I have no idea how I'll pay for it, but I have to start somewhere.
When the Lord gives me a gentle rap on the side of my head like this, I've got to meet him half way before he has to hit me with a hammer. It has taken me 76 years to catch on to this.
When the laptop refused to start on the 1st of this month (see this post), that time I assumed it was the really old power surge strip, and I bought another. Apparently that was not the cause.
This time, I remembered someone telling me that sometimes you can re-boot a laptop by taking out the battery for a few minutes and then re-inserting it. That's what I did today, and so far, so good.
Still, there are obviously issues with this unit. It was a blessing when a neighbor gave it to me a couple of years ago, free. It had been hanging around his home and he did not need it. I am very grateful for that, but obviously it's time to look into something else.
Another neighbor blessed me a short while ago with their no-longer-needed flat screen monitor and keyboard, so all I need is the tower. However, I need to be sure I have the right software and Windows version on it. All my files are backed up by Carbonite and re-loading them is easy. I am grateful that I listened to my baby brother about Carbonite.
Father, thank you for the head's up on this. I'm trying to take action as quickly as possible, so I pray you have patience with this rather slow-to-act mortal. Meanwhile, bless my brother abundantly for his advice about the backups, and my neighbors for their blessings of the monitor and keyboard. I'll let you handle the tower.