Hello (said while tearing out hair)
I'll be brief, as my life is drawing to a close because of two WordPress 'non-solvable' problems. If you can assist, I will (i) live; (ii) be eternally grateful; and (iii) celebrate with a cup of tea and a biscuit.
1. Menu with no Page titles
I am new to WordPress. I am creating only my second site using template Twenty Twelve. I have 'added' four new pages: Welcome, The author; Contact; FAQs. None of these titles shows up in the menu. (I have not created a 'custom menu' but when I tried this, as a solution, I could create the menu but no Pages were available in the 'Pages' panel on the left of the window to drag into my new custom menu.)
When I publish 'publicly', the menu titles appear. When I am in 'draft' or 'publish privately', they disappear, although I am 100% sure this is not the case (as it worked OK with my first WordPress website, albeit using template Twenty Ten.
2. Unwanted 'Home' page
Although I did not create a 'Home' page and although a Page called 'Home' does not appear in my list of Pages (when I show all), a Home page is all that appears when I select 'Visit site'. Strangely, it bears the site title and the header image but nothing else. How did this happen and how can I get rid of it? The menu is empty except for the Page title 'Home'.
Now, back to pulling my hair out until help arrives. Thank you in anticipation.