Life is GOOD!
As you can see from this post, I tried the Beta Blogger Post Image function, and it worked just fine.
Update: I just checked, and it looks as though I can't, for now, use Picasa to post pictures.
Bummer - just when I had some really kewl stuff to show.
I just got off the phone with the lawnmower repair place - the bill is not quite 70 dollars, much better than I anticipated. I was sweating bullets that I had caused major damage to the machine.
Even better, the weather is pouring, so I have a great excuse for not finishing the lawn right now.