Well, it took a lot of struggling with DNS related settings and more patience than I thought I had, but we're back up and running. I've decided to stick with a blogger back-end, and moved my hosting to Google Domains. The integration works better, and there's less pain involved with getting the DNS related items working properly, especially after a week of trying to get DNS hosting to work via my previous hosting provider and the blogger back-end. Suffice to say it wasn't worth the trouble. As a bonus, they also provided an SSL certificate as part of the deal, and it doesn't cost extra. Given that I'm pinching the pennies these days, it helps a lot. I do suspect that if I were to want to setup some sort of online shopping thing down the road sometime, I might want a better SSL certificate, then I might have to pony up for an upgraded cert. But I won't worry about that for now. The site is up and running again, and I'm pleased with that for now.
Anyhoo, I hope you're all doing well, and if you're running a web server for whatever reason, that it runs smoothly, and with minimal headaches.