Grab book. Sit down. Whoomphff. READ. Ahhhh...

Grab book. Sit down. Whoomphff. READ. Ahhhh…

Jun 20

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


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. susan

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    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.

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    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

  3. Maureen

    June 20th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I love that idea of a treehouse full of books! Also, yay for a contest. Love your blog. #addictedtobooks #notashamed

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Sahhhhweet Maureen,

    I’m toats doing it TODAY.


    Don’tcha just love fun hashtags ?? #IAmAddictedToFunHashtags

  5. lynneknowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    New #BlogPost today with an epic #giveaway

  6. lynneknowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    { New Blog Post } Shut the front door !! It’s a GIVEAWAY. Squeal !!: Go ahead.  Shut the front door.  Now run …

  7. susan

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    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.

  8. Robbin

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I pinned it! I have lots of books I really like, but Secret Daughter by Shilpi Gowda is a great book!

  9. Daniela

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Secret Daughter is such an amazing book! Great recommendation 🙂

  10. Lynne Knowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Sooooo good to know. I’m putting in my STARE AT ME list. Pronto.


  11. Lynne Knowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you Robbin !!

    I actually love buying books from Chapters/Indigo !

    The store is drool worthy and full of lots of juicy temptation.

    I can’t wait to check out this book!


  12. courtneymprice

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    @lynneknowlton is giving away a summer read….

  13. Daniela

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    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 –
    Happy weekending Lynne!

  14. Lynne Knowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    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 !!


  15. harryc

    June 20th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    .@lynneknowlton is giving it away!

  16. Margaret McDonald

    June 20th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    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.

  17. Lynne Knowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    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.


  18. Janet

    June 20th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    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).

  19. Lynne Knowlton

    June 20th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    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.


  20. Dani @ lifeovereasy

    June 20th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

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

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