Spirit Animal Award


I’m flattered and humbled as my blog has been nominated for Spirit Animal Award. I want to say huge thank you to wonderful bloggers who nominated me:
Mastress Alita – you should check (if you haven’t yet) her wonderful Sim Stories. I adore her The Cat Chronicles – a diary written by Shadow the cat – funny and moving at the same time;
Persefona711, whose dramatic PARENTCY CHALLENGE keeps you astir with the life of Judith Moore – single mother struggling for her happiness;
Trip, whose mystic Eight Cicadas tell you how important it is to understand people surrounding you;
cathytea, whose SimLit Anthology is full of extraordinary stories. You can’t remain indifferent reading these stories, which make you think.

Spirit Animal Blog Award Acceptance Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to their page.
2. Post the award picture on your blog.
3. Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.
4. If you could be any animal, what would it be?
5. Pick and notify ten nominees.

About myself:
I’m a happy mom of a daughter and a son and even a happier granny of a grandson and a granddaughter. I come from Russia. Where snow lies everywhere, even in microwaves. Where bears are kept as pets. Where all people – including women and babies – wear bushy beards. Joke of course, though some people believe that’s true.
My online friends call me Chelsea. It’s a real name. But not mine – my favourite cat’s. (You can usually see her as my avatar.) I’m still not ready to tell my own name – I’m rather shy, though I try to fight against that.
The most important for me is my family. Happy Family is my life goal.
Besides, I’m a crazy cat lady. My husband and me have six furbabies in our flat now and feed even more stray cats living in our neighbourhood.
My other diagnosis is Simfluenza – an untreatable disease I caught many years ago. I won’t write more about that or I won’t be able to stop. 😉
I enjoy creating sims and houses, writing stories and making videos on YouTube.
I also like reading, watching films and listening to music – different music: from Tchaikovsky to The Beatles, from Rammstein to Alexander Rybak. I can’t tell you what kind of music I like. I like good music. – What is “good music”? – The music I like. LOL
And I adore travelling. If only I could, I would travel to Italy and to Australia, to Paris, where I’ve never been, and to London, where I’ve been twice… To cut myself off, let’s say I would travel all over the world. (Including Russia of course – I haven’t visited all the wonderful places of my motherland.)

What my blog means to me:
My blog is now mainly the story “Goldilocks and Bears”. (I’m planning to add more categories, but… so many plans, so little time!)
I’ve always loved dressing my sims as animals. In the Sims2 I had The Gorillaz and The Cows families. However, I wasn’t satisfied as there weren’t costumes for all ages. So my Cows were llamas at university and evolved to humans at the old age.
I tried to make The Cats in the Sims 3 using CC, but got a lot of bad CC. I wasn’t glad again.
Only The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat made me happy providing bear suits for all ages. My first thought was to make a family from the fairy tale. That is how Goldilocks and the Bears “were born”. Btw, in Russian version this fairy tale is called “Masha and Bears”, so the girl in my family is called Masha Goldilocks. I built a cottage for them and, to show off the family and the house, began publishing pictures with captions in Russian Activity. When I had loads of them, I decided to start a story on the Russian forums. And later the English version appeared (which I moved to WP recently).
One of the first comments I got there was “What is this?”. So what is this? A weird mixture of the fairy tale, loads of screenshots and accounts of achievements. Maybe I’m an awkward writer, but the more I play with my Bears, the more I fall in love with them. I’m even afraid of getting pygmalionia. LOL

If you could be any animal, what would it be?
Guess.
Bear?
Nope. Though I do love bears. And wolves. And owls. And dolphins. And many other animals (even spiders).
But my favourites have always been CATS.
My granny had cats. And my mom had cats. As soon as my hubby and me started our family, we adopted a stray kitten. So, I can say that I was raised by cats.

My feline features:
I’m independant. I don’t like rules. That’s why I don’t play challenges. On the other hand, who knows? I can break my own no_challenges rule and start some ISBI one day. 😉
I hate being under the command – I’m rather stubborn. And my own opinion doesn’t always follow majority.
I’m not a party animal. I prefer staying at my comfortable flat to going to some clubs. I’m not afraid of being alone, provided I know that my nearest and dearest are safe and well.
I’m very curious and that’s sometimes dangerous.
Like cats I’m myopic. Though I can’t see in darkness. I can’t see 25 shades of grey (like cats), but I can see 25 shades of blue. LOL

Nominees:
It wasn’t easy to make the list, as many blogs, I would like to put here, are already nominated. Fortunately, Mastress Alita has wonderful threads such as Monthly Story and Legacy Shoutouts and Weekly Reading Roundup,  which helped me find more awesome stories. However, having finished the list, I discovered that some icluded blogs have already got Spirit Animal Award, so I had to edit. Maybe some other stories from my list also got the nomination before, but…
*pretending to be invisible* … I know nothing about that.
*hides*
So, here’s my list (in alphabetical order):
Beauty by Daijahv – a breathtaking narrative with stunning screenshots, which I’ve read at once – from the beginning till the end.
Dim Sims in the City: An ISBI by pammiechick – this awesome legacy made me laugh till I cried.
Dust to Dust by CitizenErased14  – a gripping story of love that is mightier than death.
Idiot+Insane+Crazy= Idanezy by BLAMSART – a hilarious tale where not only mailboxes and waffles but even popups have the right to speak.
Insanity Family: The Kook Family Backwards ISBI by MichelleLynn01 – another funny legacy that will amuse you a lot.
Once Upon a Legacy by Socallucyfan – I really enjoyed fascinating adventures of Cindy Rella (Oh! And Lucifur, the cat 😉 ).
Pet Masters by jbfairybird How could I miss this wonderful story full of kitties? 😉
Shrektastic by Colorist40 – An unusual way to tell the story of Shrek and Fiona is definitely captivating.
Surreal Darkness by MedleyMisty – I was charmed by the bewitching suppernatural poetry of the story.
The Fairy Tale Reader by Marialein – I was moved to tears by Sera, a teen in an orphanage, and the way he retells well known fairy tales to other children.

So, if you still haven’t read the stories above, I strongly recommend you to check them. You won’t regret.

 

Wow! More than 1200 words! I’ve beaten all my own records! 😀 Now I wonder whether anyone would read this “War and Peace”. 😛

Daniel Bear Born (G&B)

The Bears are having a Weenie Roast in the park “Blue Wave”.

Cathy Tea. Whereever I meet her, she is playing chess.
Baby is with her magic clay, as usually.
Junior is telling a story about pirate’s parrot.
Freddy is playing the guitar while the others are roasting sausages.
Some homeless Sixamian comes by. The Bears aren’t mean – they treat the ET to hot dogs.
But the alien is too hungry. So he’s filching Teddy’s hot dogs.
How nice that there is a shower in the park where the homeless can wash themselves!
We got silver for the party – no one could play the violin by the fire. As they didn’t have a violin in their pockets.
At the end of the party Anna’s gone into labor.

Baby: “Anna, you look like you’ve been rummaging through garbage cans.”
Anna: “Yes, I need a shower.”
Straight from the party Anna and Freddy go to hospital, where nurse Astra and surgeon Andy Cat are waiting for them.


Anna makes her way to operating room.
Freddy rushes headlong after her.


It can’t do without heart amputation this time.
Freddy: “I’d better watch “The Walking Dead”. To calm down.”
All’s well that ends well.




Meet Daniel Bear.
Anna: “Where’s my son?!”
Don’t worry, Anna. Daniel’s at home.

Another Weenie Roast in Willow Creek. And again – silver.
Lin Goth is playing pirates in the park.
Junior is telling a fairy tale: “Once upon a time Knight of the Red Feather…”

“…met a frog in a crown.”

“He waved his magic wand…”

“…and took away her crown.”

“And don’t dare to say that you don’t like my story.”
The party is going on.
Daddy Bear calls to congratulate on making a new friend.
Then Bernard congratulates Freddy on the new addition to the family.
And here it is! Gold medal!

Baby: “That’s because of magic clay!”
Another party at the Bears’.

Katty is back from work. Diamond Agent (Level 10).
While everyone is having fun, Katty is watering the plants in the garden. And another aspiration is achieved.
The house party gets silver. That suits us at this stage.
One more party at Ophelia Villa.


The Goths’ seem to regret not living in a stronghold.
Grace gets a job. As a musician of course. Yuri Ivanov congratulates her urgently.
Daddy Bear looks angry these days.
Maybe it’s because Teddy manages to be the first to feed little Daniel?

To be continued…

Jokes About Penguins (G&B)

Our Bears are having parties. Yes, yes -again!


Freddy: “What’s up?.. What are they all doin now?”
Teddy: “Take heart, bro. We’re going to joke about penguins again.
“Why so many parties?
Well, to complete Party Animal aspiration for one sim, you need (at the very minimum!) twenty three parties.

It’s only on condition that everything goes perfect. But it’s not always perfect.
By the way, black and white rooms are great for black and white parties. 😉
* * * * * * * * * * *
Spooky party.
Hey, guys! “Spooky” doesnt mean “ugly”!
Anna! Are you going to dig the garden?! Off to CAS!
That’s much better. 🙂

Anna: “Meh, I’d better weed the plants.”
Brother Foxes are going by the café.
Alan – the leader of Mafia. (His father Bazil is already dead.)
Ginger Fox. Look at him! The well must have helped him with the promotion! Ah those Foxes! In a word, – mafia!
Alan: “Well, bro, have you found who froze Roger Rabbit?”
Ginger: “We’re searching.”
And this is Mr Cvetkov. (The name’s given by the game.)
He’s extremely serious. He even puts on a hat when going to swim.

Mr Cvetkov inspects café “Sweet Doves”.
“Don’t worry, Mr Cvetkov! We don’t have any problems with electricity.”
Speed pumpkin carving.

I like ninja Junior so much! 😀 I would make him my avatar, but my cat Chelsea won’t approve I’m afraid.
The party is going fine.
Though it can’t go without some Star Wars.
Kitty, make a wish! You’re sitting between two astronauts. 😉
The costume of a pirate suits Ginger Fox well.
Baby gets old. 😦 I know that sounds silly – she’s just some pixels on the screen. But when I see her thin body , I get a lump in my throat. 😥
Jolly Roger and his witch.
And a parrot on the shoulder for greater show.
Dancing.
The party was drawing to a close, when Goldilocks got a message from her daughter Lilly, who was standing side by side. Lilly invited her mother to Goldilocks’s own house.
Goldilocks: “Well, you are a one, Lilly!”
No sooner has Ann come home, than she goes to troll teh forums. What can I do? She’s a witch!

And filibuster Fred is searching Treasure Island.
I lost sight of Anna and didn’t see the moment she achieved her aspiration. I failed to take a photo.
But then Freddy and Junior supplied me with colourful pictures.





To be continued…

Astra’s Wish (G&B)

It’s Astra’s birthday today. And the Bears gather at “Sweet Doves”.


A lot of guests come to the party.

Antony and Aellitta.
Husband and wife are joined in a single unit.
Goldilocks is playing the violin.



“The Bear went over the mountain
The Bear went over the mountain
The Bear went over the mountain
To see what he could see…”
Freddy discovered another “elaborately disguised” alien. And got angry.
Time to make a wish.


What is your wish, Astra?
Astra: “I won’t tell you. Or it won’t come true.”

Having returned from the party, Aellitta Zed realized that she forgot to congratulate the birthday girl. So she texted Astra:
* * * * * * * * * * *
Dorian asked Astra out on a date. Like any girl, Astra is late.
Dorian (dreaming of his first WooHoo): “Now we are adults and can marry.”
Astra: “Yes. And we’ll have a lot of children.”

Dorian:
Astra: “Then our children marry. And we’ll have a lot of grandchildren.”

Dorian:
Astra: “And when our grandchildren marry we’ll have a lot of great-grandchildren.”

Dorian:
Dorian, what are you looking for?

Dorian: “I’ve lost my temper.”
Another medal.
* * * * * * * * * * *
The wedding is in the same café.


Baby got a day off to go to the wedding.
Thank goodness! The bride’s NOT in black.
Freddy, invited as a pianist, is playing the guitar instead. (I should have checked his pockets!)
In the end, we persuaded him to play the piano.
Matthew, what have you lost?
Matthew: “Nespresso. What else?”

Here’s your Nespresso – next to Gregory’s chair.
 * * * * * * * * * * *
Astra moved to the Landgraabs.
Freddy and Anna take the opportunity.


You can watch my sims having fun in the café in this video.
To be continued…

Be Patient! (G&B)

Now let’s go to the Landgraabs.
Cassandra is no more. And no one can tell where her grave is.
Now her children can only recollect the happy time when their mother would read them stories and their father would come to play chess with them.



Dorian and Matthew are young adults now. They have to take care of their stepbrother and sister (Malcolm’s children), who are teenagers.
Brothers work at hospital.
Dorian’s first working day.
Two Cats – Andy and Tim – work at the same hospital.


Patients are waiting to be cured.


But our main task is socializing with colleagues.
And Dorian is busy with that.
Dorian: “Sorry, Elder, but I can’t help you now. Would you like me to socialize with you?”
Only at the end of the day Dorian was charged with giving food to a patient.

Dorian: “Enjoy your meal, Lucas. You’re lucky.”
Dorian comes home late. Everyone is sleeping.

His younger brother Casper is sleeping as well. Actually, he’s got keen eyesight. But at night, he always wears glasses.
To have a good look at his dream.
Only Malcolm can’t sleep. He’s in a foul mood.


A ghost needs so little to get happy! The trash can is overthrown and Malcolm is on top of the world.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Elder escaped from the hospital.
He couldn’t stay there any more.

Free and Emily are teens now.
Free-Jon: “Let’s go to the new café, Emily.”
Emily: “But I don’t have anything to wear.”
Free-Jon: “Don’t worry! I’m working after school now. So we have money for the café and new clothes.”
And they went to the café.
Elder followed them without even having changed his clothes. How could he neglect the kids?

(I haven’t called him! It was his own idea. I swear it!)
Junior is drinking coffee and getting a brief respite from numerous parties.


Elder is pretending to be having a chat. But in fact he’s watching the amorous twosome.
Free-Jon (pretending to be taking a selfie): “Is Dad still here?”
Elder (pretending to be dancing): “Nope. I’ve gone.”

To be continued…

Gothic News (G&B)

Meanwhile, Junior maximized another skill.

* * * * * * * * * * *
And we’re going to work with Teddy.
This is Dr. X Ray, who helped Kit.
Thanks to his scientific research a lot of Sixamians could get luxuriant hair.
Alexander and Baby’s children decided to give their lives to science.

Antony Goth is going home.


Where a little bundle of joy is waiting for him.
Unearthly wonder.
They grow up so fast, don’t they?
Meet Lin Goth.


She’s got blue eyes like her grandmother and great-grandmother.
Antony and Aellitta visited the Goths’ house.



And had fun there. 😉
* * * * * * * * * * *
Gregory Goth met Candy Behr. She’s a real candy!
And Gregory asked her out on a date.
At this time the Bears are having spring cleaning. It’s a great idea to wash your body and your clothes at the same time!


We won’t bore you by describing the date. Let’s go to the wedding instead.

Three Goths:
from left to right – Gregory, Matthew and Dorian.
Baby’s happy.
Junior made a cake.
(At this wedding, I – for the first time! – saw how the newlyweds fed each other with pieces of cake. Not with empty forks but with the cake! I was so shocked that made neither video nor photo.)


Another Gothic Bear is going to come to the world.

To be continued…

Parties (G&B)

The Bears are having a Dinner Party. The new house is perfect for parties.
And at the same time we want to complete Party Animal aspiration. 😉
Elder is cooking something delicious.
Cassandra is entertaining the guests.
Junior: “What? Aren’t you retired yet, Cassandra?”
Cassandra: “Haven’t you heard? All the Simlish ghosts have to work now.”
Junior: “Holy CowPlant! The things that can happen!”
The guests are coming. Here’s Baby with her magic clay.
Antony is in the “magic cage”.

Grace: “Tony! You’re going to be Dad yourself but still haven’t stop playing with bricks!”
When there are more than four bears in the house, it’s time for the club gathering.
My opinion on that doesn’t interest the Bears.



All the Bears are in the gym. Bears love sport.



Even Daddy Bear joined.
Cassandra is talking about hard life of ghosts. Baby is sympathizing with her.


Baby: “Would you like me to grant my magic clay to you?”
Cassandra: “Magic clay is helpless in this case I’m afraid.”
In the blue living room blue Cassandra is jesting sadly. Grace is playing the blues. And the guests are listening and eating blue cake.


The party is a success.
Another party.



Now the Bears are having a Black and White Bash.
Don’t think that the Bears are doing nothing but throwing parties. They sleep, go to work and even get promoted.

But we are not going to follow every their step, are we?
Aellitta is expecting.


Goldilocks: “What color are you, baby?”
Look at Kit Cat.


What’s happened to you, boy? You’re only a teen. And – a bald spot!
The guests are eating black and white cookies.


Kit’s made some multicolored cereal.
Antony: “Nope. Cereal won’t help.”
Baby: “Poor boy!”
Mary: “How about using mum’s magic clay?”


Antony: “What has this to do with clay? Don’t talk rot, sis!”
Aellitta: “My friend on Sixam – Dr. X Ray – is a nanotechnologist, who works on hair extension. I’m sure he’ll help”.
Meanwhile Cassandra has organized a protest rally.



Freddy: “Free spirits!”
Another medal.
By the way: the doctor indeed helped with the hair.
Black and white parties again.

Kit: “I’m fed up with your parties!”
Mary: “I got striped myself because of your zebra discussions!”
Lilly: “They invite me to parties and I have to throw out their trash!”

C’mon Lilly! Just look how this black bag is matching your black and white dress!
Aellitta: “I’m going to deliver…”
The house is full of black and white cakes. Yet, the award is here.
Teddy and Katty escaped to space and got another achievement.
Goldilocks made friends with Daddy and became Friend of the World.
Overuse of sweet led to some ladies’ getting another pair of arms.

To be continued…

Fox Brothers And Sisters (G&B)

Let’s visit another family.
The Foxes. They met us with fireworks.

Don Basilio: “Congratulations, son! You realized my dream.”
To celebrate Alan’s promotion, “Mafia” had a party.


Maggie Fox is a colonel.

Look at these Foxes! Poor Alexander Goth has never been promoted!
Police has changed a lot since Junior’s retirement. Some Santa Clauses work there now.
Colonel Fox is going to investigate the crime scene. Some important witnesses are waiting here.
Santa is playing a bad cop.
Daddy Bear: “Thou shalt not kill!”
After that, good cop Maggie gets reports from witnesses.
Having returned to the office, Maggie analized the clues. She had to check the database but some detective didn’t want to let her use her computer. Maggie waited for some time and then…

sat into him.
(I was shocked.)
Only after that, the colleague rose from the table. Having a grudge, he was standing in the corner for the rest of the day.



Meanwhile Maggie, together with her sister Jane and Alexander Goth managed to solve the crime.
And she was promoted.
When Maggie came home, she seemed to walk on air.

And bumped into Paolo Rocca.


All is happening in leaps and bounds.



At this time Mafia is hanging out at the Foxes’. And Alla Fox manages to steal a whole lot of money!
Don Basilio: “Girls! Let’s dance!”
Maggie loves her family very much. But she can’t stay with them under the same roof. How can the Police Chief live together with the leader of Mafia?
And Maggie falls on her knees begging Paolo: “Take me from here!”

They move to a little house where Paolo lives with his friends.
Oops! They should have locked the door.



Some time later, Alla Fox meets her sister returning from work and realizes that she’s going to become an aunt.
Sindy Cat is making a wish: “I want a husband. Rich and famous.”

And she gets him!


The wedding was fantastic.

Sindy got a message from her sister:
* * * * * * * * * * *
Now off to Ginger Fox and Kitty Cat.
Alan Fox gave some money to his younger brother. Ginger and Kitty visited a stylist.


Then Ginger invited his wife to a new café in Newcrest.

They whisper about something in an arbour,
drink some coffee with Junior,
and promise to love each other for ever under the wedding arch.

They go to the Wishing Well.
Ginger Fox gives the Well a generous donation and asks for promotion (he’s just begun his career as an astronaut).
The well is delighted.




But Ginger isn’t happy with the result.
Now Kitty approaches the well. She asks for improving her skills.


But the well is not in the best of tempers today. Not only doesn’t it grant her wish, but also takes away all the skills she has.
Despite everything, the date is brilliant.

To be continued…

Unearthly Love (G&B)

Teddy decided to create his own club called “Mad Scientist”. His sister Baby Goth was the first to be invited to the club.
The next meeting is held at the Goths’.
The Goths don’t seem to be happy.





Well, gloom is typical for the Goths.
Alexis is the only one who looks cheerful. Sure! Bears can’t be gloomy.
Antony hurries to the café where he works in the early mornings. Alexander, despite feeling a bit under the weather, also leaves for work.


Only Gregory is wondering what these strange people are doing in their house.
Time to say Happy Birthday to Michael and Alexis.




Christie also came to blow up candles.

And so did Casper Landgraab. His father Malcolm died of old age. And so did his mother Cassandra. He’d better grow up to avoid being sent to a boarding school.


Casper sent a message to Cassandra: “Mom, I’ve grown up. 🙂 ”
Some time later he got the answer: “The subscriber you are trying to reach is out of coverage area.”
Here they are. The beauties.
Christie


and Alexis.
Immediately after their birthday the wicked witch simmer put white fur coats on them. For the rest of their lives. 😦
Antony returned from work.
“Aren’t you going to be late for school?” – his sisters asked.
“I’m fed up with school,” – Antony said and went to make a birthday wish.
“I wish to meet an unearthly love.”

And his dream comes true.



Here she is – unearthly beauty. Aellitta.



The guests are gathering to the marriage.
The Goths got a message from Grim. He promised to come for Alexander soon.
Elder is making drinks. He’s a brilliant mixologist.
Goldilocks makes a cake.
Freddy is entertaining the guests with music.

But Bears’ weddings are rarely without any “adventures”. And Antony is half Goth and half Bear.

No sooner have the bride and the groom approached the wedding arch, than Freddy leaves the piano,
turns his back to everyone
and, having taken a guitar out of his pocket, starts strumming on it.




The guests are wandering here and there without paying any attention to the groom and the bride and sometimes even going through them.
Despite everything, Andy and Aellitta get married.
Suddenly…

No one noticed Antony’s absence.
The guests are eating.


Alexis is asking Casper whether he’s going to join the army.
Casper: “I would, but there isn’t any army in Simland.”
And the young wife is laughing out loudly at her mother-in-law’s jokes.

No one cares about the abduction. It must be just some alien wedding tradition.
Some time later Antony returns.


“Thank you, Mom and Dad that I have so many brothers and sisters.”
I made a video showing what happened during the wedding.
It’s the first time I’ve uploaded a video in such way. It isn’t edited at all. Just some episodes from the game. It is a “documentary” in a way.
Antony isn’t the Goth’s heir (her elder brother Gregory is). Moreover, there isn’t any place in the Goth’s house. So, Antony joins Aellitta’s friends. And they all land somewhere in Newcrest.



Sima Sim: “I’m not going to stay here. I’m going back to Sixam.”

And the newlyweds stay alone in the middle of an empty lot, which is going to be their new home.

To be continued…