oh thank the gods!
blogger has sorted out the posting interface bug which meant my lovely preset bits of code were going walkabout and fixed it so that you get your preferred edit mode (html, blogger monkeys! I like html! I find coding relaxing...). Some of the recent changes smack of faffing about for the sake of it. It wasn't broke: there was no need to 'fix' it.
Also, a good friend has got herself a new place. Hurrah! You deserve the good karma, love.