Happy International Dance Day!

In honour of today being the International Day of Dance, I’m going to share some of my previous dance life with you! You can find more here and here.

…if you’re on a device, you’ll need to view this in your browser to see the video. Click HERE to go directly to the website.

I call this dance the “Kitchen Baladi.” This performance is from Rockin’ the Casbah,  March 19, 2011.

And since last weekend was Saqra’s Showcase (25th edition!), here is a dance I did at her Showcase in 2009:

And because I am just a little bit silly (okay, more than a little bit), I’ll leave you with this combination of my two loves: big band and bellydance.

Have YOU danced yet today?

A boat!

One of the things we budgeted for in our retirement plan was to buy a boat. Well…a bigger boat than our 10 foot Zodiac. We had some criteria:

Not too big…we wanted to be able to tow it behind the Toyota with the camper on.

Not too small…we wanted to be able to relax in it and be comfortable.We want to fish. Or rather, Kelly wants to fish. I want to knit while he fishes, occasionally jumping in the water to cool off with a swim around the boat.

Powerful enough to pull a tube or wake board. But reasonably good on gas…no sense having a boat if we can only afford to use it now and then. We want to be out on the water a LOT!

We looked at a lot of boats and finally settled on 16 to 17 feet as the ideal size for the two of us (and an occasional guest or two). We also decided on an outboard rather than an inboard motor. This is because Kelly knows outboards from our days in the Coast Guard (did you know we were lighthouse keepers in a previous life?). Inboards, not so much. We finally found this 16.5 foot Campion with a 90 HP Yamaha outboard motor.

This picture is in case any men are reading this post. I doubt the ladies will care.
It was living in Prince George. So we drove up on Wednesday and towed it home last night. 16 hours round trip.
And in case your eye was drawn to the greenery, here’s what’s growing in my mystery beds so far:





Garden approved by Samson. He is reserving judgement on the boat.

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Susan over at Canadian Abroad posted this cake recipe the other day and I just had to give it a try.

005First you make the batter and  swirl in the filling.

002Then you bake it. When it comes out of the oven, you pour on the glaze.

004Then you quickly cut it in half and share with your neighbour (least you are tempted to eat it all yourself and end up the size of a house.)

010And today is also my son’s birthday. What better reason to bake a cake, I ask you?

Too bad he isn’t here to enjoy any!

Here’s the pinterest link to the recipe.