… but now it’s found.
I promised an update, and here it is. I found my missing flash drive a few days ago. It was in a cabinet in my guest room/office. A cabinet I’d looked in several times when it went missing and somehow, though it was on a shelf at eye-level, I didn’t see it.
I’m still backing everything up elsewhere, but it’s good to know the original returned.
I still have no idea what happened to my little dragon notebook. 😦 Or my pink bowl. Or many other missing items. But the flash drive is back.