Things were fine until suddenly I noticed Gimp was unable to access a directory I had been using all along.. No changes to the system occurred that I know of....

The location in question is an installed 500gb physical hard drive, the fstab entry is:
/dev/disk/by-uuid/779A70C23D0FD88C /media/me/MISCSHARED auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-hide,umask=0000

What I noticed is that the mount point is owned by root. I tried unsuccessfully to change the ownership while it was mounted. Then I umounted and somehow now have two identically named mount points (/media/me/MISCSHARED). One is owned by me, one is owned by root.

a. Immediately after re-booting or if I do sudo mount -a; /media/me has MISCSHARED as expected but it's highlighted.
b. If I then sudo umount that mount point and again perform an ls -l of /media/me, I still see MISCSHARED but in plain text.

a & b conditions above have different contents depending on which state I'm in.

So confused.