Natalie came this afternoon and we got so much done! Fortunately she was here when my new food processor ( a gift from Lex) was delivered, as the courier was not allowed to enter apartments but could only push the box over the threshold. Natalie was able to pick it up and open it and help me set it up on the counter. We also organized my clothes, did laundry and dishes, rearranged the refrigerator again and sorted through the paperwork that's piled up. And I've had the sense to arrange for her to come every two weeks from now on, so I don't get in such desperate straits again.
So I'm grateful to Lex for the gift of the food processor and to Natalie for making my live a bit easier.