Tonight I transcribed a piece of cello music (bass clef) into alto clef so I could play it on viola. This is a big step forward.
A couple of days ago read Petrina's advice (see comments below) about not worrying about what the notes were called. Now I just focus on playing them. I can read notes on the G, D, and A strings pretty well. Thanks Petrina!
I also had my first lesson today. Bow hold, it seems, is important. Something to work on.