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I do hope you like it. All the best, 

End of Days for my current PC

So to top off a rather challenging year, this has shown to be technologically challenging. My current PC is most definitely dying. There is no other word to describe what is happening to it.

The set I was really keen on releasing this month has been put on hold until I purchase a new one. A bit of a nuisance as I have recently purchased a brand new electric car (my first new car ever (I feel so grown up!)), so funds are tight. But we will have to manage, I guess.
To describe just how bad my pc has become, (and this is no joke nor is it, sadly, an exaggeration):

You are tasked with typing a 1500 word essay which is due by the 29 January. You open up your document and begin typing, having researched extensivey prior to beginning, and your typing is hindered by a 30+ second pause BETWEEN EACH LETTER! The time varies and sometimes the wait is only (!) 7 seconds (my son and I counted that this afternoon), and sometimes it is over one minute. But that is what I am suffering with at the moment. 

So, the items I have waiting to complete will, unfortunately, remain that way until I replace this old (ha! It must only be 6 years old) dinosaur of a pc. It is painful. Very very painful.

In fact, right now, as I type this... with no word of a lie... I am waiting for my computer to complete a single-pixel nudge of a small item in Photoshop. That is true. It took over 40 seconds to complete. Aaaaargh.


Speak soon. Take care everyone.

My covid experience and more shutters.

I just thought I might add the details of my experience with this delightful virus that is killing so many people.

It was a terrible time, as my lovely mother in law passed away on the very same day I had visited her. It was a Thursday. We were devastated, of course. But it was all made much worse because we hadn't been allowed to see her for 6 months prior, thanks to the covid-19 pandemic and subsequent closures of nursing homes. So I kind of feel lucky that I got to see her before she took flight into the universe. She was diagnosed with dementia in 2014, and slowly disintegrated before our eyes. A tragedy and tragic disease.

We sorted out the funeral for the following Wednesday, and organised flowers etc, but all that had to be put on hold because I had contracted covid-19 somehow. I had been really careful and wore my mask everywhere I was supposed to, sanitised so often, my hands felt like leather and limited my movements to only a few places - school, supermarket, my son's martial arts club (which I don't participate in) and home. So I feel quite unlucky to have caught it. No one else that I knew had it, so it remains a bit of a mystery. However, my partner did test positive two days after I started to feel ill. And then my 82yr old father in law also tested positive. And I was so very worried about them, but they both suffered from only a slight cough and a sniffle. They were both very lucky.

Unfortunately, I wasn't so lucky.

I was one of those people who showed no "typical" symptoms, and by that I mean I had no cough at all, no high temperature, no loss or change of taste or smell, so I figured the sore throat I had was another cold that I had caught from my son and the germ factory (school). I had it for a week and felt fine. However, the day after my mother in law died, I went downhill rapidly. I had nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, the worst headache I have ever felt (like 50 migraines at once), really bad photophobia (my partner opened the shutters on a cloudy afternoon, and it almost killed me as my head felt like it was about to explode), and I was completely off all food. All that went on for an entire week. I was in bed the entire time (except for many emergency visits to the loo). I lost a ton of weight (which, in my case, isn't a bad thing) and although I still had slight botty issues, I made myself get out of bed the following Sunday and face the shower to clean myself up. It was a really strange time, because my taste had changed, and that included my home décor too. I couldn't stand my house and how I had decorated it. All the mid-century items were ugly to me, and my actual taste (in my mouth) had changed also. What I once enjoyed eating was now the worst... and my greatest loss was coffee. I was a 3-4 cup per day kinda guy, but following this rancid time in bed, I detested it and the smell made me nauseous. Bananas, strawberries, all fruit except grapes, curry, cheese, toast, cereal... the list went on and I was devastated and fell into a bit of depression. Mainly because I could no longer garner any enjoyment from food. I was reduced to only eating toasted crumpets with cottage cheese, spring vegetable cup-of-soups and cups of sweetened tea. That was my diet for about a month. Even activities I loved (like creating for The Sims 4) were abhorrent to me. I simply couldn't face the computer at all. Obviously that has passed and I have been playing catch up.

However, after about 7 weeks, I finally drank a cup of coffee, and it didn't make me sick, so hoorah! And slowly but surely, it has all returned to normal and I love fruit and my home again. Phew. I was concerned that it was going to be permanent.

So, I am making more shutters. That is what I was going to write about. Long, thin ones and short, wide ones. It's all going on here now. I'm back to loving the creative process again. It's a joy.

See you two around. xx

Post covid-19 creations!

What a horror of a virus to have, I don't recall ever feeling as iil as I did at the beginning of October. I guess I had (have) "long covid" because I am still broken a bit. I can't exert myself without feeling like I have just reached the summit of Mt. Everest, gasping for breath. I am left puffing and panting by simply carrying items up stairs, and then into the loft. It's rather boring to be so exhausted after simple tasks. So I spend my time sitting. And sometimes standing. But mostly sitting. And eating. Oh and coffee! My taste buds have finally returned to normal - meaning I am, once again, able to enjoy coffee, bananas, toasted bread, strawberries and raspberries... It's a joy!

So. on to the relevant stuff. I have made some plantation shutters for the medium height windows - a set of 2-tile and single tile. I have also made shutters specifically for doors and arches. I hope you all enjoy them. They've been fun to make. Tricky, but fun.

Happy simming all two of you who might read this.x

Cannot stop creating

 What do you do when inspiration strikes and although you are really keen on releasing the set you've made, you continue making things for it, thus delaying the publish date even more? I had a set all ready to release and publish, but I found more and more items to make for it. So I took it out of the pending pot and am still adding to it. I will have to split this into two - maybe three sets because it has gotten out of hand a bit. 
My son is malnourished and has been without me for so long, he has developed an intimate relationship with the wall.

"Hiya Wall" a la Shirley Valentine. It answers back too.

I will complete it soon. I promise... ooh look. A piece of paper. I should make that for TS4!

All the best. 



Ps. Does anyone actually read these things?

In-game functions

I love the [ and the ] keys in my The Sims 4 game. I LOVE them. To be able to adjust the size of almost every item in game is a blessing. It is the single most useful function in my game. To have made a plant for example, and to have made it small enough to fit onto surfaces, and wanting to have the same plant fill a gap on the floor... It's nothing short of genius. I use it often. That, and, the bb.moveobjects on cheat code. In fact, I begin my game by immediately entering that code. Once the game starts, that is. I have over 20gb worth of mods and cc. 20GB! So much that I had to create a junction link and move the Sims 4 mods folder to my D drive because my C drive was full. 

Anywho... I also love the alt key now. That too is a favourite in my game. Free movement of items... it is like wearing jellly on one's feet. It's awesome.


So thank you, Maxis and EA. I am eternally grateful.



New sets and saving lives.

Hello all. I have been busy making a new set of furniture items for you to download and ignore in game. A bit of a departure from my norm - it hasn't a single mid century modern item in the set. At all. Not one. Perhaps I should have started this blog post with a warning - NO MCM! What is going on in the world?! First a global pandemic, then a financial recession, and now, I, padre of TSR publishes a set without a single, solitary mcm item. 
2020 is a strange year indeed.
So this set of items has an industrial-farmhouse feel to it. Large timber items coupled with wrought iron and steel. It is a dining room. And it is almost complete.
And I am trying really hard not to get distracted by the passersby on my road. Gazing out my window from the first floor study room, (through the plantation shutters), is a favouirite pastime. Alas, we live in a close (cul-de-sac), so the foot traffic is limited to my neighbours. But they're good to gaze at occasionally. I wonder if they know I see everything? 
In fact, I recall a few years back, one of my elderly neighbours shouting for help as her husbnad had collapsed in their back garden. I rushed over, shoving another, elderly neighbour aside, and helped pick him up. He was mortified as he vomited and vomited. I pretended not to be bothered by it. But I do have a weak stomach for that sort of thing. Still, I rubbed his back and told him not to be silly, quitely gagging to the side. He was rushed to hospital and was released the following day with news that his internal defibrillator hadn't shown any activity and gratefully, it was his blood pressure. Too low. So the dose was adjusted and collapsing prevented.

Oh my. That was a bit of a tangent. 

New set. Coming soon! Look early for disappointment! (my new catchp phrase). Smooches.

Workin on the ground

Makes it easy up above. Or so says Shriekback. But I have a bit of work on at the moment (which is great) and I find the sims too much of a distraction. So I will be updating less frequently for the next month or so while I get myself together and finish off this work that is piling up around me.

Stay well in my absence and peace!

Rank and Nadir republishing

Apologies to all those who had issues with downloading my recent sets of grunge walls and floors. It was a technical issue and out of my hands. And having received a grand total of 9 downloads for my last set release, I have decided to resubmit them with the promise that they'll download properly this time!! Apparently. I am not holding my breath. But the sets I am re-releasing are:

Rank Walls 4 (with panelling) due out April 1

Nadir Carpets Set B due out April 4 (MLK <3)

Rank Walls 2 (with panelling) TBA (but remains published for the time being)

They'll be released over the next couple of weeks and since it has taken forever to resubmit these items, I am going to demand they all be featured! Seems only fair.

Play nicely.


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