Here is the guest of honor, Mark with his cake and gifts. We got him a barbecue set for grilling fish or veggies ( the odd looking frying pan with the holes in it). Overall a rather pleasant weekend although I didn't see much of Joe. He and Mark spent most of their time together visiting other friends ( within walking distance), so it was more of a "Boys Weekend".
It was a stitchy weekend for me though. Here is Prairie Schoolers "R is for Rabbit". I started and finished this one in three snowy days. I loved working on it. I could feel the gardening "growing" as I stitched it. The rabbit himself is just amazing. One of PSs most beautifully detailed animals I have ever seen. The whole design reminded me of the movie "Cold Mountain".....the grand old house up on the hill overlooking the garden. I love historical costume dramas and I waited for years for this one to come around to TV. I was a bit shocked though as I was similarly when I first saw "The Piano". I expected the beautiful costumes and scenery and a nice old-fashioned romance story. Well I got both of these in both these movies, but I was so surprised at the violence. Of course it went along with the story and added to the theme of these movies, but I really wasn't expecting it at all.Another long weekend looms ahead. The Level 6-9 District Championship competition was canceled last weekend. The Level 4 and 5s are on Saturday. This is the competition I am taking over for Jill as it is her daughter's Sweet Sixteen party (even though she has known about the competition schedule since August). The 6-9 meet has been rescheduled for Sunday. Becca. the Level 6 coach had already bought her plane ticket to Jamaica for spring break assuming her competitions were over for the season on the 8th. So I am also coaching the 6s at the competition on the 16th. I really do love working with this group, but that's a lot of traveling and time away from home this weekend. But it does mean a bit more money to spend on Easter stuff.
Everything is speeding up. This "spring forward" with the clocks makes me feel like I have lost much more then one hour last Sunday. I feel like the whole calender is closing in on me. I had the best of intentions to be well done with a lot more UFOs and on to some Easter gifts to mail to friends. I don't think it is happening this year. I am still keeping to the New Year's resolution and have not bought a single craft/needlework item. Thanks to wonderful friends I don't feel at all deprived.