Can you smell it? A mixture of pumpkins, candy corn, wood smoke, freshly fallen leaves and if you're like me -- birthday cake? That's October. Because we are such close friends, I will let you in on a secret. Come a little closer so I can whisper it in your ear: I have an important birthday coming up just a few hours before a really spooky holiday.
How to celebrate? Well, there should be partying and by coincidence, there are two online events that nicely coincide. The uber-talented gals at Rodrigivitz Style and Susanna's Sketchbook are throwing a Dia de Bloglandia celebration to mark el Dia de los Muertos -- the Day of the Dead. This Mexican holiday falls on All Saints Day and honors the deceased by partying with their favorite food and music, building shrines in remembrance and visiting their grave sites. It's the kind of joyous celebration in the face of the unknown that I appreciate more and more.
Coincidentally, Michelle Ward's latest GPP Street Team Crusade is Final Wishes. It's been a tough year for Michelle and it has made her cognizant about how important it is to make your final wishes known to loved ones. This is scary but important work that everyone needs to do.
So as the veil grows thinnest between worlds (or dimensions if you prefer), I plan on honoring all those I love on both sides and throwing in a little fun. A tall order, but worth trying. Come back Nov. 2 for the celebration.
And don't forget to wear a marigold in your hair.