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Go ahead.  Shut the front door.  Now run for it.  Sprint your buttocks straight to the sofa.



Have you landed your butt down on the fluffy sofa?  Ahhh, good.

Grab book. Whoomphff. Chill. Relax. READ. Ahhhh



Grab a fantabulous book and chillax.  That’s what finding the sweet spot in life is all about, my friend.


Whisking your mind off to another place.


Reading a book takes up the loosey goosey messy spaces in your head.

Sometimes you just need to flatline the crap that’s floating around in there.

Shush that hot mess.

My first question to you is very important, and you will be graded*. *snicker*


Do you read books?


Watch out.  It’s a trick question.

I have books.  Real books.   Ones with real paper.  I love them on so many levels of lovey dove love.

They also make me feel guilty for not spending enough time with them.  Guilty pleasures.  They’re on my nightstand … neatly tucked away and holding my bedside lamps … staring at me like little guilt bombs of neatly tucked paper.   It’s almost as if they are saying …


  ” Guuurl, I know I look good.  Now read me.  The books talk to me like this while snapping their little saucy book finger in a Z formation ”


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For the love of books …


When I travel, I take a good book.  I carry it around like a suckling newborn baby.  Never outta my sight.  Not even for a moment, or it will scream at me.  Whaaaaaaaa.


The anticipation of doing nothing but hold a book in my hands all day…well.. that’s just blows my mind with bookie freaking excitement.


I lay out my beach towel ~ hide my old lady reading glasses (yes, I’m f’n ancient) under my sunglasses ~ splash on some funky lipstick to distract from my makeup-less face ~ slip on a wide brimmed sun hat and hit the lounge chair like a BOSS.  I get lost in the pages until I am 10 minutes away from being a california raisin.


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 We all need some sunshine, man!


Once in a while, the sun needs to overtake my body like a mood altering drug.  Without sun, my bad mood would surely thump someone.  My face goes pale and I furrow my eyebrows in bat shit crazy frustration.  Someone is most likely to get punched.  Even if I just punch them with my eyeballs.


It’s still a punch.


Reading a book forces a chill on.  A good chillax.


Press the pause button in life.

Slow it down.

Read a book.


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Dollops of Attention

Reading a book, requires every dollop of attention.  That’s blissful mind candy.  There isn’t space in your head to think about hot flashes, strewn out piles of dishes dripping out of the sink and nagging triple grande sized laundry piles.


There will be none of that.

A book allows us to let it go.


It’s time to let things go to the dogs …


The Dog Year


My pal Ann Wertz Garvin just published her second book called The Dog Year.  Holy Batman, it’s a real book.  


Cue the relaxation.


The book has real paper <--- I shouted that.


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Techno Crazies …


The good news :  We are living in an era of technology.  Everything is at our fingertips.  We can access it at any time.

The bad news :  We are living in an era of technology.  Everything is at our fingertips.  We can access it at any time.


We are all trapped in a straightjacket of techno-confusion. We love technology. We hate technology.


Every once in a while, do you miss the days of kids playing outside until the street lights came on?  Oh hells yeah.


My Interview with Ann Wertz Garvin


I first met Ann on twitter.  This is how it went :

Ann:  I followed Lynne on twitter and tweeted something like “you’re pretty”

Me:   I didn’t immediately tweet back.  Instead, I cyber stalked her twitter profile video.



I was a smitten kitten.  I suddenly had a girl crush.  Hard.


I wasn’t sure how to tweet her back.  Hmmm.  Perhaps…


My tweet :  Hi @AnneGarvin I think you are the cats meow.  Let’s be BFF’s.  No really.  I promise I’m not an axe murderer.  Are you?


Hey, why not go for it?  Could someone like this truly kill me? :


Ann Garvin on Twitter @AnnGarvin_


I skipped all the formalities and immediately invited her to my house.


If I’m going to get bludgeoned by a stranger, it might as well be one with a sense of humour and great hair.


I tweeted back to Ann:  “Wanna come and play in my treehouse?”

{{  Ann paused for a few seconds to think.  Legit.  It was seconds. }}


Come visit the treehouse on www.lynneknowlton.com


Ann tweeted:   I just booked a flight.


Ann:  You know how you just know that you’ve found someone from your tribe? That’s how it was with Lynne and me.


Me:  That’s exactly what it was like, 3 tweets to besties.


Ann:  It was ridiculous. My daughters who are 14 and 16 said, “Mom, aren’t you the one who says we shouldn’t visit someone we meet on the internet?” I compromised and said that I would go visit first and not bring them along until I was sure Lynne wasn’t a serial killer.  She wasn’t.  Phew.


Me:  That’s kind of how you became an author isn’t it?  Like many situations, you just throw yourself into it.


Ann: Oh my God, it totally is. I am that regular person who always wanted to write a book but had no skills, no ideas, and no real idea of how it was done.  What I did have was a crazy girlish dream of seeing my name on a cover.



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Ann:  I began the business of learning how to write and publish. I hustled that dream like a shopper at a fire sale who knew her favourite shoes were 50% off and in the bottom of an endless pile of shoes.  I was a Badger.


Me:  What’s it all about??  Do tell.  Do tell. 


THE DOG YEAR has a little bit of a lot of things for you.


It’s a story of a person who made good decisions her whole life and who then starts making bad decisions because of grief, life-long insecurities and a little bit of garbage, she’s hung on to since high school (no, this is not an autobiography).


Me:  What’s dogs got to do with this story?  I’ve seen you with my dog, so I know you love dogs but how do dogs figure in here?


Ann:  So here’s the story nobody knows. Fasten your seat belt, we are about to hit some sap in the road.


Ann:  I was having a really hard few years.  Divorce, mother slipping into dementia, furloughs happening at work and I was feeling kinda rotten.  I got a dog.  A big dog.  My God, this dog liked to run, so off we went to the dog park where I met another tribe member ~ Teri Osgood.  She’s a vet and has the kind of humor that makes you feel badly about laughing at her snarky jokes and peeing yourself.


I went to the dog park every day for 2 years and met other lunatic dog people. Then, Teri introduced me to her brother.  Oh my God, her brother. Love ensued.


Me : So this book is your story?


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Ann:  Naw, I totally made it up. The part about dogs being the glue that binds us… well that part is true.


I like to write stories about life.  I always say the definition of life is: long periods of monotony and body maintenance punctuated by occasional moments of glory and despondency.


The book is about friends, strangers and yes dogs who become more than just friends, strangers and dogs.


They become family…

Life savers …


{{ Big kisses to you, my friend Ann!!  Thank you for letting me interview you.  I luvs ya.  I really do }}


How to buy Ann’s books :

You may buy Ann’s first book On Maggie’s Watch by clicking here.

Ann’s new book, The Dog Year may be purchased here.

You can find Ann on her gorgy gorgeous website here.



Tell me about your fave book.  I need a few more books to stare me down. 🙂




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  1. http://www./ says:

    was an interesting month, filled with a lot of personal emotional ups and downs. I started running and for the first time in my life, I really enjoy it. I am hopeful that I will continue because

  2. […] way Lynne from ‘Design the life you want to live’ talks about books in this post, how her writing includes font changes and spaces for emphasis, and how she can make writing feel […]

  3. Janet says:

    Hello darling! Love to see you in my in box! I always save the message in my inbox until I can sit down and read your post….like a good book! I moved my stacks of books to the guest room night tables…so they wouldn’t look at me with there big teary crocidle eyes. I’ feel so guilty using my pad for reading. My old fashion self is so torn. Yes- pinned yr treehouse- that I desperately want to visit. I hope a someone who is true to books wins. (I’m a disgrace…me and my pageless ipad). Have a rockin summer! Janet

  4. Ann Garvin says:

    So in love with this post and the pictures of my book. Isn’t Lynnie the best? I wish I could have a sleep over with everyone and read the books into your ears while you sip wine and pet your beloved animal.
    Thanks Lynnie,
    Big hearts and love in your direction.

  5. cynthia says:

    OK, I pinned the treehouse rental. Even though I don’t want anyone to rent it out from under me. Even though some of my best friends are squirrels. Even though I love wine and I love you and I would love to drink wine and commune with squirrels with you. Even though I have a couple of writing projects that I %^$#@!)& need to finish, I would rather climb a ladder and drink wine with you and commune with squirrels. So there. You win.

  6. cynthia says:

    Lynne, I fantasize about renting your treehouse, climbing into it, shutting the door, and finishing a couple of writing projects I’ve roughed out. In truth, I suspect you and I would instead spend long times talking, laughing, and drinking abundant amounts of wine. Which wouldn’t be a bad way at all to spend some time.

  7. Jamie Martin says:


    I like Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan.

  8. cynthia says:

    I think I need an intervention. My stacks of to-be-read books are multiplying in the night. When I roll over in bed and one or two slide off, the thumps startle the dogs terribly. The latest book to find itself on top of a heap is . . . . I’m not making this up . . . THE DOG YEAR!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I pinned the giveaway image with the pink flower to my “be-do-have” board, because it’s gorgeous, and because I want to have/read the book. Recommending for you: “Shine, Shine, Shine” by Lydia Netzer, and “Someone Else’s Love Story” by Joshilyn Jackson. Based on your description of “The Dog Year”, I think you will love both of those (if they haven’t enraptured you already). And I should express enthusiasm for my own novel: “Lethal Blossom” (by me, Stephanie Serrano), too, right?

    • Wowswers Stephanie,

      An author, a quilter AND you live at the ocean in Hawaii ??!! I want to be your roommate 🙂

      I love all the beautiful colours in your quilts.

      Your bio made me laugh out loud…

      Venus holds the copyright on all content on this site, and you wouldn’t want to diss a goddess.


      You are awesome sauce.


  10. Colleen says:

    Love getting your emails in the inbox. Such a breath of fresh air to my day. I love books and totally get you on the losing yourself in them. Definitely a book in the hand girl here. This looks like a great one. Have pinned on my books worth reading board.

    • So sweet Colleen !

      Thanks for making my day ! After I read your comment yesterday, I went outside… grabbed a lounger and read.

      Thanks for the inspiration and blog love!


  11. Colette Kelly says:

    I pinned Ann’s book to my book board. Looking forward to reading it. Hopefully no dogs die in it, makes me cry.

  12. Nina says:

    I pinned it to my Books board. I would love to win The Dog Year. A very good read is the Devil in the White City. It is set in a city I love and live in – Chicago. A bit dark but sooo good. I guess based on my book suggestion I won’t be invited to visit. 🙂

    • You crack me up Nina

      ‘ I guess based on my book suggestion, I won’t be invited to visit ‘

      Hilare !!

      I love Chicago too, so you are probably safe for a visit. I bet you aren’t an ax murderer 🙂

      Lynne x

  13. TucsonPatty says:

    I pinned the beautiful library full of books to my Books and Coolness board – Awesome. I’ve already pinned your tree-house – I want to live in it. Someday maybe I can rent it…

    • Foooorshur Patty

      The treehouse is so chill.. and it goes well with books 🙂 I’m guessing you are in Tucson LOL, so it could be a faboosh road trip from Tucson to Ontario for a treehouse visit. xo

  14. Danni says:

    I also posted it on facebook and twitter cause DAMN that tree house is phenomenal and if wishes do come true my hubby amd i will one day be able to make the 6hr-ish trip to stay in that beautiful work of art and (sigh) relax. 🙂

    • Ha ! 6 hours schmours. That is like ‘going around the corner’ in Canada. LOL.

      A friend of mine visiting from Switzerland laughed out loud when we went on a trip to the store. I took her shopping in Toronto (it’s 2 hours from the treehouse) and she said

      ” THAT WAS ONE HELL OF A ROAD TRIP to go shopping. If we were in Switzerland, we’d be in another country by now. ”


      Lynne xxo

    • Hi Danni !!

      YOU WON !!!!!

      Send me your mailing address to lynne@lynneknowlton.com !!

      I’m so happy for you !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      LYNNE xxoxxxo

      • Danni says:

        Just emailed you my address hopeing you are not an axe murderer lol I am beyond excited. Thank you thank you thank you. Will let you know when i recieve the package.
        Danni 🙂

  15. Danni says:

    I pinned your beautiful tree house. Love love love your blog, you crack me up.

  16. Brenlin says:

    I pinned the treehouse and then made sure my husband saw it!

  17. Love spur of the moment friends! Sounds like a blast.

  18. Carol says:

    I pinned the tree house first since it is so me. Then I pinned the giveaway collage because the rest is so cool! Thanks!

    • Awwwwhh sahweet Carol !

      The treehouse is just downright good mojo and PERFECT for book reading.

      Not that I’m reading in there either.

      Oh.My.Word. Is it wine o’clock somewhere? I need to head out to the treehouse 🙂


  19. Ramona Mauser says:

    Love your blog, Lynne! I entered to win the book, and pinned your site on Pinterest. Yay!

  20. Paige says:

    Hmmm…. talk about guilt bombs of neatly tucked paper… I gave up my love of reading in favor of my love of knitting. I still love books and continue to buy them, but then I become engrossed in a knitting project and they feel rejected. I really should make more time for my literary lovies. Speaking of knitting though, I am currently knitting a blanket for my sister in laws’ wedding present, using your pattern as inspiration. I am using 5 strands and massive dowel rods (I can’t find giant needles at a decent price) and added a cable. I will try to post a pic to my Pinterest page.
    Thank you for sharing life and experiences, you truly have a gift. I can’t wait to rd your next post!

    • Hi Paige !

      Great idea for a wedding present. Hey, it may be too late to tell you (now that you are already suffering through dowel rods) but Romni Wools in Toronto, Ontario Canada sells the size 50 circular needles for $12 !

      That is where I bought them originally, and then realized that they are much more moola online. Hmmm.

      If you email them at jonathon@romniwools.com they will ship them to you!

      ** toats happy dance** ??! I hope so 🙂

      Lynne xx

      • Paige says:

        Deff toats happy dance! Thanks Lynne! They will be getting an email soon. I have been looking for months! They are so hard to find. Thanks again!

  21. Jane Price says:

    Wish I wrote a book, so that I could get invited to your house. And no, I’m not an ax murderer–just a dog lover (and public radio fan)
    Guess that isn’t qualification enough?

    Love your blog….you make me laugh……

    jane in tx

    • hahahaha Jane

      You don’t need to write a book to get a house invite.

      I’m an open book (excuse the pun) and love to invite lots of pals 🙂

      Last year, we had a blogging retreat in the treehouse and boy oh boy it was fun. I invited Ann 🙂 She made me pee my pants a couple of times.

      Should I admit that in my outside voice?

      Thanks for the bloggy love.

      xoxox Kisses

  22. Devorah Chana says:

    OK shared on FB AND Pinterest. I do need a book and some girly girly wrist candy in my life. 😉

  23. Craig says:

    Enjoyed reading today, even tho it was on my ipad…
    gotta go…

    • Hahaha Craig

      Hey dude, have you tried NEXT ISSUE on your iPad? I love it !

      You can read all the mags you want for a monthly fee (which is generally less than the price of a mag)

      Either way, I think this is where I should confess that I goof off on my iPad all.day.long sometimes.

      It’s a great escape too. Ahhhh

      Happy weekend !

  24. I lerve books, Lynne! “Shush that hot mess.” Haha, exactly. Thanks for introducing Ann to me (us). I think she rocks and being a writer myself I definitely relate and am inspired by her story. I will be visiting her site for sure. Have a great weekend!

    • Hey Lisa,

      You and Ann could relate on sooooo many levels !!

      Tell her I said hello and that you and I are online pals too 🙂 She will love ya!

      From one author to another… you two could talk for hours. I salute you both. It is an incredible accomplishment to get published. Holy batman.


  25. Janet says:

    Ahh books the double edged lover in my life, sigh. I love and adore reading, the places they take me the solitude and peace I find in the experience that is reading, yup I’m in luv =) The one that made an impact on me was “A Woman of Substance” I loved the main character, her strength, her weaknesses, from nothing to something and the price she paid. You go girl =)

    On the other hand as a ‘closet writer’ I find times where books (or the writing there of) can be heart breaking and soul destroying….where do I take this character, why the heck did I just put them in that cave…..undressed!
    Then I hit save and another unfinished story waits with bated breath to see how they turn out (at last count I have 12 rough drafts).

    • Wowsers Janet !

      You should write to Ann on her website! She is one great gal and could probably give you some ahhhhmazing advice on how to take your drafts to a whole new level.

      I think you have to kiss a publisher or something.

      Jokes. Jokes.

      I WISH it was that easy. All authors would be smooching all over town.

      Best of luck, and woot woot with the 12 drafts.


    • In a cave? Undressed? I wanna read that book!

  26. I totally hear you about the guilt thang. I go through phases where I plow through books then periods of nothing heavier than a magazine. My all time favourite is “Love in the Time of Cholera”. Thrifted a French version for our second cottage which is currently a builder’s model but will be rentable next year. One day I will stay in your treehouse. See you then.

    • Oh me oh my Maggie,

      Your second cottage sounds adorbs, especially if it has good books in it LOL.

      I hear ya about the magazine too… I love flipping the pages while soaking in a bubble bath. Ahhhh.

      Speaking of techno-technology… have you tried NEXT ISSUE? It is a way to read magazines on the iPad.

      Oh no. I just suggested an iPad over paper. Shoot me. Shoot me now.


  27. Daniela says:

    Pinned your spectacular treehouse. Also, those balinese bracelets are gorg! More books to keep you page-flippin’… Gone Girl was amazeballs! I also loved The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – very whimsical. Oh, and on the topic of giveaways, I’ve got one running now. Allow me to repay the opportunity to win something fun, check it out here – http://tmblr.co/Zn1SFs1JDcISZ
    Happy weekending Lynne!

    • GONE GIRL is ahhhmazeballs Daniela?!

      I want to buy a book for a friend (therefore I won’t suffer from book stare-down) and you just gave me the epic idea !

      THANK YOU !!

      I just checked your giveaway and now I’m crossing my fingers, toes and everything in-between that I win the scarf.

      So pretty !!


  28. susan says:

    A lot of the cottage rentals near here do that. And they leave a list of their favorite things to do here, favorite restaurants and, of course, the place to go for the best ice cream which happens to be my store. I get people in every year who tell me the owners left a notice telling them they HAD to visit the Village Store for the ultimate ice cream experience.
    But I think the list gives such a personal and friendly alternative and addition to guide books.

  29. susan says:

    Yahoo, a fellow reader! I’m 65 years old, have read an average of a book every two days since I was in my 20s…not going to do that math. I have an e-reader and use it mainly for feeding my addiction. If I read a book that I absolutely love and know there’s another book following it, I’ll download and wallow in the wonderfulness of the continued story. But a book in two hands near your lap is worth far more than squinting at an e-reader. I have a little convenience store in PEI and dedicated one section of shelves for a free library. People think I did it because I’m nice but my motives are quite selfish – my eyes light up when books are coming in and I get first choice! Actually, it’s been quite a popular move and we get a lot of amazing books moving in and out. I think my biggest disappointment in life is that my son didn’t inherit my love of reading.

    • Hi Susan !!

      You just gave me a great idea!!! I love you!!!

      We are renting out our treehouse this year via my bloggy and TripAdvisor.

      I think I should load it up with books!

      Peeps can bring a book, take a book or leave a book. How relaxing would that be?!!

      I’m totally smooching you right now.

      Lynne xx