Deb, I did it.
Found the very first thread where Anne introduces herself invites members. Only a few hundred pages to read (on that thread) and I should be all caught up! (I have kind of figured out who the 'regulars' are).
It's great too, my computer is in the basement (which has desperately needed to be organised and cleaned anyways). This way I am close enough to log on quickly and am still able to look VERY busy at the same time should I hear footsteps. Hubby thinks I have been suddenly bit by the "cleaning bug". I'll leave it at that.