Saturday Surprise — Legos ‘n Squirrels ‘n A Town For Sale

Hey guys … it’s the weekend!!!  And better yet, spring is finally here … well, sort of.  My crocuses are in bloom, though there are only four of them, Maha’s daffodils are blooming, and I was outside for a few minutes today in a t-shirt and didn’t even feel cold!


Legos-2I am not an artistically talented person, as I’ve mentioned before, but I admire those who are.  I’ve concluded, though, that some people have entirely too much time on their hands.  Legos.  Remember building stuff with Lego bricks?  I could build a fence, or a small house (no windows, doors or roof, though).  But take a look at the artistic endeavours some have accomplished with those little plastic blocks …

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Full-size Lego giraffe

Lego-car

Lego-plane

Probably just as safe as a Boeing

Lego-Beatles

The Beatles in Legoland

Lego-cruise-shipThis cruise ship is 8.44 meters long, 1.33 meters wide and 1.54 meters high, and is made from more than 2.5 million LEGOs. The weight of it is also quite stunning because it weighs around 2 tons, that is, about 6,100 pounds!Lego-wasp

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They even re-create classical paintings and sculptures with Lego …

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Escher’s Relativity

Lego-Mona-Lisa

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

Lego-Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Lego-scream

Munch’s The Scream

Lego-thinker

Rodin’s The Thinker

Talented?  For sure, but I still have to ask … who has time to do these things?  There are plenty more if you’d like to check them out at Bored Panda!


Now, when you think of squirrel, what do you think of?  Grey, brown, muted colours, right?  But I bet you didn’ know about the Malabar giant squirrel, also known as Shekru.  These guys are native to India … take a look …squirrel-1

As the name suggests, they are huge. Stretching as long as 3 feet, they are much harder to miss than our own scurrilous buddies. Admittedly though, the brilliantly blue bushy tail accounts for much of the Malabar’s length.squirrel-2.jpg

However, they may be more difficult to find than their large size and bright coat suggest. The shades of black, brown and orange, as well as maroon and purple, can assist them in blending perfectly with the forest canopy, where they spend their time leaping from tree to tree. This is especially useful for escaping the attention of predators, such as various birds of prey and also leopards.squirrel-3.jpg

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Did you know that there is an entire town for sale in Indiana?  No?  It’s the town of Story, Indiana, and there is a … wait for it … story to go with the town!Story-1.jpg

The town began in 1851, when a doctor named George P. Story received 173 acres of land from Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States. Over the years, the town then known as “Storyville” started to grow—farms, Story’s medical practice, and a school. In 1882, Story got its first dry goods store and post office. It never grew particularly large, but the story goes that the Great Depression cleared out what few families were left, threatening to end Story and turn it into a ghost town.Story-3More or less abandoned to the elements, Story saw a small resurgence in the early 1980s. Benjamin (who goes by just one name) encountered the town—on the edge of Brown County State Park and not far from Bloomington—for the first time in 1978. He saw the old general store, a house, a gristmill, a barn, and “an assortment of mostly dilapidated buildings,” on four and a half acres and for sale for $65,000. He and his wife Cyndi took a chance on the unique town and decided to set up shop in the form of a restaurant, housed in the old general store. [It] had no indoor plumbing when we moved there, only an outhouse in back,” he says. The second floor was one large room. “Many years previous, owners had obtained a Studebaker franchise and assembled buggies up there,” Benjamin says. “Parts were sent by rail from South Bend to Freetown, brought to Story on horse-drawn carts and first-generation pickup trucks, hauled upstairs, and assembled. The final products were let down on a ramp through a door in the back.” He remembers Story being very dark, and very quiet.

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Benjamin’s restaurant

There are only six houses in Story. One of them, built in the Queen Anne style, is the Wheeler-Hedrick House, across the street from the store. Another, built in 1858, is known as the Story-Griffitt House. Benjamin and Cyndi bought them all, one at a time, and converted them into overnight accommodations—the Story Inn. “We also built a commercial kitchen in the back [and] the old general store became the dining room,” Benjamin says. “When we sold Story we had a 100-seat restaurant and 18 overnight rooms, all on 23 acres.”Story-2The town’s current owner, Rick Hofstetter, bought the town in 1999. Hofstetter put more effort into Story, and the 40 years of care has turned into a fairly popular—though out-of-the-way—tourist destination. While most of Story’s buildings have been renovated, the village has not lost its 19th-century charm. Because it was a relatively desolate (and poor) town for decades, its original historic wooden floors, globe lighting, and tin ceilings remain. Just last month, the town was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today all of Story can be yours, for only $3.8 million!  Hey, if all my readers kicked in a mere $1,396 each, we could go in together and have our own little town!


Well, folks, I know you have a weekend awaiting you … I hope you have a great one and do something fun!  Maxine.jpg

40 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — Legos ‘n Squirrels ‘n A Town For Sale

  1. Dear Jill,

    Those Lego creations are amazing. My 5 year old granddaughter and my teenage grandson are Lego fans but the above models present a new art form.

    As for the Indian giant squirrels, I’d love to see one but I don’t want to go all the way to India.

    I’m willing to chip in $1,400.00 for a town named story. We could have a town of bloggers.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Some comments from Benjamin for “Miss Jill” : “Namaste! These Legos are so cool! I saw some big ones when I was still a baby. They weren’t super humongous like yours. I wish Gem had Shek-roo squirrels in her yard. They could eat the peanuts in the shells too, they would love them. We watched some videos of them, they are the bestest squirrel ever! I’m going to save my money and buy the place called Story some day, then we could all be together. I don’t have very much right now. This was fun, thank you!”

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    • Hi Benjamin! 🙋 I’m so glad you liked the squirrels and the Legos. I thought of you when I found them. I love the squirrels also, and I would love to see one in person some day, wouldn’t you? If you buy the town of Story someday, I will definitely go there and get a neckbuster hug in person! I hope you have a great week! I love you! ❤

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  3. Wow! The patience to build those lego models, would defeat most of us. They are the 3D equivalent of pointalism.

    As for Squirrels; they are all great little critters… that Indian variety is adorable.
    Unfortunately, the American Grey Squirrel is seen as a deadly foreign invader in the UK. It carries a disease that has almost wiped out our little native red squirrel. There is a bounty on their heads. If someone catches /rescues a grey squirrel, it is illegal to release it back into the wild here. The American Grey Squirrel is a very common site in UK, but I think there may have been some systematic culls, because I see fewer these days.
    Thailand has a brown and white flying squirrel that is about half the size of your ‘Grey.’ it is really adorable, like the little red squirrel we still see in Scotland.

    There once was a derelict town

    Which cost just a few dollars to own

    A man bought it up

    And then did it up

    And ‘Story’ was reborn as his home

    Sometimes, you just have to have a bit of a vision, a bit of money and a lot of determination to recycle something into a better use. 😊

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    • I loved the Lego creations, but I have neither the time, space, money, nor patience to do anything like that! I didn’t realize the little red squirrels were disappearing! I have seen pictures of them, and think I may have included one in a Saturday or Monday post some time ago … that’s sad. A limerick!!! Now I know you’re recuperating! Thank you!

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  4. The first thought that entered my mind as I completed reading this post…all this needs is Jolly, a sprinkled donut and a juicebox for Benjamin’s Jolly Monday! Legos became another one of Benjamin’s greatest treasures some time ago. He amazes me by what he builds. Christmas brought an abundance of the Jurassic World sets that combined two of his obsessions, dinosaurs and Legos. Two years ago there was an exhibition at our local mall of humongous Lego structures that covered each level. This included an event in the Lego store there too…fun for Benjamin, but costly for the Parents, Auntie and Gem! I have many photos from our visit. Squirrels have always delighted him, he remains an avid squirrel watcher through the window above his perch in my kitchen sink. He considers the bird feeders to be squirrel feeders as well, and so they are! Benjamin, the previous owner of Story one, will also interest this Benjamin. I do believe that had I an “extra” $3.8 million, it would become my Story! Thank-you!

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    • I am so happy to know that Benjamin will be enjoying this post! I was at a loss (black moods will do that to one) and just started randomly searching for fun stuff. The Lego structures amazed me, as did the squirrels! Young Benjamin has such a big heart … he amazes me, also! Give him a hug for me and I hope he enjoys the Lego and the squirrels … he probably could care less about the town of Story, though. But I’m like you … if I had the money, I would buy it in a heartbeat!

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  5. If I win a (large) lottery, I would buy Story, but only if I could move it to Canada. or elsewhere. No way I am moving to Trumpland. Then I pay someone to build townsfolk out of legos. One dog and a million cats will make it look real.

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  6. Lego is for grown ups! You don’t think when you buy your child his first Lego he will still be getting Lego for Christmas and birthday when he’s 39! He had a red double decker bus, our younger son gave his girlfreind a Lego Classic camper van. Nothing the scale of these models though!

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