First, thank you for the suggestions and help. However, either I am dumb as a stick or............. well, as you can tell - its not working.
Before Blogger's last change, those fixes would have worked. I just took a rather poor quality photo of my screen so you can see what I see. (Or more importantly what I don't see)
In the settings section related to comments - this is what I see.
No option for comment placement, imbedding, etc. Bahhhhhhhh! Is it just me?? Am I missing something??? This new blogger design is annoying me.