Well as it turns out I did indeed follow much of the ‘How to help us help you’ list.
0-1-2-3-4) I have spent more hours reading and re-reading over and over again, watching help video’s and working on it before ever starting this post.
5-6) I didn’t follow
I personally thought the title of this post was clear.
I stated the goal first and not the problem and I thought I was clear when I said “Appears”…
9-11) I showed my automation, I believe properly formatted. Yes I didn’t understand the root cause, but isn’t that part of learning from the failures in your understanding and logic? “You don’t know what you don’t know” kind of thing.
- I failed to do, as at the time I didn’t think it was relevant in this case.
An observation over the 2 months of reading the posts and reply’s on this site is that most people here are extremely helpful, willing and able to help those who are new and simply don’t have the programming background required to accomplish many tasks in HA.
Then there are a few others, mostly HA veterans who fail to understand, either via hubris or repetition (the "get off my lawn type) that many, like my self are not programmers (hobby or professional) and thus when we read the documents some of it doesn’t make sense no matter how much we re-read.
In this specific case I read that section quite a few times (and many others), with no success (albeit due to a lack of knowledge and understanding on my part)
Thankfully @r-j-taylor and @finity could see through the noise of my ignorance and provide useful and meaningful steps to help me solve the problem at hand and more importantly help me gain knowledge and understanding of how HA works.