Thank you, that answers my questions! Yep, I am jpeg to RAW convert, so it is indicating shots with RAW.
So it is a task of trial and error and figuring it out? I wanted to be sure since I have wasted so much time not slowing down to figure out the "gibberish" in the viewfinder was indeed my friend!
After playing a bit, I have discovered the reason the info in the viewfinder was going crazy on me. I was so out of range it was "screaming" at me I had my settings all wrong. Since I am just now getting acquainted with it's helpfulness I didn't realize I
was the problem. I'm learning to shoot in the manual/aperture/shutter speed modes, so there is lots to figure out and I'm learning to trust the camera instead of blindly shooting and hoping for a good shot, I am embarrassed to say!
Great forum guys, you all are very helpful without being judgmental -- so far!