The entries you are describing are the courts method of describing the date that the documents were filed with the Clerk of the Court.
It is unusual to receive a letter telling you that the judge approved the attorneys fees instead of a minute entry, but you do not say who the letter was from.
As the judgment has now been entered and the attorneys fees approved, the creditor will record the judgment with the county clerk to create a lien on your property if you have any. Expect collection efforts to start shortly. If you or your employer is served with notice of garnishment, there will be court date. You should not ignore that as you may have a defense or basis for reduction of the amount. Also be aware that major banks may also be garnished and any funds in that account when the bank is served will sweep the money from your account.
Last point is that the amount of the judgment may dictate how much effort the creditor will put into collection efforts.
The information contained in this response should not be construed as legal advice on any specific facts or circumstances. Readers should not act upon the information contained in this response without professional counsel. The contents are intended for general information purposes only and the information contained in this is not intended to create or constitute an attorney-client relationship.
Your time to appeal starts with the date the judgment was signed. There are numerous reasons why collection on the judgment may not have started yet. however, it will likely start at some point. Your appeal time began from the date the judgment was entered.