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Now I'm really caught up with my playing...

Welcome back to the Mesa Vista Week 5 Update Marathon!
The debut of Vern Planter's household here had been sitting almost finished in St. Hubert, Mesa Vista's new(ish) rural/farming district, for well over two years, even longer than the Wing family seen in the previous update.

They say there was a sucker born every minute, and Vern Planter with his three Magic Bullets and Total Home Gym?
"Wait... this is the farm I bought sight-unseen advertised in the newspaper back home?"
Yeah. One of them.

"Crap, what have I gotten myself into?"
That would be a Harvest Moon Challenge written by Alijah, nestled in a Farming Challenge thread at MTS.


Grill, baby, grill!

Vern is another random Sim I made in CAS. His stats: Libra 2/8/2/6/7, Popularity, LTW Captain Hero. A great LTW! And absolutely useless here.

"I see you're one of those households."
"What do you mean, 'those'?"
"It's sure not a desk job, is it? Still, there are worse ways to raise a family."
"Yeah. Don't you want a family some day?"
Kaylynn Spitzig stayed talking to Vern well into the night...

Hmm, desk job, desk job...
"I don't care what the ad said, this dirt living isn't all it's cracked up to be. Let's see if St. Hubert has any jobs..."

No jobs allowed, only living off the land.

Yup, Vern found himself squarely planted in yet another hardship challenge. I started this not long after the Broken and Homeless challenges, only to find I was becoming rather weary of them.

Forging ahead! Thirty plants took a lot work.

And I had learned playing the Landlubber Challenge eons ago, that fishing from the get-go was the best way to fend off starvation when winter invevitably hit in these challenges.

My first time not placing lady bug houses around my gardens. There was something about spraying pesticide on plants I would later be eating from that screamed "Hell, no!"

Vern was happy that Kaylynn frequently stopped by his lot.

Argh, so many bugs.

We knew what was coming, right?

"My... my... what's with my hair?"

Vern had no time for no stinking hair - he had a boatload of tomatoes to tend to!

"Wow, you guys believe everything I tell you, don't you?"
Tomatoes: *preen*

It took forfricking ever for Vern to talk each of the later plants into a mouthwatering state.

"Yum yum, come on, girls!"
Tomatoes: *blush*
Vern finally finished his first harvest!

And early Monday morning, playing the piano Kaylynn dropped off after a dream date, was how I had originally ended Vern Planter's first week in St. Hubert.
(Material rewards can be used but not sold. I have no idea what I did with Humble's computer, but I think and hope I deleted it unopened since I was in challenge mode at the time.)

After the Wing update, I decided to bite the bullet and get the pics together for whatever update I could cobble together for Vern.
That was when I discovered that another reason I lost interest here besides too many hardship challenges clumped together, was that with the default replacement Plantsim skin (I'm not wild about the Maxis version's vines), Vern didn't look much like Vern anymore. I went through my downloads folder and deleted said default replacement.

Well, he still didn't look much like Vern, but for some reason, I liked this one better, vines and all.
It was still Monday morning on the lot, and I decided to take a page from simlili's book and find a house I liked, to build as I play the family, instead of the trial and error, mostly error, method of building something from scratch.

This was it! Nabe Project: The Sun House by ShuuNeko, designed for a "multi-cultural household" that I had downloaded ages ago. I expect I would have chosen it even if Vern hadn't been a Plantsim.


Now I had a purpose and was excited to get started building! Lol, the 3 bullet blenders and total gym I'd bought to mimic Alijah's flavor text were still there and would be set to good use. Also, apparently ten tomatoes per plant - I might actually get a good start on his new home!

The blenders and exercise equipment sold for about §1800. Moutherwatering tomatoes went for §17 each, healthy ones §12 and bland ones, either §6 or 8, can't remember.
I'm disappointed I didn't get a pic of the total tally, but Vern ended up with over §5000 to work with.

Greenhouse walls made an expensive house, but well worth it for the coolness factor.
Vern was considering asking Kaylynn to move in, but first checked his food supply to see if it would be viable, since only food raised from the lot was allowed after the fridge became empty. There was still §141 left in the fridge, but with winter now upon him and greenhouse walls purportedly no protection from the cold, he decided it would be best to wait.

Neither digging nor Plantsimism were expressly against the rules, but both were mentioned as being an advantage. In this case, digging was only to pay an §800 shortfall in taxes. As for the Plantsimism, Vern became a Plantsim before I read it in the thread, and I'm not as concerned with the hardship aspect as much as building a farm solely from what is produced on the lot.

Vern threw his initial caution to the wind when Kaylynn strolled by his lot - again! If I didn't know better, I would think she's interested...

Vern couldn't resist asking if she liked what she now saw.

"Good plumbbob, no! X X X"

"But congratulations, your Plantsimness is pretty cool. I guess." *linger*

Oh, okay, what the hey!

Kaylynn brought §5000 with her and became Mesa Vista's next ex Drive-Thru Clerk.

And again, heck, why not?
But... that's it?
Fun fact about Kaylynn's gift of the piano: the original Sun House is furnished with the same one. Like it was meant to be.
Kaylynn: *plunks keys nonchalantly*

Say hello to Chrysann and her very sharply-chiseled cheeks!

She's cute though :)

Keeping warm was the main concern for the next few days, but only for Chrysann.
I looked up the AL radiator to see if it would warm a room or if you had to click it to get warm, and couldn't really find an answer.
Btw, has anyone had this happen with the Shoddy Fireplace?

Is it a bug like the Dreamcatcher was?

Anyway, a tiny bathroom was completely enclosed and covered, and since splashing in the toilet took care of Chrysann's need for water, we'll see next time if that will be sufficient for her.

I laid the floor tiles according to the original footprint of the house, but since the lot is huge and Kaylynn wants to marry off six children, the house will most likely be expanded on quite a bit.

Vern also caught two fish before the pond was expected to freeze over, so they in addition to the remaining contents in the fridge should be enough for Kaylynn.

A last-minute purchase of a radiator they can't really afford. No definitive results to report yet as Kaylynn and Vern found other ways to keep warm...

That does it for the Planter household this week! I am so glad that I now look forward to playing them again, not only to work on building the house and eventually other buildings, but see what Kaylynn will do for money: pottery, writing, painting, sewing, flowers..? :D

BaCC quick stats:
Playable Sims: 89 (88 + 1 grave) - added Vern (CAS), Kaylynn and Chrysann
Sim Multiplier: 34
Population: 3026

Thanks for reading and Happy Simming!

Date: 2016-03-27 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j68-birka.livejournal.com
You're not making the challenge life easy for yourself! :)

Date: 2016-03-29 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorinsv60.livejournal.com
Lol, I feel I'm finally getting a good handle on this one now, I'm actually having fun plotting a strategy.

Date: 2016-03-27 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simlili.livejournal.com
That challenge looks really interesting! I've never had sims live off the earth. Challenges seem to be more enjoyable when they make you change the way you play (like running businesses in the BaCC, something my regular sims rarely did).

(And just after I wrote that, I read further and you explained that you regretted starting these "hard" challenges :D)

Sweet talking the tomatoes :D

Love the house! But yeah greenhouse walls are super expensive.
What's wrong with the fireplace? *reads further* oh, lol! I never use it, I'll test it next time I launch the game.

Well I'm glad you mended your relationship with this household. When I start disliking a household for any reason (and it happens all too often :p) it really spoils the pleasure. I feel your pain!
Playing alphabetical rotations helps me with that, I've found it's better to just deal with it and play them one way or another, than let those households send bad vibes to the whole hood.

And sometimes you get rewarded and start really liking those "what-was-I-thinking" households :D

Date: 2016-03-29 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorinsv60.livejournal.com
I am so glad I'm not the only one who gets household remorse! And the "what-was-I-thinking household" is a perfect term it! :D

The timing was the biggest problem. I love challenges, but in this case it was too much of a good thing :p

Anyway, I'm really into this one now, I think building a complete, self-sustaining farm with no outside income source or digging is going to take some real time and thought, which I enjoy doing, and having a cool house I know I can build - that really was what turned the household around for me, so thank you for that :) There's a lot in this challenge that will be a change in how I normally play.

I'll probably get the chance to check the Shoddy Stove too, in my Homeless Challenge. Btw for future reference, the radiator works well for keeping an area warm, even without walls.

I might have a look at playing MV alphabetically too.

Date: 2016-03-30 08:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simlili.livejournal.com
Buying the fireplace and selling it back didn't create the bug for me (still 100ยง), but I haven't tried to let it appreciate overnight yet. The dreamcatchers took time too :p
I'll retry and report back, I'm playing Raimondo's house next and it will fit their house. (If they DIAF because of it, please note that it will be your fault XD)
I kind of hope it's the same bug, I was sorry they fixed the dreamcatcher bug :D It was less cheaty than the townie networking 10% discount! It took time, I considered it a family heirloom the sims passed on to their kids.

I got into the habit of playing alphabetically because my maxis neighbourhoods are huge, dozens of households for some, but I mostly meant playing everyone in order for the same amount of time, it doesn't have to be alphabetical. That's how I listed them when I became concerned about them ageing at the same pace, and it stayed :)

Date: 2016-03-28 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blueberrypie360.livejournal.com
I was thinking to myself, "Why complain about spraying if you could afford the lady bugs?" only to smile when Vern turned plant sim. But of course! I hope everyone makes it through the winter ok.

Date: 2016-03-29 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorinsv60.livejournal.com
After playing all these years, Vern is my first plantsim - I'm glad that made you smile :) Thanks, I hope they make it too. When I assessed their situation further after I quit for the week, I saw that with the design of the house having built-in garden areas, I'm going to try to grow some plants too when I return to them - they really need money!

Date: 2016-03-30 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blueberrypie360.livejournal.com
It feels like forever since I've done the gardening stuff in The Sims 2. I always remember that fridges stocked with awesome veggies ended up with over-filling meals and lots of fat sims pretty fast. I can't seem to remember all the plants though and how much the different ones sold for. >_>

Date: 2016-04-04 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorinsv60.livejournal.com
I'm using the info here to plan which garden plants will give me the best bang for the buck while their money situation is tight:
Edited Date: 2016-04-04 04:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-03-29 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katrisims.livejournal.com
Hooray, another new family, and a new challenge at that! Ooh, and the Harvest Moon challenge looks interesting, I'll have to keep it in mind if I find myself with a shortage of challenges.

... though best also to keep in mind that too many hardship challenges too close to each other can be a pain! Glad you found a way to make it fun, though. :)

Vern and Kaylynn make a cute couple, and it seems like Kaylynn is definitely interested.

Wow, not bad for a first harvest, congratulations! The house is starting to shape up.

Hmm, that's interesting about the fireplace, I haven't come across that. The dreamcatcher I knew about, I think I read somewhere that it was supposed to be more valuable once it has caught dreams, but I dunno, could be a bug too.

Aww, Chrysann is a cutie!

Well, looks like this challenge is off to a good start. Looking forward to seeing how things go on from here! :)

Date: 2016-04-04 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorinsv60.livejournal.com
Yeah, the Harvest Moon challenge is interesting, especially so when I returned to it after a break from the other challenges. I still love playing all of them, but I just had too many lined up in a row.

Kaylynn definitely acted interested, despite only one bolt of attraction for them. Guess that's what the portachug she brought along is for :)

I was afraid the fireplace appreciating might be a CC conflict, but it happened for Simlili too, so that's a relief :D

House is shaping up, but I'll probably do things a little differently when I get back to them, like remove a couple of greenhouse walls in exchange for planting some pole beans in the house and enclosing them with temporary regular walls to keep them from freezing.

I'm confident Chrysann will grow into her cheeks, too bad there aren't child Plantsims.

Thanks for the comment!

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