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Monday, 11 December 2017

The Grunt Family: Week 7

Click here for Week 6 with the Grunts. 

Welcome back - after more than two years - to the house the Grunts moved to a long time ago. I have always really liked this house, and enjoyed furnising and decorating it for General Grunt and his sons.

These days, though, there are only two Grunts left here: Buzz, the "General" (he never really was a general in my game) and his son Ripp.

Buzz is 81 and has been on Permanent Platinum ever since he became Captain Hero at the age of 55. Ripp will turn into an Elder in just one day. His lifetime want of having woohoo with 20 different Sims should have come true last round, according to my list. But something happened to bring the count down to 19: Sandra Roth (the entire Roth household, really) disappeared from my game without a trace! To this day, I have no idea how and when it happened, or how I could bring them back.
Anyway, I will have to find one more lady who Ripp has not yet had woohoo with.
By the way, he has two children with Ginger Newson, Nigel and Nellie. Tank, his older brother, married Hermia Capp. Together, they have five children: Callum, Christopher, Carl, Carolina and Cameron. Buck Grunt, the youngest of the "General's" sons, sadly died some time ago.

On this Monday, Buzz "buzzes" off to work just as the Repair Woman arrives.

Ripp is consulting his list of ladies, wondering who could be his # 20.

He decides to pay a visit at Doc Alan's Hang Out, a community lot I do not play often. Maybe someone there will capture his interest.

There is Zoe Zimmerman, and she is promptly given a rose by our Ripp.

Several other New Maximilianians are here, too; some play billard, others watch or just chat.

Ripp can't resist the open mic and sings a romantic song, deliberately looking at Zoe who is watching and listening.

His charms do NOT work on Mrs. Crumpleblottom, though!

Back home, Catherine Capp walks by. She is too young for Ripp's list, but the usual policy in New Max is to greet their neighbours whenever they happen to walk by.

Just as Buzz returns from work with Sarah Love in tow, Zoe Zimmerman turns up with a bunch of roses for Ripp.

Ripp chose this very moment to turn into an elder.

Zoe and Ripp retreat upstairs to Ripp's bedroom. Zoe tells her new love interest how much it matters to her to be best friends with a man before they can be lovers. Ripp has heard it all before, of course... 20 times!
And shortly after this picture was taken, Zoe and Ripp disappear under the duvet, and Ripp emerges on Permanent Platinum.

Later that night, the cleanbot breaks (again), and I make sure to send Buzz to repair it; I am really not in the mood for another endless bug infestation.

It is Tuesday morning by the time Ripp leaves his bedroom; Zoe has just gone home. Sarah Love is still there and shares a very late dinner (or very early breakfast) with her colleague and his son.

Now that the two men are both elders and the house is really much too big for them, they decide to move to the Senior Residence.

They are not the only newcomers; only a few moments before, Gordon Greenmann arrived.

He is here to join his brother Gary. Their mother, Rose Greenman, died very recently, and Gordon has a hard time coming to terms with it.

Lisa is still here, too. Buzz is noz is now 82, Gary 69, Lavender (Gary and Gordon's sister) is 67, Gordon 65 and Ripp 54.

A long time ago, Lavender and Ripp had a brief fling - she was helping him towards his LTW. Now she is a widow, and Ripp is quick to renew their old... erm... friendship.

It is Thursday here at the Senior Residence. As every resident's friends count as family friends, Gordon's five friends necessary for his final promotion were easily achieved. He comes home from work as "The Law" and is now on PP.

The Grunts invite their relatives over, Ripp's older brother Tank and three of his children are here. Lisa is always happy to have visitors closer to her own age.

Tank and Gordon have become well acquainted in no time. Here they are, chatting like old friends, on Friday morning.

Ripp has the choice between four showers and four bath tubs at the various apartments of the Senior Residence, but he opts for a sponge bath in one of the common toilets!

Lisa helps take care of the garden after she has done her homework.

Lavender, Ripp and Gary meet in the common dining room.

Meanwhile, Buzz is meeting someone else in the sitting room: Mr. Reaper. Lisa has seen him too many times to react much. Buzz Grunt was 84.

Ripp did not always get along with his Dad when he was young, but they were good friends in recent years, and he is very sad.

Good job Lavender is around to cheer him up. (Without me doing anything about it, these two have started to sleep in the same bed every night. They are a three-bolt-couple, which explains a lot!)

On Saturday morning, Lisa pays the Repair Woman. She is an even more frequent visitor than Mr. Reaper!

In the afternoon, she invites over twins Odell and Orlando Ottomas, her best friend Stacy Stacks and siblings Carl and Carolina Capp.

On Sunday morning, Ripp feeds Blacky. I always make sure to have the Sims play with Blacky, clean his cage and feed him; he must be the longest living wombrat of all times!

Lisa harvests oranges, apples and lemons and gains her Bronze Gardening badge. She has also recently received membership of Peerless Park.

Then I have the group take a taxi to Peerless Park; only Gordon is missing because he is at work.

Lavender does some bird watching  on her own accord while Ripp, ever the Romance Sim, does some bird watching of a different kind ;-)

Lisa has prepared hot dogs and shares them with Gary Greenman and an unknown townie.
When it starts to rain, they call a taxi and head back home.

No rain here, but plain sunshine as Gordon comes home from work with vampire colleague Tammy - who flees immediately, as she did before when Gordon still lived at home with his parents.

The week ends with Ripp having a glass of orange juice.

Will Lisa go to college next time we play here? Who will join the current residents?

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Greenman Family: Week 7

Click here for Week 6 at this household. 

You are all familiar with this greenhouse-style building in old New Maximiliania, aren't you?
It is the original home of the original Greenman family, who came to our games with the "Seasons" expansion pack. The family has grown and spread, but some of them are still living here: Rose, who is now 73..
...and Jason, who is 76 and on Permanent Platinum ever since he became Game Designer years ago. One of their sons, Gordon, is also with them; you'll meet him in a minute.
As I said, Jason is on PP and so not controlled by me more than absolutely necessary. Here, he is up early on Monday morning to prepare omelettes for breakfast for the family. Ever since Rose and Gordon turned from PlantSims into "fully" human Sims, they need their regular meals just like anyone else.
Rose is up early, too. She has changed her lifetime want a few times (without me doing it) and, although she is now too old to become a World Class Ballet Dancer, she still diligently practices almost daily at the ballet barre installed upstairs.
Here is Gordon, workin on his skills for his next promotion. He dreams of becoming The Law and is not doing badly.
Just like the last time I played here, Jason comes home from work with his colleague Tammy, a townie turned Vampire. She stands there for a little, already smouldering in the sun, before she flees.
Tuesday morning sees Jason making another fresh batch of omelettes.
Gordon is making his own bed; he is not one of those grown-up men still living at home and expecting their mothers to do all the work for them.
You should think a family of ex-PlantSims and expert gardeners would not need to hire someone to do their gardening. But Rose is getting on in years, and the garden needs daily attention; also, her husband and her son are out at work all day, so she can not really do it all on her own.
She is actually really grateful for the gardener's help, and the family can easily afford it, too.
Once again, Tammy gets off the car with Jason after work.
But someone else has just arrived, too...
Jason dies at the age of 78. His life was mostly happy; there was also drama when two of the children died in a fire at uni many years ago. Good-bye, Jason!
On Wednesday morning, the temperature has fallen enough for Rose to change into warm clothes for working outdoors. She loves her garden and hates it when stray dogs dig holes in her beautiful lawn. But the physical work takes away some of the pain of losing her beloved husband.
And for the first time since I've been playing this game (11 years now!!), I see a Sim rolling the wish to "harvest good produce"!
Meanwhile, Gordon is still working on his skills for his next promotion. The skills are easy enough to get, but he also needs 5 more friends, now that some family friends have either died since I last played here or the connection to them was lost with Jason's death.
Thursday morning, Rose plays the violin - music is yet another way to cope with grief.
Later, she heads to the kitchen to make herself some juice from their own produce. And I am in for yet another "First" in my game: Rose can make a Beauty Cocktail! I don't know whether this depends on the quality of produce the juicer is stocked with, or the abilities of the Sim making the juice. But let's see what the Beauty Cocktail does, shall we?
It surrounds Rose with little hearts around her head and little flowers around her feet!
The hearts and flowers follow her for a while, until the effects of the cocktail wear off. I like this!
In the afternoon, Perseida Powers comes by on a jogging round and is invited in. Gordon has no current love interest (although he has a pink heart for Ophelia Nigmos in his relationship panel), and so I am always interested in introducing new ladies to him.
Very early on Friday morning, a burglar appears on the lot. There is no burglar alarm, and so he can easily get into the house and choose his loot.
The original painting above Rose and Jason's bed is one I have never quite liked, so he is welcome to take that.
Downstairs, he takes another painting, and then runs out through the patio door. As usual after a burglary, the family members wish to buy a burglar alarm, and I install one promptly.
In the afternoon, Calvin Cho, who has recently graduated from uni and moved to New Max for good, walks by and is greeted by Gordon. He needs five more friends, and so anyone is most welcome.
By Saturday morning, yesterday's light dusting of snow has turned into a thick white blanket - enough for Gordon to make a snowman.
At 6:00 pm that day, he turns...
...into an elder! Why is he wearing a formal suit, though?
His mother wishes to see her other children and grandchildren, and has invited over as many of them as possible. Here are Gary and Glenda, Lavender and (friend, not relative) Cherry Kim, nee Capp, an ex-PlantSim like Rose.
I did not choose Rose's formal outfit, but it could not have matched the party any better :-)
Daisy Jacquet, nee Greenman, was Rose's first"born" (that is, planted). Nice to see her catching up with her younger siblings!
Here, I was a little too slow taking a snap shot: Gordon lit the indoor fireworks - and it exploded in his face! Thankfully, he only needed a good long shower to fully recover.
Finally, Father Time arrives, welcomed by Rose (and everyone else, just not pictured). The party is a big success, and as always on such occasions, everyone agrees that "we need to do this more often".
After so much partying and cookies, Rose feels the need to do some yoga on Sunday morning.
Even in winter, she manages to maintain her garden as "thriving".
Both Gordon and Rose have a nap in the afternoon. The house is all quiet.
When Gordon wakes up, he finds that his mother has died in her sleep. (Well, she didn't. Actually, she argued with Mr. Reaper, as she was not on Platinum. But let's say she died peacefully.) Rose was 80 years old.
Poor Gordon! Now he is all alone.
What will he do? (I think you can guess!)
How much longer before he'll have his 5 new friends and is eligible for his last promotion and then reaches his LTW?
Will he find a nice lady to share this last chapter of his life with him?