According to your signature your Macs are running Leopard and Snow Leopard: neither is capable of accessing iCloud (other than setting the Mail application up manually). Lion 10.7.2 is the minimum requirement to make use of iCloud's other facilities.
Thank you sooooo much.Same issue keeps coming up for various things I know I should get more memory and upgrade but reluctant and poor. Perhaps I"ll spring for it on my laptop. Thanks you so much for your reply!