Great news

Great news! I’ve been very anxious to tell you all about this but due to some hick ups it has taken me a few weeks for this announcement. Continue reading

Sims galore

Over the past few weeks I’ve created about 10 worlds for The Sims 3. We both, Lee and I, are hooked on the game. He’s mostly playing it while I’m creating the world so he can test them later (of course together with me).Screenshot-20
I’ve been out of gaming for a long time and didn’t even use the computer that much anymore over the last 2 years. Other things were more important to fill my time. On top of that I have so many hobbies which all require time and there’s  only 24 hours in a day. So after my knitting, crocheting, cooking, fish tanks, drawing and colouring, now I’m back at my PC to fill my hours.Screenshot-17
Most of it is designing a world which is pleasing for the eye (after mastering the tool to do this) but a lot of times it also requires good planning and problem solving. You can not always have the things you want so how to do it in a way that comes closest to what you had in mind. On top of that, we also had a day that the saved games from the world I had built, did not want to load. It took a lot of puzzling and testing before we figured out that the naming of the world file in the end was the cause of it. Not something you’d come up with easily.

Here are some happy Sims

However, I feel that I’m close to the end of creating worlds now. You can only make that many. Still need to play with them too and with that, Lee already stormed ahead of me. He’s now a wizard of knowledge sims-wise, while I know how to build his world but not that much what’s going on in it. Time for me to join him with playing (after I’ve finished the last one I’m working on).
I’m also longing to do some drawing again as it’s been about 2 months now since I’ve last touched my pencils. Well, I have touched them but never got around to do anything with them and that needs to change.
Also applying for a job is still a major thing I’m working on. Unfortunately up to now I only get rejections to my application. I think they prefer younger people for the job but we’ll keep our head high and don’t give in on these depressing thoughts.

For those who have no idea what The Sims are, they may want to check out this link
Be careful if you want to try it out, it’s extremely addictive.

Creating a world for Sims 3

You may have wondered why you haven’t heard from me in a while. Well, this week I’ve been playing with my pc a lot. I’ve been a fan of The Sims (EA games) for ages.

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Valentine’s day

First of all, Happy Valentine’s day to everybody. I made this cake on Friday with Valentine in mind.

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Dainty little cake

This weekend we were expecting visitors. Some friends of us promised to pop in to see how we were doing. I wanted to experiment already for some time with cake and fondant decorating so this was the perfect opportunity.

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Drawing and Colouring

Beginning of last year I started colouring (for adults). I was knocked down by flu and this was a great way to pass my time on the settee. My favourite colouring book is from Johanna Basford. She makes incredible intricate pictures which are a joy to colour in. In her first book (secret garden) there were a few pages where you could add your own drawings. This really sparked my interest and it went all ‘downhill’ from there. The house is littered with pencils and bits of paper with drawings on it. I almost bankrupted ourselves by collecting all kinds of colouring and drawing books (not really of course). Continue reading

Back after a ‘short’ recess

it’s been a long time since I have written anything here. A lot has happened in the meantime and I will not cover it all in this post. A few of the most important things are: We have had the birth of our second grandchild called Inèz, our pigeons are gone, bunnnies have been introduced to our household, I have no job currently, Lee’s illness finally has got a name and Justus spend a year in Japan for his study.

Of course a lot more happened but these are the biggest events.

First of all: our second granddaughter is born in May 2015. This happened in Curaçao where Warda lives now. We have not been able to visit there but luckily she has spend some time in Holland around Christmas so we have been able to catch up.

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