THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYBODY FOR THE FABULOUS FABULOUS BIRTHDAY! Thank you to everyone who posted a birthday greeting on my DA page. Thank you so much to Chrislea, SparklinBurgndy, and Phoenix-Faerie for the gift fics and art - I cannot wait to read them! Thank you so much EVERYONE for making this truly one of the best birthdays ever!
I had the most WONDERFUL day. Barry and Mikhail came and got me and took me out for sushi and sake, then back to my place for beer and cigars. My friend Sunstroke Art came by with cheesecake, and gave me the most STUNNING silk bound book of the art of Yoshitaka Amano. I can't wait to spend a month just browsing it. Wednesday I got to see my mom - which I was glad to get a chance. All things considered she looks fabulous. She picked out a bottle of perfume for me for my birthday, and I was thrilled to realise she had brain cells enough to keep up with her tradition of buying me a bottle of White Musk for my birthday. Or maybe she had help. Hey, these days I'm just happy she remembers my name.
And then! EEEEE! OMG OMG OMG OMG! Today I got my birthday gift from Teena - CHOCOBOS!!!!! Okay actually they are chickens but OMG CHOCOBOS! SO DAMNED CUTE! I got three, which is all I have room for. I got one little red hen, which I knew I wanted because I did get them for eggs and they are great layers. He had some gorgeous jungle fowl but they would have taken one look at my six foot privacy fence and LAUGHED. Cut to a scene of the Rat chasing chickens all over the apartment complex. Trivia - here in BC we have Urban Chicken laws. We can have up to four hens in an urban area, providing we have room, no roosters obviously, and raise our own eggs.
So I got a little red hen to lay eggs, and I was thinking of a white hen, but I wanted something pretty and fancy because these are not just working birds, they're pets. The little black bantams were too small and too hyper and too vocal. I do not need a feathered Chihuahua. THEN. In a crate, by themselves, all alone with no food, no water and no bedding, were three Chinese Silkies.
"Are those available?" I asked.
Talking to this guy was like having a conversation with a glacier - just tell me yes or no and how much and let me go. He gives me this story about how he bought them and realized it was a mistake and he didn't want them. Frankly I would have taken all three but two of them were roosters and I knew taking a hen and a rooster would be seriously pushing my luck. So I bought the hen, and took a chance on one of the roosters because Silkies are known to be very quiet. And so far I have to say the only one that has done any talking is the red hen. She natters almost constantly.
So I have a red hen, a Silkie hen, and a Silkie rooster who will keep his beak shut if he knows what's good for the both of us. The Silkie hen I named Poof. Because she is. She is a poof of white stuff and she is able to make her own head vanish when she wants. So she is a Poof. No idea what to call the other two. Photos posted after they have settled in a bit.
In short I had a FABULOUS birthday - thank you everyone.