The new owner

Funnily enough, no-one showed any interest in the house, especially as they weren’t allowed to view inside.  Who would?

The real estate agent didn’t know what to do.  The house would fall into disrepair and sit there for years if he didn’t do something.  Someone suggested he try to find relatives, however distant.  Great idea, thought the agent.  There must be someone.  He had a private detective look up all the files.  He wanted rid of the property.

The private detective did find a distant relative, a Gerald Carson, who, as it happened, had just moved to Belladonna Cove and was looking for somewhere to live.  The real estate agent told the detective to let Gerald know he had inherited the property and just had to pay just under 14,000 Simoleons to clear the debts.

Meet Gerald Carson.

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As you can probably guess, he’s a neat freak.  However, he was more than happy to pay 14,000 Simoleons for a two-bedroomed house.  It was a bargain.  He picked up the key and went to see what he had “inherited”.

He didn’t take it very well.

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After he recovered from the shock, he decided to get rid of some of the weeds before he even looked inside, but to his horror, found that there were creepy crawly things…

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Gerald put on his brave face and sprayed the cockroaches.

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Having dealt with (he thought) all the cockroaches, he decided to head inside to see the house was like.

He had another breakdown.

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After he recovered from the shock again, he once more put on a brave face and cleaned up some of the many dirty plates.  This he didn’t mind.  He liked cleaning.

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However, it was a big job, more than Gerald could deal with at one time.

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He was tired and needed the bathroom.  That was in an awful state too.  He had to clean it before he could even bear to use it.

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Only then could he feel he could go to bed.  Unfortunately, there were cockroaches everywhere and he had a sleepless night, with nightmares waking him up frequently.

The next morning Gerald realised that the cockroaches and the garden were too big a job for him.  He called in the professionals.

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It took the exterminator an awfully long time to get rid of all the cockroaches.

Meanwhile, a gardener started on the weeds and overgrown shrubs.

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It was all costing rather a lot of money and Gerald didn’t have a job.  He wasn’t in the right frame of mind to look for one either.  He went a bit crazy.

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He did fix the leaking bath and toilet though.  Now the bathroom was clean and in working order.

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Gerald replaced the broken computer (the cause of his distant relative’s death) with one left as a welcoming gift.  He managed to at least replace the wallpaper in the bedroom, so he wouldn’t get nightmares.

After the exterminator left, it took Gerald a couple of days to dispose of the cockroach remains.

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He cleaned up the kitchen too.  That room had to get at least a little close to Gerald’s standards.

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Slowly, the place was beginning to look more inhabitable.  Gerald finally got a job as a mailman.  He bought a small second-hand car after getting the old heap taken away.

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However, Gerald had spent a lot of money, and he had very little left.  His new job didn’t pay much at all.  It would take a long time before he could replace furniture and make the house look respectable.

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A new mini-challenge – Messie messlot

I found this challenge at modthesims.  A neat Sim buys a house which is in a horrendous mess.  Fun challenge.  However, instead of downloading the ready-made lot, I decided it would be fun to create the mess.

Meet Jack Carson, the elderly resident of the previously neat house in Belladonna Cove.

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He was rather lazy and didn’t clean up at all in the time he lived at the house.

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The inside was worse.

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The old man got sick from all the cockroaches around the place.

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He got very tired too, and fell asleep in the hot sun.

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The property got more and more weeds.

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He was very lonely, but his computer had broken, so he tried to fix it.

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In his weakened state, he didn’t survive the electrocution.

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He had been in the house 10 years and had survived to 65.  Not bad for someone who was needy and unhappy for most of it.

There being no relatives, the house was put up for sale.  The real estate agent was shocked at the state of the inside of the house.

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The bedroom

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Bathroom

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Kitchen

In order for it to sell he didn’t let anyone actually view the inside but just put the sign up out the front and hoped for someone desperate enough to buy.  It was cheap after all.

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So who buys it?  You already know it will be a very neat Sim.  Stay tuned.

 

Too many blogs

I have too many Sim blogs which are difficult to maintain.  It takes time to play the Sims, organise pictures and then blog about them.  While I blog about one family, the blog for another family gets neglected.  So, I’ve decided to sacrifice one of the blogs, and as I’m finding the Monteith family rather boring, I think this one has to go.  This blog was supposed to be about mini challenges in any case, not legacies.  Any ideas for mini challenges instead would be gratefully received.

Thanks for reading.  You can check out my other blogs under Blogroll.  These are updated when possible.

A death and a birth

Oh dear, things did not improve between Shenene and Linda.

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But Shenene didn’t have to put up with it long.  Death came for Linda at age 67.

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Bruce was more than upset.  (Of course Shenene wasn’t.)

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However, by that time, Shenene was pregnant, and before long a little baby boy was born, named Charles.  They turned Linda’s old room into a nursery.

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Charles enjoyed the new bouncy chair.

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Shenene went back to work and got more promotions than Bruce.  Bruce had finally found a job in the media career but is only a fact checker.  Shenene is now a wedding photographer.

Charles grew up quickly.

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Shenene taught him to talk and got him potty trained before he turned three.  Now she’s concentrating on getting him to walk.

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Time is passing so quickly!

The house has been extended yet again, but in the process a treasured self-portrait painted by Aaron was lost.  Shenene promises to paint a photo of Bruce’s parents to replace it.

Developments

Bruce decided to move out of the dorm and into a campus flat.  Once there, he invited Shenene over and asked her to move in.  She did.

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Shenene was majoring in the arts and was a year and a half behind Bruce.  Time passed very quickly without all those other students getting in the way.  They both did well in their studies.

Bruce took Shenene out to a newly opened pub.  Funnily enough his mother was there playing a game.  Shenene joined in.

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His mother didn’t seem to object, which was all good, but not quite the romantic evening Bruce had in mind.

When he finally got Shenene alone, he proposed to her.

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She, naturally, accepted.

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All too soon, Bruce finally graduated, despite missing his last exam.  He invited his family over to formally meet his fiancee.  Beatrice didn’t turn up.

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A good time was had by all.  Then it was time for Bruce to return home, leaving Shenene to finish her studies.

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Bruce was back not a moment too soon.  His father died about a day later at age 70.

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Aaron never did make it to Education Minister as he wished.  He was a college dean of students.

His loss was mourned.

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Shenene completed her studies, graduating the following year and moved in to the Monteith household.  The house was extended again to make room for a third bedroom big enough for a second double bed.  Bruce didn’t think it kind to make his mother sleep in one of the kids’ beds.

Shenene found a job as a street artist but completely forgot to go to work on her first day.  Not a great start.  It was a wet autumn day, but the weather cleared up and it was, in Bruce’s mind, a perfect day to get married (in the backyard).

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Not all was rosy after that.  Linda played a joke on Shenene, which Shenene didn’t appreciate and subsequently took a dislike to Bruce’s mother.

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They argued.  Bruce took  his wife’s side, telling his mother off.

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Linda had to accept it for the sake of peace.

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Bruce at uni

Bruce moved into one of the dorms and majored in philosophy.  During his first year in the dorm, he got to know a blonde called Gwen Seavey.  He was attracted to her (2 bolts).

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Things seemed to be going along well.

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Gwen seemed open to his advances.  Bruce figured he could try for his first kiss.

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Oh dear.

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Check out that chin!

She rejected him.  Bruce was devastated.

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After that, Bruce studiously ignored her.

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Bruce explored the campus and found a friendly student called Shenene.  They got talking.  He only had a one bolt attraction to her but she was friendly.

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Once back at the dorm, Bruce grew a beard to disguise his chin, and continued to ignore Gwen.  To his chagrin, she didn’t seem to mind at all.

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So, Bruce decided to pursue Shenene instead.  He invited her over.

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He flirted,

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and decided to try again.

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Success!

Family update

Linda reached the top of her slacker career, as professional party guest.  She doesn’t look like one.

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Aaron has yet to become education minister.  He’s pretty slack on the skill-building.

Some new entertainment in the backyard.

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Aaron found a magic lamp.  To his surprise, a genie appeared before him.

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Aaron asked for peace of mind, just to start with.

Bruce grew to a teenager.  Check out that chin!  I don’t know where he gets that from.

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Aaron encouraged him to be active, as if he wasn’t already.

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And then, yet another birthday.  Beatrice grew to an adult.

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Her initial happiness turned sour at the thought of never having been allowed to go to university.

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She invited her friend over to try and cheer her up.

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The suggestion was made to move out and live together, so Beatrice looked in the paper for a place.

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They moved into a small house, but Beatrice had a breakdown.  She’s inherited her mother’s tendency.

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