Jellyfish in Your Home?

Have you seen those incredible Jellyfish tanks that are like a mesmerizing, moving work of art? I could stand there for hours just watching that magical movement, like a fast forward of the stars in the sky.

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One Jelly that is very popular for the desktop sized tanks is the Moon Jellyfish. Moon Jellyfish are not toxic, and are relatively easy to keep. As with any aquarium, you’ll have to make partial water changes, but with Jelly tanks this must be done two or three times a week to keep the water quality high.  

Moon Jellies (and all Jellyfish) need a special kind of aquarium, and one of the features of this is a gentle, circular water flow. The flow helps them keep moving and find their food, without hitting obstacles like filters, pumps or screens.  

Another thing to know about Jelly aquariums is that you have to set them up at least several weeks before you can put your Jellies in, with something called “live rock”. Live rock is home to nitrifying bacteria, which break down the jellyfish waste and prevent ammonia and other waste products from building up in the water.

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Alex Andon pioneered Jellyfish aquariums for non-professional aquarists. He runs Jellyfish Art, and he’s the guy who put Jellies in a tank that can sit on your desk. He started out re-purposing regular fish tanks, but quickly realized that a different design was needed. He came up with a cylindrical design that helps the water flow properly to keep your Jellies healthy and happy.

A Seven gallon Jelly tank should be enough space for up to five Moon Jellies, and you can feed them with frozen plankton in addition to brine shrimp.

Photo by Jack B on Unsplash ; Jellies at the Berlin Zoo

One of the interesting things about Jellyfish is that they have a network of nerve cells that isn’t a “brain” as we humans define one. In spite of this lack of a brain, they can sense changes in water chemistry, they can “feel” a touch, and some have an actual eye and respond to visual stimuli. 

Here’s another fun fact: Jellyfish can regenerate! They can re-create two jellies from the remains if they’re cut in half, and if they’re injured, they may clone themselves.

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

The Immortal Jellyfish are bell-shaped and only reach 0.18 inches tall, so they’re really hard to observe in the ocean. “Turritopsis dohrnii” young have eight tentacles, but the adults can have as many as 90!

They’ve been named immortal because they can actually transform themselves from a starving or injured adult Jelly to a plain “blob”. Attaching itself to a surface first, it can go back to the blobby (juvenile) state, and re-form all the different types of cells that it needs to survive, from whatever is left.

Photo by Shaun Low on Unsplash; at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore

Flower Hat Jellies act different than most Jellyfish. They hang out on a pebbles or plants all day, then go looking for snacks around sundown. They
look as though they were painted by a child!  They come in purple, pink, orange, green and blue, and if that wasn’t enough, they glow, too.

Flower Hats have tentacles all over its body, not just underneath. They’re only found near southern Japan, and they’re very expensive to get for your aquarium! 

Photo by Karen Cantú Q on Unsplash:
the @sea_life_london Aquarium 

If you dream of having your own Jellyfish Aquarium someday, I encourage you to do some research and think of it as a goal to reach. There are people all over the world now who have Jelly tanks in their home or office, and you could be one, too.

I have to admit that a Jelly tank would be too distracting for me, but I will keep dreaming of having one anyway! I created “My Jellyfish Journal” just for people like you and I who are entranced by the hypnotic swaying of Jellies in a natural environment, and I encourage you to buy it if you want to learn more. It’s available on Amazon now at

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So You Want to Get a Dog?

Have you ALWAYS wanted your OWN dog? Here’s some advice from a lifetime dog owner…

It’s natural that you and your kids would love the whole idea of having a dog. Dogs are awesome pets, great company, and have been amazing comrades for thousands of years. It’s always a great idea to get a dog, but you have to remember that you are also taking on some responsibility when you bring a dog into your house. Here are some ways you can handle those responsibilities.

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Always give your dog plenty of attention and affection. When your dog behaves properly, make sure you pet them, talk positively to them, let the dog know you are happy and give them some affection. This helps reinforce the good behavior and the dog will try to behave this way for the positive attention.

If your young dog is teething and gnawing on everything (including you and the kids), buy him a couple of fun chew toys and keep one in the fridge. Not only does this provide him with a good alternative to your furniture, but the cold will help to make his gums feel better. Most younger dogs gnaw out of necessity, because their mouth and gums are painful when their adult teeth are emerging. They don’t generally chew just to be a nuisance, but because it makes their mouth hurt less.

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Never allow your dog to be alone with small children, no matter how much you trust his temperament. Many little kids have been bitten by family dogs who have otherwise never demonstrated a tendency towards violence. Sleeping dogs may be woken by a toddler, and often a toddler doesn’t have any idea that the dog doesn’t like to be hit, punched, or have its tail or ears pulled. Any dog may react negatively, and it is NOT the dogs’ fault.

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Not everyone is good at training dogs, so quit trying if you see things are not going as well as planned. Instead of beating yourself up about it, find a professional trainer in your area. Since they have more experience with dogs, it should be much easier for them to train yours. Alternatively, group classes in basic obedience are often less expensive and just as useful, and you’ll learn as much as your dog does if you attend training sessions!

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If your dog is unused to the grooming process, only work with him or her in short bursts. Groom for about five minutes and then stop and move on to another activity. Eventually, start adding on two or three minutes to your total grooming time until your pet is able to handle a full session. Grooming is stressful for many dogs at first, and a young dog especially will have a hard time staying still for long periods of time. Be aware and sympathetic – your attitude will have a lot to do with how well the process goes!

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Keep your dog at a healthy weight. Plenty of dogs are overweight, and just like humans, this can lead to health issues. People tend to overfeed their dogs, and many also feed them table scraps. A dog doesn’t need as many calories as most people think; talk to your vet about how much you should feed him each day, and what food is most suitable. A vet will advise you based on his size, age and lifestyle. Table scraps are a bad idea for a number of reasons, but the most important one is that they’ll learn bad manners very quickly.

If your dog seems to have a lot of stomach issues, consider a grain-free diet. Dogs can have or develop allergies, and they can be allergic to wheat or corn just like people can. Dogs’ digestive systems aren’t designed to use grain, anyway!

Keep your dog’s teeth in tip top condition. Just like humans, a dog can suffer from toothache, gum disease and even tooth loss. Regular brushing will ensure that that his teeth and gums stay healthy and strong. Without regular brushing, it is estimated that dental disease will affect up to 80% of dogs by the age of three. Dental cleaning by a vet should be an annual or bi-annual event.

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If you’re thinking about getting a dog, but aren’t sure you want to make the commitment, try serving as a foster home. Shelters for abused or homeless dogs are often looking for temporary homes, called foster homes, where dogs can live until they are adopted out to a permanent home. You can give one a home for a while to help the cause and you can also keep it if you suit each other!

Positive reinforcement is the best way to train your dog. You should congratulate your dog when it displays a good behavior, for instance by giving it a treat or petting it. Talk to your dog in a soft voice and make sure you praise it every time the good behavior is displayed.

Some dog breeds are more likely to suffer from health problems and so you should know what to look out for in your dog. If you have a specific breed of dog in mind, take the time to read up on your chosen breed before you decide so you don’t get any surprises down the road. You should inquire with your vet about how you can take care of your dog the right way.

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Having a dog of your own won’t be all fun and games, but it can be very rewarding for both of you. You have to take time to really think about what you want, and to act accordingly. You can use the tips here to help you figure out what you really want. The more you think about it first, the happier you and your dog will be, together!

As always, questions, comments, criticisms or corrections are welcome at

With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne Hasty

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3 Facts about Poison Dart Frogs

Have you considered getting Poison Dart Frogs as a pet? They are wonderful to see, in all the colors of the rainbow. Most are tiny, and they do need some specialized care, but they’re not that much more difficult to keep than, say, a fish or a hamster.

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Fact One: The most common question about these tiny jewels is “Are they really that poisonous?” Well, the short answer is, it depends. In the wild, they are. But in captivity, they aren’t. Apparently, something in their diet in their native habitat contributes to their toxicity, and they don’t get that in a captive environment.

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What do you feed Dart Frogs in your home, then? Crickets and fruit flies are the most common diet, and are the easiest to find, too.

Fact Two: You DO have to spend some time getting their home ready first! You’ll have to build up your terrarium over a few weeks before it’s ready to hold your tiny jewels, and many Dart Frog owners find that process very enjoyable.

Some of the things you’ll need are tropical plants, mosses, an automatic misting system with filtered water, and the enclosure itself will probably cost more than the inhabitants!

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The great part of that is, that once you get the environment set up successfully, the actual frog keeping isn’t difficult at all. In fact, if you get the environment set up, and manage to get opposite sexes, you’ll most likely have lots of eggs and then baby frogs, too!

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Fact Three: Dart Frogs are different than most frogs in another way: they take care of their offspring! Males usually tend the eggs, making sure they stay moist, and then moving the hatchlings to water.

In some species, the male will call the female and court her, inducing her to lay infertile eggs which are then fed to the tadpoles.

Other species will have larger numbers of eggs and babies, and in the wild the male and female will feed and care for each tadpole in its own tiny pool.

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Breeder Patrick Nabors has been in the business since 1994, and his first advice to anyone interested is to buy from a reputable breeder. While some people might think this is just a ploy to get sales, I have found this to be true with any animal and especially true with exotics.

Think about it – do you really want to spend money on a pet that may have been bred from sickly or poorly fed parents? Or a pet that’s got diseases or parasites that you won’t ever see or know about until it dies? How about one that’s suffered through the process of being caught, “packaged”, and (possibly illegally) imported? Not only would you be throwing your money away, you’d be supporting the trade in illegal animals.

Image by Jonathan Stegemann from Pixabay

Poison Dart Frogs make amazing and gorgeous pets for your home or office, but you do need to consider whether you’re actually ready for the whole process, and whether you want to commit the time and energy to do a proper job of keeping them.

If you’re still wanting to hop into Dart Frog ownership, purchase “My Poison Dart Frog Journal” to get some facts, some trivia, and a few froggy quotes as you build your habitat and prepare for your very own tiny living jewels!

As always, complaints, comments and criticism always welcome at

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

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Robins Nesting in the Porch Rafters…

I’ve been watching our ‘house’ Robins for 2 or 3 weeks now.

We spotted the nest, probably right as it was finished. So, when I go out on the porch to use my rowing machine, or my computer, or just to read, they both keep a close eye on me!

I could tell when she started to incubate her eggs, because she was watching me VERY closely.

And for the last two or three days, she didn’t come off the nest but a couple of times that I saw.

Today, everything changed, though! Both birds were flying in and out of the rafters, completely ignoring me.

At a strategic moment, I got the ladder up and peeked, and here’s what I saw:

I believe there are three tiny, ugly baby robins in the nest! I’ll be keeping tabs on them. It’s truly incredible how fast baby birds grow!

Scientists believe that birds evolved from the lizards, and when you see baby birds in all their homely beauty, it’s easy to see why. They look pretty lizard-like when they’re tiny. The down will fluff out and cover them in a couple of days, and then the feathers, and after all, what’s a bird without feathers, anyway?

The American Robin is a member of the family of Thrushes and it’s a migratory songbird closely related to the Bluebirds. They arrived here in Kentucky a couple of months ago, but are just now starting to hatch out their first clutch now. Many people don’t know that most of the songbirds will hatch at least two sets of babies in a season, some will even go for three if the weather and food is good.

Photo by Joe Cox on Unsplash

Our Robins here are very busy now gathering worms, crickets, and what few grasshoppers are out this early. Now that they have three extra mouths to feed, I’ll put some mealworms out in the feeder to see if they’ll try those.

Until tomorrow, then…

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

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Daffodils Nodding in the Breeze…

Photo by Simon Bowles courtesy of Unsplash

Here in Eastern Kentucky, the daffodils have been blooming for about a month already, and they’re so cheerful looking! I grew up in the Arizona desert, and daffys did NOT grow there, except in a pot for a while, in the house.

I still get side-tracked here, seeing clumps of sunny yellow, white, and even orange daffodils blooming in the middle of empty fields, on hilltops, and in the many small family cemeteries that you’ll see driving around.

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We started planting daffodils as soon as we moved into this house, and two years later, we’re beginning to see some real results!

We have daffys along our driveway on both sides.

There’s daffys in the front flower garden.

And there are daffys in the side garden, as well.

Oh, and don’t forget, there are three BIG bunches of daffys in the basement waiting to get re-planted, that my hubby and son rescued from a neighbor’s field. I have given bags full to the next door neighbors, too, just to cut down on the re-planting!

Can’t wait for next year!!

As always, comments, criticism, and complaints to me at

Have a blessed day!

With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne Hasty

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Peafowl Are a Fun Country Pet

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We had Peafowl at our ranch in Arizona. They were really interesting, but very loud in the Spring especially. The Peacock has a call that he uses to attract hens from far away, through the jungle, so it has to be really loud!

If you have neighbors closer than a mile away, you probably want to let them know if you get Peafowl! That loud call sounds like a woman yelling “HELP” to a LOT of people, and your neighbors can be understandably upset to hear this if they don’t get an adequate warning. Also, Peacocks will call at night if they’re disturbed, so they’re not the best pet for those who have trouble sleeping!

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If you’ve been lucky enough to see one spread his tail like this, you know it’s one of Nature’s amazing displays! What I learned recently is that there’s a sort of rustling, clicking noise he makes when he’s adjusting his fan (I had heard this) that is a particular sound frequency, and the hens have special feathers on their heads that are actually tuned to that exact frequency, so that they can find him no matter how thick the jungle.

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Another thing most people don’t realize is that a Peacock or Peahen can fly! They’re actually incredible to see, the only thing I’ve seen that even comes close is watching a Wild Turkey fly. They’re about the same size and build (except for the tail), and watching these big, bulky birds soar just made my heart sing!

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Peacocks shed their tail every year, and every year it just gets bigger and better. So, don’t feel guilty for getting those amazing feathers, they’re all natural and freely donated every Fall!

Want to learn more about Peafowl? Here’s a book that’s way better than a diary, and a heckuva lot more educational than a plain journal:

My Peacock Journal available NOW!

Questions, comments, criticism? Contact me at

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty


Kentucky Wildflowers are Springing Up All Over!

Just another DYC (Darn Yellow Composit)
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Wild Violets in Clover, Grass, and Yarrow
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Potentilla (I think)
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Wild Cherry
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Redbud flowers close up
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As always, corrections, comments, and criticisms welcome at

With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne Hasty


Hiking on the hill

Yesterday my son took me on a “baby hike” to show me some of the plants he’d found while running the Beagles. Here are the photos:

Trillium by LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019
Bloodroot LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019
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I’ve got to look this one up, not sure about the name!

Here are some more:

Wild Violets LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019
Wild Cherry LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019

Today we’re going to get photos of some more lovely Kentucky Spring flowers!

As always, comments, corrections, and criticism welcome at

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

Our Bunnies Are NOT Spoiled!

New baby bunnies are SO adorable, even my teenage son couldn’t help but play with them!

As they grew, they stayed cite, and got played with even more!

It’s crazy having a cuteness overload every day!

Two of these babies must have some lionhead genes, because they’re very fluffy around the neck. Here’s one, above…

This is Niblet, the one Ty decided to keep as his own. He’s training it to let him clip the sharp ends of its nails.

Short but sweet today! As always, though, comments, criticisms or corrections welcome at anytime!

Have a FABULOUS day!

With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne Hasty

7 Facts about Sugar Gliders!

You know that incredibly cute animal at the flea markets that they call a sugar glider or honey bear?  Well, they’ll sell you that adorable critter without telling you some REALLY important information!!

Before you spend your hard-earned money on a tiny creature that “isn’t any trouble at all”, make sure you read this!! 

First, what IS a Sugar Glider? “Petaurus breviceps” is an Australian marsupial mammal about the same size as a Northern Flying Squirrel “Glaucomys sabrinus”. They have a pouch like a kangaroo. Their babies are the size of a grain of rice when they’re born, and they have to climb up mamma’s fur to get to the pouch, and attach to a teat for milk. Here’s a photo:

Photo by andyround62 via pixabay

1) Sugar gliders are naturally nocturnal.  This means that they come out at night, and that’s when they generally want attention, food and water.  Some gliders will adjust to being awake during the day, but their biological clock tells them to be up at night. If you aren’t a night person, think about how that will affect your home life.  They WILL run around in their cage, run on their wheel, and they do BARK when they want something!! 

2) Sugar gliders require a special diet to stay healthy, and they can easily live 15 years!  This means you will have to make batches of food ahead and freeze it in ice cube trays, in order to feed them properly.  The ingredients aren’t hard to find, and it’s not difficult to make, but you can’t just feed them dry food like you can a dog or cat.

Cute sugar glider at home

3) Sugar gliders are not usually a good pet for a small child.  They will nip or bite if they get scared(like any animal), and they have very sharp teeth!  They can also nip you accidentally when you are giving them treats, and they can draw blood easily! If your glider hasn’t been well-socialized as a baby, they’ll be startled by a child’s quick movements and loud noises, and some gliders won’t ever get used to that.

4) Sugar gliders really need daily handling.  If you are a person who gets tired easily or has to travel a lot, this is probably not the pet for you. You MUST get them out of their cage EVERY DAY to play, jump and climb on you. This is SO important to keeping them tame and friendly.

5) Gliders do NOT potty train (as a general rule).  They will mark you as their territory and this means you get pooped and peed on every day.  If you are very picky about this sort of thing, this is not the pet for you!

Thomas, Comet and Ivory taking over my back!

6) Male gliders CAN and SHOULD be neutered. They will continue to breed the females as long as they are alive.  Neutering ensures that you don’t end up with a colony of 30 from the original 2 or 3 you brought home (True Story)!

7) Gliders love company! You should always get two, preferably same sex pairs who have grown up together. In the wild, they live in colonies of ten to a hundred or more, and living by themselves isn’t natural for them. One human doesn’t replace all that interaction that they’re designed for!

And besides all that, they need some other things.   A REALLY BIG special cage, designed for gliders or small birds, in order to have lots of toys and branches to play on while you are busy is an absolute necessity.  A veterinarian who has training in exotic animal care to get your male gliders neutered when they are old enough and for annual checkups.

And, yes, sugar gliders do have a “musky” odor.  If you don’t get your males fixed, they can be pretty strong. Most glider people don’t mind the little bit that remains.

Ivory is a Leucistic glider; she has black eyes but all white fur.

There is a lot of information on the Internet, but honestly, you really have to dig to find ACCURATE stuff.  There are multiple glider rescues out there who are in the business of helping people who get overwhelmed with life,for instance they end up having to move, only to find out that the state they’re moving to has a law against owning gliders. It’s very easy to work with these people and they will educate you on all the things you need to know!

There are plenty of reputable breeders out there who are doing a great job of tracking where their babies go and who’s breeding with who.  If you decide that you want a baby, PLEASE find a GOOD responsible breeder!  This means that you won’t end up with a glider whose parents were siblings, has multiple health problems or who will die just as you really get attached.  A good breeder will always want to keep in contact and help you out.  They can help you find a local veterinarian who does annual checkups, neuters and answers questions!!!

There are several reputable Glider owner and rescue groups on FaceBook, many of whom will assign you a “Glider Mentor” to answer your questions and help you out.  If you’re not sure where to look, drop me an email at and I will be happy to get you hooked in!  Also, I recommend “My Sugar Glider Journal”, (available on Amazon at  ) as a way to get some more information, and to give yourself time to decide if gliders are right for you!

In conclusion, Sugar gliders are NOT for everyone, but if you decide you want to be one of those special people, PLEASE be responsible and do it right.  There are too many gliders out there who suffer in terrible conditions, and you don’t want to make it worse, do you?

As always, thanks for reading! Comments, complaints, corrections or criticism is welcome at

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

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