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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #75 on: June 29, 2018, 11:13:23 AM »
As Cornelius hurtles toward his inevitable death, the gardener gazes and ponders: I wonder if Scarlett would give me those socks of his after the old git dies?
I enjoyed seeing the evolution of your foyer tiling. I would have been thrilled with each of those transformations but see your artistic wisdom in the end.
In such a lavish house, the simpler design looks best.
The loss of your fantastic garden with its well-designed heights and colors is a great tragedy.

Since I started my Seasons exploration in spring (to ease the pain), I'm so happy that you've plunged into winter.
Your indoor pool reminds me that my Sharebears' pool is so very not indoors. I wish it would transform magically into an ice skating rink in winter. Fat chance.
Oddly, whenever the spring weather is slightly chilly, my sims immediately change into their down jackets and wool beanies. I'm hating that!

Soooo, Alexis and Don! Looking forward to see what their outcome is! Crossing my fingers for a girl!
Also, I'm greatly looking forward to your Winterfest! Are you hoping for any Father Winter brood?

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #76 on: June 29, 2018, 11:48:04 AM »
Oh no. That's no indoor pool in the last shot. They're standing to the right of the new greenhouse space. Let 'em freeze!
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #77 on: June 29, 2018, 12:28:13 PM »
Hah, I re-examined that final shot. I must have wished a ceiling into existence. *sheepishly grins

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #78 on: June 29, 2018, 10:36:20 PM »
The gardener seems bemused by Cornelius's last soliloquy.  Maybe he always figured his employer was more of a Macbeth kind of guy than Hamlet.  Or maybe he just doesn't care.

Anyway, the real tragedy is the loss of the glow garden.  My only hope is that Seasons will bring new ways for you to create picturesque gardens.

This is a bit of a random question, but who is sleeping in the tent?  Is someone trying to do Outdoor Enthusiast?

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #79 on: June 30, 2018, 05:09:56 AM »
This is a bit of a random question, but who is sleeping in the tent?  Is someone trying to do Outdoor Enthusiast?

Ah. Well. Um. It's for woohoo. It was bought for J Huntington. Portable woohoo. I don't think it was ever used in its intended role.
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #80 on: June 30, 2018, 11:15:55 AM »
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Sims Eugenics II - Chapter XVI
« Reply #81 on: July 04, 2018, 04:51:15 PM »
Chapter XVI.

So we had a few days in Winter at the big house before I realised I need to learn stuff, and started a quick Learn Your Garden save - I posted the quaint house elsewhere. But you're a forum regular, so you might've seen that.

Not long after loading up the save in Winter, the first snows settled in. This is great and cozy. It reminds me of The Sims 4.



Scarlett's hubby is an elder. Rather too soon. I'm such a fan of the Cats & Dogs paintings, and there's a nautical theme to the study. One of my favourite novels is Dickens' semi-autobiographical David Copperfield. And some of the Cats & Dogs decor captures that magical, wide-eyed, and somewhat naive childhood fascination with the sea as the early chapters of the novel. The pictures feel like they belong in Peggotty's upturned boat. I'm rambling.

Here's the family!



I had to remove the club activity of using the diving board, because brave manly men - Don - would actually go out into the blizzard to do that. He's with us until we know if he child with Alexis is a girl. If it is, he moves into Slipshod, if not we try again. Those are the cold weather clothes that they were all randomly assigned, don't worry. If you're keen to see what insane, evil Persephone keeps warms in (and you weren't, but it's polite to go along with me here) that's still to come.

Elderly Wolfie makes his way to be a pro athlete in the blizzard. That's breaking the realism. Poor man.



Experience with another save makes me worry that everyone will be slipping in mud when spring comes.



More moody shots of the weather. Like everyone else, I took a disproportionate number of pictures of fairly mundane moments... because Seasons. In a complete surprise, Scarlett thinks deeply about juice making. 

Moving on, Don got him some hot weather clothings. Don is a subtle, refined, elegant sim. I'm told I go for Elegant, so this must be it.





Persephone reminds me of something out of Dr Seuss. I couldn't not use that.

Persephone's current ambition is - rather optimistically - to be everyone's friend. To meet people. In different places! Friends! And when Ahilac invited Persephone over, she wanted to see that house in the snow.



And who did we find wandering in the snow... but Darling Walsh. Look at the cogs turning in the Grinch's green face!



Darling was a day from Elder when she moved in. No matter. Nothing a cloned serum can't fix. We have plans for Darling!



She's pulling a face because she's completely ungrateful for the present she got. If you're wondering if I ever changed her hair or clothes, no I didn't. So I trust you'll cope with the disappointment. You'll be fine.

Here's the fully decorated "winterfest" tree. I think that red carpet looks really great, and I'm just so pleased that there's space for such a thing in a house.



And most of the household are here for the grand meal. If some aren't, that's not because I made them go streaking the snow. Obviously. Like, who does that?



Katherine was trying to be a Rambunctious Scamp. And... she didn't die of cold. So. Good stuff.



Having completed festivities, the next plan was put into action. We visit the Flints at Oakenstead. They moved in before anyone from the eugenics family could, and that's sad. But! If a young girl was born here, she could be thrown at one of the green Slipshod boys! The catch is that the inconvenient Flints are not accommodating of this. They were a neat family of four when they moved. The mother, London. The father, Sylas. The children, Ashley and Lilah. But now the parents are elders - so London can't have any more - and the daughter Lilah is still too young. That's where Darling comes in.



That's the Flints' house we are going to maneuver into the hands of one of the Cornelius + Persephone bloodline.

The Grinch herself makes free use of the fancy piano. I love to cringe at her outfit. It's too much.



Scarlett is key to the plan, as she is the well-raised child with the charisma and traits able to insta-friend London Flint which is necessary to bring up the "move in" option. Also, Sylas was added to the family club for the easy sauna try-for-baby with Darling which happens off stage. On that Move In screen we aren't going to move any one in... we're going to offload Darling. Once she's pregnant.

The Flint teens eating grilled cheese. Ashley on the left, Lilah on the right.



I like her red hair. But she wasn't available. Maybe Darling will make a nice kid. Hopefully a daughter. Otherwise the Recapture of Oakenstead will be delayed a generation.

Speaking of Darling. She's now pregnant. Took the test. No strawberries available, but listened to a tiny bit of pop before moving her into the Flint household. Hopefully Sylas wont tell whose child it is. He won't live forever anyway. Really, it's pure luck if we get a girl for Drew or Kurt.



That might be the last we see of Miss Walsh. Other good news that happened off stage, Don and Alexis did have a girl, and a greenboo, named Kellie. She's still in a bassinet. When the message popped up Don was moved out as well.

So the side-effect of a group outing anywhere near a sauna is that romantic interactions happen that cause relationships to strain. Here, upon returning home, Persephone is upset with Wolfie for being romantic with Scarlett. Stuff happened. And Wolfie has a long lasting negative moodlet for being caught. You're quite right. Wolfie and Scarlett are a couple. Katherine is their child. So for Persephone to be upset... yeah. Maybe everyone can have breakfast in their own rooms away from each other for a day?



So we've seen Alexis and her brood. But the forgotten sister Rosalind did have one child with Gavin. Meet Miss Alaina Davenport.





Considering her mother... wow. She's gorgeous. I'm all amazement. Gavin has a nice and neutral face and seems to have passed on most of the good features. Maybe we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves - sometimes childhood is misleading and weirdness shows as a teen. She might get weird. But on the whole, I am greatly encouraged. Lets face it, her mother Ros is a bit of a fright. 

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I can't tell you what thrilling things happen next because I only have 4 or 5 pictures left, so apart from Apollo coming back again (and a picture of Ms Whitman's house in the distance) this is all caught up. It's still winter. Scarlett has her adult birthday tomorrow on New Year's Eve, and Friday in spring we'll get to see Katherine as a teen.   
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #82 on: July 04, 2018, 10:11:14 PM »
Before I get all distracted by your grinch and all the dry wittiness, I'd like to say I'm glad you did a Paint by Reference of your lovely front garden before it was sent away.
Isn't that what the painting over the fireplace depicts? (Erm, Persephone is streaking!?)
I love the shot of elderly Wolfgang, valiantly steeling himself against the blizzard to trudge off to work. Such drama!
Hahaha, Don Lothario's hot weather outfit! Where is his Tom Jones gold-chain necklace?
Are Darling and Katherine in their swimwear by the Christmas tree because of the diving club activity?

Persephone's cold weather outfit is hilarious, especially coupled with her posture! Oh, the machinations!
Lol, I thought Darling would be "offered" to the Flints but, no, she was offloaded like a sack of coal. Crossing my fingers for a girl.
Those Flint teens are both lovely, though! So is Ahilac's manor in the snow!
Haha, cracked up over the confusion that is Wolfgang with his mother-in-law! You reap what you sow, baby boy!

Wow, Alaina Davenport is extremely pretty! Totally worth all that visiting and waiting in Selvadorada, hey?
Wait, who is Apollo? I recently read "The Song of Achilles" which has made me feel very anti-Apollo. (>_<)
Looking forward eagerly to your next update where we meet Katherine as a teen!


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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #83 on: July 05, 2018, 03:57:04 PM »
Pfft. I never said Persephone was streaking! I cannot confirm or deny these outlandish accusations. (But she was. Yes. She's insane after all.)

You're totally right about Don needing a gold necklace. Missed opportunity. Yes, it's the club activity. And otherwise the diving board is a fun object that wouldn't get used. I have discovered that in hot weather swimwear will also cool a sim down.

Totally worth finding Gavin for that. I did not expect a grandchild of Cornelius & Persephone look so... human. Katherine is still all angles. I guess another thing is to have a look at Giancarlo as a child.

Apollo is the good natured hound that finds his way into every picture. He doesn't like the winter though. He's stuck inside and wants walks when there's a blizzard. When Persephone meets Grim and there's that extra space in the house for puppies, I'll try for the gen 3 dog.
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Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #84 on: November 15, 2018, 04:43:04 AM »
Update.

I occasionally visit and lurk and feel bad that I'm not updating this. But, there are too many other saves I dip into, and the time it takes to sort out screenshots and write witless sweet nothings... I can't see myself getting back to this. And this can be moved to the graveyard in due course.

But. There's a lot of cool stuff in the world. Pretty much every half decent house from other saves I've plopped in here, including the Vlad's Nose house as it was in its final moments set up for the wedding. That's in Newcrest next door to Ahilac. Also in Newcrest is the tiny 20x15 Babs L'Amour house. There's a family of odd blue sims, the Whitman family, which are children of Cornelius with the maid Katrina. I gave her a house in Brindleton Bay. It's a nice enough house (possibly slightly incomplete), but it hasn't been shown here. 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YLA89FrDANF5HArjlPaCqlQ9Q5AADcf2

On a technical note, you may have to renumber the save. Is save #29 a low number? But someone out there might want to poke around. Maybe not. Maybe nothing could be more boring. :) I hope it's okay to share the link.   

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #85 on: November 15, 2018, 11:44:28 PM »
My word! That's generous! And, no, 29 is not a particularly high number, but it's one that's mercifully unoccupied in my saves folder at the moment, or was until a few seconds ago.
I, too, feel guilty for not being around so much, so I don't really have a right to complain about not being able to read about the further adventures of Windmilles, Wine, and Ahilac, but I'm very grateful to have their houses to poke around in. And you'd better believe I will! Thanks so much for sharing them.

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #86 on: November 16, 2018, 02:08:00 AM »
I nearly tagged you and a few others but it would feel presumptuous.

This save started pre-Seasons, and that's evident in the houses that were plopped down for Alexis and Ros, and a few others. When I decided to share the save I added Arid Ridge, Comfy Cubby, Oak Alcove, and the Vlad's Nose house. They weren't part of the save until this point.

Since Seasons, I've gone back to some of the originals - like the Flint's house - and updated it. That one and the Whitman's house aren't up-to-date in the Windmilles & Wine save. This is my problem. When Seasons came out, I went back to other saves to bring those houses up to scratch and to learn the new mechanics so I'd know what to do with Windmilles & Wine. And I enjoy that because there's no self-imposed pressure to update a story. And then I feel I can't go back to Windmilles & Wine, as much as I want to see Kate as a teen, because then I must document it all.

The plan is to have an avenue of money trees. It soon becomes unnecessary to harvest them because the money is just obscene, but I like the yellowness. From a design perspective they're interesting, just it takes so long to get them in large numbers. And I had literally just finished that whole garden thing of perfect spliced alien plants when Seasons pulled the rug out and made it useless. That was deflating and took a lot of motivation away. The garden took longer to establish than the house did. 

 
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #87 on: December 02, 2018, 04:35:29 AM »
Katherine as a teen.









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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #88 on: December 12, 2018, 06:30:14 AM »
Children of Cornelius with THE MAID! Gasp!

Jax Whitman


Dexter / Maurice Whitman, twins. They inherited their father's pink hair. That's not my doing.




Kamila Whitman

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« Reply #89 on: January 31, 2019, 06:00:09 PM »
Wow, those are some faces on those kids. They sort of have a default expression like they've sucked a lemon, don't they?
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #90 on: February 08, 2019, 08:10:00 AM »
"Sucked a lemon" is a very good description. :) I could obviously keep the Whitman branch alive through Kamila and never let her more aesthetically challenged brothers reproduce.

Back at the main house, Giancarlo (son of 100% alien Ahilac and 50% alien Chadwick) was moved in as the excellent husband for Katherine.

However, I switched control to Ahilac and Chadwick...





... (the house had some remodeling - that marble floor got a bit of a recolour because Get Famous added many new marble colours) because I've been feeding Ahilac cloned Age Away serums to keep her young and pretty, and wanted to see how that was going. They also had another child, Marie, a teenager (dog lover, vegetarian) days away from aging up to YA but who had never had any supervision, and so I stayed playing that household desperately trying to earn enough points for a potion of youth to reset Marie to the start of her teen stage and get her through scouting and drama club and as many of the good character values as possible.

The effect of this is that Katherine, who was pregnant, gave birth "off stage" because I was engrossed with Ahilac and Marie and Mr Smith the new pollinator.



(drumroll) (but, yes, that's Giancarlo... and why not? Good for him!)

Twin girls! Not identical. They were named and styled randomly. This is simply how they hatched into children.

Sawyer:


And Kiera:


I can't explain that either. But they're so odd that it seemed worth this small update.

Ahilac worked on her charisma by making videos, and at the very first award ceremony she evidently won gold, silver, and bronze in the video category. A second microphone makes these events go much more smoothly. She released many songs too, but I'm sure every award text said it was for "best video". Shrug. Doesn't matter. Much winning.





Katherine actually had a 3rd child (I forget the name, and I don't have a picture - he /she is still a toddler) with Mr Smith.
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Sims Eugenics II. 4th gen update
« Reply #91 on: February 21, 2019, 03:31:50 AM »
I noticed the twins had aged to teens, so I switched back to Windmilles & Wine for some CAS photos. I take no responsibility for the outfits / hair / etc.

First off, Katherine as an adult with crunched up eyes and wide mouth. I haven't got another picture of eccentric gentleman Giancarlo, but the weird genetics is not on his side. So, Katherine:



With the mother in mind (how can you forget?), the daughters:

Kiera:


Not sure how she is that shade of blue. Not even her grandmother Scarlett, or great-grandfather Cornelius was that shade. She's got a nice enough face, aside from the Persephone / Scarlett / Katherine mouth. That feature is rather persistent. Giancarlo's hair colour. Mother's eyes.

Sawyer:


Not really sure how Sawyer is that colour either. Much more angular brow.

And Lacey:


She's the child with the current pollinator man, Mr Smith. She still has the eye shape from Persephone that none of the older twins inherited.

All the girls were born off-stage, so it's just luck or misfortune that we only have girls. I'd have preferred a boy this time and alternate the genders, but there we go. I think the fastest way to breed away weirdness is to alternate. A good example is if you've ever had Nancy Landgraab have daughters. They'll all inherit her chest, and it's just too awful. So Katherine has the weird pot-belly shape, even when she's supposedly thin. And both Kiera and Sawyer are that shape too. To have that not passed down, I'd rather have a son. Gotta take sim breeding seriously. Absolutely.

The girls doing homework. Because we like interior shots of yonder cottage. We like it. And I just love those high-backed chairs.



And now, an exterior picture of Yonder Cottage. I realise I used a plural -- "interior shots" -- and you must feel cruelly let down by a singluar Picture. Basically, that's too bad. (And you'll get over it and be fine. It's what motivational, pick-me-up memes on the internet are for! Moments of disappointment like this!) I'll have to trawl through previous pages here, but I think the chimneys might have changed since I last showed the house. And just looks more realistic with that symmetry in the middle.
 


And one final picture, because I felt those CAS things weren't enough, the upstairs gallery.



Hot Katherine (because she's curry champion) in her red shirt is there in case there's such a dazzling confusion of colours and shapes. Giancarlo is actually there too. She's getting back to archaeology, the favourite hobby of her forefathers. She actually uncovered some gold artifacts that we didn't have in the collection yet. They had been sitting there unexamined for generations.

It's not a save I play religiously, and I'll possibly update at some point if there's another weird generation. Not sure which of the 3 very different girls should be the lucky one to continue the Windmilles line. I thought I'd never go back to this family, or update here, but it's just such a cool house. And the eugenics part is really interesting too. The blue child? Huh? Quite so.
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #92 on: February 23, 2019, 05:23:30 PM »
Regarding the offspring of Cornelius and the maid-- the boys look a lot like their father, but the daughter...wow!  As for the main family, it's interesting how Katherine's daughters all ended up with different skin tones.  Maybe the game just doesn't know what to do with those genes right now.  Love Katherine's spice festival shirt.  Wear it with pride!  No need to ever take it off (my Sims don't, even when I ask them to).

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #93 on: February 25, 2019, 03:04:31 AM »
@BallerinaHippo It's like the only trait Kamila inherited from her father is blueness. When I think of the list of things she could have inherited - brows, eye shape, pupil size, mouth, jaw, hair colour, etc. - she totally hit the jackpot.

I really like getting the festival shirts. I often give a designated pollinator man the romance festival shirt. I particularly like the GeekCon one. And the curry champion shirt.

With the current generation, I think you're right. Those blue and medium brown skins look like they've been chosen at random. I'm really not a fan of that bright blue, it's not an original trait, and I can't cope with the thought of it passing on, so Kiera will not be the heir. And maybe Lacey is too normal. So, it'll probably be Sawyer with the angular brows. Of all the girls, she has the most of the founders' looks.

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On a related side note: the Ahilac family I've saved by itself, but her daughter Marie -- the exact same green as Ahilac -- had a father Winter's baby that's definitely blue. Which makes no sense either.
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #94 on: March 26, 2019, 04:43:53 PM »
A small house update.



Katherine and Giancarlo are actually practicing a scene for her upcoming TV show, but the sleeping dog is why I took the picture. While I was away from the house with Ahilac and co, the dogs... became ghost dogs. So we have a new English setter, because we gotta have one. 







I wanted to tie the front and back together, and to that end, the greenhouse has gone. But it never really sat well with me, glued on to the main house awkwardly like it was.





So that's the current state, but I can already see how I want to change the back. The back fountain will probably go. That little section is too visually cluttered.
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« Reply #95 on: March 28, 2019, 05:41:51 PM »
Behold the Pollution!

So, the doodling has come full circle, and lessons learned from when I copied this across to Dresden House have been applied back here. I don't want to move this house forward on the lot, that feels wrong (it's been planted where it is for generations after all), but I wanted to use more width.

Yes, roses need full sun. Okay. I know. And the cherry trees are just... Sims flair... that would be silly in the real world and create too much shade. But we need something that gives a little bit of height. And that's what I came up with. Thoughts? Feelings? Conscientious Objections?

I know there are terrain tools, but what I really want is a gently sloping lot. Then I'd do super-posh terracing and stuff.


Yes, that's still the original Crisponix Adequate and Yum Cooker. Absolutely.








I've just remembered I should fix the rose bed on the left. Sorry.




--Giancarlo is a stylist and needs to learn photography. That's what's happening here.

Various Forum Adventures:

The Dynasty of Original Townies Dynasty
Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #96 on: June 09, 2019, 06:31:57 PM »
A second dog. To match the first dog. Because dogs. This one is Snuggs. She was a stray Goldendoodle, and is now an English Setter because that's how we roll at Windmilles & Wine. But now there are 7 sims. 5 human sims, and 2 dog sims. 



Next up was a visit to the Flints. I noticed rather late that Lacey -- Katherine's 3rd child -- was on the cusp of aging up and hasn't completed Whiz Kid or Social Butterfly. I thought I had more time, but then I wasn't present for most of her childhood, I was with the Ahilac family. Anywho, Lacey was rushed through the potions, age bar bubbling, and then started rushing through the Social Butterfly goals to see how far she would get.



We're visiting the Flints because it's the middle of the night and they have 6 sims in the household, 4 or whom are children. Which is perfect. Children wouldn't spontaneously visit the park.

Lacey greets the last child.



I was actually running out of children as two of the Flints aged up to teens while I was visiting, but one of them she had already befriended. She was so, so close to not completing the aspiration, but she got there. I like raising Ideal Children, and Lacey, having completed all 4 childhood aspirations and scouting within hours of becoming a teen (can you wait! yes!), is pretty close. She's missing a toddler trait for faster skilling, and that's a shame, and has some pretty bad character values as a hangover from when I wasn't dutifully in charge, but with love and attention could get all 5 good traits and some drama trophy. She's not the heir. That'll still be Sawyer.

Returning from visiting the Flints, these are the three girls. From left to right: Kiera, Sawyer, Lacey.



The older twins have Giancarlo's very yellow hair, which I like. Lacey still has her mother's blue eyes and they're from Wolfie Munch.

Immediately upon returning home, Sawyer, the dramatic inspired one, baked her younger sister a chocolate cake.







That's Lacey as a teen. There's more of the founder's looks in her than I thought there would be. That mouth and cheeks are very persistent, but no angular brows.

As is always the case with me, there was some house remodeling. 





The graceful hound!

It's not that I think the neoclassical columns look bad, it's just becoming too... McMansion; too... new-money riff-raff. And this house is not that. In broad strokes it's 17th century. And so the fussy, look-at-me, overstyled avenue had to go.

Many edits later, and it had changed to this:



Yes, those look suspiciously like poles that attach to other poles for outdoor lanterns. And you're right. So most of the time, it'll look like the above. The plan is to put up lights as appropriate for an holiday.

For example, love day:



(and the water in the fountains could even be changed!)

And harvest:



So it's a lot simpler than the Grecian columns and statues and trellis and hedge, but I think rather beautiful anyway.

And here's Katherine really, earnestly, communicating something of great moment to Snuggs, who isn't quite understanding the urgency.

Various Forum Adventures:

The Dynasty of Original Townies Dynasty
Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - Giancarlo holds an umbrella
« Reply #97 on: June 10, 2019, 07:30:43 AM »
Another day, another minor house edit. And other generic Moments of Domesticity.

The colour balance wasn't quite right, so...



Ahilac invited herself over, and Katherine gave her a set of keys because I'm a fan of Ahilac. And if she invites herself over regularly, we can keep her young with Age Away serums.



I changed the fountains at the back of the house too, and that's the point of the picture. It's an area I'm not completely happy with. Incidentally, Ahilac wafted over to the bonsai and made it into a heart shape. So we know what mood she was in.





After school, one of the girls invited over classmate Leigh Fyres. This is what you get when your pollinator was an alien.



Kiera and Lacey in the kitchen. Such a fan of the kitchen, and the dog. Not such a fan of the ski goggles for a swimming outfit. I presume that's the random magic of the game and not something I chose...



All three teens doing a project together. Kiera and Sawyer are about 2 days from YA.



At about 4am, Lacey goes out to harvest money trees, which would produce more fruit at 5am. She had to take a break from learning lines (they hardly sleep). There's another 4 money trees on the other side of the house. No, the family don't do it for the money, but I routinely get teens to do it to complete the Fabulously Wealthy aspiration and get some points to spend on traits.



Giancarlo has lost his golden hair, and is now an elder. He's still a low level style influencer -- You could guess his career right? Look at the man! He is fashion. Fashion is him. -- and unlikely to max his styling because I was away from this family during much of his adult life.


Various Forum Adventures:

The Dynasty of Original Townies Dynasty
Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - Katherine lights a fire
« Reply #98 on: June 12, 2019, 04:47:30 PM »


Ok, so, yeah. Stuff has happened. We'll get to that. Keen-eyed viewers will notice I took down the lantern pole things. Blame it on the upcoming expansion that I have a renewed interest in building.

The day-to-day routine is going to slightly less chaotic with Lacey as a teen. Her childhood was exceptionally rushed. It was tournament levels of planning 5 steps ahead. She's by far going to be the best-raised daughter. And then there was a ridiculous 2 day dash through all the scouting badges for Sawyer. When I rejoined the family, the twins were both a few days into their teen stage. I randomly picked one to be in drama and one to be in scouts. Sawyer was in drama club, and having got an award with her, mere days from aging up, I figured that if she's going to be the heir, she had better get that bonus Gold Super Amazing You Go Girl Scout Trait. And that was another mad few days, mopping up puddles from the summer thunderstorms, getting fit, creating trash just so she can clean it up etc. But she got there.

With that out the way -- oh, Sawyer is an astronaut and Kiera is a critic -- I could actually take Katherine on some gigs.



What a moustache he has! All the style. Not even Cornelius was that stylish*.



So that's Kath as a blonde for her doctor tv show. Ahilac showed up on set and had a chat with the director, which is fine. We like Ahilac. Her son, Giancarlo, is an elder. So she's looking pretty good.

Sawyer's last days as a teen. I liked the scene, the fireplace, the dirty sleeping dog.



And here are the other two girls: Lacey -- in the exciting state of not being fried to crisp -- and Kiera, who is. But Lacey is the sad, emotional teen. Kiera couldn't be happier. Well played Sims.



Katherine lights the fireplace on the set of Dignity & Decorum (look, Mansfield Park and Emma are where it's at). I liked the blurb for the show which says the main family are the Estatenabs, which sounds like the posh, Victorian version of the Landgraabs. I must create an Estatenab family now.



Back at her own estate, Lady Kath looks up dramatically. The scenery had changed by this point, and would change further. I wasn't happy with the front garden. It lacked focus. It lacked polish. I wanted box hedges, but didn't really know how to use them.

I've got "tree in a box" here, but really the regal planter and statement planter would be a better fit. It's really just using an item I hadn't used, and in the fancy orangery at Versailles or similar, there's actually tons of trees in pots and boxes like this. But maybe not right for the entrance.





I love the fountains now. The roses now get full sun. There are many hedges.

Then this happened:



I made sure to get a nice view of the new garden, but that's elder Giancarlo being abducted.

His mother is 100% alien, his father is 50% alien, so it makes sense. But... will he get pregnant? I've had Don Lothario as an elder get pregnant by abduction, so it can happen. (I haven't played far enough to know yet.) The house has 7 sims. It's nearly the end of summer, and I was planning on a Father Winter's baby for Sawyer in about 10 sim days time, but now there won't be room if Giancarlo is pregnant. This picture may or may not represent a plot twist. We'll see.

All my gardening made me think of sorting out the exterior of the house.





That final picture, with added benches, is exactly how it looks right now, paused, as I write this up. I think those benches work really well. There needs to be something at the end of the path.

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*yes he was. This was obviously a joke. I hope you immediately leapt to the defense of graceful, manly, pink-haired Cornelius.

Edited to add: I'm looking at this the next day, and cogs are turning. Should I try moving the money trees to where the cypress trees are? For the year-round golden colour? Then the side of the chateau can be more open...
Various Forum Adventures:

The Dynasty of Original Townies Dynasty
Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - summer sprinkler surprise
« Reply #99 on: June 13, 2019, 05:26:27 PM »


So that's the money tree update I was mulling over. The seasons have changed now, as you can see that's autumn. But that's the headline. You've seen it. Looks nice. Those mini forests on the side of the house -- now removed -- looked pretty cool to me, but were maybe not right for this particular house, and were really just a way of explaining and justifying the location of the money trees when I couldn't fit them into the front.

Summer was really quite rainy, and I had to wait until the Friday for a clear day to do the building and garden work in the last few posts. It's really the weather that has made me live with the family again instead of just doing the renovations in my head. So thank the in-game rain for Moustache Man and the dogs. And the screenshot from Dignity & Decorum which I really like too. It's okay, it's not just you.



So when the weekend rolled around, I thought of a quick one-day excursion to the jungle to get that aspiration done for Lacey. This family has always been into archaeology, and we like to keep up those traditions.



Giancarlo, who doesn't seem pregnant, was the only adult* accompaniment.

*this is really quite questionable

As many of you know, taking multiple sims on a dig is painful and slows you down. Katherine also had an audition, so I figured she and the twins could stay back at home.



That's Moustache Man, added to the family club. Some social needs were low, and I mean empty, in the red, when Giancarlo and Lacey got home. Kiera needed to socialize. Moving swiftly along...

... to mostly harmless rehearsals for Katherine.



I'm grouping a few house pictures together. Some are still from summer, when the bulk of the rearranging happened. Autumn started while Lacey and her father were in the jungle. There were a few minor fixes made when they got back (mistakes with the paving, and flower beds etc. had to be fixed, and I noticed a mistake in the chimneys that must have been there for who knows how long), and that necessitated re-doing the screenshots that were now out of date. I think the first picture in this post is spectacular.





Two dogwood trees create an arch over that path.



There's not enough space at the back, and a great part of me wishes the formal gardens were at the back. But it is what it is. The fountains changed for the better. The paving makes more sense. The bench has changed. Giancarlo can be seen through the window at the bar. Which is very unusual. Absolutely never happens.



Cherry tree on this side of the house, because colour. Yes, those are piles of clothes next to the rocket. Yes, there was rocket woohoo. The maid will sort that out on Monday.

I had an itch to sort out the front garden, which I did, and then I felt I had to sort out the rest of the exterior of the house too, which is now done. What I'm saying is, I've posted a lot here of late, because this is a fun house and it's come a long way, and I wanted to share that and mayhap inspire someone... but don't anticipate such a ferocity of updating. It's time consuming after all. 
Various Forum Adventures:

The Dynasty of Original Townies Dynasty
Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

Exit Bunthorne.