typical day: Elvira Appleton
13, 2003 - by Bimbo N. Loveless
mature woman, believing in recycling and the unselfish involvement in helping
other Sims. Together with her husband she recently reopened Maple Inn for
ex-criminal youth. Meet Elvira Appleton, and see how artists supported
her with personal clothing, art and wallpapers!
In this new series we will
find out what is a normal day for one particular Sim. It is a mix of a
celebrity interview and a way to get to know the variety of Sims' lives
and personalities. A couple weeks before each article release, a handful
artists will get to read the interview and will create a few personal outfits,
wallpapers and eventually other household items to match the featured sim's
personality and lifestyle. The first articles will feature Simmerville
residents, but later on any Sim living in a SUN participating neighbourhood
will be invited to apply to be featured in the "My typical day" series!
Elvira Appleton - an angel
believing in a great heart
I must admit I never really
noticed Mrs Appleton until someone suggested her for the "My Typical Day"
series, and I did research for this article. She and her husband, Clive
Appleton, moved to Simmerville several months ago, in order to reopen the
lodging, Maple Inn, located on 77 Maple Street. I must also state that
the Appletons and myself are living in two very different worlds. I mean,
I am very cool and always updated on fashion and trends, while this couple
seems to live in the 60's. I was not aware that such extremely idealistic
Sims were living in SimCity, not to say my own neighbourhood. I'll shut
up and let Mrs Elvira Appleton speak:
I must start with saying
that I am really surprised that you want to write about my typical day!
I mean, I'm just an ordinary Sim, living an ordinary life and it's hard
for me to understand how this can be of any interest to others.
- Was it Clive who suggested
me? Or, one of the ex-criminals? Please tell!
- I really can't tell, Mrs
Appleton, it's all confidential.
past is not that special. I moved to Simmerville only 4 months ago, together
with my dear husband, Clive. We have been married for 9 years, but still
have no kids, so we like to spend ourselves on helping other, less fortunate
Sims. We came here to run Maple Inn, which is a very special concept to
both Clive and I, run by the 'Association for Unfairly Jailed Sims'. Our
mission is to give a hand to young Sims who messed up life itself. The
concept is to offer young ex-criminals to stay here while we help them
to build a life away from the criminal track. They get a fully equipped
home and all our support, while they give their paycheques to Maple Inn.
The lodging has been closed for 1 year and the house was not used, don't
ask me why. The house belongs to the organization since 9 years, when it
was donated by Mr Ed Mervil, who I believe was a well known personality
in this area. He donated the house for a period of 50 years, so I believe
Clive and I can stay here for the rest of our lives if everything works
Every morning is a new
I'm convinced that mornings
are the most important hours of the day! If your plan is to mess up the
entire day with nonsense, then it's perfect to oversleep, to skip breakfast
and to be a passive viewer to your own life for hours before you get started.
No! I prefer getting started before daylight, but I normally never get
up before 6 AM.
This far we have no lodgers
at Maple Inn, meaning Clive and I don't need to rush it in order to make
life comfortable to others. After 9 years of marriage we can even do our
separate things without mischief. Although we have no youth to look after,
we need to work a lot, because when we moved in here we needed a huge bank
loan, and just the daily mortgage is nearly §1000. So most of our
days include working in order to pay back these loans. For the first weeks
Clive spent all his time producing garden gnomes
while I made preserves. Lately, I've spent less time at the canning station,
and rather started contacting ex-criminals in order to make them move in
here. I've been Downtown to establish contacts with a few, and I try to
call them daily.
- Ms Loveless, I think this
article might have been more interesting if we actually had some lodgers.
Then you could have joined me for a full day at work.
- Well, I'm sure a few readers
will find this interesting any way, Mrs Appleton, please go on... (yawn).
Oh, on this photo from my
album you see me talking in the phone at the Maple Inn reception desk.
Clive and I has a private section of the house, the two doors behind me,
there. To stop guests from entering our private home, we simply place that
vase next to the reception. This will be particularly useful in mornings
when lodgers are hungry and otherwise will rush into our kitchen. There
is a kitchen upstairs that is intended for the lodgers, but we have not
decided yet whether I will prepare all food myself, or if we will allow
lodgers to prepare their own food. We don't know their skills, you know,
and the risk of fires scares me.
When we get lodgers, I will
need to make sure to get up in time to make them breakfast, depending on
when their carpool will arrive. Then I will need to make their beds and
clean their bathroom and clean the breakfast table.
Running a lodging keeps
you busy all day
I have been running a small
hospital some years ago, so I know what kind of work there will be for
me. But I really look forward to it, because it will mean helping others.
Besides, these young sims will probably be on a social relocating program,
bringing in some money, meaning this job will actually pay off, at least
will Clive and I no longer need to worry about money to cover basic needs.
- Did that sound greedy,
Ms Loveless? I didn't mean it in a greedy way, but you understand we can't
do this with no income at all, do you?
- What? Aw, where? Sorry,
what did you say?
- Were you asleep, Ms Loveless?!
- Sure, I mean of course
not, Mrs Appleton. You are not greedy, please go on.
- Oh... well...
I normally take a break about
noon, so does Clive. Then we watch some tv, or takes a nap if needed, all
in order to be prepared for the next work schedule. We most often split
the day into 3 work shifts, and if we need to do something else, like gardening
or going Downtown, we skip one of the shifts for that reason. Like I've
been to Downtown frequently to trace more young Sims who messed up life
itself. That will be part of my job, for as long as we have a free bed
to offer. Maple Inn has only 4 bedrooms for lodging, but the house is huge
and we might be able to invite more than 4 Sims to stay here.
Food and clothes to be
Both Clive and I are very
eager concerning green politic, back to nature, and recycling whatever
it's possible to recycle. You will not find many new items at Maple Inn.
Some furniture are even very old, reminders from when the Mervils used
this building as their main residence 100 years ago. There are also some
furniture from when Maple Inn was run more than 1 year ago, and in addition
to that Clive and I bought a lot of stuff at the flee market when we moved
in. So you can say the interior is very mixed, and we don't see any reason
to improve on that. Old furniture are often better handcraft and longer
lasting quality than modern items that are sold in order to make money,
rather than to last. I even suspect the modern industry to produce less
quality on purpose, because then they secure an everlasting need of new
products. Clive and I protest to that, no longer by marching the streets
with banners, but in our silent way by buying only 2nd hand.
We also wear only 2nd hand
clothes, and I must say I'm so happy for the new outfits by Gobelin Fashion,
they are so nice! And so are the wallpapers from BB-design. You know it's
very hard to find good 2nd hand wallpaper, but knowing she made those walls
by simple techniques and less chemicals, does make a difference.
- Hey, why didn't Mr Gobelin
attach a tag with Gobelin Fashion logo?
- He wasn't convinced that
you would like it, Mrs Appleton.
- Well, now I'm not convinced
that he wanted to be associated with these clothes...
When it comes to food, we
never order a pizza or eat fast food Downtown, but we prepare all food
from basic, making sure to avoid chemical ingredients, and making sure
we never throw away any food. This does of course require good planning,
and it's easier to operate in a large household. Yesterday's leftovers
can easily be included in lunch or dinner of today. We do not grow our
own vegetables though, but if time allows it, we will prefer to buy vegetables
in Old Town instead of buying ordinary food that you will find in most
Each evening should include
at least one pleasure
and I normally get exhausted before 9PM. Especially these days while we
work so hard to pay those bank loans. This means that our 3rd work shift
might be reduced or skipped, and instead we have a quiet dinner, or Clive
even plays the old white piano. Or we play the pool game while we listen
to some music.
- If you ever become a criminal,
Ms Loveless, you would be welcome to stay at Maple Inn!
- Oh, thank you very much,
Lately I've invited a couple
ex-criminals for dinner every day, in order to get better acquainted, and
to build relations to their class, so to speak. You know, if one criminal
likes Maple Inn, it will soon spread to other criminals.
I like to go to bed at 11
PM, but occasionally I've collapsed before 10 PM.
I'd like to take this opportunity
to inviting all ex-criminal Sims out there to contact us at Maple Inn,
just call #48 06, or stop by at 77 Maple Street, Simmerville.
Photo top: Elvira Appleton
uses the phone in Maple Inn's reception to establish a good contact with
Photo mid page: Elvira making preserves in their private section of the
Photo bottom: Elvira and Clive Appleton often invite ex-criminal youth