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. Brenlin

    June 20th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

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

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Teehee Brenlin

    Smart move 🙂

  3. Danni

    June 20th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

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

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Ahhh shucks Danni

    Make me *blush* or what?

    Thanks 🙂 xo

  5. Danni

    June 20th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    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. 🙂

  6. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2014 at 7:53 am

    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

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    July 17th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hi Danni !!

    YOU WON !!!!!

    Send me your mailing address to !!

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

    LYNNE xxoxxxo

  8. Danni

    July 17th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    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 🙂

  9. TucsonPatty

    June 20th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    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…

  10. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2014 at 7:58 am

    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

  11. vinyetETC

    June 21st, 2014 at 6:36 am

    RT @TRU_Vitality: RT @lynneknowlton Shut the front door !! It’s a GIVEAWAY. Squeal !!: Go ahead.  Shut the front door.  Now run … http://…

  12. Nina

    June 21st, 2014 at 10:11 am

    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. 🙂

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2014 at 8:25 am

    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

  14. Colette Kelly

    June 21st, 2014 at 11:15 am

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

  15. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Oh gosh, I hear ya sista

    It breaks my heart when dogs die. They are part of the family.

    Did you read the blog post that I wrote about my doggy? 🙁

    Here it is, in case you missed it


  16. Colleen

    June 21st, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    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.

  17. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2014 at 8:37 am

    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!


  18. lynneknowlton

    June 21st, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    RT @TRU_Vitality: RT @lynneknowlton Shut the front door !! It’s a GIVEAWAY. Squeal !!: Go ahead.  Shut the front door.  Now run … http://…

  19. lynneknowlton

    June 21st, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    RT @courtneymprice: @lynneknowlton is giving away a summer read….

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