Well, I've already snafued myself. I set a page as the static page; not the 'home' page. Now home mirrors whatever is written on the static page, and while you can see home when looking at the site view live on the web, it isn't visible to edit or change on the Manage Pages view from Admin. Interesting.
I think I brought it on myself, by accidently deleting my original home page and then recreating a new home page later. When I originally deleted the home page in manage pages admin view, it still showed up on the site itself with a 'this page has been removed message'-although the theme was apparently unchanged by looking at it.
I showed two 'homes' on the tabs- the supposedly deleted original one and then the home I had created by making a new page called 'home' thinking it might just overwrite the original home.
I then deleted the second Home I had just created, leaving the original 'Home' -the one that isn't there, according the my manage pages view inside Admin of wordpress.
So, I have a Home, visible to people looking at the website that I can't edit or manage inside the Admin Panel.