Sorry folks, I haven't had any problems viewing the blog with images, so I had no idea they were down. The problem is being attended to, though it will take awhile to move every strip to safe ground.
Re: vacation. I was experimenting with doing a whole week of strips at once, but it turned out to be a lot more work than trying to keep up with the daily installments. Things should be back to normal/boring after today's scheduled Blogger outage.