‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
Good Friday morning to you!

Here is a question for all you men who are married with children. Is Mother’s Day about your mother, or is it about the mother of your children? Don’t act like you have never thought about this question. I know you have. Maybe not out loud or in front of certain people, but you have definitely wondered.
     The name itself would imply that this holiday is about your mother, right? And since my wife is not my mother (at least I hope not), then this question is answered. Ah, if only it were that simple.
     Those of us who are married with children know that to not acknowledge your wife on Mother’s Day could result in a serious marital mind game, and we all know who wins that game.
     So, as a result, most of us have learned — sometimes the hard way — that we have multiple responsibilities on Mother’s Day. We need to give thanks to the woman who birthed us, and we also need to help our children give thanks to the woman who birthed them. And we can top it off by giving them both a big hug and telling them that we love them.
     For those of you just realizing now that this Sunday is Mother’s Day, don’t worry; you still have time. And for all you moms, enjoy Mother’s Day. You deserve it.
     Have a fantastic Friday, 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

Gorgeous today with highs in the upper 60’s. Rain chances kick in Saturday afternoon and linger into Mothers’ Day afternoon. Cool temperatures stick around next week with a rain chance Wednesday.

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

Traffic notes
The Des Moines Police have mobile radar units at these locations today:
1800 block of Indianola Avenue
700 block of S.W. 7th Street
800 block of Scott Avenue
ROAD CLOSURE: E Douglas Avenue will be closed for Road Construction from E 42nd Street to NE 46th Street until Sunday, Aug. 1 and will impact all lanes.
The Score
IOWA CUBS: Despite a quality start from Cory Abbott in his Triple-A debut, the I-Cubs fell to the Indianapolis Indians 5-4 Thursday night. MORE...
MLB: Indians 4  Royals 0. MORE...
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Court: Black ex-Hawkeyes can proceed with parts of lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal lawsuit brought by a group of former Iowa football players alleging staff members mistreated Black players will move forward, but all or parts of some of the allegations were thrown out Thursday. Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and former strength coach Chris Doyle remain the focal points of the lawsuit filed in Iowa’s southern district. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Lauridsen Skate Park Opens today

DES MOINES, IOWA — The newest addition to the Des Moines riverwalk will officially open today – less than two weeks before it becomes an Olympic qualifying venue. The Lauridsen Skatepark, along the west bank of the Des Moines River north of downtown, will open to skaters following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30pm on May 7th. The first skaters will be welcomed from 5:00-10:30pm on Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday the park will remain open from 6:00am until 10:30 pm. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Normal 911 service restored after metro fire departments warned of fiber cut

IOWA, USA — The Polk County Emergency Management Agency, along with the Clive Fire Department, posted on Facebook Thursday night fiber has been restored, which affected how people could reach emergency first responders. ... 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 Place for Tax Preparation
1. Insight CPA
2. Midwest Financial
3. McGowen Hurst Clark & Smith


Read more

Tina Powell has two houseboats

By Jeff Pitts

Why does Tina Powell own two houseboats? This is a reasonable question, according to    Powell, who readily admits that possessing a pair of floating homes wasn’t the original idea. Instead, refurbishing a fixer-upper was her plan, but the best-laid plans usually require super-human patience. After hours of hard labor in gutting the boat’s interior and beginning to resuscitate the vessel, getting nearer to the goal brought about visions of fun in the sun while livin’ la vida Saylorville. This proved to be Kryptonite for the fixer-upper plan.

“I need a boat that can be in the water by Memorial Day,” her brain insisted.


Things To Do
Saturday, May 8
All-Natural Bodybuilding Competition
Washboard abs. Powerful quads. Beautiful backs. Drug free bodybuilding and fitness is coming to Des Moines. Des Moines will again host the 27th annual Natural Iowa Bodybuilding, Physique, Bikini and Figure Championships.
The site will be the first event of the season at the newly renovated Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines (1500 Woodland Ave.). The competition gets underway Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. (gates open at 8 a.m.). Ticket prices are: all day pass $35, kids 12 & under $12, 5 and under free. Tickets available in advance or day of event at Hoyt Sherman Box office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Glades of multi-colored Woodland Phlox are breathtaking along the trails of the Iowa River. This picture was taken in Timmons Grove County Park, located in Marshall County. Photo by Debby Keiser of Urbandale.

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
Johnston Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The May issue features a story about passionate golfers, informational articles, an education feature, a community feature and photos from local events. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: J Balvin, Chiari Ferragni, Tchaikovsky, Eva Peron, Brahms, Alex Smith, Gary Cooper, Aidy Bryant, Bill Kreutzmann, Matt Helders, Phil Campbell, Thelma Houston.

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com
Poll of the Week

What’s your guess? Will we need to get COVID-19 booster shots in the next year, too?


Have you ever played Pickleball?

Yes - 24 %
No - 76%

Morning Chuckle
How do you make an apple turnover?

What holds the sun up in the sky?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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.dmcityview.com and click on the JOIN OUR EMAIL BLAST link on the upper right-hand side!


This email was sent to: email@somehost.com

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