I thought it would be best to pull the blue LED on the ESP8266 low and have the red LED blink when the board is trying to find the network and solid once it finds it. Well I relized that the red LED is controlled by pin 0 and the blue LED is on pin 2. I am already using those pins for other things. If I had realized this sooner, I should have re-arranged the pins. Oh well. Ya live and learn. Just another thing to add to my speculative improvements.
If you are looking for a summary for my Masters thesis, it is here.