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Yesterday I removed the option to register new accounts for comments and the forum. Existing accounts can still log in, of course.

That shouldn't be a bother for anyone since nobody registered for years, and when I come around to finally update the website regularly again next year and to update the software I will re-activate the option. It's very sad that every single option for communication online gets dampened by spammers. By now the damn bots send me emails with viruses in DOC attachments after they try to register here by the dozens daily and get denied. I have too much work to do to spend half of my day deleting that junk from my website and inboxes.
In the unlikely case that someone wants an account in the meantime just email me and I'll create one.

 

What else is new? Not very much. Our house will have all windows and the front door replaced this year and we bulldoze and redo the whole front garden by hand before the winter comes. So we're just tired. Next year things will hopefully look up, there won't be that many renovations left then. My Joomly is also very outdated which makes especially the English translations very complicated right now, but my husband doesn't have the mental capacities left to take care of that right now.
So my updates are almost exclusively my German-only Sims soap opera.
Next year will be better. This house is slowly becoming a home, and we won't have to move again for a long, long time.

Hello, everyone!

It was about time to report back that I'm still alive! The new house was and is a truckload of work! It's all so expensive - and of course there's way more broken than the estate agent said - that we don't have money to spare on builders. Friends, colleagues and family members helped us with the move, transport of new furniture and some initial renovations as much as they could, given the often long distance between us and them, but mostly it was just us two working here over the last months. We ripped out carpet and wallpapers, painted, did plaster work, laid over 140m2 new floors so far, scrubbed the house time and again, dug out dead plants and bushes, assembled furniture and the kitchen, mounted baseboards and lamps und came back from the DIY market with new material by foot and laden like pack mules at least 20 times. Everything we can do ourselves, we do ourselves. In the first month, we didn't even have a kitchen or real internet, and we had our first free afternoon in January. There was no time or mental energy for something creative or even a nice board game session - and for a long time no surface to do anything like that on. Now we take things slower, since all important rooms are usable and we can spread out the open tasks as we want. We are very thankful for the helpfulness of everyone - a big "Thank you!" goes to user MJKJ again, who showed up as a New Year angel and helped us during his holidays! I was very moved by that, thanks!

By now my computer sits on its new desk in the living room, which only needs some curtains sewn and pictures put up, and I can slowly, very slowly think about updates again. : )

Due to all the chaos I actually missed my websites' 20th anniversary now, and since we still need to redo the whole garden and have new windows put in for the whole house I won't be able to make good on that party. Very likely updates will be very sporadic until late winter, actually. Perhaps we can do a big party next year, who knows - although the 21 isn't a big number in Germany and we'd rather celebrate the 25. ;)

What kind of updates there will be I can't say. Often I still have medium to strong pain or numbness in my hand from working so much, so I never know how my fine motor skills are tomorrow. Can I crochet or paint? No idea! In the dollroom the lights and the surfaces for the outdoor sets are still missing, and some things went broken during the move and have to be repaired. The good camera battery is still missing and the scanner has to be repaired, to boot, since a lot of dirt sticks to the underside of the glass after the move now, which ruins the scan results. If we can't manage to take the glass out and clean it without breaking the device we'll have to strain our budget even further and buy a new one, after we already had to replace the printer, grr.
So in the meantime I have to concentrate on material that's already on my pc, and actually there are various pending older projects, not just for the Sims soap opera and board game reports, which you guys always miss out on because I can't translate them.
By now I have no clue anymore of what kind of stuff is sitting in the depths of my harddrives, so I guess we'll all be surprised by what will show up. :P

Several years of searching finally came to an end, as we found a house to buy!

I'm sorry that the website has to go on hiatus now (especially since I didn't come around to revive the English version yet and there's so much stuff going on lately that would make for interesting tutorials and articles), but things are rolling now and that's a taaaaaad bit more important than this website.

We will sign the contract in a mere two weeks. Until then, we have appointments at the bank etc, and afterwards we'll be renovating and moving in the middle of winter. Furthermore, I have to go looking for a parttime job to help with our finances. After 15 years as a housewife that won't be easy for me, and the move will also be hart. When packing and carrying stuff you really notice that you're not 20 anymore...

So there won't be any new content for several months. (Something you English gals are used to, sadly). If I'll manage to squeeze in an update or two it will be for my Sims story, which is only available in German. This time I don't have any leisure time to create Dolltopia outtakes, we can't play board games to create reviews or game reports and of course I don't have time for creative stuff at all.

Once the house is set up and I got used to my new life this website will come to life again, though, since there were always plans in place for the time after we found a permanent home. But that's a story for another time. In the new house I will have a sewing/craft room, Dolltopia gets a larger domain and the board games will have their own room too. I will have a larger desk for my artwork. I'm looking forward to the new possibilities so much!

So please, keep your fingers crossed that everything goes well, and see you later!

 

Welcome to the new software version of my website...

Some will have noticed: It was only last weekend that we finally found the time to upgrade my Joomla to the newest version. It was a darn hard battle and I can't thank my dearest, sweet husband enough for sacrificing his whole Sunday for bughunting. Same on Monday evening.

Not everything works as intended yet and there are many new options we have to find and finetune to my liking (e.g. those additional menus which currently take up space everywhere), but overall I'm quite happy to be up to date again. Surely you will run into the occasional problem here and there, which is also due to me switching data around.
Over the next days/weeks some things will change about my category layout to make it easier to find things and prepare the website for the content I finally want to start publishing!

There is a new category named "Stories & Comics". This isn't really new, but it's a new starting point to collect all my stories, photo funnies and everything NON-Seekers I do. Dolltopia already moved there. The German version of my website now features a brandnew epic Sims4 soap opera, but that content will only be available in German. I'm sorry I don't have more content for my international pals lately, but I just can't translate prose. I really do my best with Dolltopia, but that story just has waaay to many words and translated with my skills it would just be bad and no fun for me.
While updating old data and moving things around I WILL try to translate some things I didn't come around to earlier, but it's a slow process.

Speaking of Dolltopia, that is NOT dead, on the contrary it will be continued soon. Seekers is still dead for the time being, since we still haven't found a house or apartment to buy and move to. Times are chaotic still, but don't give up on me, I don't either. ;)

 

To my sorrow, updating the website is currently frozen due to technical issues, although I actually have a lot of things to share right now.

Background: A short while ago, Russian spammers found a security leak in our ancient Joomla which allowed them to send spam mails with my name to other Russians via my server. So we had no other choice but to finally upgrade the software. A migration to the most recent Joomla failed several times, though, although we followed the instructions to a point. So we decided to take a step inbetween and for the time being upgraded to the final version of Joomla 2.5 (which is without support since the end of 2014, actually - due to all the illnesses, change of job and moving we really let this drag out!).

While that fixed the security leak, it brought new problems. The websites' skin was broken and isn't 100% fixed by now. Translations have become much more cumbersome because the translation module doesn't work right with this version. And - as I had to find out yesterday - all galleries stopped working on the English version of the website. I'm so sorry about that! We're trying to find the bug for a day now, but although we know now where the problem comes from we still can't fix it because we don't know WHY it happens. With 99% certainty this is another problem from the translation module.

Sadly my husband has a tight schedule this month, but we'll still try to migrate the website to Joomla 3 again on Feb. 18. It's quite possible that the website won't work that day and probably won't work 100% on the following days either. If the migration works this time we don't have to worry about this junk for some years - a Joomla 4 isn't likely to come out soon and we hope not every small update will create problems like these.
Then I can finally fix some things on this website, especially for the international viewers.
I don't want to think about what happens if we don't manage to get the migration done... Ugh.

 

Since we still haven't found a house to buy the year keeps being as stressful as the last and I still won't have that much time to work on this. I do my best.