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Back from the dead…

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If there is anyone out there that is still reading this blog and a witness that Scibbles & Musings is back from the dead…THANK YOU!!

I’m so sorry…it’s been awhile…

Like 6 months or so to be somewhat exact…since I’ve last posted…but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about the blog. Or all my once, loyal readers who must think that either I am dead…or at the very least that the blog is dead. Continue reading

Gift Ideas for the Cat Lover on Your List

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Gift ideas under $25 for the cat lover on your list this year. I don’t know about you but there are always a few cat lovers onmy gift list each year. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!! (well, to be totally honest, I am a sucker for pretty much all animals!) And as a pet sitter I probably have a few more cat lovers on my gift list than the average person. Which means I spend a lot of time during the year keeping an eye out for cute gifts for the holidays that I can give to my cat sitting clients. Continue reading

Gifts Ideas Dog Lovers Will Love

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There are probably a few dog lovers on everyone’s gift list each year. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!! And as a pet sitter I probably have a few more dog lovers on my gift list than the average person. Which means I spend a lot of time during the year keeping an eye out for cute gifts for the holidays that I can give to my dog sitting clients.

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5 Best Litter Box Tips & Tricks

Got poop?

You probably do if you happen to be owned by a feline companion or two. Or maybe you are like me and find yourself spending many hours of your day scooping out yet another litter box. You may find these litter box tips & tricks to be quite useful.

5 tips for combating litter box stink

My Feline Back Story

I have had cats in my life as far back as I can remember. Indoor cats. Stray cats. Barn cats. Foster cats. Black cats. White cats. Tiger kitties. Tuxedo cats. Orange “Garfield” kitties. Siamese kittens. All of them hold a piece of my heart and are happy memories of a lifetime ago.

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My Favorite Ruby Gems

My Favorite Ruby Gems is the fifth installment of the blogging assignments (out of seven), that I am required to complete during the Fullstack Web Development online program, LearnVerified, at the Flatiron School. Not only do they ‘make us’ learn lots of code…they want us to blog about it as well. This installment will cover some of my new favorite Ruby gems that I have discovered so far during my learning to code journey.


As the saga continues…

Progress Update

10+ Awesome Ruby GemsI am still, ever so slowly, pushing my way through the curriculum. After my pretty impressive code streak early on in the race, I hit a few ‘bumps in the road of life’ that has significantly slowed my progress. Yet, despite those bumps, my love of learning and love of code continues. Continue reading

The Code Streak Lives

The Code Streak Lives is the third installment of the blogging assignments (out of seven), that I am required to complete for the Fullstack Web Development online program, LearnVerified, at the Flatiron School. Not only do they ‘make us’ learn lots of code…they want us to blog about it as well.


Just a day or so after managing to break my 109-day-code-streak at the LearnVerified program of Flatiron School, I have been spending a lot of time pondering the value of the code streak. Continue reading

Fav Foto Friday #53

Fav Foto FridayFav Foto Friday is an opportunity to share each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday may not be the most exciting photograph as far as photographs go but I have been waiting and watch for blooms to appear on my hydrangea plants that I planted last year and was beginning to think that they were not going to bloom.

Finally, after waiting and waiting this is the first blossom to appear on the 3 plants that survived last winter. This blossom has gotten just big enough to show off hints of it’s pretty pink color to come. I suppose we still have time for the others to bloom yet…it’s just almost as painful as watching grass grow 🙂

New hydrangea blossom with just hints of pink

 

Hope you have enjoyed today’s Fav Foto Friday selections! Join me and share some of your favorite images! Don’t forget to tag your post #favfotofriday.

A Whole Year of Fav Foto Fridays

Fav Foto Friday

Fav Foto Friday is an opportunity to share each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday is the fifty-second edition of Fav Foto Friday!?!? A whole year has gone by?!?! Where does the time go!?!? I am so grateful to all of my fellow blogger who have participated and helped to keep this weekly feature going!!

It has been a long year in some ways for me dealing with the death of my mom and yet in other ways it has flown by! I guess the ‘flying by’ of a year has a little something to do with getting older. I remember as a child it felt like forever til it would be Christmas again. As I get older it feels like I just put away all the holiday decorations and I am turning around and getting them out again.

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Fav Foto Friday #51

Fav Foto FridayFav Foto Friday is an opportunity to share each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday are from my travels while pet sitting. The first one is a picture of a barn (or more likely a garage but since I can’t entirely see it, I will pretend it is a barn 🙂 ) that I pass on my way to one of my customer’s homes.  It always catches my eye cause it just looks like a great building…but I especially like it now with an American flag on it! I take comfort in the fact that despite all the craziness going on in the world today, there are people who are still proud to be Americans and proud of our flag.

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Explain HTML and CSS to your Mom

This is the second blog assignment (out of seven), that I am required to complete for the Fullstack Web Development program, Learn Verified, at the Flatiron School. Not only do they ‘make us’ learn lots of code…they want us to blog about it as well.

For those of you that have been following my blog (thank you!!)…you might remember that my mom passed away right before the holidays in 2015. So naturally this blog assignment, with it’s prompt of “Explain HTML and CSS to your mom”,  caught me a little by surprise, since I would give anything to be able to really tell my mom all about my ‘learning to code’ journey.

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I’m not sure she would even know or really care about HTML or CSS normally, as she wasn’t necessarily all that interested in computers, other than to do basic things like send an email, type up a letter or check Facebook…but she would happily listen to me explain how HTML and CSS work together to make websites.  She would enjoy hearing me tell her about something that obviously excited me enough to want to share it with her…cause that is just how my mom was.

Mom was actually aware of my interest in computers and had tried to encourage me to study computers back in college…mostly cause she thought it would be more profitable than me studying to work with animals (unless of course I was going to be a veterinarian), but I of course had to do things my way. So I would like to think she would be happy that I have decided to follow through with my desire to learn to code.

I am not sure this description would work well for all parents…but I think for my mom, who was a creative person, as well as being quite good at organization, I would be able start with the broad strokes of telling her that ‘HTML is mainly for creating the structure, organization and content for a website’, while CSS is for ‘making the site look pretty’.

Both HTML and CSS (along with Javascript) are the parts or coding languages that are considered to be Front-end Web Development. Front-end development is also known as the client-side of programming in that it creates what the users sees when they visit a website on the internet and allows them to interact with the site.

HTML, which stands for (Hyper-Text Mark-Up Language) is the language that is used to structure a website and display all of the content on the World Wide Web. It is called a markup language because it uses ‘tags’ that wrap around different types of content to structure the layout of the page…for example, there are heading tags, <h1> through <h6>, that give you various sized headings that you can use on your page or <p> tags to identify the beginning and the end of a paragraph. There are also tags to create various kinds of lists, such as ordered <ol> or unordered <ul> lists. Most tags require an opening and a closing tag…so for a paragraph you would surround the text of your paragraph with an opening <p> tag and a closing </p> tag.

HTML also allows you to do things such as create hyperlinks, which are key in navigating the World Wide Web. As well as tags that allow us to add images, videos and audio clips to what would otherwise just be webpages full of lots and lots of text!

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Basic HTML for the beginning of a simple project

CSS, which stands for Cascading Style Sheets, is also a type of markup language, but instead of displaying content, CSS styles the content. Things like text color and background images and positioning various elements.

CSS is sort of like interior decorating, with painting the walls and adding furniture and deciding where to put it all, where as HTML is like building the house.

CSS works with HTML by identifying the various tags and using the tags as a way of selecting which element should be styled which way. So if I wanted to center my ‘Welcome to My Pinteresed App!’ heading (h1), the CSS code would look something like this:

h1 {
    text-align: center;
}

Where the h1 is the selector that points to the HTML element you want to style. The part within the curly brackets is called the declaration block  and it contains one or more declarations separated by semicolons. Each declaration includes a CSS property name and a value, separated by a colon. And CSS declaration always ends with a semicolon.

With enough CSS you can go from the site in the above image with very basic content on it…to something that looks more like a ‘real’ website.

Screenshot of my site with some CSS

I would like to think that at this point, Mom might actually be pretty impressed with my skills, as she would appreciate the difference from going from basically a sketch or rough draft of what I want on my site, to something that looks like more of a complete site…despite it actually being a work in progress 🙂

For me, I actually still get excited going from a blank page to having the HTML render the most basic of sites. CSS is just the ‘icing on the cake’ as I love being able to pick colors and choose layouts and decide on fonts to transform the site into something beautiful. And this dorky enthusiasm for witnessing a site being created is why I learn to code!