Hey, thanks to all who offered advice. I finally FINISHED the bathroom.
I put up 'cement board' on the wall, where it meets the tub, and then did the necessary 'fixins' for that. I left the CBU up off the tub edge at least 1/8" so water does not wick up the board. then put back up all the ceramic tiles and re grouted. Sealed the grout, and then after all that dried, I put 2 100# weights in the tub, and then filled the tub with water....then used the 'new' 100% silicone caulking around the edge of the tub. so just waiting for the first shower to be done and then it's a wait and see process. Before with the 'wrong' silicone caulking usually about 1-3 months after, it would start leaking. That is when ''as I have found out now'' the caulking would crack, and it was sooo hairline we cud never see it.
Will keep you posted, and THANKS A MILLION FOR ALL THE ADVICE....
I am a DIY man and have always been, but HATE PLUMBING.. my motto on plumbing is....'one thing leads to another!"