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How Do You Date Your Mate?

Did you know the month of May was National Date Your Mate Month? If you don't have a mate, you can just skip this blog post. However, if you are in a relationship (yes, marriage counts as a relationship), I'd love to hear your ideas for celebrating the Date Your Mate Month.

My husband and I are blessed by our wedding anniversary falling within the month of May, so we never forget to do at least one thing to celebrate this less known national observance. Apart from traditional wedding anniversary stuff, our custom for the past eleven years has been to choose a fancy restaurant in the area for our anniversary "date night." For a couple who had their wedding reception at an English tea room, that says something. We are normally frugal and don't eat out often as I have pretty decent cooking skills, but an anniversary is a special occasion, so this is the date we splurge on.

This year, we went to a new-ish restaurant in Woods Bay named Montana Bonfire. Now, the challenge when we go to restaurants is finding something that both of us can eat as we have different food restrictions. So, it took us a while to decide what we could have from the menu, but once that was out of the way, our evening date was very pleasant. It reminded us of all the other anniversaries we celebrated, and above all, got us out of our daily routine and away from other things that sometimes stand in the way of our celebrating one another and the reasons why we are together.

This year, we had the best of intentions to do one "dating" activity each week during the month of May, but due to some unexpected health issues, we managed to squeeze in only two. Our second date was almost a whole day affair. We decided to combine dropping off our car at the shop for regular maintenance with spending the day in the nearby town, where the car shop is located, pretending we were tourists. We walked the downtown, visited galleries and western wear shops, had lunch at a small restaurant we never visited before, and enjoyed the beautiful spring day together. Quality time with your other half looks different for each of us, so some of you may think this is boring, but that doesn't mean you can't come up with something else that excites both of you.

So, what did you do, or what will you do (there are still a few days left) to celebrate the Date Your Mate Month? Tell me in the comments below. And, if you think you don't have enough time left to plan anything, you can get her a quick gift from Buckaroo Bling. I'm always happy to include a personal note if you ask me to.

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