The last few days I’ve been working on visual layouts for the website, since I needed a break from the caterpillar care dissertation. Most of this has happened behind the scenes, and quite a bit of it was a complete failure and ended up on the scrap heap. However, I finally managed a nice pictorial link for the milkweed:
I also worked on a squirrel pic which I am not super happy with, but which will do. I’ll install it tomorrow. See below:
Today I put up two more pages of content on the raising caterpillars page and added in some things to the earlier text that I had forgotten. Two thirds of the way through the caterpillar info now, then I move onto the butterflies themselves. I knew this was going to take forever.
Today I took a break from writing about caterpillar care and worked on website visuals a bit. I’ve decided I want just one column for sections under each menu heading, obviously with some nice pictures.
To that end I took one of my pics of a male monarch butterfly and cropped out the background, then used it as a Raising Monarchs link on the Growing Flora and Fauna page.
This puts me on the right track for what I ultimately want the display layout to be. Also, another icon is my very own, rather than random clip art. Win-win!
You can’t see it, but I did so much work for the butterfly section today! I located and uploaded over 20 extremely illustrative pics of caterpillars, newborns through chrysalides. I’ve created what is essentially an illustrated outline of the entire caterpillar raising process. Tomorrow I expect to be able to whip through huge amounts of text, guided by my pics!
So today someone from Boardman, Oregon visited my website 255 times. Yeah, right.
A simple search reveals that Boardman is the site of an Amazon data center. Bots are crawling my site! Eeewww. I’ve read up on a few of the possible reasons for this and I don’t like any of them.
I identified the suspect IP addresses and have blocked them. If you’re a techy person who can tell me any reason this was not a good plan, do drop me an email. If you’re reading this and not a bot, you almost certainly know my email or know someone who does.
Also decided I really want to do most of my own icons, so taught myself to use Paint 3D, a cute little program that came preinstalled on my HP laptop. Look at me, I drew a bird! Yesterday I did a house by hand, which was much faster. But I am happy that I now have both options! Grow, Daisy, Grow!
As I am still working on closing windows on my phone that I’ve left open to remind me to post things here, I added a new section under Growing Up: Gifts Worth Giving. I also reorganized the Growing Up page a bit and renamed it Growing Up (Recs) so people understand it is a page for recommendations. I had taken the “Growing” theme too far and had become unclear. Hoping this clears things up, and that people find the gift suggestions useful.