Well I talked with my ISP after half an hour of phone mayhem (their phones cut us off; try to call back and be told lines are busy; call back and get same nice guy at Easy Street; my phone cut us off; search for a replacement phone; fail and dig out the cellphone with drippings of power remaining; manage to hang on to get a solution and thank nice guy at Easy Street for helping out). What it boils down to is I need a new modem, which I can't purchase until Friday.
So until I can get a new modem, I'm sort of out of commission until Friday. I do have a resource for at least checking my email once a day (thanks Ruth!).
In the meantime, I'm dreaming of when I can put needles to yarn for these followed by drawing up a pattern for a matching hat. Yum!