Thanks for the reply :) Off topic and just my luck, the dollar's value keeps going down these last couple of years which means I'm getting paid less and less after the currency conversion :( on my Spanish based website. I'm losing approx. $50 USD each month because of this.
I too got an email the other day and, yes, it was a first for me too. I've been with google for 6 years or more and this is the 'very' first email I have ever received telling me that payment had been made!