Thanks for the advice. I will go with the P mode. The best I can figure it out is that in the P mode it will be similar to my Nikon F2 when I have the speed set and when viewing through the lens, I can see the aperture and adjust as needed and/or adjust the speed.
In your replys to others you spoke of your age. I am about the same age and am just trying digital cameras so I have a loooong way to go to feel as confident as as I did with my other cameras. Going to my oldest son's home for Thanksgiving dinner today and hope to take some good pictures.