Happy Valentine’s Day!

Just a few fun facts as you are going about your day…

  1. Cupid is the mini-god of love and son of Venus, the absolute goddess of seduction, beauty, and love—guess it runs in the family! This chubby little guy shoots arrows (or flowers, depending on the story), hoping to make two people fall in love. According to legend, Cupid is the great creator of all couples in the entire universe!
  2. The first Valentine’s Day card was from the Duke of Orléans who sent it to his wife with a poem, in the 15th century. As luck would have it, his mother’s name was—Valentine! FUN FACT:around the world, people send each other roughly a billion cards decorated with red hearts and flowers?
  3. Is Valentine’s Day a celebration of chocolate? The most popular gift today…a box of chocolates, likely in the shape of a heart. In the US, every year, chocolate sales reach or exceed $20 billion!
  4. Did you know…Giving roses is one way to express your love, but not all colors send the same message. A red rose symbolizes passion; white=purity and sincerity of your feelings; yellow,=friendship; orange=carnal desire; and pink= loyalty and sweetness.
  5. The number of roses you give on Valentine’s Day also has meaning. One rose is good for a whirlwind romance. Giving two means you’re trying to apologize. A bouquet of 12 is reserved for marriage proposals, and 36 is to profess true love. And, if your wallet can handle it, 101 roses signifies the craziest love of all—especially when you think of the bill you’ll be getting from your florist!

Make certain your special someone knows how you feel and to all, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Vicki Reed

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2017 Indianapolis Home Show!

It’s that time of year again and last night was the Fischer Homes Preview Night Party for real estate industry professionals and as a REALTOR®,  I was one of the attendees!  This year, the home is a ranch on a full basement…yes, they successfully built a basement in the Expo Hall!

Fischer Homes is showcasing its Rookwood design as this year’s Centerpiece Home, and for the first time it is featuring a ranch design rather than a two-story construction. The Rookwood features a Coastal Acadian elevation with nearly 6,000 square feet of finished living space — the largest home ever built at the Indianapolis Home Show.

Boasting casual yet sophisticated spaces that evoke the feeling of a beachfront home, the Rookwood at the Home Show features a spacious kitchen opening into the adjoining living and dining rooms, a refined study, four bedrooms, 3½ baths and three built-in fireplaces.

It is a beautiful home, casual yet elegant…personally, I don’t need that much square footage, however, I would love to have the master suite and closet!  If you are looking for something to do, you should check out this great home and all the home show vendors, visit the Indianapolis Home Show website for more information and tickets!

And remember, if you are interested in building with Fischers Homes or any other builder, you should remember to work with a REALTOR® to have someone looking out for your best interests!

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Vicki Reed, REALTOR®

 

 

How long is the Christmas Season?????

Today we are one week away from Thanksgiving!  My family will be celebrating on Saturday as is our custom with lots of family and friends, made even better by the addition of 2 new husbands, 1 step son and 1 little baby girl!  It’s been quite the year for our family!

There was a time that the Christmas season started AFTER Thanksgiving now the commercials start in October, the Hallmark Channels started running nothing but Christmas movies the weekend BEFORE Halloween, and stores have been advertising “black Friday” deals all month!

Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t Christmas shop all through-out the year, but let’s be real…time is passing too fast as it is, let’s take one holiday at a time and focus on enjoying each as it comes and stop rushing through the years…enjoy each season as it comes.  Let’s enjoy Thanksgiving for now!  Me?  I’m looking forward to celebrating THANKSGIVING!

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Vicki Reed

 

Getting back to NORMAL…

The election is OVER!  We can once again watch television without the barrage of political advertisements! Now the news…that’s another story.  The news, online and Facebook is full of people who are protesting the results…can we all just grow up a bit?  Please?  Other than encouraging all to VOTE, I have abstained from sharing my political views and preferances and will continue to do so as I believe in the right to privacy in my choices.

There are posts on Facebook of longtime friends seperating over others CHOICE for President, news is reporting ongoing PROTESTS over Trump winning the Presidency…really?  The Country has spoken, accept it graciously, show respect and move on!

Regardless of which candidate was your CHOICE, only unity will bring change. Crying, screaming, protesting and destroying things will not make anyone see your point of view, it will only make them see you as weak and widen the divide.  If you really want change in this country, sit down and TALK with your opponents, express your views peacefully with one another. Most Americans on both sides have more in common than you think.

We have 4 years of this Presidency, the people have elected Donald Trump as the 45th President…time to dry up the tears, put on your adult pants and go be a productive American.

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Vicki Reed

Get out and VOTE!

It is finally ELECTION DAY!  I’m sure that, like me, you are not only grateful for the RIGHT TO VOTE, but that the television commercials, yard signs, news reports about who will win…are going to be over today!  It seems this has been the longest election ever!  I’m tired of the bashing, the Facebook posts and the sponsored Facebook election posts…I have Election Exhaustion!

I don’t care who you voted for, only that you exercised your right to VOTE.  Today is going to be a very long day…at the end, we will have a new President…and the next round of media will commence through the inaguation before the next President can get down to work.  I suspect this will be the most scrutinized President in history…I, for one, will live with the decision of the people…and pray for our Country.

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Vicki Reed

Spotlight on Irvington Halloween Festival!

It’s that time of year again…time moves so quickly!  Get out your boots, sweaters and HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!  For the unenlightened, the community of Irvington hosts an annual Halloween Festival…they actually close Washington Street for the day!

2016 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Festival, for 69 years, the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival has brought together thousands of residents, dozens of neighborhood organizations, and countless Eastside businesses in a fun-filled celebration of our heritage and community. The festival and its associated events are designed to bring awareness to the community, to bring commerce to local business and sponsors, and to provide fun for the children of Irvington and Indianapolis. The celebration now encompasses a week of events including a 5 mile run, a scholarship pageant, musicians, contests, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, masquerade ball, a haunted puppet show and dozens of other events. To get all the details, visit http://www.irvingtonhalloween.com/events

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Take in an event this week…ghost tour anyone!  If you will be in the area be certain to let me know…I live in the heart of it all!

Vicki Reed

Spotlight…Speedway!

Speedway is more than just the Indy 500, looking for something fun to do with the family?  Spring break is almost over, next is college graduations, then high schools graduations…but what else is going on???  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is gearing up for the 100th running, and of course there are a lot of related events in the month of May, including time trials, practice, the mini-marathon, Carb day…and of course, the big race with Josh Kaufman singing back home again in Indiana to start the big day.

Live in Indy and want to check out Speedway BEFORE May???  April is a great month to visit a few spots before everyone else arrives, just think, you can tell your friends coming in for the race what other fun things there are to do, check out these places…

IndyCar Factory.com by Main Street Events

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and reasonably priced admission of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12 – Children 4 and under FREE!

.The Dallara IndyCar Factory is a joint venture between the IndyCar Experience and Dallara Automobili. It is located just 1/3 of a mile southwest of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway – home of the Indianapolis 500 – and just 5 miles from Downtown Indianapolis – the Dallara IndyCar Factory is the destination for race-enthusiasts, and those who are brand new to the sport, to get their fill of all things IndyCar!  Click here to visit their website and learn more.

 

There are plenty of great places to eat near IMS as well.  Check out these great places…

Daredevil Brewing Company  

Dawsons on Main

Barbecue and Bourbon

Check it out, I would love to hear what you think!

Vicki Reed