The laptop has been rebuilt with a new hard drive, a new keyboard (some of the letter keys were chipping) and a new case (again, some chipping) and it's now back home! Luckily I had backed up all the data and everything's reinstalled so we are good to go - hopefully for a very long time!
But today when I went to update the blog and post some pictures, I got a message saying that my site has exceeded the free storage space amount. So off I went to Picasa Web Albums, where Blogger stores blog photos, and discovered that yes, indeed, I have used 1023 gb of the 1024 free gb allowed. That equals 3773 - yes, three thousand seven hundred seventy-three pictures in the last 4 years! And they are all saved in my web album which is great. But due to the lack of space, I've had to purchase, for the grand sum of $5.00, extra space of 20 Mb and it will take 24 hours to adjust my account. So - - no pictures until later.
If it isn't one thing, it's something else! Once again, I appreciate your consideration while I deal with technical difficulties :))