My email is fixed. It involved a few hours of trial and error followed by reading unhelpful postings on the 'help' forum. At that point, I gave up and called son #2. He suggested a little housecleaning and told me where to find the computer dust mop and YIPPEE!! My email is back.
Mind you, I seem to have lost all my blog feeds so I guess it's a good news/bad news kind of fix. But I am now encouraged - even feeling empowered, boss of my computer - and I bet I can figure out the blog feed problem too. That's today's euphoria speaking, - it might not last.
Despite the exhaustion and frustration, there was knitting. Sock #1 is done.