She kindly responded with easy to follow directions. I followed the steps. Except they were already in place. Weird.
I went back to my blog and opened an individual post.
Oh hey, there's my comment box. At the bottom.
Here are the directions
on blogger you go to settings, comments, third section down is comment placement. select embedded below post.
P.S. When I am responding to multiple comments which tend to take up more than one screen (pushing the comment box out), I open a notepad and use that for my typing and then copy-paste from that. This also serves to save it in case the comment gets lost in the intertubes.