After another crash will trying to mount ny old /home, I tried a third time. Remember I got part way through the instructions from junior hacker the time before last.
This time I used morphodone's command to mount, then used gedit to mount as junior hacker described. Everything is back! I am extremely happy.
So I guess I got everything copied properly thanks to jh, then somehow when I mounted all came out well.
I'm too new to understand it all, but I am back in business without having to reinstall and set up software.
I guess sometimes with enough help here I can get lucky
Thanks for the help.