combining bullets and numbering

I just am having fits trying to continue previous numbering after two or three levels of bullets in Writer.odt. I’ve tried help several times and just don’t get it. Writer wants to restart numbering but if I attempt to continue previous numbering it goes to the previous level of bullet instead.
I worked with dragging a character down from a previous numbered paragraph with no joy. I’ll keep struggling in hopes I can answer my own question but help from a wise one would be sheer bliss.

Sincere regards to the community.

The way you describe it suggests that you are not using list styles. If that is the case, then you might have more success by using such styles. Have you found an answer to your question yet? Is it still relevant to you? If you describe the kind of numbering you want, we might help you more.