Happy Mother’s Day from the North Woods

When news circulated of our impending move to Clayton Lake, one of the first questions that people asked was, “Aren’t you going to be so bored?”

I’m sure my jaw dropped most times this question was asked. Clearly these people had forgotten what it’s like to have two kids under the age of four? Two BOYS under the age of four?

The other day I cleaned the bathroom, starting with the toilet. The toilet serves it’s purpose to all of us in the house except for Andrew and Trigger (our handsome black lab). To the littlest boy and the dog, the toilet takes on a more literal meaning. It is a bowl of water. After serious attempts to make sure the door gets shut every time, once in a while we forget. Andrew’s day is then made and Trigger’s thirst is quenched. Somehow I feel they are conspiring together during these naughty times.

After scrubbing and brushing and dusting and folding and lighting a candle, I took a look around the bathroom and was pleased. Every woman knows what it’s like to clean a room spotless. There’s no feeling like it. Like you, yourself have been washed clean, refreshed, and renewed. My own spa…the one and only North Woods Spa. Ha! I enjoyed the feeling for maybe five more minutes until the creatures woke up from their nap. And then, just like that, the spa slowly turned back into a boy’s bathroom. Life wouldn’t seem just right if it was any other way.

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IMG_9899Yesterday we took a walk down some bird roads. We found frog eggs, pussy willows, and a rabbit. So simple. Better than any playground, the woods satisfies their curiosity and mine. We are thankful for that. 🙂



Where there are moments when I would give a limb to be bored, the simple truth is that I’m fairly certain I would not be so content in the woods if it wasn’t for the companionship of my little guys. In civilization or in the wilderness…they keep my on my toes.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!




Rianne Ackley

About Rianne Ackley

I grew up in Downeast Maine but have recently relocated to the North Woods. I live in Clayton Lake where I am a stay at home Mom to two beautifully wild little boys and wife to a Maine State Game Warden. I am a lover of the simple things in life...a good book, a song, a rainy day, a bowl of white popcorn, etc. I have a slight obsession with all things food. Love cooking it, eating it, looking at it, smelling it, reading about it, etc. I am a firm believer that life is what you make it.