I believe my inability to subscribe is only temporary.... Answered
Within 2 days, I should have the funds, and be able to mess about with PP to see if I can use that, otherwise...(I will try to confirm my PP account). . .
Grrr, to avoid any extra fees, I have transferred the amount into a PayPal account, so in 3-5 days, it will be available to make payment for 2 years.
*sigh* another 3 day wait....
ALSO, thanks everyone for confirming that I have not yet lost my mind or have started to imagine things. :-)