A New Mystery Photo Contest

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 75 Comments

mystery picture 1Giveaway Time – A New Contest

Time to give away something. Books, of course. In my way of thinking, not much better than a book to settle down with on a cold winter’s night or a warm winter’s night either. I’ll pick three winners by random drawing on January 31, 2016. In the weeks before that I’ll be posting various mystery photo and each time you guess or admit you don’t know what the picture is, you’ll get another entry. That could give you as many as five, maybe even six chances to enter.

Words Instead of Dollars

Okay, so it’s not the billion plus Power Ball drawing, but you might be on your way to winning a million words, give or take a few thousand. Actually a million words would be about ten of my books so you might have to be happy with two hundred thousand words or so. The winners will get their choice of one of my books plus a grab bag book by a different inspirational novelist. I’ll give the winners a choice of several to pick from. Maybe an Irene Hannon book or one by Laura Frantz or Jan Watson. We’ll see what I can come up with to go along with one of my books. This contest is open to everybody over 18 years of age who wants to play, USA, Canada and international readers too. All you have to do is make a guess as to what you think the picture might be. Remember, it’s more fun if you make your guess before you read the other guesses. They might lead you down the wrong imagined trails. 🙂 The guess doesn’t have to be right to get an entry.

How to Enter

Just leave a comment here with your best guess about the photo or even an “I don’t know” to get your name in my drawing hat. We’ve done this game several times, and I’ve found out you all are great guessers. I think I’ve managed to fool all of you only once with the bloom of a peace plant. The contest will only be open to those of you who stop by my blog here. So that might narrow the odds a bunch. One thing sure, it’s going to strain my creative photographer’s brain to come up with that many mystery photos. So if whatever I post seems extra obvious to you, just remember I was trying to be mysterious.

So What is It?

That is the question. One thing it’s not is a Power Ball ticket. Can you even imagine winning over a billion dollars? I can’t. Guess that’s why I’m letting everybody else buy the tickets. But it is sort of fun thinking about what you might do with a million or so dollars. See, I can’t even imagine having the billion. One of the things I saw said you could buy a pro sports team with that kind of money. Not that I would want one. However, a small island might be nice. A writing retreat. You would probably have to retreat somewhere if you suddenly came into that much money. Another thing I read said that your odds of winning were similar to your odds of getting struck by lightning while you were drowning or something crazy like that. My odds are even worse. I’m not buying a ticket.

But your odds for maybe winning some books are much better than Power Ball’s zillion to one. So come up with your best guess. Usually these contests are great fun for you and for me. So let’s have some fun and all be winners.

Thanks for reading!

Comments 75

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      If it’s a simple answer, Loretta, it’s one a lot of people have answered along with you. But just wait. Next picture is going to be really mysterious. LOL.

    1. Post
      Author
    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      I hadn’t thought about what it was made out of, Linda. I am definitely going to have to look up scrub boards to get a little history. Somebody here said their mother, I think, had a glass one. Thanks for dropping by with a guess. I’ll try to be more mysterious on Wednesday. LOL.

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      Hi, Judy. Fun that you came over to make a guess on my mystery photo. Although it’s obviously not much of a mystery. Maybe the next one will be harder. 🙂

        1. Peggy J Rexroat

          I remember my mother scrubbing my dads’s overalls on her scrub board before she put them through the wash cycle in her wringer washer

          1. Post
            Author
            Ann H Gabhart

            She intended to get them clean, didn’t she, Peggy? I checked out scrub boards on line and was surprised to see that many people still use them. I think I’ll post about some of the things I found out about them tonight.

  1. Amy R.

    Hi Ann,

    At first I thought this was some sort of grater, like for cheese, but upon closer inspection it does appear to be a wash board.

    What a fun contest. I can’t wait for the next photo 🙂

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      At least you thought it was something else for a minute or two, Amy. I lacked a little mystery on this one, but I’ve been considering other pictures all morning and think I have a candidate for Wednesday’s mystery photo. You’ll have to come back to see if I managed to be more mysterious. 🙂

  2. Kaye Whitney

    I had not guessed that it was a washboard. I was thinking that it was a stack of washcloths with the bound edges showing.
    I did have to use a washboard when I was a child and when I was first married.

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      I think you’re the first to say you’ve actually used a washboard, Kaye. I’m going to have to look up more about scrub boards. Sometimes one question leads to another. Oh, and I like your guess.

  3. Donna B

    My guess is an old wash/scrub board like my grandma and mom used on laundry day. Thank goodness we have it much easier now!

    1. Post
      Author
  4. Edward Arrington

    Well, I’m going to guess that it’s either a washboard or scrub board. I’m not sure of the correct name but I know what they were used for. I can’t say I ever actually used one myself but I’m sure I played with one when I was a child. I also saw someone making music with one just a couple of years ago.

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      I’ve seen people using them as musical instruments a few times too, Edward. That’s right up there with playing the saw. That can me downright spooky music. We had an older guy once come to church and play Amazing Grace on his saw. Interesting special music that day. I suppose if you want to make music you find your instruments wherever you can.

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      Then you played the game fair, Charlene. I don’t think I managed to be very mysterious this time. Sometimes I’ll think I have the perfect mystery photo and then everybody looks at it and figures it out. That’s not to say you’re right, but you could be. LOL.

  5. Martha Whitaker

    I think it’s a wash board, too. I remember my mother doing laundry for a family of six, using one. And also had to heat the water.

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      I don’t remember Mom using one to wash, Martha, but she did have one. She talked about what a job it was to wash before electricity made it out to the farm. A lot of work.

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      Somehow most of you don’t think my photo was very mysterious. I’m working hard on the one for Wednesday though. LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Donna.

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      That wouldn’t have been much fun for sure, Pam. Hard on the knuckles, I’d say. Of course I’m not going to admit it’s a scrub board just yet, but the overwhelming majority of you are pretty certain it is.

    1. Post
      Author
      Ann H Gabhart

      Plenty of others are agreeing with you, Pam. I’m not admitting that it is yet, but I am saying I’ll try to be more mysterious with the photo on Wednesday night.

    1. Post
      Author
    1. Post
      Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *