s 11th Annual nationwide Day of Giving. 

It's that time of year! Daffodils are blooming! — Photo by Celeste Tilton.

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Bondurant Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. Featured is a story about home improvement pojects. The issue also includes feature stories, helpful information, a calendar, and photos of local people. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View this month's digital edition here.

Happy Birthday

Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday on their big day? Email name and birth date to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Walken, Cesar Chavez, Al Gore, Rhea Perlman, Richard Chamberlain, Shirley Jones, Mollly Qerim, Neha Kapur, Hiroshi Tachi.

Which of these starred in the Partridge Family? Now, sing along....

Hello, world, hear the song that we're singin'
C'mon get happy!
A whole lot of lovin' is what we'll be bringin'
We'll make you happy!

See the rest of the lyrics: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/thepartridgefamilylyrics.html

Poll of the Week

How many trees have you planted in your life?
50 or more

How many greeting cards do you mail per year?
none - 20%
1-25 - 44%
26-50 - 13%
51-100 - 16%
100 or more -7%

Morning Chuckle
How did the bee get inside the apartment?
Why did the baseball coach get the pianist to join the team?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com. Watch for the answer tomorrow!

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