Oh hell, if I quit blogging, I've got to quit taking cat pictures....and then what would I do for fun?
Besides, once I calmed down, I found I HAD saved my sidebar information - just in case I lost it in the upgrade (which, of course, I did.) So, I spent a few hours converting hard-learned HTML back to plain English and eliminated a whole bunch of links and TA!DA!! a sidebar of sorts.
So - here's box kitty and I guess I'm back.
Thanks to everyone who wrote here or emailed me.....I appreciated your support.