spline issues

so I created a new blueprint and no the spline is not the root component just to clarify. I am doing exactly what the documetation and tutorials are telling me and I cannot get the spline to actually bend or even add new nodes. I deselected it and reselected in the scene out liner as well, am I missing something here?

I have everything put together appropriately, but for some reason my mesh is not visible. the location is set and everything, so it’s not zeroing in on the center of the grid… this is frustrating