Top Ten Rainy Day activities in Des Moines

When it rains it limits what you can do with the day.  All of those great outside things we love to do are now out of the question.  A few options are to read a book, watch tv, or play on the internet, but if you would like to still get out of the house…

Top Ten Antique Stores in Des Moines

Whether you’re searching for the thrill of the hunt or you’re an avid antique’s collector, the following are the best places to find an new (old) treasure from locally owned shops in  and around Des Moines. West End Salvage-located on 9th Street and a second location in West Glen, this was one of my recommendations…

Top Ten Reasons to call your Mom right now

  She didn’t kill you when you were a teenager. She went to all of your extra curricular activities no matter how boring they were or how lacking in talent you showed. She didn’t say anything when you went through the hippie/goth/purple hair/trucker/grunge/punk/skateboarder/jock/drama summer camp phases. You are always the favorite when it’s just the…

Top Ten sites you should check out

Aliexpress – This site is a great place for shopping online. boredbutton – A good way to waste some time, or keep your kids occupied in the car. Listverse – Interesting top ten lists from around the world and throughout history. Beeradvocate – Beers rated from around the world, it will help you navigate the…

Quirky Des Moines #1 The Cherry Sisters or Four freaks from Iowa

I am going to begin a series of stories from Des Moines past.  The focus will be to find quirky stories that have not been heard by most people.  The first will be “The Cherry Sisters”. The Cherry sisters (Effie, Jesse, and Addie) grew in Linn County Iowa on a farm close to Marion.  They…

Top Ten Best BBQ joints in Des Moines

Bar-b-que is the quintessential American food. In recent years many great spots have popped up around Des Moines.  When the craving hits, go to the following for the best bbq in and around Des Moines. Jethro’s -located in the Drake neighborhood and in various incarnations around town, Jethro’s offers huge portions on both the meat and the…

Top Ten Des Moines Images

I will let the pictures do most of the talking.  These photos were all taken by Mirza Kudic Photography.  If you would like to see more excellent photography of Des Moines and beyond, here is a link.    

Top Ten Toys from our Childhood

Hot Wheels– these cars have evolved from basic to the newest versions that look like they belong in the Fast and Furious movies. Tracks were sold separately to fulfill your need for speed, though some parents used those tracks for spankings. Light Brite- a light box with little colored pegs used to form a picture that you…