WANTED: Sleepy people…. Zzzzzzzz… here’s my all time fave mattress…

First things first… soooooo sorry for being MIA for the last century (okay, it was a lot of weeks.. but it felt like a century.) Does that count?

I always think, “I can totally blog, work on the treehouse, paint the cabin, deal with whatever cancer throws, eat, shop, sleep, change the oil in my car (who the hell ever remembers to do that anyway?!!)”  Uhmmm. Nope.  I can’t.  Apparently, my brain ends up with too many tabs open.

It seems that only my imaginary life is all calm and zen like.


Hitting The Reset Button

I did it.  I hit the reset button. I paused my social media, blog and everything in between.  Quite frankly, I don’t know how I’ve strung more than 3 words together these days.

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The thing is….all the while….I never forget about you.  You’re in my head, like a great song, on repeat.  I just love you like that.  Did I just sound like a weirdo?  Don’t answer that. It wasn’t a real question. 

I’d been freaking the freak freakish freaky freak out about cancer and life and and and and and e v e r y t h i n g.  If you are new here, you may want to read this post about Michaels terminal cancer.  Now that Michael is on oral chemotherapy tablets daily (did I tell you that?!) he is still symptomatic but feeling better.  The good news is that he can see better, shave without missing his face, and he doesn’t need an eye patch anymore.  He still has minor numbness on parts of his body.  He has headaches most days.  He naps most days.  He wakes up tired with aches, sore muscles and occasionally severe back pain.   He has one eye that is droopier than the other.  I just made him sound like Johny Depp on Pirates of the Caribbean, didn’t I? Michael looks good.  I, on the other hand, need a moisturizer that hides the fact that I’ve been tired since 2003.  Our motto these days… 

Hope for the best.  Plan for the worst.

Truth is, all of this has caused me to really step back and wonder where I’ll take this blog.   How will I sustain it and earn an income? eBooks? eCourses?   Would you like to learn from me?  How to guzzle wine from a pelican flask?


Working with brands along this journey …

Another idea is to work with brands more often and do some sponsored posts along the way.  I’m practicing TODAY to get my feet wet (translation: I’m only dipping my toe in the kiddie pool.)

I wasn’t paid to write this post, but I did receive a mattress.  You cool wit dat?

When you purchase from brands on my blog, I make a teeny weeny polka dot bikini commission at no extra cost to you.  Do you love that or hate it?  Want to throat punch me or hug me?

Did I exhaust you?   Let’s talk about sleep.  Bed.  Mattresses. Bedding.



My secret talent is getting tired without doing anything via @lynneknowlton

I don’t know about you, but I’ve thought about running away more often as an adult, then I ever did as a kid. People say go big or go home..as if going home is a bad thing!?? Hells yeah I wanna go home, and I’m going to take a nap when I get there.

People say go big or go home..as if going home is a bad thing!?? Hells yeah I wanna go home, and I’m going to take a nap when I get there. On this Casper mattress.

This ^^ is what my life looks like 62439862921% of the time.


Bed is life.

How about we take this to the bedroom... I whispered to my snacks | @lynneknowlton

1.   Sleeping is hard in the summer because the blankets are too warm, but without them I am vulnerable to monsters.

2.   Stress= no sleep and NOT sleeping is disgusting *flips onto stomach for 400th time*. 

3.   I think about all the things I messed up on that day and all the things I shoulda-coulda-woulda done and how I’ve likely ruined my life for forever by not completing [insert stoopid task here] and apparently run on sentences are okay after you have been awake for forever.

I’m not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of a permanently exhausted pigeon.

Basically, this mattress is the best thing ever. The end.

Here’s the dealio: Buying a mattress online is the easiest way to shop while wearing your pyjamas.   The price of the mattresses are totes affordable.  It’s the kind of price tag that wouldn’t make Michael’s head light on fire and pop off.  He’s usually my money meter.  This mattress passes the dollah test.

Where does all my money go? It's like hocus pocus, I'm brokus via @lynneknowlton


The Casper mattress (we have this one… and you can get $75 off with the promo code AIRSTREAM) arrives in a wildly small box.  I couldn’t figure out how an entire mattress was stuffed in there.  It was all rolled up like a delicious cinnamon roll.  Why am I suddenly craving a cinnamon roll?!!

 I want buns of steel but I also want buns of cinnamon.

The mattress fluffed up almost immediatelty… like magic !!! and then I threw myself on it and slept for 78 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes. Also, how much sloughing around in bed is ‘too much sloughing?’ Asking for a friend.  

You’ve seriously got to get a glimpse of my sleep-fest.  And by glimpse I mean 29345692 photos.


Best sleep ever. You’re welcome. Sweet dreams for the rest of forever.  Note to self: they also sell pillows, and they basically feel like you are sleeping on heaven clouds.

PS. Are you Canadian? Me too!!  Casper ships to the United States AND Canada.  Hawt Prime Minister and free shipping to Canadians.  For the win.  I think we can all agree that our Prime minister just needs to just go ahead and take his shirt off already.*


Here’s the link for the Casper mattress in case you haven’t clicked it yet.  What’s wrong with you?!!

Save $75 dollars with the promo code AIRSTREAM

(yes, I have a Casper mattress in our airstream and lurve it !!!!!!)

We chose THE CASPER and we are so smitten. Like sleeping kittens.


Bed, meet your maker. This is where your sheets and your mattress really make out.  I recently discovered theeeeee most amazing linen duvet covers here.  The price is INCREDIBLE.  I bought 29,000 white linen duvet covers for the house, treehouse and cabin. Legit.  The price tag will make you flip!


PIN the blog post here:

P.S.   I think my guardian angel drinks.

P.S.S.ssss    When did we start paying attention to everyones eyebrows?  Is it bad that my eyebrows look like one big long hairy caterpillar?  Should I admit that in my outside voice?

PPP.S..s.sSS.S.SSs.    Do you sleep with socks on? Any time I fall asleep with socks on, my middle-of-the-night is interrupted with groggy cursing and violent sock peeling.   This is my life.  What’s yours?

Now tell me what I should do with my life when I grow up.  MWAH.


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Great post title…but greater is the decoration…amazing

Teresa Zehr

Thanks for the review. We’re looking for a new bed soon, so this will be great to keep in mind.

I also sleep with socks on. But every morning when I wake up, they are neatly lying on the floor right beside my bed. I have no idea how that happens.


Hello Lynne, I just purchased your circular needles, but cannot download the knitting pattern for that pretty silver grey blanket shown on those circular needles. Is it possible for me to purchase/download that particular pattern? I’ve downloaded the cream colored blanket patterns but really would like to knit that grey pattern. Thanks very much!! Rose


Hi Lynne,
Glad to hear from you. You definitely deserve a nice looonnnng nap!
And when you get up, I would LOVE to learn from you. Preferable with a nice bottle of wine…. in your glamped out camper. Or the treehouse. Or – just online is fine too.
All the best to you and your family. Take care.


No need ever to apologize for ignoring us. We will be here and meanwhile, we can look at past posts and laugh and agree all over again! You are amazing and I thank you!


Hello Lynne

I have missed you but I also know that you have a lot going on right now – although we all know a BOTTLE of wine is real good at relaxing us for a moment ???? Unfortunately it won’t erase all the bad in our lives ???? but every now and then we just need a break (stop and smell the roses or have a bottle of wine or go outside and let out a really good scream) I think you get the picture – anyway you truly were missed and glad your back!

Look Up

Welcome back, you were missed xo
I relate to the covers on, feet in and no hand dangling over the side ???? I’m also glad you are putting your oxygen mask on.
Take care, and I love u too, like in a Gord Downie kiss everyone on the lips kind of way ????


Miss you in my inbox on Fridays. Sending warm thoughts to you and Michael. Hang in there…


Ur awesome!! Every time I read ur posts, I laugh my ass off and then I bawl my eyes out! And then I laugh again. But I guess it’s a good bawl my eyes out because when I see u in my inbox, I can’t click fast enough to see what u wanna talk about today. And how things are going with u. (Even though ur a stranger, well, I’m probably stranger, but strange is, well, interesting, cuz, u never know what it’ll lead to…).. ur a real chick and I love that. I think, GO GOR IT! I have… Read more »

Reply to  Lynne Knowlton

Just a quick love note from oregon… the more you cry the less you pee.. mwah ,love raven


apparently you did buy 29,000 white duvet covers cuz there are none left!! and the US site doesn’t ship to the canucks! 🙁
loved your post. welcome back. glad to see you back. xo

You’re beautiful & look like you’re not dealing with stress at all. God Bless you & Michael. Maybe you have a teensy weensy too much white…….


So good to hear your voice again! Missed you and your face!Love, light and all the healing vibes to you and Mike! Kisses coz you’re delicioussss!

The Gypsy Hutterite

What should you do with your life when you grow up? After 51 revolutions around the sun here is my best advise: REFUSE to grow up and just LIVE life to the fullest ❤️❤️❤️

Hi Lynne, Thank you for sharing your life journey with us, I cannot imagine what you are going through, but know that we are all behind you. As far as how many blog posts one is supposed to write, who the heck knows. But I will take whatever quantity you can sustain, at whatever frequency you can tackle. Every one of your posts is a precious gem, a balance of creativity, wit, humor and humble stark reality. You are a strong woman. You have a lot on your plate, enjoy your husband. Enjoy your family. Write when you can and… Read more »


As far as ahm concerned, when your bestie is not well, the world can piss off. So, you need a minute. Forget about it. We’ll still be here. Take care of yourself, and your man, and your fam. Wishing you peace and love. If I had money, i would give it to you til you could recover. Huggz


Hey Lynne … I did miss you. You bring words to the reality of life that I am not talented that way to put to paper.

Loved the sleep post. Words that reflect my sentiment totally.. and if you get some small $benifit. Go for it.
Can’t wait to hear what your next post will promote… tea, garden shovels, sewing shears…. whatever it is you will make it interesting.

Let’s cuddle and listen to stand up comedy….. I loved this post….. does bed need a boxspring?
Still saving to come see you all….

SLEEP 1. Sleeping is hard in the summer because the blankets are too warm, but without them I am vulnerable to monsters. Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesssss!!!! My whole life I’ve thought this! So as soon as I started Adulting, I set my thermostat to the ‘a smidge above arctic’ setting for overnight. I sleep like a. Bear when it’s cold, and it’s worth every penny ???? So back to the mattress Slinging… does it sleep warm? How many days did you wait to actually use it after you unrolled it? I always have to let them air out in a spare room for… Read more »

Raven Nickerson

Love and big hugs sister* Laughter is the best isnt it..* thank you.. Do what you gotta do ** I see a book of blogs** put it in chapters and get it published by (Sounds True)http://www.soundstrue.com/store/about-us/our-vision publishing..they love works of writing that are about spiritual transformation.. and that is all about your experience.. and how to hold it together even when you dont know you are doing it..* and yes you are doing it. ( mom support*) you are funnnier than Ellen Degeneress * Get her to back you up.. ** She will have you on her show** because she… Read more »


I can certainly sympathize with you. I took care of my mom when she had cancer and it’s a tough 24 hour job. I love your writing and do what you can and then sleeeep.

You are very talented and you could do anything you wanted to do!!

PS. I do look at people’s eyebrows because I don’t know what to do with mine.
PSSSS I do sleep with my socks on – my feet are always cold.

God’s blessings!

Carey R Powell

1- y’all are in my thoughts and prayers and thank you for the check-in
2- if I fall asleep with socks on I am guaranteed to have nightmares.

Hi Lynne! I was soooooo excited to see your name in my inbox…..better than getting a letter in the mail from a long lost friend. You’ve been on my mind (always in a good way) and I’ve been wondering if I had done something stupid along the way with my total ineptitude with computers (like push a wrong button) and wipe you out of my life. I’m so glad to see you back and happy that things have calmed to the point you can blog again. I’m so happy for you and Michael that he is feeling and doing better… Read more »

Tamé Britton

I want the white pouf! Where do I buy the white pouf? Milton, Ontario shout out! Love you Lynne!

You are so darn quotable. I have the quote about wishing a salad was a donut (from… an earlier post, I forget which) on a sticky note on my fridge. “I’m not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of a permanently exhausted pigeon.” I just have this mental image of a pigeon with bags under her eyes. Oh wait, that’s the mirror. Never mind. Yes on the PM with no shirt. And on the socks being detrimental to sleep. I can’t even fall asleep with them on. When you grow up, you should sell magnets… Read more »

Dear Lynne. You are amazing. Keep up the good work.

When life gives you lemons make really good guacamole and have a margarita with that because life is too short not to celebrate!

Judi Mason

Welcome back, sweetie. I have a TBI (mild), and occasionally have to check-in to a neighboring dimension and recharge my batteries. Of course, hibernating through the dreaded New Orleanian summer is a good option too. ZZZZZZZ…… Alas, I’m getting my house painted so, I get to stay awake…and read your blog. Mwahugz! (Ijust made that up; unless someone else made it up before me.) Words of Wisdom (Get it? Wow.) from Jude-Wah the……Magnificent. Yea, that works. Time is fiction. Merely a conceptual tool, it is used to define, and then measure incriments of what was previously nothing. So, now is… Read more »

Great to hear from you Lynne! I always love your posts. They make me laugh, touch my heart, and inspire me to get off my butt and get my blog kicked into gear! I’m am so happy that Michael is feeling better, you guys are amazing and I love how you handle the unbelievable hardships of dealing with cancer. Keep up the good work and I’ll be reading what you write, sponsored posts and all. I totally relate to “Now tell me what I should do with my life when I grow up”. All the best to you and your… Read more »

Trudi Stevenson

Yay, she’s back ????????????

Absolutely the right thing to do, take a break, catch your breath, reboot and then come back to us with your squashy mattress and pillow talk (watching Doris Day, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies) – don’t hate me!

Hope your lovely hubby is battling through his trials with smiles ❤️

Now, off on family trip to see new the Pirates movie (bit behind here in the UK) hope to sink a large glass when the lights go out – have a fab weekend, great to hear your dulcits again x


thanks to you I just bought a bed!

Christine Todd

Hi Lynne, Opened my emails and only one I looked at was yours. Anxiety and stress are unwanted culprits right now, but reading your posts with the beautiful pictures guarantees a Zen moment. Sending a huge hug. Your tenacity is an inspiration. Your humour is spot on. Glad to hear Michael has shown improvement, and a droopy eye is just a wink in slow motion. 😉 Love the picture in the wild flowers. Need a new mattress – how thick is that one as I don’t use a boxspring. Raising a huge glass of wine to toast… it’s 5 o’clock… Read more »


Lynne, I just gave your guardian angel a stern talking to — like the pot calling the kettle black, actually. However: She promises to shape up — immensely and immediately.. Life just absolutely sucks sometimes. It’s hard to fathom. Why does it have to be that way? And to the nicest people? Have been wondering (OK, worrying about) how things are going, Thanks for writing. and catching us up. Sending all good and positive thoughts your way. Re the blog: Agree with the comments. Why shouldn’t you make money from it if you can.? That’s the whole point. I can… Read more »


A book!!!! OMG Yeessssss! You are such a talented writer it’s a no-brainer. As soon as I see your name in my “in box” it brings a smile to my face and it’s the first item I open. You don’t realize how many lives you brighten with your blog. Your blog will continue to be enjoyable sponsored or not. Do what you need to do. Prayers for you and Michael and your family. Live life to the fullest, write when you can and keep on keepin on!!

Lin N

Nuthin wrong with hitting the life reset button., especially when the life jar has too much stuff in it. Ya gotta tip that sucker and empty it. Sort through the stuff, get rid of some, put some back in the jar, take some stuff ya love and stick it in yer pajama pocket and go nap. I think I need to take my own advice some times LOL. Sponsored posts….go for it. You do such a lovely fun job of chatting up stuff Lynne. I understand a good blog is a lot of work and I hope sometimes it helps… Read more »


When I sit down to read your blog, I always feel like I’m having coffee with an old friend, catching up on all the good, bad and ugly details of our lives…I can’t tell you how many times I read something from your blog and think, “I can totally relate”. Thank you for being real, showing us you’re not perfect and for sharing life’s ups and downs.

Pam from California

I am new to your blog and I have just started reading it. Your humor and wit is OUTstanding! I am so sorry to hear of your hubby’s illness, and I wish him comfort and I know you are giving him abundant care…

Hugs and kisses to you and Michael…

Nancy Clark

I am always happy to see you in my email…I know that I can count on you to make me smile, laugh, and/or cry. I think you are amazing and funny and talented and wonderful and so much more! And yes, I would love for you to write a book. Please hang in there, know that you are loved, and keep on keeping on. Hugs!

I loved your crack about exhausted pigeon – I love reading your blog, it always brightens my day. I normally end up laughing out loud.. You are awesome!!!

Karen Zerilli

Omg! Typos galore! I meant to say, ” it never helps to say” I know how you feel”. And I know how difficult it’s BEEN ! I agree with everyone who loves your blog, don’t care if you are trying to make a buck! Hang in there!

Karen Zerilli

Does it help to know that you bring a little sunshine with your witty and humorous blog? It never helps to hear , ” I don’t know how to lift you up but hope it helps to let you know I care and know how difficult life has benn for you . Blessings to you and your beautiful family and I hope a miracle can work for your husband or he can continue to find treatments to help him find comfort and peace.


Whaaa! So excited about the linen and they are sold out of kings. Incredible price so no wonder 🙁
Ps. I loathe socks, try never to wear them, give in only when skiing. However, falling asleep with any piece of clothing on (who is too lazy to pull a tshirt over their head…really), causes the identical wake up too hot in the middle of the night reaction! Oh behave I say.
Love your blog. Thanks for writing again. Ei

Tristan Knowlton

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA x10000!! you are so fricken funny mamma!! I just loves you and your amazing soft mattresses and eye for cozy linens!!

Donna Hartline

I thought maybe I had lost you! Been a hectic month of May! My Dad put in hospital, then passed away, 6 year Anniversary of husband’s death, too many others. I’m the caregiver of my PARENTS so I still have Mom and dealing with dementia. So I TOTALLY GET ESCAPING! Prayers to you and yours!

Martha M Rife

Lynne, I could read your blogs, new and old, over and over every day and smile and laugh and cry a little bit and never tire of a single iddy biddy one! I wish you could make 1574938% commission on every single thing that earns your endorsement! I recently finished making a ‘mosaic’ (doesn’t have a single piece of broken anything in it)…really more of an assemblage of vintage jewelry and ball chain. “Zelda” is the least zen-like thing in the world. You’d hate her. But she’s feminine and strong as hell and reminds me of so many strong women… Read more »


Soooo happy to hear your ‘voice’ again. I can actually get out of bed and face my day now. But don’t feel pressured–your fans will be here whenever you can share some sparkle. Sponsored posts=whatever.. I trust your judgment and your integrity is rock solid. Keep on keeping on,, Karen


Lynne and Michael, Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I see so much of my nephew TJ in Michael. TJ was diagnosed with rectal cancer at age 37 and passed away before he turned 39. It was a long 18 months but TJ and our family, like Michael and yours, never gave up. TJ lived his life to the fullest. And we created so many memories that we cling to now. Your blog brings up so many emotions for me and your writing is exquisite!! Whether you visit with us once a week, once a month… Read more »

Mary W

You and Michael and this post make me think of a quote I read but don’t remember where. “I knew it was love when HOME turned from a place and into a person.”

Debra Spaulding

I’ve missed you and your amazing writing! Now, go take a nap…. Deb from Ohio


???? ???? ☕️ enough said… ????????????


Lynne, I found your blog through https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/ a few years ago, I think Karen has managed a nice balance on sponsored and non-sponsored posts. I am sure your fan base would totally accept the occasional sponsored post. You have such a unique voice & a great sense of humour even when dealing with the saddest of topics. I sense that you have your priorities right. Such a tough journey with Michael and you have no choice but to walk it one step at a time through the downs, more downs and the occasional ups. Stop and smell the flowers along… Read more »

Reply to  Lynne Knowlton

Thanks for the recommendations, Lynne, but I have everything booked already. I am going all out & pampering myself here: http://www.blisssanctuaryforwomen.com/ I am looking forward to the pampering but most of all the food & the sightseeing.


Lynne Been missing you but glad to see you in my inbox this morning as I was thinking about you I actually took a photo of your response to me last time as I was so moved that you would do that. Special prayers for Michael and for you. Rest easy – one day at a time. Try to fill each day with as much laughter and magic as you can. Whatever you do with the blog is coolio – just don’t stop talking to us. You are a ray of sunshine and say out loud what most of us… Read more »


My heart hurts for your family. I can’t even begin to imagine what you’re going through. I’m the “denial/minimize” type, so the fact that my dad is taking a daily oral chemo pill is different because “he’s fine!” Moving on to lighter topics, OMG your Prime Minister is awesome. I’m considering moving to Canada, now. Would you trade him for our national leader? The orange-ish one?

Alice Laine

Always good to hear from you. Lynne, you are a wonderful writer and have the ability to express all of your feelings and emotions in ways that are creative and with a touch of humor but touch the heart with those inherent messages that come through loud and clear. You will find your way….continue the. Blog so your readers can give you support and virtual hugs. We love you. ???????? Alice


Hug you. Totally want to hug you. “Teeny weeny polka dot bikini commission.” 🙂 You make me smile every time I read your posts. Sending lots and lots of love to you and Michael!


Love your writing, your strength, your humor in the face of adversity. The socks–so. much. this.

Judy B

OMG! You are cracking me up with the Socks!!! I. Do. It. All. The. Time. And also a beautifully written blog post! In regards to what you should do with the rest of your life when you grow up….just be you! I love what you you put out in the world already and I would not want it to change! Your frankness, authenticity and kindness is palpable!


Thank you for sharing this difficult journey with us. The honesty and openness of expressing how you and your family are dealing with this are heartwarming and full of love. I hope you continue to make the most of every moment you have and to create memories to hold on to that will carry you through whatever may come.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tracy Udeschini

Oh Lynne,

I want to hug you. Love your blog. Hang in there girlie. You are a strong, vibrant woman. I’m sending hugs to you mentally. I wish I could do more.


Ann McNeill

Welcome back, Lynne! I’ve missed you too. Love your blogs and wanderings. Especially the tree house. Hugs for you and Michael, and a kick in his cancer’s pants.
Ann McNeill, Illinois USA

Judith Watkinson

Yes, I wondered why I didn’t hear from you for a while, So sad and my thoughts and prayers are with you and Michael.
I love your blog, if I am having a bad day, you lift my spirits. We are just mother and daughter and doing it hard as
well, but hell, life has to go on doesn’t it?? Glad to see you are back, Oh! by the way I am an Australian, from way
down under.

Regards Jude xxxx

Oh god. Spelling error central. Sorry about that!! ???? I guess there’s no spell check on here LOL

Hahahahahhaha Lynne I laughed so hard at this post. Thanks for being honest and vulnerable with us. I’m totally with wig sponsored posts! I love hearing about the latest new products that I can actually trust! You’re the guines pig who gets to tell us all about it – and that’s a win for me. PS. What should you do when you grow up: I would love to see a hardcover book about your life. Out a chapter in there about how to live simply. Put a few recipes in there. It would be like, the Lynne Knowlton blog book.… Read more »


I want Michael to drink alkaline water 4-5 times a day. Half a teaspoon in a tall glass of water will do it. Cannot hurt him, keeps him hydrated, but might perform a miracle…….nuff said! You are emotionally tired. Both you and Michael need to get near a big lake and skip stones, walk barefoot and hold hands.


Andrew Choate

Great to hear that the Oral Ibrutinib is helping and that it is made available on the pharma companies compassionate program (considering it is not funded by our Governments for WM)!


As I did not hear from you in awhile, I knew there was stuff going on. I understand, you have to take care of the important things in life. Sounds like your husband is able to do a little more sorry about all the pain……thinking of you both and in your blog feel as if I am there also, hug each other, with thoughts and prayers, joanne