6 April 14 • MAV

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I feel a small triumph in my life these days as we have made it to April. Hurray! The long winter is done and we all made it. Sure, I nearly killed my sweetheart from being locked in the house together too much and I put on a few pounds because I couldn’t walk on the sidewalks without falling and I got hooked on Scandal and needed an episode every few days like a drug but it’s all done now! Don’t we feel good?

And to that end, this week I wanted to share just a few things that I’m feeling good about these days. Let me know what you’re feeling good about! (Email mav{at}3191milesapart{dot}com)

Up top — I’m buying the “2 for $12″ tulips at the grocery every single week. I can get these babies to last for a full week if I take good care of them (trim them and give them fresh water every few days) so while we are weeks away from buds on our trees, at least I’ve got this flower power in the house!

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I finally decided on which Jen Judd-McGee Coasters I wanted and treated myself to a set. I am drinking a ton of hot tea as the season changes (gotta get in those nettles to help with my allergies) so these guys go to every table I set my cup on. Love them and always love a bit of Jen in my life!

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I always treat my face to something special at this time of year. The winter in Maine is so hard on our skin! I usually search out a wonderful and luxurious oil. Right now I am in love with Aurelia (as you can see I’ve made a mess of my bottle) and it’s worth every penny. The bottle will last you a year and your skin will thank you.

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I have removed all signs of wool blankets from my house and traded in cotton and linen. This is my newest treat from Fog Linen (stay tuned for a little collaboration with Fog soon!). I love the size and weight of this blanket. It has been keeping my warm but not making me itch! And it’s stunning.

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I’ve been moving away from heavy snacks as spring has arrived, and going for lighter more energy packed treats. The apple + peanut butter combo reminds me of being a kid so I have been heading this way a few times a week. A little kid-inspired food is always a nice boost in the afternoon.

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I’m back in my yellow phase! This hits me for just a few weeks around this time every year so I grabbed a few treats from work and am feeling so pleased with myself. Soon I will match the forsythia. Lovely!

6 April 14 • SCB

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Over our spring break, we rented a funky little house right on the Salmon River on Mt. Hood for a few nights. The location was stunning—verdant, lush and happy with early spring. We entertained ourselves with hikes and books and games and exploring, free of expectations and agendas.

I had some of the film I shot processed this week and was reminded of the riverside terrariums we made one morning and thought I’d share how we put them together. This was a totally impromptu project—we started with some empty jars from food we brought with us and a desire to bring a bit of the mountain home and that was it.

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We found a cache of river stones along the banks of the river and added an inch or so of the tiniest ones for drainage. Had I planned this project, I would have then added a layer of activated carbon which absorbs moisture and odors, but we went without.

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Next came a layer of soil.

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We gently collected the smallest forest ferns and moss, careful to include their roots and arranged them in our jars (my kids have long, skinny hands, seemingly built for arranging things in jars, but you could use a long teaspoon or other tool).

The last step was to add sticks, stones, bits of lichen and other found objects to the jars and add a bit of water. Two weeks later, the terrariums are still lush and thriving in my kids rooms (even without the carbon, though we may add some to the jars)—riverside memories captured in a jar.

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