Hello. I worked with Paradox for Windows and Object Pal for almost fifteen years before switching to Access. One thing I haven't figured out how to do yet in Access is to display messages on the screen without interrupting the running of the code.
Paradox has a "message" command. eg.
message("first query completed")
will write "first query completed" in the bottom bar of the screen without stopping the code.
I'm sure that there is something that I am overlooking but you could always put textbox in the footer of your form and use it as a status bar. Just post whatever you what in the box as your code is processed.