This is a sort of part two of my End of December post; focusing on my re-decorating changes in part one has allowed me to go more into my neighbors, daily happenings, and events/holidays in this post. 🙂
Yep, about halfway through the month of December, lights appeared on the cedar trees! I always look forward to when this happens, but usually end up pretty disappointed by the random scattering of lit trees. Why can’t they all have lights? >_< Ah well, it's still pretty!
Melba’s poetic way of telling me there’s going to be an aurora. 🙂
I thought it was nice that at least these two trees framing the bridge were lit up!
Took the opportunity to take a few more scenery pictures with the full moon+aurora+lights on the trees. I was a bit sad I couldn’t update my dream address at this point, since my town was still messy and under construction.
Mitzi’s like my fishing buddy, hehe, I’m always seeing her fishing around town (especially in the pond near her house) and walking around with her fishing rod:
Speaking of fishing, I won December’s fishing tourney decidedly with a tuna! ^_^
Melba always has something nice to say about the environment/weather, I’ve noticed 😛
I found Gulliver washed up on the beach, astray from his destination to Germany. Seeing him mention fairytales here made me wonder if maybe German architecture (along with Russian?) was the inspiration behind the fairytale PWP series in AC:NL. Wish I knew more about architecture so I could know these things for sure. I’d already gotten the nutcracker (Gulliver’s Germany souvenir) in a trade on an AC forum — didn’t realize I would get it on my own so quickly!
Woohoo, finally got the golden shovel! 😀 Fertilizer is very useful, but I’m glad to no longer feel obligated to buy it every single day 😛 If the golden shovel works the same way as it did in AC:WW, I guess this means I won’t have to buy oak saplings anymore, since I can just plant
100 bells (it’s raised to 1,000 bells in this game) to grow a tree.
I was bored of flower re-arranging one day and decided to work on a pattern based off the brick bridge instead. ^^ It’s the same idea I had when I made this brick path way back when, but I think it came out better this time. I haven’t made border pieces for it yet, though, but maybe I should go ahead and add it to my QR codes page anyway!
One day it was really cloudy and the lighting was strange, making the water reddish!
Charlise letting me know it’s her time to move. It’s about time. >_> She’s been in my town for a while, since back in August, and I’ve been wanting her to leave so I can move in a new dream neighbor and put a lighthouse where her house is. Ironically, she’s the one who requested a lighthouse!
December 21st was the winter solstice, which in true AC:NL fashion, means that the sun didn’t come out at all! 😛
Isabelle gave out glow wands for the occasion. All four of my characters got blue glow wands, and I’m not sure if it was bad luck or what, ’cause I’ve seen glow wands of different colors in dream towns and stuff. I didn’t feel like resetting for different ones, though.
The sky was especially dark and clear on the winter solstice, and what’s more, I felt like the usual nighttime palette of snow, buildings, plants, etc. was changed as well. o_o The shadows on the snow were deeper and some of the light-colored flowers seemed to glow in a strange way; it was kind of eerie.
I’ve gotten a few baskets of foreign perfect fruit from friends, and sometimes I like to give them to neighbors (especially favorite neighbors) when they ask for fruit. ^_^ This time it resulted in receiving my third pic from Melba!
Thought it was cool that I could get a people-free shot of this room when Rod barged in to visit. Shame you can’t see the whole thing, though (and that you can see the tip of Rod’s ears 😛 )
Julian’s reaction after convincing him to stay, when he was thinking about moving ^_^
Jingle came on Toy Day in the evening and asked for help in delivering presents, giving me a bag of presents to deliver without telling me which present was for which neighbor. But I was very well prepared after taking screenshots of my neighbors’ Toy Day wishes all month, so it was easy and no problem! 🙂
A little Toy Day scrapbook featuring my neighbors:
Glad I was able to please Gloria after all, along with the rest of my neighbors 😛
I delivered everything perfectly with Estel and Lyra, so I got two festive wreaths and two Jingle pics, and with Violet I didn’t deliver anything at all, so I could keep the Santa bag 😛
Charlise moved out on the 25th. It was an ordeal to find someone who wanted to take her; I posted on three different AC sites and hardly anyone was interested. But I’m glad I did eventually, so I wouldn’t have to void her and force her on anyone unsuspectingly. ^^
To replace her, I asked for a dream neighbor, Bunnie, to move in! 😀 She’s the first peppy I’ve had in town since Carmen moved out a while back, and it’s another peppy bunny!
I reset for her house to be near the newly built lighthouse, since I think they coordinate a bit with their warm colors (orange/red).
Hearing her inform me of Phineas’s presence like this made me glad to have a peppy villager again, haha 😆
New badges! Though I didn’t get them at the same moment; I got the Heavy Sleeper one a while back as I was working on finishing that villager house exterior guide.
Now for the last event of this post, month, and year — the Countdown! 😀
North America’s NYE gift is pretty disappointing compared to other countries/regions, but at least I was prepared for the disappointment after reading others’ blogs. (At one point I thought the gift was New Years’ Noodles for everyone!)
Scrapbook of my neighbors on NYE:
I brought Lyra out to get some sparkling cider and noticed that the fireworks really brightened up her garden (which doesn’t usually look that good at night).
So then I went to some more scenic places around town to watch the fireworks:
Overall I really enjoyed the NYE event and I’m glad I did it, no matter how late I was, it made me happy! ❤