I'm finally biting the bullet and updating my template to a more user-friendly version. Blogger gave it the final push by tempting me with a really customizable set of new template designs and images.
All sidebar items will be restored in due time.
You patience is appreciated while I work through the process.
(I know ... no time for posting, but time for template redo? Shhhh. I gotta have some fun!)
Update: as you can see I've been looking at different formats and colors, etc. I like the idea of coordinating a bit with the liturgical time of year (though if I am feeling like sun or sand then that will be a bit more tenuous). So, for now, we have the leafy green feel.