Well, the Arduino Starter kit I won from  you guys has arrived.
I plan to keep everyone up to date on my progress through the projects in the book accompanying the kit, but progress may be a bit slow as I also plan to use this as a means of introducing my 13 year old granddaughter to electronics and programming.  As she doesn't live with me progress will be dictated by the time she can spend here with me and on her progress.  So this is just a beginning and I will add to this, with photos and video as progress is made along the way.