I had another birthday not too long ago and it was a fun day.* My family made me a sort of rectangular cake. I was pretty impressed that it was five layers and it is always lovely to have a birthday cake that is handmade instead of something from the grocery store or bakery. The candy bits were good too. I don’t eat much in the way of candy these days so it was a welcome treat and I spent the evening and most of the next day dancing on the frosting edge of gluttony-induced sickness, like the Masque.
Received some fun presents too. On the hobby front, my husband, after classified consultations, duplicitous deceits, nebulous negotiations, and perplexing pacts, within and without the Dark Mechanicum, presented me with a Chaos Knight and a pair of baby knights!**
We spent a little time before the party doing a Social Distanced Birthday Hike. We saw this fine, serpentine personage when we were crossing some railroad tracks. It isn’t every day that you meet a talking snake so I dug out my cell phone, snapped this picture and went on our way as directed.***
I had never seen this species of snake before, but it didn’t look like the coral snakes I had encountered in the ’80’s when I lived in Texas. (We’re living in the hills outside of Santa Cruz, California now.) Once I got home and investigated the matter a little more, I learned that my loquacious friend was a California Mountain Kingsnake.****
For next time I hope to post a work-in-progress picture of Frank’s Pig Demon that I’m trying to complete for the Miniatures of Magnitude painting challenge, which ends on July 3rd. So far the challenge seems to be shaping up nicely with completed offerings by Azazel’s Bitz Box, Convert or Die, Dreadaxe Games, Just Needs Varnish!, and Scent of a Gamer.
Until next time, I hope everyone is well.
* It is amazing how fast the years go by now. I suspect it all is some sort of unasked for boon/blessing from Tzeentch or something in return for painting a bunch of lesser horrors back in 2017.
** I suspect that that my husband might have made plans within plans within some sort of overall master plan birthday present-wise. I have been making vague, periodic noises, which probably won’t ever amount to anything, about “nurgling up” an imperial knight that has been sitting in his office closet for like five years now. He has always grumbled about this being a grave insult to both (his beloved) Ultramarines and Questor Imperialis House Wycoff. So maybe he’s trying to redirect and outsmart me? If so, color me outsmarted and happily so!
*** I don’t like to stress out wild animals by lingering around them or picking them up, so we moved on fairly quickly.
**** I received a post about “Degenerate Serpentfolk” right in the middle of typing up this little spiel about my friend the kingsnake. I wonder if this is some sort of cryptic message from the Ruinous Powers that I need to include some more snakes (other than just this lone representative) in my coterie?