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Riverblossom Hills: part three

Though she credits Morty as the mastermind behind the move to the country, it was Stella who pulled the strings. Stella was born to be exceptional but the lifestyle she lead in the city bored her. It wasn't that she didn't fit in. Nothing was further from the truth. One evening at a charity auction she looked around and realized she was surrounded by mirrors. Everyone reflecting everyone else's strengths and weaknesses back at each other. That night as she lay awake in bed she remembered Morty's cousin Betty Goldstein. Morty's work often took him away to exotic locals so living in the city wasn't a necessity as much as it was a convenience. As she usually did when she had an idea she undertook the task of rousing Morty from his sleep to "consult him on this nightmare she just had". It was, in Stella's normal style, heavily dramatized. Morty's interpretation of the dream was that they should buy a home in Riverblossom Hills so their children would have earthy roots. Morty and Xander took to their new home instantly. As nature enthusiasts they found the fresh air, hiking trails and potential for adventure invigorating. Sandra's feelings on the move are mixed. She was never fond of the manners her parents insisted she should have at their many parties but she misses their old home and her old friends. Despite her reservations she found herself a job, friends and a boyfriend in record time. (the room where Sandra is sitting is the attic--I would have other shots but before I could save there was a power outage. I included two shots with Sandra since I don't have any of the area without her)

When Catherine Sutter was a child she dreamed of leaving Riverblossom Hills to join the SimCity Ballet. Her family had lived in the area for several generations and she was afraid she would marry an apple farmer's son, have a few children and slowly slide into old age having accomplished nothing. After many unsuccessful attempts she finally convinced her parents to pay for ballet lessons. By her teens she had shown enough promise to warrant a summer stint with the SimCity Ballet's production featuring up and comers at the newly built Belladonna Opera House. The summer went well and she was all set in her plans to become a Prima Ballerina until she met Julio Viejo. Catherine had always possessed deeply romantic leanings, part of what she loved about ballet was the romance of it and Julio, despite being a farmer's son, knew exactly what to do and say to make her feel like a butterfly. She settled down with him and remained happily in Riverblossom until she saw her dreams reawaken in her niece Cleo. The Hills were filled with wonderful sims but none besides her husband had ever shared her passions for music and dance. A new restlessness grew in Catherine and she promised herself that she would live an exciting life even if it was not as a Prima Ballerina. Betty Goldstein spent much of her life working. The Roths had been a fortunate family, they'd never needed to seek out wealth it simply arrived on the sails of new adventures. The Goldsteins, however, had periodic strings of bad fortune. Betty had always been fortunate but her grandfather had not. She hedged her bets by socking away her good luck and working hard to prepare for the bad luck that may lie around the corner of tomorrow. After she moved in with Catherine she discovered something else pushing against her desire to be practical. Perhaps her friend Linda's death had made her realize that good or bad luck aside, death was certainly much closer than either. While she tried to work out this new development she shared in Catherine's girlish mooning over Leod but her affections were directed squarely at Dora Ottomas. Andrew and Jacob Martin had always relied on Elena to care for them, after her death they were so hopeless in their attempts to keep themselves fed and clothed that Catherine and Betty took them in. The new situation suits them fine, they pay a little rent, help with chores around the house and have far more free time to bond over videogames.

As a young girl Cleo looked up to her aunt Catherine. Of Cleo's relatives it was Catherine who seemed most like Cleo. Every year in the fall she would visit her aunt in Riverblossom Hills. Cleo played her violin while aunt Catherine danced. In the evenings they drank steaming spiced cider and Catherine told Cleo about her stint with the SimCity Ballet. In her late teens Cleo began to play with a few acquaintances in a folk rock band called Cheerful Llama. The band was short-lived: half a dozen gigs at coffeehouses and an open mike night at a divey restaurant. As it happened though there was an agent in attendance on the open mike night. Six months after the band parted ways Cleo was playing her violin on the promenade in the mall when their paths crossed again. She was given periodic work doing sound effects for low budget science fiction movies, played in a few bands but she found consistent work as a studio musician. Aunt Catherine was a world away by then. One day they were talking on the phone when Catherine mentioned she'd recently remodeled her house and was having a hard time finding anyone to rent the place. Cleo began dreaming vividly of her childhood trips to Riverblossom Hills. As these things happen, Cleo was out for drinks with her friend Patricia when Patricia mentioned she'd been looking for real estate in Riverblossom Hills. She talked about how Stella Roth had been making a big to do about the place with its clean streams, nature trails, picturesque winters and stunning falls. That evening Cleo called her aunt to tell her she'd be coming to visit. By the end of the week she'd moved into Aunt Catherine's house with Patricia in tow. Patricia Wan had writer's block. The sort that prompted her to find any way to fill her time except looking at the blank page. She was ready to try anything that would give her two letters to rub together just for a little spark of a sentence. Work had been grating on her because although she was able to meet her deadlines none of her words were zombies. No life to them they filled her with revulsion. Then there was the day she was late to the dentist's office. She picked up the newest issue of "Modern Sim" with Stella Roth on the cover. They'd gone to the same school but Stella had left Patricia in her stardust. After reading the write up on Stella Roth's new rustic life in Riverblossom Hills it hit Patricia that a change of scenery was the one thing she hadn't tried that sounded positively perfect.


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Oct. 19th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Your makeover are amazing and I love the little stories you wrote for every households (both parts)! I hope you move to the other hoods too, I really enjoy your posts. :)
Oct. 21st, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Very glad you're enjoying them! I think either Belladonna Cove or Bluewater Village will be next. Malcolm's house is pretty much complete. A few of the houses in Belladonna Cove are partly done. But since both areas have an abundance of community lots I might manage to finish one of the college towns or Desiderata Valley first. However, I kind of have my heart set on finishing Belladonna Cove next.

My work is disorganized chaos ;)
Oct. 19th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Catherine and Betty's house is so cozy! I love that they have a poker table though.
Oct. 21st, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Catherine and Betty were pretty fun to makeover. Lately I've been abusing the hell out of that poker table, it is in so many of my houses.
Oct. 20th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Very nice. Each of your makeovers has its own unique touches to them that really go well with the families. I think you are quite talented with decoarting.
Oct. 21st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I knew reading Architectural Digest would pay off someday ;) It really helps that there are so many talented CC creators and other folks with amazing sim designs to inspire me. My Sims 3 houses are embarassingly dull though.
Oct. 21st, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to say...You are freaking AWESOME!!!
Oct. 21st, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
OMG! Thanks! Your pictures are frequently an inspiration for me. Very glad you're enjoying the makeovers :)
Oct. 26th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
Wów, do you even realize how awesome this is! I saw your LJ user coincedental at another user. I'm coming back whenever I have time to see the rest of your post - the ones I saw are awesome! Those pictures and buildings... Woesh!
Nov. 6th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked what you stumbled into :)
Nov. 7th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hehe, me too! =D
Nov. 7th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
I've just finished looking through all your Veronaville and Riverblossom Hills makeovers, and I'm stunned! It all looks absolutely fantastic, and is really, really inspiring. :) And you have quite the lovely collection of CC, there! I'm missing my own Riverblossom now...

Can't believe I missed all of this stuff before. And I can't wait to see more of your game!
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