Thistle whilst I don't like snakes I do like dogs and lizards
I can imagine the relaxation side of having pets in your room for you to watch too.
We have a pet turtle (a small one - about the size of your hand), who is quite comical as she tries to rearrange her tank every now and then and loves to attack a big juicy prawn now and then.
she's lovely to watch. Though she belongs to our eldest daughter who is 16 the turtle is in the lounge.
JaquiE I used to love reading before bed, but got out of the habit when I moved in with my now husband (we've been together 17 years so that was a long time ago). My daughter loves reading before bed and reminds me of myself at that age, she was up still reading at 2am the other night when I got up for a pee. lol
Baking is also a habit I had to give up on due to the increased calories it brings.. maybe when the girls are grown I can bake to give them a cake to take home - so no calories left in the house! lol