Chapter 1.8: Dear Diary, I Do (Pt. 1)

by Kymber

Entry 8:

When we finally got the house sold and everything in order, we arrived in Storybrook County. I had to admit that despite my building trepidation, this was a beautiful place to live. Liev drove us through the city, pointing out various sites. He was right, there was a lot to do here.

He explained that his house wasn’t actually in the city, though. It was situated in what he called “farm country.” Keniesha and Mango had been chatting in the back seat but when Liev started describing the house, they stopped talking to listen in. Liev had a way with words that made you want to know more about the story.

“My grandfather was actually the one who bought the house back during the Lukewarm War. There’s a barn and garden, but there aren’t any horses right now… and no one has tended the garden since Gramps died.”


“That’s kind of sad,” I murmured. I had done a little gardening, just tomatoes and stuff. Maybe I could learn more about it and get the garden back in shape. I smiled to myself as Liev took my hand and winked.

“Tell us about the house,” Keniesha urged. Since they didn’t have a place to stay yet and Liev had said there was room, Mango and Keniesha were going to stay with us for a few weeks.

We were on the outskirts of the city now. Skyscrapers and parking structures had given way to quaint row houses. As we pushed forward, they became fewer and fewer in between.

Liev seemed hesitant. “Well, it’s a big place. Lots of rooms.”

Keniesha wrinkled her nose. “Is that all you can say about it? Is it pretty?”

“Uh…. yeah, the outside looks great.”

“The outside?” Oh boy, I knew that tone she had in her voice very well.

“Uh… yeah,” he said again, even more hesitant now. “It’s what you might call a ‘fixer upper.'”

A fixer upper?”

He nodded, keeping his eyes on the road. But I could see he could tell she wasn’t digging the sound of this. “See, Gramps bought the place for real cheap. It had been built by this real wealthy General. Uh, General Howard Sturgess. In fact, the house is still known as the Sturgess place. General Sturgess had gone bankrupt and had abandoned everything. Anyway, Gramps bought it, but then he had to fight in the Lukewarm War. So, the house fell into some disrepair. When Gramps came home, he fixed up the kitchen and a few bedrooms, but didn’t ever really do anything else to it. He never had the money.”

Keniesha groaned loudly. Call me blinded by love, but I just grinned like a seriously deranged person. Nothing was going to ruin this for me.

When we got there, Liev ushered us in through the back door. He said this side of the house is what was fixed up.


Inside the back door, there was a set of stairs going up and one going down. There was also a narrow hallway with a door straight ahead.

That’s where Keniesha headed with Mango.

“You might want to wait –” Liev started.

“– I’m gonna take a look around,” Keniesha interrupted.

As Liev watched them go he said, “That might not be the best idea.”

He led me downstairs into the kitchen. I looked around, trying to hide my initial shock. If this was “fixed up,” I could only imagine the rest of the house.


“That stove looks a hundred years old.”

Liev nodded. I could tell he was embarrassed. “It works okay.”

I tried to tell myself the good things about the room.


It was spacious, for instance.

Very spacious.

It was clean.


There were baking and canning stations. Those would be interesting endeavors.

From upstairs, we heard Keniesha scream.

“That’s weird. She’s not afraid of spiders,” I said, wondering what was happening up there.

“Oh…. uh… she may have turned on the water,” he said sheepishly.


I suppressed a groan as he led me upstairs, back to the original hallway and door Keniesha and Mango had gone through.

“It ain’t pretty,” Liev warned before we stepped from the hallway onto the main floor.

Wow. I think maybe he should have prepared us a little better. But this isn’t going to get me down. There he was, with the most embarrassed expression while Keniesha could be heard upstairs cursing like I imagine good old General Sturgess would be right now if he could see this place.


Most of the dingy wallpaper had been removed but there were areas where it was hanging in jagged strips. The air smelled like must and sawdust. New walls had been framed in and looked ready to drywall. But there was so much to do.

“I’ve been working on it when I can,” Liev tried to reassure me. “And really, this is the perfect time for you to be here because once the walls are ready, you can pick out all the color schemes and everything.”

I put that as another plus on my list of good things about the Sturgess house.


Then, I made the mistake of peeking into the formal dining room. I can’t even describe what I saw in there. I think I went blind for a while, though. Good thing there’s a cozy dining nook in the kitchen.


I took a chance and peeked behind another closed door. To my surprise, it was a little on the dingy side, but it was clean and in good shape. It was even kind of cozy.

“This is where Gramps spent most of his time. He liked to read and watch TV in here by the fireplace.”


I could work with this room. It wasn’t exactly to my taste, but I really liked that it didn’t need anything. The fireplace was so inviting. Liev and I would definitely spend lots of cold nights right here.


Liev was clearly beside himself. It didn’t seem as if he had really thought ahead on this one. It was time to tell him what I really thought about all of this.

“Are you mad?”

I looked at him very seriously. “Well, I’ve left everything I know behind and given up a really promising career as a vegetable slicer.” I waved my arm around. “Yes, I gave it all up for this.”

He cringed.

“And I would totally do it all again.”


I was instantly rewarded with that charming lop-sided grin of his. “Really?”

“Oh, yes,” I nodded. “I really like it, Liev. We’re going to restore this gorgeous property. I want it to look like it did when it was built.” My heart soared when I saw how happy he looked, so I continued with the rest of what I wanted him to know. “We’re going to fill this house with the sound of children. You’ll play guitar for them and teach them piano. We’ll have horses and garden, too.”


“You’re really happy?” He looked amazed.

“I just want to be wherever you are. And I like the idea of what we can accomplish together with this place.”

“Have I told you today that I love you?”

I know it sounds really sappy, but it really all went down this way, Journal. Now, let me finish.

“No,” I lied with a wink.

My breath caught in my throat as Liev dropped to one knee…







We were grinning at each other like fools when Keniesha yelled down the stairs, “It looks like someone already has the red bedroom, but can I take it?”

Laughing a little, Liev called back, “Yeah, sure.”

“Is that your room?”

He laughed again, “Not anymore.”

Author’s Note: The house used in this chapter is called Villa McPhee and was created by Fergus’ Mind. I love this house and have played it before. I thought it was perfect for Memphis’ story. Anyway, I wanted to add that the creator did a terrific job and I hated to trash the place. 🙂 You can also find this lot listing and the CC I use here: CC & Mods.



bmitjessesue February 27, 2016 - 12:12 pm

Reading this chapter I went from giggles to saying EWWWW to outright laughing and ending with AWWWWWWWW! Gotta love him! This whole change is going to make a nice addition to the story. Now I think I may move my Somerhalder family to Storybrook too. I miss that world!

RosemaryMarie February 27, 2016 - 12:17 pm

lol I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 😀 Storybrook is great, isn’t it?

bmitjessesue February 27, 2016 - 12:29 pm

I do like the new pictures. I like both ways actually. I wish I could do that!

RosemaryMarie February 27, 2016 - 12:33 pm

Thank you! 🙂 It’s super easy. It’s just putting a frame on them. Both the white scroll version and the taped version are just frames. I’ll email you real quick.

Lila Remonn February 27, 2016 - 2:26 pm

Wow, it looks like Memphis and Liev have a lot to do! A wedding and fixing the house and kids… I can’t wait to see it all!

RosemaryMarie February 27, 2016 - 2:43 pm

Yes, they sure do! I’m not sure how much help Keniesha is going to be. lol Thanks so much! I can’t wait, too!

raymondsanti February 27, 2016 - 2:42 pm

At least with a fixer upper house she can design it the way she wants. And aww omg that proposal!! I can’t wait to see the wedding 🙂

RosemaryMarie February 27, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Yes, that’s true. I guess we’ll learn what her style actually is, if she even knows. haha 🙂 The wedding is in the next chapter! Woot!

babay_j February 27, 2016 - 9:19 pm

Love it!! I watch HGTV all the time – Memphis needs to tune in!! lol And the Lukewarm War??? =D Great chapter, anxiously awaiting the next one!! =)

RosemaryMarie February 28, 2016 - 1:01 am

Yes, the Lukewarm War. Haven’t you ever heard of it? How did you get through school without learning about it? haha 😀 I watch HGTV all the time, too. Let me tell you, this Victorian has been difficult to decorate. I wish Memphis was more decisive. 🙂 So glad you stopped by, babay! Have a great night!

SweetPoyzin March 1, 2016 - 12:38 pm

That is such an adorable little house…It has potential at least! I ADORE Memphis and Liev. They will make adorable babies should that be in their future (no pressure 😛 )


RosemaryMarie March 1, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Hehehe! I’ve played ahead, taking pics along the way, but I won’t spoil it. 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by!

Moon in Capricorn April 15, 2016 - 12:24 pm

A really fun chapter. I think the house looks gorgeous…well, maybe except for the colorful formal dining room LOL. A bit of paint could fix that up in no time, though. So Memphis is off on a new adventure now, for sure. Not only the house, but her upcoming marriage and her life with Live. He’s going to be a great husband and father, I think.

RosemaryMarie April 15, 2016 - 1:12 pm

Haha Yeah that dining room is something, isn’t it? Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! 😀

cathytea April 15, 2016 - 8:27 pm

It’s a really neat house! And I love having the fixing-up of it as part of the plot! 🙂

RosemaryMarie April 16, 2016 - 8:45 am

Thank you! Good to see you! 🙂

Michele April 25, 2016 - 8:23 pm

Everything is progressing so well…! Looking forward to seeing the changes that await everybody!

Susan Rati Lane May 6, 2016 - 12:15 am

Huh. I’m trying to catch up, and I totally read this but didn’t comment. Memphis and Liev are adorable together, and I love the idea of them fixing this house up together.

RosemaryMarie May 6, 2016 - 8:59 am

Thank you so much, Susan! 🙂

Jes2G September 8, 2016 - 5:42 pm

The Lukewarm War LOL. Love it.

RosemaryMarie September 8, 2016 - 6:28 pm

Haha! Thank you 😀

thymelesslegacies September 13, 2016 - 4:37 am

Awwww <3 I know it's a mess there, but it really is a lovely property 🙂 They'll do wonders with it, I'm sure!

RosemaryMarie September 13, 2016 - 7:34 am

Thank you so much! 🙂

hafuhga December 22, 2016 - 12:05 pm

I can’t see the pics again, but it doesn’t matter because I’m coming again after the 6. January Tomorrow comes my sister from Portugal an she will be staying till the 6thl, so that I’ll be seldom online.
Wordpress must be slowly again, not my pc than other websides sind perfectly well and I use LAN. Both chapter made me very happy. To know that both sisters will be living in the same town and that Liev and Memphis will have to do a Fixer Upper is great. I love to see how the houses transforming and have done a Fixer Upper myself, so Horay! About the pics I can’t say anything but next time, all right?
And now I would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas Time. Bye 🙂

RosemaryMarie December 22, 2016 - 2:50 pm

Thank you so much, hafuhga. 🙂 I’m very sorry about the pics; as you said, it must be wordpress or something. I’m so glad you are enjoying the story and I’m very happy for you that your sister is coming to visit. I hope you both have a wonderful time! Merry Christmas, and may you have a very joyful New Year! <3

lilsapphire February 4, 2017 - 5:00 pm

I DO I DO I DO they will be so happy and I just know they will have quite the adventure fixing up that house and manage to have some fun in the process

RosemaryMarie February 4, 2017 - 5:09 pm

Thank you, Lil! 🙂 Isn’t that house great? I felt really badly about tearing it all up so they could remodel. lol

lilsapphire February 4, 2017 - 5:19 pm

hahahha Your humor never fails you

semprevivasims3 June 9, 2017 - 3:53 am

I totally get Memphis on the whole house thing, but at least the kitchen is really really cute! I love that you made it so old-fashioned, with the wooden table in the middle, so cozy! Aaaand they’re gonna get married!!! ^_^ I can’t wait to see their wedding! <3

RosemaryMarie June 9, 2017 - 9:50 am

Thank you so much! 🙂 I think I’m a farm-girl at heart. lol I hope you enjoy the wedding! <3

semprevivasims3 June 9, 2017 - 9:54 am

Haha, I know, my dream is to someday own a rustic french-type kitchen…ah! <3 My boyfriend isn't a fan though lol!!

RosemaryMarie June 9, 2017 - 3:43 pm

That sounds absolutely lovely! I did our house in an industrial farmhouse design and I have to say Mr. Castevet is not a huge fan. lol

MM Simmerific August 14, 2017 - 9:47 am

My eyes are still trying to recover from that green dining room. Eek! Can I just say I really love this pairing? Have I said that before? I’ll probably say it again at some point. And yes. I really do love the way you characterize your sims!

RosemaryMarie August 14, 2017 - 3:41 pm

LOL Thank you so much! 🙂 The green in that dining room had me going, too. lol I’m so glad you love Memphis and Liev together. I think he brings the best out in her. 🙂

amyqueen December 4, 2017 - 3:32 pm

Calling that house a fixer-upper feels like an understatement, haha. But it feels charming nonetheless, and it can be fun essentially designing a house from scratch~
Yay! Congrats to Memphis and Liev, a new home and now a wedding and future family in the mix. I hope this string of pleasantries doesn’t get jinxed!

RosemaryMarie December 5, 2017 - 8:29 am

LOLOL Oh, that house! I had so much fun with that, but I’m not sure Memphis knew what she was getting into. lol

SimmeraldOtter January 23, 2018 - 4:50 am

Haha, I love how embarrassed he was about the house! I wouldn’t mind it there, as I would like changing things up and making it look fresh! But I would mind the spiders and other bugs, so maybe not… It seems like a very warm, cosy place, however! Memphis and Liev are too adorable! I’m so glad Memphis is so happy with her life right now!

RosemaryMarie January 23, 2018 - 9:10 am

Thank you 😀 I really loved that house. I would enjoy putting my own mark on the place, too, but then, I do agree about the bugs. That wouldn’t be fun to deal with at all. I’m so glad you love this couple. <3

oshizu584 March 11, 2018 - 11:10 pm

As someone who hates housecleaning, I’d just like to say that a “spacious and clean” house is very fine in my book, hahaha.
It will be fun watching the house come back to life, thriving alongside Memphis and Liev.
Great update!

RosemaryMarie March 12, 2018 - 2:58 pm

Thank you. LOL I hear you about housecleaning. 😀

sweetnightingale August 30, 2018 - 12:24 am

Those two have a lot to do with fixing up the house and a wedding to plan. Keniesha had me laughing. The queen is gonna have to rough it for a while. LOL!

Kymber August 30, 2018 - 10:11 am

hahaha Oh, Keniesha. She’s my favorite sim ever. <3 I had so much fun fixing this house up.


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