After renaming your preferences file, you should open your existing catalog, rather than create a new one. See the section After the Preferences have been reset in the article about resetting preferences. It's more likely than not that resetting preferences won't help, but it's worth a try.
Thanks johnrellis. You were right. I needed to sign in in order to get a REPLY option.
When I tried the original instructions for reset of pref's you directed me to I was instructed to restart LR after I renamed pref file. LR then first asked for my region (U.S.). Next a dialogue box appeared indicating a catalogue would be created next. That's when I stopped the process and recovered orig'l pref file. I saw nothing that gave me an option to direct it to use the existing catalogue.
I admittedly am spooked by catalogue fiddling. The lack of help from Adobe for LR issues motivates me to exercise a great deal of caution where the catalogue is involved. It may be simple for someone with a thorough understanding of the interrelationships of LR files, someone like you, I would venture. But I am not there.
I will take a look again at resetting preferences, but cannot for a few more days now. Other business calls.
Thanks again for your generous consideration.