At least for the moment I am thinking I'm a geek! I seemed to have fixed my skipping letters and spaces problem. Last night I started checking geek sites and reading questions from users and replies from the tech guys. Well, after awhile I found that a huge percentage of the questions were about keyboard problems, especially skipping letters and spaces. This was happening to folks using gmail. The suggested fix was to go back to an older version of gmail, which is very simple to do. You click on the button older version which is on the upper right side of the inbox page. I figured there was no way my computer would be any worse if I tried and it didn't work, so I bravely pushed the button at midnight. In the next fifteen minutes I wrote two lengthy emails, both with not a single missing letter or space!
So the moral of the story is: new is not always better, as in the newer version caused the problem. So at least for now, I am back up and running, thanks to the geek in me! Ha. Ha. Lucky shot, I know. But it worked!