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SUDDENLY, SUMMER
Suddenly, it's summer. Nearly a week of it so far and no end in sight that I've heard...and don't tell me if so; I'm loving this seemingly endless sunshine. Suddenly, the grass is long and rippling along the roadsides, the white flat wheels of Queen's Anne Lace have bloomed and every other bush and tree sports lilacs in every shade of ecstasy: white, lavender, pink, purple. The chestnut candles are glowing, white and pearly pink. The starry lupine leaves have sprouted and the flowering stalks are rising and calling: summer, summer, summer!

If I could slow it down, I would. The seasons turn so slowly on the other side of the year; and spring takes forever. Now the rush has begun and we must savor every second. We must see the world with wondering eyes. Stare at the sky and imprint that particular shade of sun-drenched blue upon the backs of our eyelids. There's nothing like it: the slide into summer is worth every minute.

Martin and I are sorting Lego. The kids have 3 huge plastic bins FULL of the stuff. For years, it was the go-to gift for both of them: Bionicles for Karin and basic building blocks for Martin. Karin never really played with it, however, and she must have bought or received nearly 30 Bionicles during her childhood. I don't even know if they MAKE the things anymore (just checked: they stopped in 2010). According to my nephew, Lego Ninjago is the rage now. Bionicles are so ...2010. Since neither kids is interested in actually doing anything with the million little plastic bricks we own, I hit on a plan. Even though I recycled every bit of packaging over the years, we DID keep all the instruction booklets.

We're starting by sorting by color (2 bins down, 1 to go), and then we'll put all the Bionicles and other sets together that we have instructions for. Then we'll bag them, and then...hopefully...we'll sell them.

We have 2 large paper bags more than half full with only black and white pieces and bowls of various sizes completely covering the dining room table with all the other colors. The Bionicles were produced with their own colors so there are several bowls of color pieces that are ONLY for them. All in all, we have 43 bowls or piles of DIFFERENT colors. Plus mini-figures and a huge pile of wheels. And a stack of super-size flat pieces for building on.

We have EVERYTHING. We have windows and doors and roof ridges and trees and wheels and an ELEPHANT. We have people and all the billion tiny things they can hold in their little Lego hands and a DINOSAUR...and an ALLIGATOR. We have transparent pieces and neon pieces and glow-in-the-dark pieces and shiny silver pieces. It's like Legopalooza around here!

God knows how long this will take me us. Martin is helping me sort. And Karin has promised to help put Bionicles together. Maybe by the time we're done and they're all bagged and ready to sell, they'll actually be worth something.
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mood: calm
music: Loreen—Euphoria


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Yes, Lego Ninjago is so hot that the stores can't keep them in. Not even the Lego warehouse, where a co-worker's husband works, has any of the new characters in stock. It's cuh-razy. Every day I come home and Anders says, "It didn't come today either, did it?" and no, it didn't. (The co-worker's husband is keeping an eye on it)

I would hire you guys to do the same project at my house. Odds are we don't have as much as Ingrid was never Lego crazy so it's just been a couple of years acquisition.

We've finally started on the third bin. I expect to be working on this project for the rest of my life :)

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

What a project! We have SO MANY legos too. However, if I step on one, I usually pick it up, but sometimes...when I am in a bad mood...they go directly into the garbage can. Ooops. I guess this project will not be in my future!

Re: From Megsie

hahaha! I've certainly vacuumed up my fair share in the past few years. :)

There seems to be a market for your Bionicles: http://tinyurl.com/bv2ko5p

Things must be fairly calm in your life right now if you guys are sorting Lego. I have about a zillion posts to catch up on, but I hope you are all well!

Calm is all relative, isn't it? :) Thanks for the link, though I think most of those for sale are still in the packaging. We might have more luck at loppis.

i might be interested in buying some for my great-nephew!

let me know when a good time would be to come by to look at it. i gather you need some time to finish the sorting and i have to ask my nephew how much/what sort they would like. i'm on vacation from the 11th so from that date i could probably swing by any day of the week.

It will be awhile, I'm afraid...we're still sorting. And we'll be selling Bionicles and Knights, so check that is what he wants :)

i had to look up what bionicles are. man, karin is beginning to scare me a little!! ;-)

i think probably knights, and basic blocks if you're selling them, would be the way to go. hugo is only 15 months old so it'll be a while until he can play with lego. so no hurry, for our sake. :)

hahaha! She's only JUST NOW beginning to scare you? :D

(Anonymous)

I loved my Legos and was glad to be able to pass them down to my nephew. (And I swear if I ever get over there to meet you someday, I'll stop by Legoland in Copenhagen first!) Hopefully you'll be able to get some money for them!

-Heather

Legoland is totally awesome. It's more fun for adults than kids, really :)

(Anonymous)

That does it! I'm going to have to get across the pond again someday soon then ....
-Heather

we would love to buy some from you! i can't afford new ones... and F is suddenly kinda into them- but i am thinking more along the lines of any extra pieces you have- she likes houses and castles and cars and animals and trees and whatnot :) also, if you happen to have one of the green bottom bits. no idea what anything is actually called. ;)

I will let you know what we've got when we're done sorting and bagging, but it will take awhile, so bear with me :)

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