Another “U” stories voting reminder . . . and more Still Life paintings

The “U” stories are still struggling to generate views (let alone votes). Not sure what’s going on, but I assume it has a bit to do with the world going to crap, the holidays, and COVID-19 parked on everyone’s minds. 

As this is, has been, and will be an effort just for the fun of it, it means the drastic reduction in readership is of no practical consequence . . . other than to the fragile egos of the writers. Poor sods are anxiously following the poll and watching their self-esteem shrivel-up. It’s actually worse for the other two writers than for me since I’m not the one mailing out notices to friends and family. Anyway . . .   

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge U-Stories” are HERE(link) Votes will be accepted until noon, Chicago time, on Wednesday, December 16th.

I’m continuing with photos from a Still Life contest I had entered. Today’s photos can be said to be loosely related; not quite a theme, per se, but at least peripherally related.

Still Life

Yes, them be toothpicks for people with very big gaps between their teeth (or massive cavities). OK, OK . . . they’re crochet needles and a few other implements I’d be hard-pressed to name.

So, let me post the next one and see if you can guess how today’s photos might be related . . .

Still Life


As I mentioned, you can see why I didn’t win . . . or place . . . or nuthin’ in that Still Life contest.

Before I reveal the next and last photo, I figure I would revive the habit of linking older posts for them who want ridiculously long posts with many photos. The first offering is a post I did on the one-year anniversary of our move to Hawaiʻi. That can be found by clicking this LINK.

It seems strange that we’re approaching the second anniversary of us leaving Hawaiʻi. Two years, we’ve been gone, and it seems not that long ago. Certainly, 2019 went by quickly as we settled into a new house and life . . . and 2020 wooshed by even as it seems interminable. Meaning, it’s December already, and we wonder where the months have gone . . . and also feel like it’s been 2020 for a few years now.

In part, this can be attributed to so much having happened . . . and very little of it good.

For them craving a bit of levity and some Classic Cars details, this LINK should do the trick. One thing with that post; as with many others, the comments are as much (if not more) fun to read than the post.

And now, the last of the trio of photos for today’s post . . .

Still Life

So, can you guess the theme? Seriously, I’m asking because I couldn’t come up with an appropriate name. ‘Crafty Stuff’, maybe? ‘Hobby Noxious’? ‘Sewing Triple’?

Anyway, this post is nearly done.

This LINK will take you to the SmugMug gallery that has the full-size versions of the above and also photos in recent reminder posts.

I’ll close this update with a gallery of the above plus their monochrome counterparts.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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