A Little Nectar, A Little Mystery 16.1

Hey hey kids!  Welcome back!  Let’s just get started, shall we?

Zale Check!

Oscar is playing shuffleboard in the rain.

Miriam is rocking.

As she is prone to doing.

Paisley & Penny are in the living room.

Preston is eating cake in the little covered outdoor dining area.

Last but not least, little Ferdy coming inside from the rain.

Hi cutie.

I then decide Paisley wasn’t perfect in her look, so I gave her another quick trip through CAS.

Hair change, adjust her makeup, and a new shirt.  I like her a little better now.

I buy another big bed and move Oscar and Miriam into the main house, and convert their old space into Paisley’s.

A little makeover so it doesn’t look exactly like Oscar’s place.

And we’re ready for Mahmoud to visit!

Everyone’s asleep in their beds like good little Simmies except for Miriam and her rocking chair addiction.

Well, Ferdy isn’t in a bed either, but that’s okay.

As naughty as it is to have a cat on the counter, it’s so cute!

Paisley’s social is low, so I went looking for someone to chat with…

…And AAWW, look what I found!

These two play chess in the storm.

Very glad it’s a nice covered porch!

It’s Preston’s birthday!  I’m looking forward to kicking him out, tbh.
I hold his little party inside because of the storm…

…But Mir and Pais struggle with how to door.

I like how they never get stuck in TS4, but they walk through each other all the time, which kinda takes away from the immersion.

Preston had indifferent study habits and develops the party animal trait.

I dress him to party and send him on his way.  I never really liked Preston.  Oh, and he becomes a Jack of All Trades.  Man the way Penny is eyeing that cake is creepy.

Paisley then gets to work on her LTW and invites over one Tom Shallow for a game of chess.

He does not show up.  I’ve never done this LTW, but I’ve heard it’s glitchy.

Penny has a B in school, and has just finished her homework!

I need to watch out for those honor roll points.

Hey look, a Zale cousin!

Hi Solomon!  We’ll have to hunt you down later.

It’s Tom Shallow!  We can play a game of chess!

Another stormy game.

She won!

Sorry grumpy.

We were playing chess passing time waiting for Mahmoud to come visit.  But he was here for all of two seconds, then vanished.  The option to invite him again is not available, saying he’s already here.  Bummer!

Since we can’t get Mahmoud to visit, she sends him a love letter.

More dark and stormy chess.

She wins again!

So far this is going well!

***Huge IRL Interlude***  I was annoyed I couldn’t get Mahmoud to come over and get this generation underway, so I just quit.  I’m back to try again.

I was clicking around trying to remember how to play this game and…
STOP IT YOU TWO.  I’m just trying to figure out why Paisley is in the paparazzi, where the cell phone is, and how to travel!

In an attempt to fix Mahmoud saying he’s here, but not here, I decide to send Paisley & Penny to France!
I hope they have fun!

I claim a couple of the nicer beds for Penny & Paisley, then her first wish is to go hot tubbing.
I use the Zale funds to buy one for the home base lot.

Looks relaxing.

Penny rolls the same wish, so Paisley asks her to join.

Now I want to go hot tubbing in France.

Paisley also wants to visit the necatary, so she’s off!

Her face cracked me up.

I wanted to make some nectar, so Pais steals harvests some grapes.

So squishy.

Penny busies her self sampling the wares.

Just turn this… and flip that…

Hmm, maybe we should’ve used this shinier machine because…

Looks like Paisley doesn’t have a knack for nectaring.

Undeterred, Paisley tries again.

All this squishing has made her hungry, so she gets a bite to eat.

Penny has been drinking nectar for hours so she’s feeling mighty-fine.

Except she’s gonna pass out.

And apparently overdid it a little?

How funny!!

While Paisley scrubs up Penny’s puke, the second batch seems to have turned out better.

I tried to find the nectar in her inventory, but no luck?  Did I need to do something else at the machines maybe?

Oh well, Zales have a fair bit of funds, so we bought some of the fancy stuff behind the counter.

Penny is still hitting the drink pretty hard, even after puking.

Her face though… LOL.  And her weird body shape.  She’s very interesting looking.

Pais stinks – I think it’s time to head back.

Back at base camp, Penny ALMOST makes it.


I catch Penny roll a wish to go home.

I guess all that vomiting, nectar and passing out leaves you a little homesick.

Both girls wake up starving, so Paisley makes a meal while Penny grabs some yogurt.

Then it’s off to the museum!

Penny: Dude, Pais… calm down.  Seriously, their faces…

The museum was boring, but granted a couple wishes, so now a little shopping.

A stop at the cafe.

A little chess with the locals.

While Paisley is playing this guy, she rolls a wish to kiss him.

I can see why!  A cutie!

He runs off before she can woo him, and she finds him in the hot tub.

She plops down a stereo she’s been carrying around and they hang out for a bit.  He runs off about 60 more times and she never scores that kiss.  Oh well, wasn’t meant to be.

Then it’s home sweet home.

Okay, the whole point of that trip was to see if we could invite Mahmoud over.

SUCCESS!  Fingers crossed he shows up!

Holy cowplant!  Paisley hasn’t even finished walking up the walkway and there’s a fight on the porch!

It’s Dallas Shallow and Miriam!

Ha, beat up by an old lady.

Not sure what that was all about…  Maybe he insulted her rocking chair.

Here’s hoping!

He’s here!

Let’s cement this thing!

Underwear wedding FTW!

Sealed with a smooch!

Meet Mahmoud Zale!

Turns out his hair is a dark reddish color.  I let him keep the highlights he had originally.  I love how unique he is!  He’s clumsy, flirty, neat, natural cook & over emotional.  Fun!  His LTW is living in the lap of luxury, and he’s close!

Back to regular business, Penny’s in a timeout for heaven knows what and things are broken.

Then – all of a sudden – I get a script error notification and *pOOf*.  Mahmoud has disappeared from the family.

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!  I worked so hard to get him here and I like him so much!  Stupid broken buggy worthless pile of game.  He shows up on her relationship bar, as her husband, and her only option is to text him.  They haven’t even lived in this house very long, and we might have to move… I don’t know what to do!  Might abandon the house and everyone and just move Paisley to a new town… Build her a small little house and try to find Mahmoud again.  I guess she could go back to Uni and keep an eye out for him and I can redo their relationship if I can’t salvage their marriage.  Anyhoo, looking forward to the new TS4 expansion today!  It’s like IP!  I’d hoped we’d get Uni, but I’ll take it!  Looking forward to playing later tonight.

Failing school -5: 1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5: 81 (-40)
Passing Out -5: 41 (-205)
Self-Wetting -5: 41 (-205)
Accidental Deaths -10: 1 (-10)
Social Worker Visit -15: 0 (YAY!)
Births +5: 38 (+190)
Twin Births + 10: 13 (+130)
Triplet Birth +15: 2 (+30)
Fulfilling LTW + 40: 10 (+400)
Honor Roll +5: 15 (+75)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10: 14 (+140)
Every $100,000 +20: 3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10: 3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10: 5 (-50)
Repo-man -5: 1 (-5)
TOTAL: +535

Paisley Goes to College 16.0

Hello!  And welcome back to another Zale installment!  I know it was a while since the last post, but there’s much fun times ahead!  So let’s get started!

If you couldn’t tell by the title and the chapter number, Paisley won the heir poll, and the torch hath been passed from Oscar without any ceremony.  She took a whopping 2 votes on Boolprop… goes to show how popular the Zales are over there!  But she got 9 votes here, so YAY!
(Penny had one on BP and 5 here.)

As always, we begin with a Zale Check!

Little old Oscar watching carefully so he doesn’t fall down the stairs.

Good… No elderly falls, thank you.

Miriam is brushing Ferdy.

Two-in-one Zale check!

Paisley and Penny are still where I had placed them for their heir poll pictures.

Another twofer.

Preston is gaming and that’s it!

Love quick Zale checks!

Paisley is taking over her heir duties by heading off to university to spouse hunt and get up to general shenanigans.
Good luck!

Paisley has the chess legend LTW and I don’t know how to facilitate that at uni, exactly – so go for Science & Medicine for her degree.  I’m not sure what job she’ll have in the future…

I fiddle with the settings and pick the best college option for Paisley to complete her degree if she does 4 terms.  I tried to get it done in one trip, but it wasn’t possible.

And she’s off!

I hope very cool things happen for Paisley!

Oscar waves goodbye to Paisley while Penny appears to wave hello to Oscar.

Penny:  HAI DAD!

I’ve never joined a sorority in the Sims, so Paisley will be the first.  As the newest member of Tri-Fruhm house, Hanna (dark hair) and Ashely (blonde) are there to greet her.

We claim the good bedroom and lock the door.  (Only after 15 interruptions while she tried to sleep)

I then upgraded the nearest bathroom and locked everyone out of that too.  She got walked in on, too many times.

Paisley uses her Zale wealth to buy the sorority house a hot tub.


She meets some more of her sisters.  This is Chloe.

Cute freckles!

Time for the meet and greet!  Free swag!


I spot boys!  Go say hi!  Guy in front is Mahmoud.  Not sure about that yellow hair, but hey – it’s college.  I see the brown roots and eyebrows.

Paisley says hi.

I love his face and think he’s super handsome.

And right now I remembered why I would bring an idiot along to University.  To keep the freakin’ plumbob out of the photos.  Oh well, too late now.


How cute!

Paisley is winning.

Hard to think we might’ve found the spouse already, but look at Paisley’s adorable face.

And she’s attracted to him, gets the moodlet.

Speaking of faces…

I’m sure you can see why I want him in the gene pool!

Paisley was invited to her first juice party!

Ashley is the host (more cute freckles!) and Paisley rolls a wish to be her friend – I comply.

Keg stand!

It isn’t all fun and games though – study time.

Oops – down wall!

And then she’s off to class!

Look look look!

It’s Liz!  I was SO hoping to see her!  Paisley’s great great great great great great great great great great great great grandma or something.  I had almost forgotten how cute she is!

Mahmoud was outside the lecture hall after Paisley finished her lesson.

They didn’t have time to chat. 😦

I have Paisley invite the cute boy to coffee.

Study date!

And he’s flirty!  This will be easy!

And then the coffee house closed and it abruptly ended everything.  Boo.

I just love Uni.

I had so much fun playing it with Paisley.

Paisley invites Mahmoud over after class.

We have kissing!

And then he invites her to a bonfire party.

Paisley dresses in her finest and attends, but no one is there.

Finally someone named Harold shows up.

Who throws a formal bonfire party?  Without the bonfire.  And then isn’t even there.

Mahmoud makes an appearance and they eat macaroni and cheese.

Rockin’ event, for sure.

It doesn’t deter Paisley’s feelings for Mahmoud, however.

She has lots of happy feelings for him!

A date at SimBurger because I think it’s the cutest lot – AND I can make sure Mahmoud has eaten.

Crossing signal has questions.

Paisley invites him back to her sorority house.


Oh yeah!  I’d forgotten about the “stride of pride”.  Ha ha!

No hiding what he and Paisley were just up to.  Random sister does not look impressed.

Paisley’s in class and a LOT of time has passed without a ton of pictures.

Even with that said, this post is REALLY long.

She has a very full class load and takes a moment to read  her textbook between lessons.

Paisley is a very good sorority sister and always cooks group meals and cleans the place up.

It’s kinda out of guilt since she stole one of the bathrooms all for herself and locked everyone else out.

Ha, Ashely passes out in the foyer.

Good thing it isn’t a fail!

Only 3 days until final exams!

Study hard!

Or not.

Obviously a very thrilling lecture.

Class ends and Paisley is hungry, so she invites Mahmoud to another date at SimBurger.

While they discuss favorite colors I vow to honor Mahmoud’s natural hair color when he becomes spouse.

I do not need freaky yellow-haired babies.  I mean blonde is one thing, but his hair is YELLOW.

The date goes well.

Hee hee hee.

While on the date, Paisley gets invited to another party.  She attends it with Mahmoud, but he’s nowhere to be found.

She doesn’t seem to mind though, and keeps herself busy.

She is SO cute.

I don’t know what’s up with the formal parties, but at least you get to see the outfit I made for her.

Aha!  Mahmoud IS here!

Yellow hair aside, how cute are they?

Answer, so cute.

Someone had a very good time at the party.

Paisley single-handedly keeps everyone from starving and living in filth.

And is super adorable.  Except I didn’t remove those annoying glove things from her outwear.  I hate those.

She got invited to another bonfire party by her beau, but no one was there.

She built a huge fire anyway and made the best of things.

Back at the sorority house, someone made this nice pile of leaves.

I had intended Mahmoud and Paisley to utilize them for their woohooing pleasure, but he ran off.  FINE.

Have a good time in class, Pais!

I always make her “work hard” because she has the genius trait, and I feel like that’s what she’d do.

Another Liz sighting!

Knowing there’s much chess in Paisley future, she grabs a game with some random Sim.

Paisley gets invited to another party by Mahmoud.

We’ll see if anyone shows up.

At least Mahmoud is here!

AND he has flowers.  I approve.

Happening party.

Paisley got dared to “kiss a random Sim”.  She picked this guy.

It worked!  She earned $100.00 for her efforts.

Report card day!

She did good!

Not everyone did so well.  Roommate and sorority sister Rebecca looks unhappy.

Too funny!

One last party before go home time.

Another formal event.

Living her best life.

Down wall again.  Oops!

Heading home in style – 2 terms complete!

Home sweet home – and thinking about Mahmoud!

Quick check-in with the family.  Hi Oscar!

Hi Mir!

Hi Preston!

Hi Penny!

Ferdy!  Don’t sleep on the counter!

Add a little souvenir to the wall…

…And it’s back to school!

She was home for like – 8 seconds.

The family gathers in true Zale fashion to say goodbye.

Waving in the wrong direction, etc…

Sorority sweet sorority.

Her door was still locked just for her!

Right to work.

And the other sisters return as well.

We skip the meet & greet this time, and make an important phone call.

We need to reconnect with Mahmoud!

While waiting for our guest to arrive…

…University at its finest.


Rebecca: That looks fun.


Block shadows aside…

Off to class in the snow!

Nothing like reading your text book in a blizzard.

While Paisley works hard, her fellow students have been busy with extracurricular activities.

Lots of snowmen.  And an igloo.

True to form, more formal parties.

She must be freezing.

The backpack really ties the look together.

She gets dared to kiss a Sim again, and since it was so easy last time, we try it out.

Shake hands first…

And cue anger.  Okay, so she didn’t enjoy that much.

So we’ll try that same guy from last time.

He was also pissed, and now she has a cheater reputation.  Awesome.  Stupid dare.

But, in for a penny, in for a pound.

And he hated her too.

Nothing a little juice can’t fix.

I spot this Sim talking to herself, and realize being insane she might be more receptive to Paisley smashing her mouth on everyone.

She was not.  Fine.  No more dares.

She finally finds someone who’s happy to kiss her.

(It completes the dare too… so… I guess I should’ve done that first?  Ha ha… but it said kiss a RANDOM Sim, not your boyfriend…)

Back in her room, I have college flashbacks to my own dorms, when the only pets we were allowed to keep were fish in bowls.

I creatively name him Fishie.

The bad kissing party took it’s toll on Paisley and she sleeps through the lecture.

I force her to pay attention for the last bit.

Yet another party invite from Mahmoud.

Aw, True love.

**HUGE IRL INTERLUDE**  We went to Mexico!  It was amazing!

Simming continues:

I come back to find Pais SUPER annoyed because this idiot is in her way.

I feel ya, girl.

Another juice kegger invite from Mahmoud.

I don’t recall my other Sims being so popular.

He’s happy to see her!

Or not…

He’s also super hungry and tired…

Ha, the “walk of shame” opposite the “stride of pride”.

Cracked me up.

All-in-all, not a great party and she runs home in the snow.

The next morning…

…Seems like perfectly reasonable weather to hold a class outdoors.

Back in the safety and warmth of shelter, Paisley continues to take care of everything & everyone.

She fixes all the appliances too, so she’s gained some useful skills.

And continues to work hard on her studies.

And her social life.  A cute date at The Grotto.

Man I can’t wait to get rid of that yellow hair.

Uh oh, Fishie died.


Meet Fishie II.  I’ll remember to feed this one.


I forgot to feed him and feel terrible.  TS4 fish don’t require feeding… I forgot. 😦

I cannot wait to see these two’s babies!

The sisters have been busy!

It’s funny, there’s snowmen everywhere, but I never see them being built.

Paisley snags a passing roommate and makes them join her in a chess game.

At date at SimBurger so at least I know Mahmoud is fed this time.  And I put them to work making an igloo.

Whatcha guys doin’?

Hee hee hee.

Here’s Paisley in class – I feel like she’s been in school forever.  (Familiar…)


Oy vey – that’s quite the “how to door” cluster.

I noticed all the sisters were hungry, so Pais made everyone burgers.  Then I remembered to feed Fishie II.

I’m very glad he wasn’t dead.

He makes an excellent study buddy.

❤ Fishie II.

Fun fact, this chick, her name is Wendi – she’s ALWAYS in her skivvies.

Looks extra ridiculous when she wears her backpack.

Paisley keeps abusing her friends for games of chess.

She gets invited to her thousandth party, but it was Mahmoud, so she went.

They get their groove on.

And things go better this time!  It helps when he isn’t hangry.

I think they’re so cute.  Also right about now I realize she’s knee-deep in happiness points, so I buy her that distant friend reward so she won’t lose all her college friends.

She’s also the good kind of inappropriate, and I kept seeing hungry thought bubbles, so she makes everyone some goopy carbonara.

It was well received by all, then everyone was kicked out.

Checks class schedule.  “Class begins in 3 hours.”

Seems about right.

Just so funny!

I love this thing.

I am science-ing excellently.  Just see my clipboard.

Another formal bonfire party invite from Mahmoud.

Watch for sparks!  Not that there will actually be a fire.  She was dared to get super juiced, which she did and earned another hundred bucks, then it’s back to class.

Since she keeps getting robbed of bonfires at the bonfire parties, she lights one really quick in the two seconds between classes.

Everyone loved it though!

People warmed themselves and threw test tubes.  It was very popular.


She did great, of course!

We kill the last few hours playing chess.

Only Pete & Oscar are available from the family for her to invite to graduation.

And Mahmoud, of course.

I never saw our guests arrive, but this dude sat outside to draw.

And play guitar for tips.

Paisley gets to roll for another trait!

She adds “natural cook” which is cool because she did all the cooking for the sorority.

Tada!  Our little graduate!

Then she wanders off and swipes a kicky bag off the ground.

Enjoy yourself, Paisley, it’s about the last free moments of your life.

Good work, girl.

I can’t wait to see what your future holds!

No change in Zale Score:

Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  81 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  40 (-200)
Self-Wetting -5:  41 (-205)
Accidental Deaths -10:  1 (-10)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Births +5:  38 (+190)
Twin Births + 10:  13 (+130)
Triplet Birth +15:  2 (+30)
Fulfilling LTW + 40: 10 (+400)
Honor Roll +5:  15 (+75)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  14 (+140)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  5 (-50)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +540

And that’s all for now!  Thanks for stopping by!  Her college life seemed SO LONG, but when writing this up, it didn’t appear as bad.  Until next time, Happy Simming!

Natalie Dies Twice & Heir Poll 15.10

Hi Guys!  Welcome back!  This is another monster post, at over 200 pics & screenshots.  I just kept not finding a good place to stop, ya know?  Everything was just a couple more days away…

Oh yeah!  I also went through and tallied my score!  The last time I had a calculated score was chapter 12.7.  So at the end of this post is actual points!  Yay!

So let’s get started!  Zale Check!
Natalie’s lifebar is full and she’s ready to go play catch with Pax.  Both are thinking of the pool.

Miriam is also thinking about the pool and about to use the bathroom.

Hopefully not in the hydrangeas.

Oscar is sleeping dreaming about Ferdy.

Paisley is helping!

Thanks girl!

Preston is also helping.

And you can’t tell from the pic, but he’s stinky too.

Penny is sleeping.

So is Pete.

Although my guess is not for long, as Ferdy has queued up “Wake up Pete.”

But I love Ferdy, so it’s okay.

Pax decided not to play catch with his grandma and begins his homework on the middle of the kitchen floor.

It reminds me to check the kids for honor roll because POINTS.  No dice, however.

Yay Paisley!  Skilling activity!

I see she’s rolled the Chess Legend LTW, so I lock it in.  I’ve never done it, and she might be heir, so… why not?  I lock it in.

It starts to pour, so Miriam RUNS to save the outside cake.

It’s pretty much all the survive on, so I can understand her urgency.

Owen finally got married!

And man I need to fix his hair.  Make some babies!

It’s a stormy day, and many of the Zales congregate in Miriam and Oscar’s little living quarters.

Natalie and Pax are arguing.  😦

Paisley is still out here playing and has reached level 5 of logic!

You go girl!

Thanks Preston, but you couldn’t have grabbed the stack behind you, too?

Still have to appreciate the idiot help.

Everyone remains adorable and happy.

Including Ferdinand.  Don’t mind Preston, he always looks annoyed with his existence.

Oscar has ANOTHER award to get, so we head out into the rain.

He hops out halfway there, and I get a pop-up that says he missed his own celebration.

Well that’s sad.  😦

But the star was still on the screen, so I attempt to go get the award again.  Success!

And I couldn’t agree more, Riverview IS a better place because Oscar lives there.  ❤

I know you can’t hear this picture, but I got a pop-up about the engine needing repair, and it’s running like CRAP.

I’ll have to work on that.

Ah yes, Penny reminds me she’s childish.

And adorable!

Ferdinand sleeps in the middle of the kitchen floor – Pete seems ALARMED by this.

Oscar is making everyone Goopy Carbonara – except Pete of course, who’s having pancakes.

Or at least Oscar is TRYING to make a meal – the cat is blocking the stove!

Hilarious!  And annoying.

Oscar wakes him up in attempt to get him to move.  He does not.

Look how pleased he looks with himself!  ❤

After watching him roll around and be adorable…

…I tell him to go sleep on the couch.

He doesn’t move though.

But I’m not even mad, look at that face.

He actually had to be reset – he was stuck.

Oscar finally able to resume the meal, decides to stick his hand in the hot pot.

Pretty sure you shouldn’t do that.

MMM, tastes like me.

I left Oscar alone for like, 10 seconds and he ran off to the pool bar to make himself a drink.

I can understand, dear.

Miriam catches Pete in the act of booby trapping the shower.

Can you hurry, Pete?  She really needs to pee.

Or play hopscotch…


Pete:  I do not.

Apparently Sunday mornings are for reading:

Cute. 🙂

Penny!  Bless you, my child.

I didn’t even discover it was dirty before she cleaned it.  Penny FTW!

Pete has taken quite a liking to Ferdy.

Look at the little treat shaped like a fish.  Awwwww.

Natalie is still here, in case you were wondering.

I wasn’t.

Penny again?

Too much!

Pete too?

Who are these Sims?  It’s like the anti-last chapter.

Miriam & Pete merge into one.

Miriam also was trying to clean the bathroom.  And hi Preston.


And now he’s grounded.

The other boys:  This rain, amirite?

Miriam continues to yell at Pete…

…Sheesh, back off lady.

Man, now she looks super sad about it.

All because of a small shower prank?

Like all good marriages based on genetics and idiocy, Oscar undermines his wife’s punishment and lets Pete off the hook.

Miriam: Wait, what now?  Nothing dear, nothing.


So go, sheesh.

These two are bonding over comic books.


Pax clearly has nothing better to do *cough* homework *cough* so he’s starts raking leaves.

Preston is having a scintillating conversation with himself.


Preston:  *Shuts salad in fridge* No idea.

Miriam has had a wish to play hopscotch for about 30 years, so Oscar invites her to join him in a game.

I’ve seen this thing be an idiot magnet, but the Zales ignore it.  Oscar won!

Poor Pete is crying.

Must’ve been all that yelling form his mom. 😦

Natalie gets Pax to stop raking to talk about medical stuff.

Hot Air Ballon:  Sup.

Paisley is out here cleaning up leaf piles!

And look!  A chipmunk!

Oscar, left to his own devices, hops in the hot tub in his athletic wear.

I’ve seen him make much worse choices, so hey – enjoy yourself.

I’d forgotten how cute this moodlet is.


Oh Pax, you’re cute.  You earned this after all that raking.

But take a shower.  You’re gross.

He listened!


Now Natalie is raking…

Uh oh – I see sparkles.

And it’s not her birthday.

Pax is first on scene.

Everyone else:  OH NO!

Oscar:  Ah!  This is the LIFE


Cue Misery.

But look at that nice big headstone!

I did not recall Miriam was a coward.

*PLOP*  (not a fail)

Ferdinand arrives and is clearly distraught.

Aaaand, she’s back.

I told you her and Ferdy were close!

I was ready for her to go, but it’s still cool.

I don’t think we’ve had that since Abe?  I’m not sure.  You’re gonna have to let her go eventually, Ferdy, but it was very sweet.

Natalie’s first act after resurrection is to ride this thing…

… to this thing.

Shocking.  Rock out, Nat.

Oscar: My feet are so cute.

I wonder what all the commotion was?  TOES!

Death uses the all-in-one while Miriam reads on the tablet.

Because Sims.

Then Miriam mourns over some flies?


And resumes screaming at Pete.


Paisley:  Pax?  Can you not?

I’m sure that’s super helpful when your sibling is trying to clean up the leaves.

You can do it, Preston.

I believe in you.

I see a bunch of blinking red lights and send Oscar to trigger the pranks.


He thought it was funny!

Miriam would’ve lost her bits.

He looks good in aqua.

And sprayed.

The grill gets one of it’s first uses.

In a rainstorm.  At 2:00 AM.

Um, Pais?  That’s not good.

No fire, just burnt wieners.

Paisley:  Yeah, those are gross.

Leaves them to rot and then runs inside.

This is much better.

Funny, honey.

Oscar?  Not the best weather for this.

*Thunder crashes and lightning strikes*

Thanks Pax…

No worries, your dad will fix it.

I took this picture just because Natalie’s not in a rocking chair.

Only to have her immediately die again.

Natalie:  Not this again.

Death appears, Oscar heads off to work without giving a poop.

The kids are at school, so it’s just Miriam.

At least she notices.

So that’s good.

I make sure Ferdy isn’t around to ruin things save Natalie again.

He’s busy in the cat castle, so we’re good this time.

And down she goes.

Faint, not fail.

Oscar cries at work, and I discover we have a moodlet manager.

It must’ve been in Natalie’s inventory.  DUH.

All fixed!

Sadness BEGONE!

A large housefire!

There’s actually Sims to rescue!

But it took us way too long to extinguish the fire, HURRY OSCAR!

And we fail. His hero GPA tanks.

He goes home to find Pax on the swings.


Sobbing in the hydrangeas.


Excuse me… who are you?

(Rafael Carpenter-Rhodes)

Don’t look so pleased with yourself and the horrifying tofu dog.


Miriam: My children are stinky idiots.

Preston:  My mom is an idiot.
Their faces really show the love.

So I’ve been having trouble with the fire engine.  Oscar has his own now, so it’s not on the lot when he gets there.  He has leave, and return so it’ll appear in the garage.  We’re ignoring an emergency to actually repair it here.

I’ll have to find a way to place it on the lot at home for maintenance.  It’s running SO BAD it’s a priority over the emergency.

He manages to get it to 100% and head off to the hospital for what I assume is another X-ray emergency.

But it’s a llama disaster!

This game and llamas…

He finishes, but only with a C since we were so late.

I manage to plop the Woo-Woo down.

Nothing like working away in the rainstorm.

But it really needed the attention.

Paisley channels her deceased grandma and rocks away.

Ferdy has been okay since Natalie’s death.  I can’t moodlet manage him, so I cheat-cleared the sadness.

He has been an excellent Zale pet and deserves happiness.

Oscar and the Gnome o’ da Wrist make early morning pancakes for the crew.

He calls them to the meal around 4AM since it’ll take them forever to all arrive, routefail, and eat.

A couple of his sons join him.  Aw.

Technically Preston did too, just not at the table.

We have our first trampoline user!

Fun Fact: My husband came in right around here and asked me why that person was in the tree.

It’s Spooky Day!

The Zales climb in the fire engine and it’s off to the festival!

Oscar wants a family photo.

Me too!

Everyone but Penny makes it.  Cute!

Penny was getting ready to eat pie.

I sometimes think she looks like a middle-aged Sim even though she’s still a teen.

Um, how cute is this dog?

He belongs to the Shallow family.

Oscar wanted to get his face painted.


Everyone likes taking pie-eating contest pictures from the front, so I beg to be different.

Paisley & Penny are in the contest.  Penny is filling out like her momma.


Cute pie-covered faces.

Dude in the middle looks downright demonic.  I don’t know who won.

Penny and Pax then start their homework.

No better time or place.

I saw this little ghost girl and had a small heart attack.

I thought she died, but oh yeah – haunted house.

Oscar, being brave, went in all by himself.

He made it out safe and sound.

And OMG, I want that dog!

Hey lady with the bad hair?

They’re not real.  No crying.

Preston also decides this is the best place EVAR for homework.

Do not fail.  This is a good post.

Oscar, ever insane, rides the pony before joining the apple bobbing contest.

I loved their thought bubbles.

Promotion.  Bathtub.  Bench.

Seriously puppy.  Quit following us.

Or I am going to steal you.

He’s SOOOO cute.

Oscar is bobbing away.

Miriam, Pax, Preston & Pete went home on their own.

Pie-face Paisley is about to go into the haunted house.

Penny, who’s clearly getting chonky, is about to enter ANOTHER eating contest.

I lied, Pete didn’t go home, he’s just sad about sitting in a chair.

So I discover Oscar is using a urinal – not really important.

It was his thought bubble I found very entertaining.

They make it home.  Paisley is ghostified from the haunted house and lots of pie faces.

I interrupt this post to bring you an important message.

Everyone who didn’t gorge on pie at the festival is hungry, so Oscar makes food.

I love this pic.  The face paint, the veggies.  Just cute is all.

Penny works on homework.

Pete plays computer games.

Ferdy lives the good life.

Penny flexes her childish trait again.

Still cute.

And still covered in pie, Paisley again channels her inner Natalie.


**I saved and quit, everything was just fine, and now my save file won’t load**  It got half-way through then crashed three times, And then did this… DAMNIT.

Well I learned from one of you to keep 4 versions of the game saved.  This is save 2.  Save 1 is just over 1.5 hours previous.  I’ll have to try that one.  First I try an origin “repair”, attempt to load it one more time.  Not looking forward to losing 1.5 hours of play, and that’s assuming the second file works. Then ORIGIN crashed.  So either the problem is Origin, or my game is so broken it broke Origin.

Save file 2 doesn’t work either.  It just crashed to desktop while loading.

I waited a day after restarting my router and stuff, and tried again.  when I loaded the game, I saw the IP saves were grayed out, so I closed it and it looked like all my expansion packs weren’t being utilized.  I checked all the boxes and we’re back in!

Hi pouty Preston!  I’m so happy to see you!

I don’t even LIKE you and I’m so happy to see you!

Everyone was asleep until I heard the sounds of someone eating.

Still pie-faced Paisley!  She changed into her outerwear to go to school and it fixed it.

Oscar manages to work on the Woo-Woo.

Then the school bus comes!

They’re all aboard, Penny is just hiding under the seats.  It’s Pax’s last day of school!



There was an earthquake!

The final step of the emergency was to fix a gas leak, and Oscar does it the only way he knows how.


Oh!  It’s a multi-part emergency.

Oscar:  *How to door*

Don’t mind the person under the rubble.

*Outfit change 72*

After three successful earthquake emergencies, Oscar deserves his clothed tub soak.

I hung the holiday houselights!

Aren’t they pretty?

Meanwhile, Owen & Sherri must’ve gotten divorced, because Owen proposed to this little old lady.

Gotta love a Grisby.

I decide to check it out, and sure enough.

They’re divorced, but still living together.  Yvette still lives with her ex-husband too.

I age Yvette down, and move out Sherri.

Gotta love those Grisby ears. MAKE BABIES.

In the two seconds I was away, SP gave Pax a job.

Spooky.  It’s also his birthday!

Back to following Oscar, he opts to breakdown this door from the INSIDE.

Seems legit.

Pax Party time!

He rolls coward to join eccentric, adventurous (coward?), disciplined & friendly.  He takes on the Seasoned Traveler LTW.

He was a sweet Sim and I enjoyed having him around.  But Buh-bye!  Preston * Paisley’s birthday is just two days away… so we’ll get there then end this agonizingly long post!

Oscar earns another award.

Hey, my antics worked!  A cousin is on the way!


It’s Snowflake Day and the Zales are on their way to Owen’s house.  They were invited to a Feast Party.

While at the party, Penny got asked on a date.

I clicked the checkmark.

Apparently Owen wanted to perv everyone in their swimwear.

Nothing like being told to dress in your swimsuit for a feast party in the middle of winter.

But there was lots of food.

And even entertainment.

So I follow Penny to check on her date and…

…um, she can do better.

I help him out some, but…

…Well, at least he’s not a faceone?

I quit for a bit and go to reload and who dafaq is this?

Oh well, she’s not a member of the household, and none of the Zales seem to know her.

Penny is still on her “date” in her swimsuit, in 36 degree weather.  Yeah, I’d say she’s cold.

Then I discovered my seasons were still set to IP settings, so I fix it.

This dude’s been home alone booby trapping everything.

I don’t always love him, but at least he’s smart enough to do things when his super angry mother isn’t looking.

Ferdy had a birthday!

He’s now an old kitty.

And I love him.

Oh!  Look who I found… the mystery Sim!

Ena Roland.  Time to go, weirdo.

OOOH, SP gave us a roommate!

Well anyway, goodbye.

Speaking of goodbyes, this guy stood on the porch for a few hours then left in his spaceship.

His name is Qedef Ewi Bip.  No really.  I didn’t just smash my forehead to the keyboard.

Fun Fact.  I found this cow just hanging out behind the Zale lot.

Hi cow.

There’s birthdays to be had!

Pete, Paisley, Oscar & Miriam are ALL aging up!

Paisley rolls no sense of humor, adding it to loves the heat, brave, born saleswoman & genius.  Her LTW is Chess Legend.  Those traits were difficult to capture in appearance, but I do my best, and I’m pleased with the outcome.

She rocks her favorite color of red in all her other outfits.

Oscar is OLD!

And adorable!  I decide he should lose some hair, and I love it.

Miriam is old too!

I decide she’d tie her hair up after all those years.

I feel like they got old fast!

Pete also gets to roll, and adds unstable to loves the cold, hates the outdoors, brave, & dog person.  He gets the Canine Companion LTW and it’s BYE PETE!

Maybe your mom will yell at you less.  May SP treat you kindly.

Sweet old Oscar rolls a wish to retire while swimming in his clothes.


And hey, not bad!

And then it’s HEIR POLL TIME.


Daredevil, eccentric, grumpy, childish & unknown.  LTW: Super Popular (which I’ve never done).

No sense of humor, brave, genius, loves the heat, born saleswoman. LTW: Chess Legend (which I’ve also never done before).

I like them both, so happy voting!  Vote here, or on boolprop, or BOTH.

I’ll keep the poll open until I close it.  No promises or rules.

Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  8 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  40 (-200)
Self-Wetting -5:  41 (-205)
Accidental Deaths -10:  1 (-10)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Births +5:  38 (+190)
Twin Births + 10:  13 (+130)
Triplet Birth +15:  2 (+30)
Fulfilling LTW + 40: 10 (+400)
Honor Roll +5:  15 (+75)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  14 (+140)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  5 (-50)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +540

Thanks for hanging in there!!!!  Until next time, Happy Simming!

A Dozen Fails 15.9

Hi Friends!  Welcome back!  It’s another fun-filled, action-packed Zale adventure!

This post has almost 200 pictures and nearly as many fails.  And while I was editing my photos, I discovered they STINK SO MUCH.  Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Oh, real quick before my Zale Check, I wanted to share the pic from the festival.

Cuz aw… And by the end of this post, the family is VERY different!

Okay, Zale Check!

SO MUCH CAKE – and Natalie is playing with this thing.

Miriam is pouting at me for not granting her 10 baby wish.

She decides to read a pregnancy book to make me feel even worse about it.

Oscar and cake are on a tablet I didn’t know he had.

He’s “Playing an online social game”.  Vague.

Our newest teen Pax is hanging out looking too cool for his family.

I really like Pax, actually.  He’s a neat Sim.

Preston, Paisley, Penny’s head & IF, and Pax all congregate at the outside table.

And so much cake.

Pete is hiding in the bushes.

Pete is very strange, by the way.  You’ll see.

Ferdy is eating!

I don’t think I’ve seen him eat.  I mean he must, but yeah.  Hi Ferdy.

I finally figured out why this area gives the “unfinished” moodlet.

That ground is paint, not tiles.


Real floors and no moodlet!  Yay!

Dude, Pete… if you hate the outdoors so much, maybe you should play with some inside toys.

Pete:  >:@

Even though Pax just broke the All-in-One, Oscar rolls a wish to teach him to drive.

I never do that, so we do that.

Good start, buddy.

*Gets rear-ended by ice cream truck*

While Oscar is busy out with Pax, the family is clearly suffering.

The fools cannot take care of themselves. AT ALL.

Pax finished, puts the car in his pocket and began walking home.

(You can see him ALL the way in the back on the left.)  Oscar appears to be stuck, so I reset him.

The reset plopped in directly in the kitchen.

Pax is still walking home.

I buy Pax a car in his favorite color.  Just something moderate for a new teen driver, even though the Zales could afford anything.

Note:  Pax never drives his new car.

Penny manages not to fail and falls asleep in the treehouse.

Good girl.

Since Paisley is in her parent’s loft, I’m assuming she’s caught in the bedtime story loop, and will fail shortly.

Aaaaannd there goes Stinky Pete.


Preston, who is not in much better shape responds as expected.

Preston: Oh so tragic!  *gasp*

Ugh.  I do not predict this ending well.



Pete:  MOOOOOVE SISTER.  I need to ask GRANDMA for a STORY.

Pax:  *that kid stinks*


Preston:  MOOOOVE, I NEED A STORY.  I was only faking you out in Pete’s bed.

Oop, there goes Pete again.


Immediately followed by Paisley.

Shocking.  FAIL.

Preston is next.

The only child with a braincell, Penny, is still asleep in the treehouse.

Whaddya guys think?  Think this will end in a good night’s sleep?

No?  No.

I just got a pop-up!  It’s Paisley’s birthday!  OMG ONE MORE TEEN!  YES.

Not sure you noticed, but she still hasn’t slept.  I can’t believe I was happy when they weren’t toddlers anymore.

Natalie, harassed non-stop by the children and their unrelenting need to be read to sleep wets herself.


She’s also about to pass out, and BOTH those kids are asking for stories.

But at least she’s having fun though… so… yay?

Oh, and the school bus is here.

Because the children are completely ready to start their day.

Hello well-rested, dressed, fed and clean Sim that I love.

Have a beautiful day Penny!  ❤  *kisses*

Penny:  Gram-gram?  You don’t look so good…

… I won’t even mention the smell.

There goes Preston.


Pete with ZERO energy heads off to school while his cloud o’ stink follows him.

Should be a good day.  Productive.

Paisley goes down AGAIN.


Halfway down the block, Pete jumps off the school bus and…



Natalie then stinkscolds the freakin’ morons for skipping school.

Paisley decides to eat old outside cake instead of sleeping.

Because why the (*&(*&%(@*!(@ not.

I did now realize I was one bed short and I buy one for Pete.  Not that I think it’ll make any difference.

There goes Natalie.


Pete:  Gram?  I need a story.

Notice they both stink.


The one I just bought for him too.

Natalie and her armpits have just nodded off in the rocker when…


This face pretty much says it all.

OMG, that’s Paisley’s ACTUAL BED.

Look at that stink cloud.  But Natalie, if this actually works I’ll buy you 50 rocking chairs.

Paisley no.

What is you doin’?

You have GOT to be kidding me, kid.

I mean, at least it’s sleep, but I anticipate story madness when she wakes up.  Actually, it’s her birthday, the second she wakes up, I’m caking her.

With Pete & Preston in beds, Paisley  napping (mind you, they should be in school) and Natalie in a rocking chair…

I follow Oscar to work.

Mmm, soup.

Hey Oscar – not the best time.


HOLY CRAP!  Something insane is happening at the hospital!

Pop-up says it’s an X-ray emergency.

Fellow fireman is SUPER helpful.

Quite the crowd has gathered.

Even a couple cute kitties!

Just like that, crisis averted.

(Everyone instantly calm and bored looking)  Good work, buddy.

He gets an award!

And tops the career!

Way to go, Oscar!

Back at home…

…That’s right Paisley, blow out those candles you story addicted fruit loop.

She has born saleswoman locked in, which she ads to brave, genius and loves the heat.  But isn’t she pretty?  I think so.

Red is her favorite color. 🙂

Ha, Pete helped himself to some ice cream.  Goes great with Cake!

Penny is teasing Pax for being a nerd doing his homework.  I still love you, Pax.

Paisley, having successfully completed storybook rehab, falls asleep without issue.

It’s a beautiful sight.  Even if she thinks it’s rubbish.

I wait for Penny to finish putting the dishes away…

Then have Oscar order her to bed.

She goes to ask Pax for a story.

Third time is the charm.

Oscars face.  *I have raised idiots*

I watched her every step until she climbed in.

Haven’t seen Miriam in a while…

…and you still won’t.  She’s in the All-in-One.

This picture is important because all five Zalets are SLEEPING.

And in beds.

Looks like Natalie got tired of the rocking chair and takes up a sleeping bag on the living room floor.

Okie dokie.

The next morning dawns as good ol’ Leisure Day and begins with a hug.

There’s all kinds of “leisure” things to do on the Zale lot…

But no pool, so… I build one.

Turned out okay, I think.

And Oscar does his best to break in the new toy!

Fluke he was actually in his swimwear.

Paisley notices the new pool next.

Hi honey!

Pax finds it too!

He’s so cute!

Hello phone?  One pool party please.

We invite Owen and anyone in his “friends & neighbors” tab.

Set up a little dining area for the festivities.

I put Oscar to work in the swim-up bar.

Not that he has any skill, but still – I had to!

People arrive!

Trigger broke plays some music for everyone.

He’s not even bad!

Owen!  Hi honey!

Be careful of the pool!

I warned ya, kiddo.

Ha, Natalie must’ve brought that with her from IP.

The guests even find the food!

And nearly everyone swims!

Oscar and his insane mini-me swim in their clothes.  And Preston?

Don’t pee in the pool.

Owen?  Can you not?

It’s very annoying.

And damn straight!

It was a very fun, fail-free, no deaths, swimming and eating party!

Oh, and the second Owen left the party, he got engaged!

Make babies!

I snapped a pic of Paisley because I thought she looked very pretty in the light.

Miriam, too.

She really is a very pretty Sim.

Preston!  NO!

I JUST SAID this was a NO DYING event.

Okay then.  Stay out of the pool in your outerwear.

That would drown ANYONE.

Pete, who was AWOL most of the party is a very good boy and sleeps without stories.

OMG, someone clean that crap up!


Oscar:  Go to bed.

No.  Do not go pester your grandmother.

Go to bed!

NO.  Do not ask your mother…


You too child.

Go to bed.

Oscar, the lord of the flies, cleans up after all the party mess.

But the dishwasher is broken, and the fridge stinks, and he’s tired and hungry…

Poor thing.

While Oscar slaves away, Natalie actually made everyone waffles!

How nice!

This is a little less nice.


Mom.  I never get any sleep.  And you smell terrible.

Just after he falls asleep, the carpool comes.

I decide he can skip work today.  He ends up missing an emergency, but whatever.

Believe it or not, the adults are the only ones home.  All five kids made it to school.

Mir:  *I like that lamp*

Natalie took a shower when I wasn’t looking, but is still in her swimwear.

But Ferdy still loves her.

Miriam!  You’re helping!  I love it when you help…

…and are not a potato.

I rouse Oscar after realizing we never went and claimed his reward.

He drives his brand new personal fire truck.  And I do believe the ice cream truck is following us.

Hardly dressed for the occasion and thinking about ghosts, Oscar heads to town hall for his rewards ceremony.

Aw, how nice. (SNIP)

While I was watching the townies, Oscar sends a “secret admirer” text to none other than Hunter Cottoneye.

Oscar!  *SHOCKED*

I went searching for Preston because it’s his birthday (finally) and I found him on the swings at school.

Cute!  I’m not exactly sure how to get him home for his cake, but I was happy to see it anyway.

I buy his cake and attempt to use it to lure him home, but it doesn’t work.

So I use his “click to go home button” on his sim panel.

Waiting for Preston to wander home, Pax and Penny perpetuate the fail cycle.

Hurry!  You’re gonna miss your cake!

Phew!  Just in the nick of time!

While the family sings happy birthday, I de-ugly the room.

It really was ugly.  For a long time.

The family is sweet and shows up in droves to cheer.

Hmm, where’s Pete?  I click on his tile and find out he’s not even home.  He seems to have broken into this trailer.

No one else is there, and he just sits watching their crappy TV from their crappy couch.

See? I told you he was weird.

Back at the party… whoa girls.


Preston had difficulties in school and adds hates the outdoors to bookworm, insane, and light sleeper.  Compatible traits, if you ask me.  He has weird eyebrows that give him a permanently worried look.

I give him this interesting hair since I don’t think he’d care too much about his appearance or what other people think.  (And I just realized has the same shirt as Pax… oops.)  I do think he’s a unique Sim, and I like him.  He rocks his spice brown.

With that, we have another Sim capable of falling asleep without being read to.  And Paisley?  You need to calm down.

Aw, it’s like she heard me and I hurt her feelings.

Sorry kiddo.

I get a notice that Pete is about to break curfew, so I check on him again.  Now he’s in a DIFFERENT trailer, looking for a monster under the bed.

Not sure what’s up with all this breaking & entering.

Oh, and look at this room.

Stay classy, EA.

Pete made it home on his own, only to be scolded by grandma.

In this case, I agree Natalie.  Good on ya.

Pete goes into timeout, and Natalie uses her floor bag.

I can’t imagine sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag at that age.

Oh man, the little weirdo is crying!

I have Oscar let him off the hook.

Penny wakes up and tries to do her homework just before the bus comes.

Good luck, girl!

Miriam is obsessed with checking out her wrinkles.