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Always Time for Tea Update 10/8 Now I know why!
« on: September 01, 2019, 05:24:30 PM »
It's always time for tea with me and it's somewhat of an obsession as my collection of teas would show.  I will try to work in some tea knowledge and meanwhile, while writing will be enjoying a.............


A Perfect Cup of Tea, Introduction

Darjeeling heaved a contented sigh as she slowly sipped her cup of Dark Queen tea.  She was reluctant to try this one, it was rather expensive after all, but, since she had a sample, she figured, "why not?"  After all, it's very easy to throw out a cup of tea.  She had carefully brewed this one, wanting to give it the best chance of being delicious that she could.  The water was nice and hot, but not boiling.  Fresh spring water, not tap water, and no chemicals in it.  Clear and sweet as she had hoped the tea would be.  One did not boil the water for this tea.  Most people did not understand you do not boil water for every type of tea, but you DO "hot the pot" ahead of time, every time.  She even managed to quell her impatience and waited a full five, agonizing minutes before she took her first sip.  No milk, no sugar, no lemon.  Fair trial of a perfect cup before you add anything. Aaaaaahhhh, perfection!  Somehow she will have to afford to buy more because this one is outstanding.  As she sipped all her cares and woes just slipped away as if they never were there in the first place.  She snuggled down in her chair, remembering.  It was so long ago....
   Everything had been wonderful up to that one dreadful day.  Her Mom and Dad were almost the perfect parents and Darjeeling was allowed to learn and explore and become the person she wanted to be with their loving guidance and, yes, a bit of discipline too.  They had lived in the most amazing spot in the world on a large coffee plantation.  Coffee was the heart and soul of the family.  The wonderful aroma of coffee roasting and brewing was every where.  The climate in Union Cove in the land of San Simla,  was perfectly suited for coffee, and it certainly suited them.  Then, almost as if it all happened at once, the bottom fell out.  A virus attacked the coffee plants and they withered and died leaving the horrible stench of decay, as well as the smell and pain of defeat.  Her family had invested every simoleon they had in the plantation.  Bit by bit all the precious pieces and equipment was sold but it was not enough.  People were let go, including Darjeelings' ahma. They were facing bankruptcy.  All was not quite lost.  They still had the land, at least temporarily, and what was good growing soil and climate for coffee it turns out was even more perfect for tea!  She remembered listening to them as they excitedly spoke of the varieties they could grow and what it would take in people, plants and equipment to turn it all around.  Sure, it would take time, but they had all the time in the world, didn't they?  The excitement was palpable as they steamed off down the road to their bank to try and acquire the loan it would take to make it all work.  They never got there. 
    Darjeeling took another sip of her tea.  It really was amazing.  It almost was taking some of the pain away and almost, but not quite, putting her in a meditative state.  Her mind flew back to that day.  She remembered exactly how she looked, one of the last things her ahma had done for her before she too left that day, was comb out her hair and put on her prettiest sari.  She had a lot of hair, and it seemed her ahma combed even more slowly, as if she never wanted to leave.  But, the family was waiting and a ride into town with them was just the ticket.



Darjeeling: Enough, Ahma! I hate to see you go but I know you'll be back.  You've got to be able to come back, right?  Mom and Dad will get the loan and then you can come back here to work again.

Ahma:  Yes, lovely one.  Good Lord of all willing I will come back.  Now, one last hug and kiss and I'm off.

Darjeeling:  Oh, Ahma, I miss you already!

But she never came back.  None of them did.  Darjeeling closed her eyes against the pain and whispered a prayer for them all.  Perhaps another cup before the memories were too much.  After all, there's always time for tea.

EDITOR'S NOTES:
 Before we get back to Darjeeling's memories and where she's at now, a little history about tea.  Sri Lanka, (aka San Simla for my story), was once quite a producer of coffee along with cinnamon. In the 1830s, Europe suffered an economic crisis that affected the cinnamon plantation in Ceylon, so farmers decided to turn to planting coffee.  Nevertheless, this enterprise was not successful either, as coffee plantations were destroyed by a fungal disease called hemileia vastatrix, also known as coffee leaf disease, so farmers then opted for the production and cultivation of tea.  So my little family suffered because of this as well.
  Seeds from the tea plant Camellia Sinensis were first brought to the island in 1824. The British brought seeds from China to Ceylon and planted them in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, with no commercial purposes in mind at first.  Now Ceylon, as it once was known, now Sri Lanka, is one of the countries producing some of the finest tea.  Aren't I glad those seeds were brought in?


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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2019, 05:26:52 PM »
  It Begins

Founder:
          Darjeeling Anew

Traits:               Loves the Outdoors, Music Lover, Family Oriented and 
                        Collector from aspiration

Lot:                  Rippling Flats, Newcrest

Spouse:            Paka A Uha  (Merman)

Requirements:

1. Unique Career:         Gardener Floral Arranging Branch level 7

 2. Unique Skill:
                     

3.  10,000 Satisfaction Points  Done

4.  10,000 Simoleons              Done

5.  10 Good Friends
     
      1. Eva Cappriciola
      2. Jade Rosa
      3. Jasmine Guerra
      4. Akshara Ramesh
      5. Candy Behr
      6. Paolo Rocca
      7. Darling Walsh
      8.McKenna Redman (gardener)
      9. Nalani Mahii Ai  Mermaid
     10. Ukopanipo Hekekla  Merman

6.  10 Freelance Gigs/Odd Jobs
       
        1. Clean up trash in Solani   Failed
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7. 10 Parties

      1. Wedding  gold star
      2. Birthday  gold star
      3. Dinner Party  gold star
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8.  10 Whims (emotions)

      1. Happy             Call someone
      2. Inspired          Propose crazy scheme
      3. Confident        Tell unbelievable story
      4. Flirty               Kiss someone
      5. Energized        Do sit ups
      6. Embarrassed   Tell self-deprecating joke
      7. Focused          Observe the sky with telescope
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9. 10 Community Lots (2hrs)

      1. Hi-jinks Festival (Arts quarter, San Mishuno)
      2. San Mishuno Meadows Park
      3. Romance Festival
      4.  Spice Festival
      5.  Flea Market
      6.  Hermit's House
      7.  Oasis Springs Park
      8.  Sky Fitness San Mishuno gym
      9.  Harbor Quarters gym
     10. Narwhal Arms

10. 10 Item Museum Collection:



Generation Two:
  Assam Anew, Heir  and JonTom Anew, Twin sons!

Traits:
Heir toddler trait Independent  Twin toddler trait Angelic
 Both boys aged up with Happy Toddler  Assam chose Whiz Kid and Jon Tom chose Artistic Prodigy
Heir child trait: Cheerful

Lot:     Oasis Springs
Spouse:

Requirements:

 1. Unique Career:
 2. Unique Skill:
 3.  /10,000 Satisfaction Points
 4.  /10,000 Simoleons
 5.  /10 Good Friends
 6.  /10 Freelance Gigs/Odd Jobs
 7.  /10 Parties
 8.  10 Whims (emotions)

    1. Energized   Play with dolls `           completed as toddler
    2. Sad            Cry                             completed as toddler
    3. Angry         Smash doll house         completed as toddler
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 9.  /10 Community Lots (2hrs)


    1. Oasis Park
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10. 10 Item Museum Collection:


Generation Three:


Traits:
Lot:
Spouse:
Requirements:

 1. Unique Career:
 2. Unique Skill:
 3.  /10,000 Satisfaction Points
 4.  /10,000 Simoleons
 5.  /10 Good Friends
 6.  /10 Freelance Gigs/Odd Jobs
 7.  /10 Parties
 8.  /10 Whims (emotions)
 9.  /10 Community Lots (2hrs)
10. 10 Item Museum Collection:


Generation Four:


Traits:
Lot:
Spouse:
Requirements:

 1. Unique Career:
 2. Unique Skill:
 3.  /10,000 Satisfaction Points
 4.  /10,000 Simoleons
 5.  /10 Good Friends
 6.  /10 Freelance Gigs/Odd Jobs
 7.  /10 Parties
 8.  /10 Whims (emotions)
 9.  /10 Community Lots (2hrs)
10. 10 Item Museum Collection:
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2019, 05:29:25 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2019, 05:30:06 PM »
Founder:  Home lot Newcrest
               Unique Career: Gardening Flower Arranging   
               Unique Skill:  Flower Arranging

Heir 1:     Home lot: Oasis Springs
               Unique Career: Scientist
               Unique Skill: either Handiness or Rocket Science

Heir 2:    Home lot: Strangerville
              Unique Career:  Military  Covert Ops
              Unique Skill:  Veterinary

Heir 3:   Home lot:  Magnolia Promenade
             Unique Career:  Culinary  Chef Branch
             Unique Skill:  Baking

Heir 4:   Home lot:  Windenberg
             Unique Career:  Culinary Mixologist
             Unique Skill:  Singing

Heir 5:   Home lot:  Willow Creek
             Unique Career:  Gardening Botanist
             Unique Skill:  Wellness

Heir 6:   Home lot:  San Mishuno Old Salt House
             Unique Career: Critic Food Branch
             Unique Skill:  Gourmet Cooking

Heir 7:   Home lot: Brindelton Bay
             Unique Career: Critic Arts Branch
             Unique Skill: Violin

Heir 8.   Home lot: Solani
             Unique Career: Conservationist Biologist
             Unique Skill:  Guitar

Heir 9:   To be announced in case I get and love Making Magic.  Otherwise, Del Sol Valley, Actor career, Acting Skill.

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2019, 04:56:53 AM »
Tea! Rooibos tea, in the future?! I'm told that some branch of my family in the UK were tea importers By Appointment to the royals in the 19th century. He says while drinking coffee.

I think Darjeeling is the best name for a tea sim.
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2019, 11:30:24 AM »
Definitely rooibos in the future.  Would you believe it is one of the few teas I have not tried?  Just ordered some from Harney & Sons where I buy pretty much all my tea.  I'm glad you liked her name!  All my heirs will have tea oriented names, including some of the Chinese names that are so beautiful in meaning, or so fierce!  Your ancestors are flipping over in their graves!  Coffee, indeed! lol  (I like coffee as well.) *Reaches for her Royal Doulton cup of Valentine's Blend*
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2019, 01:08:47 PM »
Wow, Joria, that is one long wall of text!

Looking forward to your founder's adventures and accomplishments! :)

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2019, 01:52:45 PM »
Darjeeling is stunning (and one of my favorite teas). I can't wait to see which world you start with. Good luck!

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2019, 02:10:07 PM »
Thanks you two!  Yeah, oshizu, it's a wall of text but then it's at least not umpteen screenies as I usually do. After all, it IS a story, right?  Don't worry, it will balance out, (sort of).  I was trying to "find my voice" and I think I have.
  Darjeeling is an awesome tea, and I have a lot to say about it later.  Can't say it's my favorite because there are so many yummy ones.  Did you know that one of the components of tea, particularly darjeeling, is L-theanine which works in your brain to A. combat the jitteriness you could get from caffeine which all black tea has, and B. and this is important, causes you to relax and yet be totally focused?  Who knew tea was so healthful? I really want to get busy with her but haven't placed her yet because I really want to play in Newcrest but need the answers from the team re:placing buildings there.  I'm tempted to do a "trial run" with placed buildings but if the answer is no that would be time wasted.  *reaches for Valentine's Blend tea, it's got rosebuds in it!"
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2019, 02:21:33 PM »
I should drink more tea. I've been a coffee drinker for most of my life, but I have this weird thing that affects how food tastes (long and boring story!) and I've since lost my taste for coffee. I'm a bit of a plebe when it comes to tea, though. My absolute favorites are Earl Gray and English Breakfast tea. I just love the bergamot in Earl Gray. Jasmine tea is a favorite, too. Tea has all sorts of healthy antioxidants, but I didn't know Darjeeling had such great benefits.

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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2019, 02:37:00 PM »
I'm tempted to do a "trial run" with placed buildings but if the answer is no that would be time wasted.  *reaches for Valentine's Blend tea, it's got rosebuds in it!"

I already have several false starts under my belt. Not "exit without saving," but starting new games because I couldn't decide how Erwin should spend the first few days.
Personally, I think that as long as you "start a new game" for your official save, trial runs are fair play.

I echo reggikko's curiosity about where your lovely founder will start out. Just a wild guess that it won't be Strangerville, LOL!

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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2019, 03:19:08 PM »
I should drink more tea. I've been a coffee drinker for most of my life, but I have this weird thing that affects how food tastes (long and boring story!) and I've since lost my taste for coffee. I'm a bit of a plebe when it comes to tea, though. My absolute favorites are Earl Gray and English Breakfast tea. I just love the bergamot in Earl Gray. Jasmine tea is a favorite, too. Tea has all sorts of healthy antioxidants, but I didn't know Darjeeling had such great benefits.

Me too!  If I could only drink one tea it would be Earl Grey.  Did you know there are lots of varieties of Earl Grey even a white tea one?  They are all slightly different but they still have that wonderful bergamot smell.  I love Jasmine tea too.  Hmmm, come to think of it, haven't met a tea I don't like yet.......wait, yes I have.  I don't like chai!
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2019, 03:22:46 PM »
I'm tempted to do a "trial run" with placed buildings but if the answer is no that would be time wasted.  *reaches for Valentine's Blend tea, it's got rosebuds in it!"

I already have several false starts under my belt. Not "exit without saving," but starting new games because I couldn't decide how Erwin should spend the first few days.
Personally, I think that as long as you "start a new game" for your official save, trial runs are fair play.

I echo reggikko's curiosity about where your lovely founder will start out. Just a wild guess that it won't be Strangerville, LOL!


You're right!!  Too hot and dry, not to mention the craziness.  Perfect place is the biggest lot in Solani but that's a no-no so am contemplating whether I should go there anyway.  Certainly is lovely enough and I do love playing there.
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2019, 07:56:52 PM »
I'm tempted to do a "trial run" with placed buildings but if the answer is no that would be time wasted.  *reaches for Valentine's Blend tea, it's got rosebuds in it!"

I already have several false starts under my belt. Not "exit without saving," but starting new games because I couldn't decide how Erwin should spend the first few days.
Personally, I think that as long as you "start a new game" for your official save, trial runs are fair play.

I echo reggikko's curiosity about where your lovely founder will start out. Just a wild guess that it won't be Strangerville, LOL!


You're right!!  Too hot and dry, not to mention the craziness.  Perfect place is the biggest lot in Solani but that's a no-no so am contemplating whether I should go there anyway.  Certainly is lovely enough and I do love playing there.

Yes, Strangerville is hot and dry, but it’s also sunny most of the time. The craziness is very easily ignored. :)

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Re: Always Time for Tea update 9/4
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2019, 05:31:25 AM »
Chapter 1:  A New Start

   Yes, I remember it well.  What a day that was!  My "darling" uncle, who by some terrible quirk of the gods, had become my "guardian".  He had total control of what should have been a decent, if stringent at the moment, inheritance.  There was all that land, the beautiful home, and possibly the chance of doing what my parents had dreamed of doing on that fateful day.  Somehow he managed to take it all and left me with the choice of marrying his odious new wife's son from a previous marriage, joining a convent, or moving out.  I opted for out.  He agreed to make sure I had adequate clothing, (having taken all my lovely saris!), and a ticket to a place called Newcrest.  Fortunately, he did not have ALL my money as my parents had wisely set aside a little sum in my "dowry" that no one, even the most greedy, grasping, person could touch. A perfect description of Uncle Cicero! It would have become mine on my majority, or the unlikely prospect of their joint deaths.  Unfortunately, it was the latter that gave me just what I needed to start over  Apparently they had known Cicero all too well, because true to form, he got it all.  Well, almost.
  So he dolled me up, as he called it.  Like a "doll" I was dressed for travel in my ancient ancestresses clothing!  She was quite the Victorian fashion plate, but somehow I didn't think it would do, and it certainly saved him the expense of having someone come and "haul all that old junk" away!
  I arrived full of both anticipation and trepidation.  It was wonderful!  A nice big piece of land surrounded by distant houses and with a gorgeous vista of fountain, waterfall, and trees.  Not many people.  It would seem mine would be the only home in town!

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It was exhilarating! Oh, would Uncle be upset if he knew how lovely it was!  And, it was all mine.  A perfect, untouched piece of ground to start over with.  I could almost imagine the gardens now!
   First to get out of this black nightmare of a dress and hat.  Grandmother, forgive me, but I think your time has past.  And while I can honor you by wearing the black, it was time for a change!

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Much better, but still not de rigueur.  Ah well, nothing to be done, and at least I looked less pathetic.  The ensemble was quite pretty really, but made me wonder what people were wearing in this part of the Simiverse.  I urgently needed the facilities and since there was no loo handy, I made my way to the park next door.  What a relief!  At least I wouldn't embarrass myself.  Living on an empty lot left a lot to be desired, but with limited funds I knew I'd have to be wise and at least having a restroom close by took care of one problem!

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As I left the rest room I noticed there was a kiosk close by in the park.  Ah hah!  Food and maybe a cup of tea?  The female vendor looked at me strangely and asked if I was an actress in costume.  Oops.  Gauging by her clothing I knew I had a lot of shopping to do!  We chatted for a bit and lo and behold, after a quaint social convenience called "Cloud gazing", we became very good friends!  Eva Cappriciola was my first real friend in Newcrest.
   Eva clued me in on a lot things, like, having a club for more friends, and where to find things I might need.  Apparently this land had many fruits and herbs ready for harvesting and planting in my first garden.  I was in heaven and thanked  my wonderful parents who were looking down on me and smiling.  I knew I could make this work!





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 Just what I need right now is a cup of my Earl Grey premium blend.   The smell of bergamot is wafting up now, calling me to reach for the cup.  This time with some milk, no sugar for me, the way  "Americans" drink it, unlike the "British" who prefer lemon and sugar. (That's a generalization.  My British step-mum drank it with milk, in the cup first if you please, and sugar.) Mmmmmm, Earl Grey hot hits the spot every time no matter how you drink it or whether it is Earl Grey or Lady Earl Grey, which has blue cornflower blossoms blended in as well as orange and lemon,  or any of the other varieties, like London Fog, black tea, oolong, bergamot oil, lavender and vanilla, or Paris, Black tea, oolong tea, black currant flavor, vanilla flavor, bergamot oil, caramel, or even Red Earl Grey which is rooibos blended with bergamot.  No matter what, it is a base of black tea, often Assam or milder, Ceylon, but it must have the bergamot!
   Bergamot, one of the key ingredients and where most of the fragrance rises from the tea, is a citrus fruit the best of which comes from Calabria, Italy, known for it's spicy Calabrian chilies on pizza!  The fruit is similar to the Meyer Lemon.  The flavor is very floral, you could imagine it as a cologne!, very citrus-y with a hint of grapefruit. 
   No one knows for sure how the blend came to be, but one thing is certain,  it was named after the second Earl Grey, now known around the world for the delightful beverage he gave his name to rather than the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832 and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833. I raise my cup to you!
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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2019, 07:34:38 AM »
Good luck with your tea time here. Will be following :)

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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2019, 11:55:36 AM »
Love the theme and love all the facts ^^ I enjoy tea quite a lot.  In summer, I tend to drink a lot of coffee, but as soon as the weather turns, my kettle is on every day, often multiple times. It's only been in the last couple years that I've been able to make proper tea (with tea leaves rather than a teabag XD).

Anyway, can't wait to see how Darjeeling continues. Love her outfits!

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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2019, 02:40:37 PM »
Good luck with your tea time here. Will be following :)

Thank you LenaJ.  I've never finished an ID yet so let's hope this one is the charm!

Love the theme and love all the facts ^^ I enjoy tea quite a lot.  In summer, I tend to drink a lot of coffee, but as soon as the weather turns, my kettle is on every day, often multiple times. It's only been in the last couple years that I've been able to make proper tea (with tea leaves rather than a teabag XD).

Anyway, can't wait to see how Darjeeling continues. Love her outfits!
Thank you Shewolf.  I really do love tea, even ones in tea bags, and things like tisanes, (herbal usually with flowers in).  I'm not sure I can say the same about coffee.  I'm a bit of a coffee snob.  The only one I like black is espresso so all others have to cream, (lots of it!), and sugar.  Do like a good iced coffee though!  Tea actually has as much or even more caffeine in than coffee does but it is somehow different.  It gives you the energy/focus coffee does, but slowly for many hours where with coffee it's instant buzz that quickly fades so your body wants more.  The caffeine in tea is also offset by L-theanine which gives you a mental, mellowed out yet focused feeling for hours.  Some teas have more, some less.  It's that relaxed, comforted feeling you get on a cold day and a hot cup!
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« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2019, 11:19:51 AM »
Due to the loving ministrations of either my cat or one of the dogs, my internet was disconnected, ergo, lack of updates.  I'm in a wheel chair and couldn't get back to where the connection was unplugged, and no one here to fix it till my roommate finally had time and could help.  Phew!  I can't imagine I had gotten it all nicely begun and all I could do was play trial runs.  Well, short but sweet here is the next addition with more to come.

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Chapter 2 Getting to Know You

Well, here I am!  I'm finally making somewhat of a start in this new life.  Oh, I have such big plans.  One of the first things that happened was I met, and I use the term loosely, this "person".  After a brief chit chat I was informed that much of what has happened, (except for the death etc.  which she claims she had no part in), was because I was chosen.  Chosen by.......well, who knows who really, I think a Carl was mentioned and a ten year anniversary.  In any case I'm chosen to start a line of descendants of ten who all have ten things to do in a bunch of categories and I'm to start it all off.  She calls herself a Watcher, or Watchett, or Voice, whatever, and will be guiding me, helping out from time to time and preparing space and things for the future generations.  Well, we'll see.  I don't know if we'll actually talk from time to time but I'm just to keep you all updated on how things are going.  A journal, maybe?  The first things she did was show me this place I've not been to yet called Magnolia Promenade.  I guess it's for the future generations as she was kind of sad telling me about it.  She had pictures which she said I could share so, here goes.....



This place is called Paddywack's Emporium, and if you are familiar with it you can see some changes have been made.  The old tables and signs have been replaced with newer, brighter ones.



This is the inside of Paddywacks, once known for it's toys and chotchkis, it is now known for it's espresso and tea bar, fine pastries, as well as all those toys and things.  I wonder why I would have coffee in what should be a tea room?



This is the outside of the rear of the "store" showing the stairway up to, what I think is the most important part!



The outside of the upstairs level.  Rather charming I think.



And now the important part, the actual bakery itself!  As you enter you find a very small room with cooler displays for our delicious baked goods, from bread to pastries.  The tiled walls and floors was independently created for us and all are custom made.  As you pass into the larger room you see the workings of the bakery itself and, of course, rest rooms.  Please not facilities were placed for our tiniest nooboo friends.
     She wanted me to mention that no walls were moved or altered in anyway other than decorative paint and paper.  It's sad that I may not ever see this.  Apparently it is for a future heir who may be a baker!  Ah well, as long as there is tea to be had one does want a bit of treat to go with.  Right?  "Cookies" and things.  (Although why "cookies" and not "biscuits" I'll never know.)

Now back to me.  It was my first week there and I must admit my "tea plantation" is leaving a bit much to be desired.  While Mum and Dad had left me with a small fortune it was indeed, too small to do much with it.  In order to start my "career" I'd need a place to sleep, be able to eat, and use the loo.  I bought a tent for sleeping and a marvelous chest which contained ample supplies of food.  The food may be somewhat limited but it keeps the tummy content and the energy up, so even though I'll miss my tea for awhile, it will do. 

Here is my "plantation"!  Well planted and ready to grow.  A bit sparse, but it IS only the first week!



I decided to bite the bullet and spend a bit more of my cash reserves.  I needed more things to plant or I'd never make it.



After hearing natures' call, I ran over to the little park I'd discovered when I first arrived.  After using the facilities I noticed a nice woman in a kiosk.  So I went over and introduced myself.  Come to find out she was a lovely girl with a lot of interesting traits.  She introduced me to the concept of cloud gazing! It seems this is a common practice among the folk here when making friends.  You lie on the grass and stare at clouds, comparing them with each other.  Interesting, but more to the point, Eva and I became good friends!



Making friends was so easy!  Before I left the park, (I was getting a wee bit tired), I had managed to meet five people, including this charming young boy who was actively playing on the jungle gym.



The next day after doing my morning chores I got the news there was a festival in a place called San Mishuno, in the Artists Quarter.  It was the "Hijinks'...something or other.  Sounded like fun and a good place to meet my quota of people to meet so off I went.  Was it ever fun!  I met ten people, not all of them friends yet, and filled a goal in something called an Aspiration.  Much more to go if I wanted to complete this one!  I drank the Jokestars drink and, voila!  We won!  I received $500, a microphone and a lot of fireworks,  just like these:



Later on, after most of the people had gone home, I met my friend Eva again.  What luck!!  She was selling produce!  I bought so many things I knew my little plantation would soon be rolling right along.  What a busy day.

Actually, what a busy week!  My first week in this new world and I had made two good friends, starting learning gardening, cooking, painting and more.  I'd earned $500 plus cash from sales of fireworks and things I had gathered at the festival, (posters and all), and even some cash from my little recycling trash bin back "home".  Unfortunately, it did not register as money earned but it sure did  fill up that empty bank account a bit!  Maybe I can actually get some walls up and buy a flower arranging station so I can start my unique skill.  One can hope.  In the meantime, it's tea time!
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« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2019, 11:42:28 AM »
What a marvelous tea-themed makeover for Paddywhack's!
Has Darjeeling started out on the Rippling Flat lot?
Odd that her earned income isn't registering. I have noticed that, unlike last year, aspiration progress does take a little time to register with the game not PAUSEd.
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Re: Always Time for Tea Update 9/8
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2019, 12:07:29 PM »
Thank you oshizu!  Yes, she's on the Rippling Flats lot.  So perfect because of the park next door, not to mention harvestables, fishing and collecting items.  I placed restaurants, bowling, spa, massage and yoga, a cafe, Romantic Garden and that water thing, (lots of pools) and a diner.  May have to remove the water thing because isn't there one in Windenmere/Windenberg?  Can never remember the name!
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« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2019, 12:34:46 PM »
I love gardening in the game. My Sims always have a garden and with the new Gardener career, it's even better! Will Darjeeling be doing flower arrangements? They can be very lucrative. It looks like you're off to a great start.

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« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2019, 06:04:17 PM »
I love everything about this!
The tea theme, the founder's name, the facts (so I don't feel bad for spending so much time reading stories, see, I'm learning something)
My favorite tea is Oolong. A friend visited China and brought me Oolong that was so amazing, drinking it felt like a spiritual experience.
(I reused those leaves many, many times lol)
Assam with milk and a little sugar is as comforting as a hug.
I also like herbal brews, and grow many herbs on my balcony.
Lemongrass, mint and lemon verbena soothe the stomach and feel refreshing even in summer.
Lavender soothes the soul and smells like lying on a meadow.

Darjeeling's comments about cloud gazing are cracking me up. I never really considered what a weird social interaction it is :o
I like her voice and will miss her in future generations. That's the main reason I don't play legacies/dynasties: I get too attached to the founders
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« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2019, 02:19:50 AM »
@reggikko :  Yes, her unique skill is Flower Arranging.  Good thing as it is the career as well!  So far all she has done with so little money is plant, harvest and collect so no arranging done at this point.  Week three and not much done in my opinion!

@mousef :  Ahhh, another tea lover!  Good to hear from you.  As a child my tea came from a Lipton's tea bag or a hot cup of oolong in a Chinese restaurant, few and far between those were!  Then, as a teen my British stepmother taught me about tea by taking me to Fortnam and Mason's for a high tea.  I was in heaven!!!  The first time I ever tasted Earl Grey and it was love at the first sip.  Her tea at home was Typhoo Tea which she showed me the right way to brew.  Always hot the pot, as she would say, and cream in the cup first, if you're taking it with milk or cream.  Can't do that with a tea bag in a cup!
   I also love oolong, which I'm really discovering now.  A few days ago I had one called GABA oolong.  Very vegetal with the tea being such a pale yellow color I could have sworn it wasn't brewed right.  Of course, it's meant to be that color.  So delecate.  The GABA is for a long name and basically it has the effect of putting you to sleep, and it really does.  This insomniac slept like a baby all night and no dreams.  Not a tea for casual sipping but so good for you. Darjeeling or one of her heirs will be talking more about oolong and others like Asam, keemun, etc.  Glad you've enjoyed her journey so far.
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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2019, 11:37:42 AM »
I reach for my cup of tea,  and contemplate the doings of the past three, or four weeks.  The wonderful soothing aroma of chocolate and mint rises from the cup like a blessing, full of hopes dreams and wonder.  Who knew something as delightful as a cup of tea could be so sweet and delicious.  Chocolate and mint?  Aaah, this new world has so much more for me in it, and I can only thank the things of the past who brought me to this place.
   Newcrest might not have seemed such a wonderful place for me.  Perhaps Uncle Cicero knew how empty it might seem, and the harm he wished upon me was part of his seeing it was the place I would go.  Certainly my little plot of land was, at first, completely empty.  But I had the courage of my dear parents to bolster my faith and I KNEW, without any shadow of doubt, all things would work out to the good.  How he would laugh, in that deep, sinister, smarmy, way he had if he could see it now!



Yes, that's me sitting on a lonely spot eating some cold yogurt, with nothing to keep me sheltered but a tent.  Hah!  What he didn't know was all the times my family and I would go into the wilderness with only such a shelter to keep us from the elements, and how we learned to love the outdoors!  I can just smile at my beautiful, cozy, little tent and my cooler of food and almost wish I wasn't quite so gleeful at the consternation he would have felt.
    Breakfast done, my "Watcher", or, as I like to call her, my "GA=Guardian Angel", urges me to get a move on!  "Times a wasting", she said, with the hidden message that I was the one wasting it.  Knowing I had things to accomplish, I began with a full heart, singing all the while I tended to the daily chores.  First the water, then weed, and then, plant whatever I had available. By now I'd ordered some top notch seeds from the best tea plantations all over the world.  I can only hope they will prove fruitful.  Meanwhile, there is the need to supply myself with fresh food, and that meant fruits and vegetables needed planting, and while we're at it, why not some flowers?  I know I could earn some money doing flower arranging as I had done back home.  All I needed was for them to grow.
   I worked really hard that first week and by the end of it my "bestie", Eva was ready to show me her skills at fishing!  A nice, broiled fish dinner would surely sit well, providing I could spare some from using them for fertilizer!  Here's a few shots that GA took of us.



We were fishing in the local river that ran by, feeding the lovely lake I could see behind me.  I was so intent on my catch!



Well, my "big one" got away this time but Eva was delighted in what was going to be bass for her dinner.



Not to be discouraged,  I caught a fish too.  Ok, maybe only a little one, but definitely encouraging and definitely can be eaten.
     We were both getting pretty worn out, and Eva had to work the next day so we finally called it a night.  I ambled off to the loo, conveniently next door, and then off to my tent.  The next few days were going to be tough, a lot of "rinse and repeat", but eventually, by dint of my hard work and luck, by the end of the second week I had made a home of my own.  Modest, but all mine!
    As you know, I had attended the Hi-jinks festival, but also went to the flea market and found a lamp.  Cheap was the way to go for me!  I used my earnings from the festival and things I had sold from gathering and, voila!......



Yes!  I am living in my green house!  Hey, if it's good enough to shelter my beautiful plants and make them grow, why it's good enough for me.  I can wake up every morning and smell the green, growing things and be full of joy.  A quick trip to my "el cheapo" stove to cook up some grilled cheese sandwiches, brew a wonderful cup of tea, (mornings often call for Earl Grey, hot), and marvel at my "pantry" someone carefully custom built for me.  Note I did not go cheap on my flower arranging bench or bee hive.  I can just taste that honey now!  Oh, and please notice my collection of snow globes I found roaming around San Mishuno Meadows!  Whether or not this collection will be part of my requirements has yet to be seen.  I just may want to keep them!
   Tea time is temporarily over.  Time to get back to work. 
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