Friday Five #2

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blog friday five2 at www.shelharrington.comFriday Five. It may be informational, entertaining, inspirational, or some combination. It may be five related thoughts, or five random topics. But it will be short. And it will leave you with a new thought, idea, or smile on your face.


1. If one of your  Couple’s New Year’s Resolutions is to add a regular date night, here are three links with dating suggestions – for free! Check out the comment sections, too – readers had some great suggestions.

Date Your Mate for Free

Date Your Mate for Free (Part 2)

Date Your Mate for Free (the finale)


2. Gift idea for the spouse who has everything – yet still loses their keys: wall-mounted seatbelt key holder. The ones pictured here were on ebay, but there are plenty of other designs, sizes and price ranges you can find by googling “seatbelt key holder.”

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3. Did you know Benjamen Franklin was a romantic? Here’s a quote from his Rules and Maxims for Promoting Matrimonial Happiness (don’t you love that title??) from 1730:

           The happy State of Matrimony is, undoubtedly, the surest and most lasting Foundation of Comfort and Love . . . the Cause of all good Order in the World, and what alone preserves it from the utmost Confusion.


4. One way to ensure marital longevity:Long lasting marriage

5. A truism:

Marriage saying by Barnett R. Brickner

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  • I love these free date night ideas! Chris and I resolved to save more money and to have at least 2 date nights a month. And these ideas are infinitely better than our “dinner at Taco Bell” idea!

    • Shel Harrington

      Another side benefit to many of the options is you’ll really know what you’re eating!!!

  • These Friday Five really are fabulous, Shel.
    Every Friday is our “date day”–and it’s sacred. We might go out for early breakfast and talk, or a late movie. Sometimes we go for a hike, but only our dog is allowed to come along. It’s our time.

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks, Marylin! I love your Friday tradition – I bet that has really served you both and your marriage well over the years.

  • Great post, Shel. I like “I’m not going anywhere until you apologize.” I’m not sure we can go 48 plus hours without sleep. Hahaha. Okay, so neither one of us is as stubborn as we used to be. Thanks for good tips and a good laugh.

    • Shel Harrington

      I know what you mean by the stubborn factor diminishing with time – with age comes the wisdom of knowing that sometimes peace really IS better than the “win” of having the other acknowledge we’re right. And, just in case I haven’t said this yet, Happy New Year, Kim!

  • Ben had the attributes of a romantic: he fathered a child (mother unknown) prior to marrying his common-law wife – they were married 44 years. He was known abroad as “notorious flirt” after she passed away. He was also a gifted writer.

    Love your Friday Five. 🙂

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks! I didn’t realize how prolific his writing was. And how quotable!

  • Number 5 doesn’t get any truer! Love the seatbelt key holder.

    • Shel Harrington

      I thought that was cool, too. I finally have a ‘reason’ to talk about/show the fun gadgets and quirky products I’ve run across in the past year!

  • Wise words and I believe inspirational! We’ve been married thirty-eight years and I can say Amen to most everything you write, Shel. Wish I had known all this stuff earlier in life. 🙂

    • Shel Harrington

      We’re right behind you with 36 years, DiAne. We’ve probably known this stuff for many of our married years – what really takes a long time is implementing the better behavior! It’s one, long continuing learning curve for me.

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