Wide Open Spaces

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IMG_0101Do the laundry. Make breakfast. Make lunch. Make dinner. Clean the bathroom. Clean the stove. Start the bread. Sweep. Vacuum….and a hundred other things.

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Life as a stay at home mom can be a little monotonous at times and it’s easy to lose a little of myself in every day demands. Standing in front of the kitchen sink washing dishes, I look up to see the leaves falling from the trees. Too fast. With each one that falls I feel more confined, more claustrophobic as I’m reminded of what’s coming in the next couple of months.

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To offset the panicky feeling I pack the boys in the car and turn out the driveway. It’s gorgeous up here but sometimes I crave a wide open view. You can drive for miles and have a row of trees on either side but nothing to look out on. I’ve found a couple of high points that have become my favorites.

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To be up above it all, to catch the colors after the sun’s gone down, to notice the contrast of the spruce against the maples….all little things that I cling to. The things that refresh. Ask anyone who frequents the North Woods….refreshing is the right word.

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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.