Please find answer below
1 -- What are the specs of a laptop that can handle CS 6?
It depends on the application you will use and install. Video apps like Premiere pro, After effects have higher requirement as compare to InDesign, Illustrator etc. Please review the tech specs for each application. This link will help with the details :System requirements | Adobe Creative Suite 6
2 -- Can I sign up for Creative Cloud services for, say, a couple months and then suspend the service when I'm back to using my desktop? What's the pricing for that?
Yes, you can, You can find the pricing details creative.adobe.com/plans
3 -- Can I use Creative Cloud when I don't have access to Internet because internet service is sporadic or non-existent in northwoods?
No, you can't. You need internet atleast once to activate the software.
4 -- Can I easily transfer projects from CS 6 laptop to CS 5.5 on desktop?
It depends on file format. File format like JPEG, PSD, TIFF etc are universal and shall work perfectly fine between CS6 and CS5.5 however format like INDD will be a concern as InDesign file saved in newer version could not be opened in older version directly.
5 -- Alternatively, can I simply install my existing CS 5.5 in a new laptop?
Yes, you can.
Hope this helps
thank you. ... So simplest for me would be to load my existing CS 5.5 into a new laptop.
Thank you. Sticking with 5.5 for present seems like easiest solution.
OK -- now laptop seller is asking me about display specs. Adobe specs for Premiere Pro 6 are 1280x900. Is that just minimum? My laptop dealer's displays are 1920 x 1080. That would work, right?