Wide Open Spaces


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.






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.




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.






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.