For those who read what I posted last night(and I hope that includes someone, he laughed nervously), the coding issues got some resolution. This morning, WordPress accepted my font and color commands, and those two parts are back to normal.
Somewhat. The font size is a bit small and could stand to be upped, which means more adventures in coding to come.
Which I’m getting a bit tired of; my search for ways to fix or replace the theme to give me a better template to work with and automate some of the appearance coding continues. I’m open to all comments and suggestions on how to get around having to manually adjust font and color every time. And I may still come up with a new theme, if just to spruce things up.