I have a couple of bits of good news to report.
1. Shiny new laptop seems to work as it should although I'm struggling to get used to the cursor being in a different place.
2. Last night I sent off the article that I had commissioned and today I received an email from the editor saying that it was just what she was looking for. I am so pleased because I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to get it right. But apparently I did.