That's a bit of relief. I backed up my HD in July and so the last chapter and some revisions of my latest yet to be named novel was not backed up. So now I will get those and saved e-mails and stuff, back. All is well.
I'm still shopping for a new Mac.
It is the official warning shot, George Carlin's, 2 minute warning. The computer was 9 years old. While it had a lot of spunk, Gateways seem to have that, everyone succumbs to time.
I think it's time.