In the mean time, Happy Birthday Lu! She is now officially 2 years older than me. Hee Hee Hee. The not so little chillens threw Lu an amazing fondue feast that lasted 3 1/2 hours. I loved the active interactive communal atmosphere. The traditional Swiss "cheesy" part was only served with the pre-dinner bread and veggies. We then moved on to meat and pastas fondued in boiling broths and ended with decadent dark raspberry chocolate dipped fruit. My mouth drools just thinking about it. Another Happy Birthday to my dear friend Barb who will always be younger than me. Humm. I learned at her party from the Oud (lute) player that the word "lute" comes from Arabic العود (al-ʿūd), meaning a thin piece of wood. Before my charming wife took my name she could have been called, Lu Oud, or as we would have called her in grade school, Lulu Lute. She was a very thin little piece of Wood back then.
I started a health and longevity Tai Chi practice which I am finding both subtly difficult and rewardingly therapeutic. A wonderfully relaxing gentle form of exercise. Then there is the Healing Rhythms biofeedback "training for a happy mind and a healthy body." I highly recommend it, especially if you already own the Wild Divine (which I did). Lu borrowed a violin for me from school. I've been fiddling around with that. Boy I suck big time, but I am surely growing lots of new neurons these days.