Adventures with JP, Episode 2

BB truckBefore this adventure started, my favorite sister and I, along with Nephew JR3 headed to Knox County to get strawberries in Oaktown. Along the way we stopped at Asbury Chapel to put flowers on family grave sites. Our mother would have been 100 years old on May 17th. It boggles my mind to think of all the changes in the world she experienced in her 89 years. The roaring 20’s, the Great Depression, WWII, the space race, watching grand and great-grandkids grow up . . . .
Before we got to Blann’s Berries off US 41, we went past the Lays potato fields which were in bloom. Some were a pretty purple and others had white blooms. After loading the berries (we order ahead, getting too old to do U-Pick!), we went past the asparagus fields which were going to seed. They still had some for retail sale so we added fresh asparagus to our load. Too bad the melons weren’t ripe yet – that will be another adventure later this summer.
I spent the night at Windy Hill so JP and I could get an early start on the Old National Highway – US 40 Yard Sales. There’s absolutely nothing I need or want but, you never know what treasures you’ll find. The plan was to head West, stopping at sales on the Northside of the road then hit the Southside ones on the way back.
Our first stop netted a Tupperware cake taker for $1 – now that’s a total bargain! Onward – A few more uneventful stops then we got to a barn sale where I purchased a small bookcase that found a home in Grandson M’s room.
JP’s co-worker had been telling her that the ‘best’ fish sandwich was at a café in Reelsville. There’s not much in Reelsville, but we found the place; still not sure what it’s called: two different names on signs and two different names on the building itself. It was an old Texaco filling station and pretty much original. The hostess, Chris, gave us a running narrative on the history of the building as she cooked our food. She even had pictures from the town flood of 1913 and celebration dinners from the 40’s and 50’s. It’s nice when people keep historical records. Oh, BTW – it really was a good fish sandwich.

Congrats to Two Chicks and a Hammer!

As a Realtor, I have seen their rehab work and followed their business…imagine my surprise a couple of weeks ago while watching HGTV and seeing them and Indy with the pilot for their show!  Apparently the world likes them too as they have been signed to a 10 episode deal!

For those unfamiliar, Two Chicks and a Hammer is a mother-daughter house renovation team based in Fountain Square.  HGTV just signed them to a deal for a series that will follow Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine as they transform homes in Indianapolis.

A High Noon Entertainment talent scout found the team while searching for another company on Facebook, and after a long interview process, High Noon shot a pilot last fall.  “Two Chicks and a Hammer,” debuted May 4 on HGTV.  The first episode of the new series is scheduled to air in early 2016…read the Indianapolis Star article here:  Two Chicks and a Hammer.

Congrats to these ladies for being recognized…we’re all rooting for you!


Vicki Reed


There’s lots of things to do in Indy during May that don’t involve an oval track!

Not everyone is into that event in Speedway where 33 cars & drivers turn left and go fast. Here’s some events to keep the rest of us busy:

– Now through Mother’s Day (Sun. May 10) you can visit the 54th Annual Decorator’s Show House Presented by St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild. Info link:
– Join a walking tour of Fountain Square on May 14th. The 90-minute tour will be led by Indiana Landmarks and a resident of the neighborhood. Featuring a 1- to 1.5-mile walk, tours cost $10 per person. Details at:
– Remember Ayres Department Store? The Indiana Historical Society has a wonderful exhibit titled “That Ayres Look”. There’s also Concerts on the Canal on Thursdays. Check out all the info at:
– Take a short drive North on Michigan Road and discover Conner Prairie – a living history museum. Find events at this link:
– Explore the undead underbelly of Indiana’s most haunted places with Indiana’s most accomplished professional paranormal investigators! They visit Noblesville, Westfield and Chatham Arch plus others. Details at:
– If you’d like to learn the historic background of funerals, Bona Thompson Memorial Center will host a historically accurate replica of President Lincoln’s casket, along with a Victorian funerary customs exhibit. It happens on May 22 through June 30 at 5350 University Ave
– Rather sip some wine and channel your inner artist? Visit Chateau Thomas on May 14th. For $20 you get all the materials, a light dinner and oh, did I mention wine? More info:
– Do you enjoy music? Then stop by the Arts Garden at Circle Centre on May 16 for Performathon showcasing the talent of local students of all ages, as well as a wide variety of solo music from faculty of the Music Academy. Details:
– Ready for some yummy, fresh veggies or get your green thumb on by buying plants to grow? Visit the City Market on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 2:00 for the Farmer’s Market. Don’t forget to pick up a bag of caramel corn!
– Enjoy the historic surroundings of the 1890s Propylaeum Club during a relaxing lunch or afternoon tea with friends or business associates. Tuesday through Friday. Visit this link for details:
– At University High School on May 23, you are cordially invited to the fantastic, free Russian Festival with ethnic food, dances, kids’ corner and much more!
– Has Mother Nature been calling your name? Then get to Garfield Park for the Plant Sale on May 16 from 9-12. Check here for types of plants available:
– For a variety of events and classes, check out Indy Parks
– Who doesn’t like Happy Hours? Show up on Georgia St. on Thursdays. At 5:00 to see live music, enjoy food and have a good time.
– After that, a walk around U of Indy to see the artwork on the campus sculpture walk. The free outdoor art exhibition features work by artists from around the country. Sculptures vary greatly in size, style and subject, Click here to get a map:
– If you’re totally bored, this should rev your engine (sorry!). On Thursday, May 7, at 9:00 a.m. it’s Government Information Day at the Indiana State Library to learn about online services and discuss the transformation of government information from the print to the digital age. Location: Indiana State Library, 315 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Marion County.
– Wow – Basketball is not over in Indy: Sat. May 9 the Indiana Blaze (semi-pro men’s BB team) will play the New Jersey Bullets. Game will be at Noblesville East Middle School, 625 Field Drive, Noblesville Info link:
– Well, golleeee Andy!! It’s the Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, beginning May 15 at the Courthouse Square, Danville

Whew – that should keep you busy for awhile!