Anne’s Friday Five – 030819

by Anne
A bookcase featuring clocks, knick-knacks and framed quotations from Lewis Carroll and Oscar Wilde.

It’s About Time

Timing is everything, as they say. This week’s Friday Five focuses on this elusive thing called “time”.

The thing that we can’t stop, turn back, and never seem to have enough of in a day.

Unlucky 2019 Dates

There's two opinions about horseshoes and luck. Some people recommend hanging the horseshoe with the ends (heels) pointing up so the good luck it brings won't drain out. Others believe in pointing the heels down so the good luck falls on anybody passing through the doorway.
Some people recommend hanging horseshoes with the ends pointing up so the good luck it brings won’t drain out over time.

Superstitious? If yes, you need to watch out for and avoid these inauspicious dates in 2019 when planning your special events. Cross off and black out these dates on your calendar.

The Ides of March

As the Romans say, “Beware the Ides of March”. In other words, steer clear of this infamous date that marked the assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15th, 44BC. “Ides” simply means the middle of the month.

AVOID: Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday the 13th

The origins of Friday the 13th remain questionable. Some historians believe it evolved from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper. Others cite Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi in 1700BC which doesn’t include a 13th law. The unlucky fate of Friday the 13th was sealed in the early 1900s after a novel called Friday, the Thirteenth became a success. Fortunately, there are only two days in 2019 where the 13th falls on a Friday.

AVOID: September 13, 2019
AVOID: December 13, 2019

If you’re not superstitious, consider major sporting events, days of remembrance, religious and cultural holidays as wise to avoid as well for your big event date.

In addition, steer clear of any other personally significant dates (reunions, family events, anniversaries, etc) when setting special dates in 2019.

Making Time for Date Night

Don’t just pencil in your Date Night, make it permanent!

Finding a few moments with your significant other for date night, even if don’t have kids, isn’t always easy.

In order to honor the commitment and enjoy the date night itself, consider these helpful tips:

  • Put the date on your schedule
  • Plan far enough in advance
  • Decide what you want to do ahead of time
  • Wear something that makes you feel attractive
  • Keep things light (no politics or controversial subjects)
  • Don’t discuss the kids, your aging parents, or work
  • Do something fun
  • Get creative on the timing
  • Keep your appointment

Speaking of date nights, I’m planning on a personal photography project around this topic. If you would like to participate, message me on Facebook for details.

The Time of Your Life, In Song

A man plays the blues on a red and white electric guitar.
Jam out and play songs or listen to songs about time this week. (That’s my husband!)

Here’s a challenge for you and your significant other, spouse, or any friends loving music or trivia.

See how many songs you can name that either have time in the name, or some variation in the song (day, month, week, etc). Write down as many as you can and count the total. See if you can get to 100 or more.

Compare your answers to the songs on these pages:

Something to Look Forward to: Daylight Saving Time, Sunday, March 10th

An elegant time piece: Venetian watch with silk scarf.
Remember to change the dates on old-fashioned time pieces like this one for Daylight Saving Time happening this weekend.

Spring approaches! I always regard the first weekend of Daylight Saving Time as the official launch of spring. And, yes, I’m EXCITED (insert happy dance.) Remember to spring ahead and move the clock one hour forward on all of your appliances, your car, shower radio, and old-time watches. And finally…..

Quote of the Week

A newly married couple kisses in the evening at the end of their wedding reception.

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

Bil Keane

All writing and photos ©2019 Anne Stephenson, All Rights Reserved.

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