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Celebrate October!

By spotogspindel | October 1, 2010

This year´s updated version. Let´s not hesitate! Let´s celebrate!!


1. Let´s start with a BANG! and make apple-drink. If you have an apple-tree in your garden, use them! Using a 5-litre pan, fill it up with cut up apples, 1 litre water and let it boil until it is all a mash. Take off heat, and let it filter through a linen-cloth for a couple of hours. When you have about 4 litres, back in the now clean pan, bring it to a boil, and carefully add 1 kilo sugar while stirring. Bring it to a boil, and remove from heat. Put onto pre-heated glass-bottles, tighten the corks well, leave upside down if possible until cooled. That way it will stay fresh for years!

You might be a meat-eater, but let´s try something new today. In celebration of Vegetarian day, cook a vegetarian meal for dinner. No meat, no fish, just vegetables. There are loads of recipes on the net. You might be surprised at how much delicious food there is. Oh, and it´s good for you too! 🙂

2. Ok. Lots of work yesterday, today you deserve flowers! Go buy yourself a bouquet!

Card making day. After you´ve made the card, find a colorful advert in a glossy magazine, tear it out and use it as an envelope. Or color-copy a page from your art-journal, that´ll  do the trick as well. In any case, the receiver will be delighted!

3. It´s my birthday! And Germany´s Independance Day. So to celebrate us both, find your cook-book, and have some fun in the kitchen, making Apfel-strudel!

Make a stamp!

4. Google “Unfortunately (and then your first name)” and see what comes up. Gather all the sentences, and have a good laugh. This is one of mine: “Unfortunately, Janne is NOT Joan of Arc, because she is some stupid girl looking for a husband “

5. Start a knitting-project! (If you don´t know how, pick up a book at the library and learn it!) Make a nice cozy scarf for those chilly winter-months. Oh, and knitting isn´t just a women´s thing, men can too!

Today is also World Teacher Day, so show a local teacher he or she is appreciated. Instead of giving him/her an apple, how about a bottle of that yummy apple-drink you made on the 1st?!

6. Scroll through your cell-phone contacts. Choose an acquaintance you would like to get to know better, and invite yourself over. But bring a little gift, like a box of chocolate 🙂

Grab yourself a top hat, decorate it with ribbons and bows, and have a a very silly Mad Hatter`s day!

7. Time for a photo-safari! The colors of fall can be lovely. But if it´s raining, don´t be afraid, you can get some really great photos of some really great colors then too.

Oh I know how I want to celebrate Bathtub-day! Candle-lights, lots of bubbles and a good book and a good, long soak-in 🙂

8. Find your paint, and your art-journal, and let yourself be inspired by Illustration Friday´s theme.

Today the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced. Watch the news, and find out more about the winner, be it a person or an organization. Engage in charity this day. One way or the other.

9. Volunteer at your local library to read at a Kid´s Corner. Kids love it when grown-ups read for them. And I am sure you´ll make the librarians and the parents happy too.

You thought America was first discovered by Colombus? Sorry, but that´s all wrong. It was the Nordic Leiv Erikson who discovered “Wineland” around year 1002? He landed along the coast of New Foundland, and perhaps as far south as near Cape Cod. Erikson and his men spent the winter in North America. They built a large house for lodging , and a shed to shelter the boat over the long winter. Leif Erikson never returned to further explore North America. A number of explorers, including his brother, travelled to North America. His brother was killed by Indians.

10. Go to this site, http://www.world66.com/myworld66 and see how large a percent of the world you have seen. And then make a grand plan of all the places you want to see. And when you´ve done all that, decide upon one place you really, really want to go, and start saving, and promise yourself that you will go there within five years.


King Tut´s treasure was photographed today in 1924. Oh, reading about Old King Tutankhamun at a young and tender age made me want to become an archeologist. 30 years later I visited Cairo Museum, and saw many of these treasures with my own eyes. What I found most impressing was that his finely woven linen burial shirt had survived. Find some of his impressive treasures online or in a library book, and make a golden page in your journal.

11. Invite your in-laws for dinner.

Let´s follow Tammy´s advise today and gather ripened wheat from the leftovers at the edge of a farmers field, and make a wreath for your front door! It´s farmer´s day today, so maybe you can bring him some home-made cookies as a return gift for the wheat. And in general appreciation 🙂

12. Get a new apron, buy it or sew it. DONT save it for a special occasion. Wear it! Make a mess in it! Wash it and wear it again!

13. Become a underground-artist. Make a sign inspired by the one below, and hang it somewhere public, where it will make people happy, like at the info-board in a shopping mall.

web -Please take one

14. Treat yourself to a book on Amazon. Browse the selections, and take a chance on a new release.

15. Make yourself a pair of earrings. Get a little bit of sterling silver wire, some earring-hooks, some beads. Wire it all together and wear your new art out on the town.

Today happens to be Poetry day! So make your choice: read one or write one for yourself. If you write it, make sure to put it in your art-journal!

16. Visit an old relative. Bring a bag of groceries, and stay a while for a nice chat.

Send boxes of candy, flowers or other sweet sentiments to parents, grandparents, spouses, sweethearts, or to reward neighborhood service workers like mail carriers or newspaper deliverers.

17. Go on a double-date with a pair of friends.

Wear Something Gaudy Day is your chance to really stick out in a crowd. The word “gaudy” refers to something bright, gay, cheap, showy, outlandish, or otherwise not in good taste. Have a little fun on this day. For just one day, forego fashion and style. Look for something to wear that’s really wild and wacky, and will stick out like a sore thumb wherever you go. If you don’t have anything like this in your wardrobe, perhaps a friend does.

18. Take a hike! Go out and take a long, good walk in nature. You don´t need to go very fast, just breathe in the fresh air and feel alive! And remember your camera. And chocolate!

19. Dance! Get up in the morning, put on your favorite feel-good music with an up-beat, and turn up the volume! And DANCE! Wildly. For at least 5 minutes. And then you get on with the rest of the day…

Big task today: evaluate your life day… Put everything down and think: am I headed in a direction that I want to be heading in? If not, relax, rewind, and re-evaluate with some chocolate. They say it’s an aphrodisiac. If you have determined are heading in the right direction in life, treat yourself to the chocolate anyway…it’s an aphrodisiac.

20. Start thinking about christmas. Are there any gifts I can make this year? Now is time to get started on these projects. Plan to have creative nights with a friend or two. That way the fun just adds!

21. Read up on your family-history. What do you really know about your great grand-parents, except their names? Talk to older family-members, and ask to see pictures. Maybe you can start making your own family-album, with a collection of pictures of your ancestors.

22. Go to the theatre. Or a dance-show. Or a concert. But get out, and be a culture-consumer!

23. Invite friends over for a Mexican dinner. Decorate the room with vivid colors, and see if you can find that old record of buena Vista Social Club.

24. It´s the UN´s international day of Peace. Read up on what the UN works with, and see if you can support their work in any way. For instance by helping UNICEF´s work for children.

Today you should celebrate your Mother-in-law. She´s been the victim of so many horrible jokes, time to show some serious appreciation!

25. Be kind to yourself. Light some candles, have a nice foot-bath and read  your favorite magazine.

Sex Pistols and punk was actually created by impresario Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. She´s still going strong, her designs are pretty amazing. Be inspired by her collections and be a punk for a day.

26. This month´s self-portrait. Buy a new tube of paint, and using only this one color, mixed with more or less water, make a painting of yourself. Remember, appreciate what you CAN do and GET right, instead of what you CANT do and do wrong.

27. Have a walk through the garden, and get things ready for winter.

Make a difference day is devoted to helping others by doing volunteer work in the community. The activity can be almost anything. Millions of Americans participate in community improvement projects. It takes the form of cleanup, fixup, painting, and repair in poorer neighborhoods, parks and municipal facilities. It doesn’t matter what project you take on. It doesn’t matter whether you help a non-profit organization, the community, your town, nursing home, a church, a food kitchen, or any other group in need. What matters is that you participate.

28. Empty all the cupboards in the bathroom and throw away all that is out-dated and not being used. Cleaning out the closets, will make you feel better.

Statue of Liberty. This symbol of USA, land of freedom, was a gift from the people of France in 1886. Bet you didn´t know that the copper it was made from came from Norway? Not only that, from mines on Karmøy, an island south of here, and from mines on my mother´s family´s farm here in Bømlo.

Freedom is not only a gift, it´s a responsibility. How do you celebrate your freedom and your responsibility?

29. Start reading a biography about a well-known historic person you´ve always known about, but don´t really know all that much about.

Rome wasn´t built in a day, and neither was the internet. Nevertheless, today is day it “officially” was created. So let´s spend the evening blog-hopping. Go to a favorite page, click on one of the links in the blog-roll, click on on of the blog-roll-link on the new page, and so on. You never know, you might find some new favorites.

30. All Souls Night. Buy a pumpkin, and carve it into a cool-scary face. Oh, and while your out, sweep the entry, and decorate with with rowanberry (rogn) and autumn-leaves and make your entrance a welcoming place. And listen to Loreena McKennitt.

Celebrate your own beauty!

31. TRICK or TREAT! It´s Halloween! If you live in the States, you know what to do. If you live anywhere else in the world, make your own celebration. A big Halloween-party with lots of friends invited over. Celebrating is fun, so use any excuse to live it up 🙂 Especially if you can dress up!!

Oh, and send me a comment telling me about your newly-made tradition!

And as always, if you send me suggestions for how we can Celebrate November, you´ll be added twice in the goody-give-away.

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9 Responses to “Celebrate October!”

  1. October Goody -give-away! | Spindelmaker Janne Robberstad Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 12:28

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  2. Randi Says:
    October 3rd, 2009 at 16:08

    I’m doing well so far at ” celebrating October”. We’ve got friends over for dinner tonight, and we’ve sent out invitations for our traditional halloween party in the end of the month…
    …AND Christmas is on my mind… thinking hard about what to give( preferable hand made by myself) to my loved ones… And at last I would like to wish you happy birthday!

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    November 2nd, 2009 at 01:37

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  4. November Goody give-away! | Spindelmaker Janne Robberstad Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 01:41

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  6. Jim Doran Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 05:33

    We should celebrate January by going somewhere warm. Or, at least keeping warm. 🙂

  7. ditsychick Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 21:12

    We should celebrate January by not turning off the Christmas lights until the end of March.

    (Love the October to-do list!

  8. The guy downstairs Says:
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:41

    Happy birthday to the most beautiful girl in the world!

  9. gail Says:
    October 3rd, 2010 at 21:04

    Happy birthday!