Monday, February 13, 2017

New week, new thoughts

This weekend was very productive for getting things ready to move.

But, what it also did was make me realize how much stuff I have, and how long I've been doing this!

My equipment has been with me for years and years, and some rack makers that I own product from no longer are even in the business!

I also had no idea that Herpstat now makes a 6 probe thermostat.
WHAAAAAA? That's fantastic! I wish I had that five years ago..

I feel like I need to get my things in order, and then get updated with more modern and sleek equipment and collection.

I'm old school, apparently, even without trying to be.

It will be even more interesting when I get back to doing shows.

I have lost track of a lot of people over the years, including old customers. I'm sure many of them are doing fantastic, and if you are reading this and have been a prior customer of mine, do post a comment letting me know how you are doing! I'd love to know how far you have come over the years.

What I have found is that some of my old school reptile friends are no longer with us, including several of my close friends from back in the day.

This leads me to muse and share this thought with you:

Life is so short. Enjoy who you can when you can. Don't take anything for granted. 

I never expected to have to say goodbye to these people, and it breaks my heart to know I couldn't be there for them being put to rest.

But, it also reminds me how close you can be to people you have created connections with, and how deep those friendships run.

I have been blessed with great friends in this industry, and I look forward to seeing many of them again very soon.

Until next time, my friends.

Friday, February 10, 2017


The weekend is coming, and I am not sure what is happening other than more packing.

It is soon to be Valentines Day, and of course that means the obligatory date night/dinner/chocolate/roses kind of thing.

I have to say, I don't tend to partake in it, nor do I really condone it.

Why must it be only one day? Why not other random days, when it is not expected? Surprise your loved one with random kindnesses throughout the year.

I digress, however, as I know this will again come up on Tuesday when it is actually the day of reckoning.

I am moving a bunch of old racks and incubators, tubs and supplies as much as I can so as not to move it again across the country.

It is shocking how much stuff you accumulate over the years. I honestly have no idea how I managed to keep all of this stuff and subsequently forget about it until its time to move.

It's a fascinating thing, that.

So of course, in the journey to clear out, I have found many more items that I am glad to have recovered.


Such as Marty Cohen.

You all remember Marty Cohen?

If not, please visit here:

And here:

Yes, I still have him, and yes, he still lives in the snake room.

Ah, memories.

Until next time, my friends!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

MOVING... again..

So I am about two weeks out from moving back to California, again moving the collection (which has been whittled down over the last few years) across the country, but this time in the Winter.

This is not a fun thing to do, no matter what time of year, but this is even less fun with the possibility of a cold-blooded creature freezing to death during transport.

Being responsible for that many lives and counting on others (aka Shipping Companies) to maintain the perfect environment for my boxes is not something that I enjoy, as I know there are so many things that could go wrong.

BUT! It has to happen. And it happens all the time, and most of the time, there is no problem. So I'm crossing my fingers, packing up appropriately, and sending things on their way when the time comes. 

Not only is there the animals, but the racks, the incubators, and all of the extra things, including the thermostats, water bowls, tubs, etc.

It is not easy. It is not something I encourage, as it puts a strain on many resources, including your sanity.

But, all anyone can do is prepare as best as they can and make it happen.

And that, my friends, is what I am doing.

This rant, of course, is only part of the responsibilities that I have to move back to California. There is also all my regular life stuff..

Apparently I have enough clothes and shoes for a small army, as well as a lot of random things that have accumulated over the years that I forgot I even had!

Moving is a great way to purge, cause you really can't bring all of your stuff. This is what I am being reminded of as I pack up the multitudes of boxes, and post things online to sell.

So if this is motivation to you to go and clean out your closet, or to clear out your unused stuff out of your garage, I say unto you, DO IT. Do it so you won't have a ton of stuff later on to deal with while the clock is ticking.

And also, be generous. Donate it to needy causes, share with friends, give appropriately. You don't need it anymore. Someone out there does.

There you have it. I'm off to purge more.

Until tomorrow, my friends. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Life Goal Complete

So I'm sure that I am going to have to entice readers back to the blog after all this time.

It has been around two years (maybe more!!) since I had to go silent on the internet about my Ball Python exploits.

Why, do you ask?

Because I moved to North Carolina, went back to school, and got my Masters degree.

Now, I'm done. I've finished! Life goal, complete!

It's time now for me to get back on track with everything else I had to put on hold to be able to complete my education.

So, I am slowly going to be blogging again, getting my website back up to speed, as well as getting back into breeding and snake-ing again.

I realize that two years being gone has put me much more behind the curve than I once was. This has been epically true as I look at the forums, websites, and classifieds. I have a LOT to catch up on.

On top of everything, we are moving back to California. So that will be another super fun adventure that I get to deal with soon.

So, I hope that you out there in internet-land are ready to get reacquainted with me and Heather's Herps in general.

We are back, baby!