Today I came up with a game plan on getting the posts to show again. I ran it by a friend of mine (who also knows code) and she agreed that it would probably work. I wrote down the steps and went through systematically. Unfortunately I encountered some error messages with blogger (which ate up about 20 mins or so), but from start to finish it took me 80 mins. So without the errors it would have been right at an hour...which is what I guessed it would be.
So I learned a lot...mostly to preview and ALWAYS back-up. Thanks for hanging in there with me! Now I have to get my Mr. Linkies back up!