This has been another close to home month for me so I do not have much news or many special reports to share with you. However, I do like to get out and about so I will tell you of a few happenings AROUND TOWN.

The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and the moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both the summer and the winter. (NIV) (Psalm 74:16,17)




It was a dark, gloomy and rainy day (April 15, 2022) when I pulled into Casey's, located a block north of 100th and Douglas in Urbandale. This is where I bought my gas and picked up our Saturday night pizza for many years. But times change and people move on. "My Casey's" was permanently closed with the windows shuttered and fuel pumps pulled and lined up by the building waiting to be hauled away. Right: Just a week later--it was a bright-sunny day when I stopped at the brand new Casey's at 2719 Forest Ave. in Des Moines. This new location was also a new concept--a convenience store without fuel pumps. I would call it a "gas station without gas". Oh well, my fuel gauge says I still have a quarter tank left in my RedRav so I will just stop for a slice of pizza and move on!!!

Left: The Drake students are having fun and showing off their creativity as they paint the streets. This is an annual event the weekend before the Drake Relays. Right: There is a huge vacant lot at 2719 Forest Ave. just east of the Knapp Center. This banner on the fence gives a little preview of the soon to be happenings at sports events on this site. Construction will begin soon for the new Drake University and Des Moines Public Schools Community Stadium.

I am not what you would call a world traveler, but I have discovered I can find many things that interest me right in our own neighborhood. Left: "Sweet Pops of Brilliance" created by Craig Snyder is located along the trail at the east entrance of Ashleaf Park in Urbandale. Then right up the street--this beautiful bald eagle wood carving greets you as he sits in a residential front yard on Mary Lynn Drive. This area is just a mile or so from our home.

Thanks for taking this short trip AROUND TOWN with me!

I think this has been a very long cold winter in Iowa. Now, I am looking forward to summer, getting out and mixing it up with people and things in the outdoor world. However, I am thankful for all my blessings in the various "seasons" of life".