Nona's Sims

Modding and Troubleshooting The Sims 3

Wishing you all Happy Holidays

Hi, everyone. I know I’ve been gone a long time, and I hope you don’t hold that against me. This past year has been unbelievably busy and stressful but also really fun. I spent the entire month of August in Poland, participating in a language and culture course called Polonicum at the University of Warsaw. It was amazing, and I highly recommend the program to anyone interested in learning about Poland and the Polish language! There are many different kinds of scholarships available as well, and all ages are welcome.

However, through all of this, my back pain did not subside. I was on pain killers the entire time I was in Poland. Actually, at some point I thought my pain was going away. I thought I was getting better but when I returned home, I noticed there was something wrong with my right leg. I went to my Neurosurgeon and told him about my symptoms and he scheduled me for surgery immediately. My nerve was dying. I had an operation on my back in September and was in the hospital for a week. Afterwards, I spent a month in a rehab center (I was on the waiting list for three weeks first), just focusing on strengthening my back and healing. I have to say, without rehab I wouldn’t be as far as I am now. I am still considered unable to work and I have a doctor’s note until January 12th, but I feel stronger and healthier than I have in the last two years.

Sometimes, when I think about the pain I went through and dealt with, I start to tear up because I had begun to believe it would never end. I was incredibly depressed, and even though I wasn’t suicidal, I often questioned the point in living if I had to deal with excruciating pain all the time. I am young and unless they were paying attention to how I moved and walked, most people could not tell that I was in so much pain. It made me feel weak and useless. I’m sharing this because I want anyone else in this situation to know that the pain can end. But most importantly, I want to remind everyone how important it is to listen to your body. If I’d done that in the beginning, and I’d gone to the doctor right away instead of being scared and hiding my pain from my family and friends, maybe I’d have never needed surgery.

Anyhow, that’s what I’ve bene up to lately. As far as sims go, I still pop on The Sims 4 sometimes. In fact, I’m planning on purchasing Get Together . I haven’t pre-ordered yet because I’m being stingy about money, but I like what I see in the expansion. When it comes to the Sims 3, however, don’t expect anything. I uninstalled it months ago, and to be honest, I can’t imagine myself sitting at the computer to program anytime soon.

Happy Holidays!

December 5, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I’m glad your nightmare is over, that you’re not tortured with pain anymore. It’s good to see you back 🙂
    I’ll buy Get Together when it’s on sale, after all I’m still enjoying Get to Work and some small packs I got in a sale pack. Plus I want to see let’s play to see if it’s really that good lol. Even though service shops were the big deal in OFB, the retail shops in GTW are still fun! Zerbu made active careers and I can’t wait to play them when I finish the official ones – currently playing the scientific career with Mulder & Scully sims :p.
    About Sims 3 I had uninstalled it a year ago but had the urge to reinstall it a couple of months ago, thinking that it was perfect for the mods since there was not updated anymore and modders could have fun with it without dreading updates. But alas, everybody deserted it -.- I even went in and updated a couple of small mods and then left the game untouched. It keeps crashing anyway, since I have all the EPs and the store stuff installed. I’ll remove most of the the store stuff when I get some courage.

    Comment by Marie | December 5, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you for your kind words 🙂 I honestly like TS4 a lot better than TS3. Sure, TS3 is more fleshed out if you have all the EPs, but it can’t compare to TS4’s performance. I often miss the open world in TS3. I find my sims stay at home way too often because I don’t want to break the family up on different lots, but the truth is, it’s worth the way better performance.

      Comment by Nona | December 5, 2015 | Reply

      • Oops, I realize I may have sounded too familiar, I’m MiniMimi from Mod the Sims in fact ^^ I was the one making those French translation of your mods lol
        I don’t know if TS4 is better than TS3, yes just the retail option makes it already better – the most fun I had from Sims 2 was indeed all my shops!. But the shop system in TS4 isn’t complete: there’s no shop rank, no customer levels and you can’t make service shops (no ticket machine) and that was the trick to the most crazy lots you could imagine! My favorite lot in TS2 was a police station; I also had a bowling, a small gas station, etc; all those wouldn’t have existed without the ticket machine. Some people even made brothel with that ticket machine lol. And of course, managing to raise your shop to level 10 was hard but it proved that your shop was ‘viable’. You can’t anymore. Plus, no toddlers.
        TS3 have a ticket machine – store IIRC; but it was made better by Inge at Simlogical, so you can build wacky shops again (I confess I didn’t try it -.-). And TS3 have those gorgeous huge open world – see the sun rising to be immediately in love! Plus: toddlers. On the other hand those worlds are empty and the sims are rather ugly and generally fail to react to each other correctly.
        So it’s a tough choice. I would say that if they keep doing all those good stuff with TS4 – like the latest amazing patch; then yeah it will be settled and TS4 will be the winner. If they brought back the toddlers I wouldn’t even be hesitating. Also If they keep doing good stuff then maybe the modders will come back to TS4.

        Comment by Marie | December 6, 2015 | Reply

        • Edit/Update More than a year later: Well nope Sims 4 is rather lame and boring even with almost all the EPs/SPs/toddlers/whatever.. And after a tiny bit of tech upgrade and a lot of edumacation I saved my Sims 3 game! Park Control makes it run flawlessly!! It now crashes after 11 hours of play – I kid you not – and using Ani’s random mod I now play rotationally with Sims 2 aging!! Amazing, no? I’m so glad to have finally the Sims game I always wanted and dreamed of that it’s now constantly launched and me alt-tabbing like now to make this post. The game runs very smoothly and I’m in the 90th week (4th week of rotation of 24 families!) of this ‘test’ hood. All that with ALLEPs/SPs installed, a ton crap from the store, CC and mods! Load is only 4 minutes, saving takes 10 but boy it is so satisfying; so many stuff to do, a huge gorgeous world… 🙂 Love this game, been playing like that for almost a year now ❤ I started to set up some bases for shops and stands to see what can/cannot be done, and having a blast!

          Given that you didn't post anything in a while, I hope everything is well for you 🙂

          Comment by JackSawyerIsTheBest | February 10, 2017 | Reply

          • Oops didn’t see I was logged with my Google account this time. Yeah I’m Marie/MiniMimi 😀

            Comment by JackSawyerIsTheBest | February 10, 2017 | Reply

  2. best hugs Nona. Going through such terms especially at young age, while you expect anything but beign locked up and eldered by the body is hard to describe. I’m happy to read you’re in better condition and keeping fingers crossed for your recovery.

    Comment by 1stmistake | December 5, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you so much, it means a lot to me 🙂

      Comment by Nona | December 6, 2015 | Reply

  3. I’m very happy to hear that you feel better and are recovering, girl!!! Living in pain must be a terrible experience, it’s good that you finally found the treatment and help you needed.
    It’s also very interesting to know about your stay in Poland. I bet it was an amazing opportunity!!! And I’m thrilled that you continued your project of study. 🙂

    To be honest, the only part of your message that saddens me is that you don’t see yourself using or modding TS3, hehehe, but this is my selfish gamer speaking, ok? Nothing to say about it. I am certainly grateful for the wonderful mods you did before. I cherish them and since the latest and unexpected patch for this game is not relevant to me, your work will continue helping me enjoy my favorite game for a long time yet.

    On the other hand, I’m glad you mention that you enjoy TS4. I bought the base game, but without toddlers, I don’t seem to be able to make sense of the game, so I’ve not bought any other packs. I’ve just updated to the latest patch because I try to keep that game, but I wasn’t planning on playing it. Maybe I should give it another try.

    Anyways, the most wonderful news is to have news from you. You know? Even if we never meet some people, there can be a sense of familiarity between strangers (hopefully this is not a symptom of a psychosis, hahaha). I used to get to your blog and checked the messages just in case I had missed news about your health or projects. I am glad that your absence is due to only positive things–well, except the pain that got you under surgery again, but the outcome sounds encouraging and it seems to me that the new year will indeed be a much more rewarding time for you.

    From the bottom of my heart, I wish you a good full recovery, meaningful time with your family, and the very best for the holidays and the new year. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’ll be visiting just to hear you’re doing better, ok?


    Comment by RedMallie | December 5, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you for always checking in on me, Mallie 🙂 After I posted this, I saw that you posted a comment back in October. It means a lot to me that you cared enough to check on me 🙂 I know what you mean about having a sense of familiarity, and I don’t think its psychosis at all. Back in my days of using LiveJournal (long, long time ago) I used to follow so many other people, and I felt like I really got to know them. Some of them I even met in person! Sometimes I think I should go back to blogging more. I miss something about it.

      I truly hope things with you are going well!

      Comment by Nona | December 6, 2015 | Reply

  4. Glad to hear that you are doing better. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    Comment by kth5438691 | December 5, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you very much 🙂

      Comment by Nona | December 6, 2015 | Reply

    • An inenlligett answer – no BS – which makes a pleasant change

      Comment by Denisha | May 20, 2017 | Reply

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