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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.

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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.

 

LIFE.

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.

 THIS IS MY REAL LIFE PERSPECTIVE.  

Bed is life.

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SLEEP

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.*

 
SHOP

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!


 

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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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  1. Eva says:

    Great post title…but greater is the decoration…amazing

  2. Teresa Zehr says:

    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.

  3. Rose says:

    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

  4. Laurie says:

    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.
    Laurie

  5. Kim says:

    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!

  6. Yvonne says:

    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!

    • Thanks love! Yup…. a wee bottle of wine… smelling the roses AKA weeds… a big shout… it all works. Life sure throws curve balls… but making the best of all the moments in between.

      Sending love right back atcha…
      Lynne xx

  7. Look Up says:

    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 ????

    • The oxygen mask on…. what a great way to say it! I didn’t want to, but truthfully realized that if we don’t put the mask on ourselves first, we can’t help anyone else around us. Well said xoxoxo

      PS. I’ll take a Gord Downie kiss any day of the week. MWAH ????

  8. Pam says:

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

    • Awhhhh, thanks Pam. I miss being in your inbox on Fridays. Wait. ???? That sounded dirty. I can’t wait to start getting back into the swing of things again. Sending you lots of love! Lynne xx

  9. Amy says:

    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 a feeling ur followers will understand if u do a little side hustling, as long as u keep it as real as u do! The mattress test, or rather the mattress testing test(?) was great! Matter of fact I almost couldn’t even tell u we’re (kinda- thinking about) promoting it! I like that kind of promoting. Secret. Like subliminal. Perfect!! Keep it up super woman!! Ur doing great!! Ur strong, ur beautiful, and ur house looks gorgeous!! Oh and u taught me how to make spray that disguises the fact that I poop!!! Love u for that!! Now go get u some sponsors girl! Cuz ur that good!! I’m not going anywhere! Whatever u gotta do to write me a lil something once a month or so (or however often is humanly possible for u) do it. I’m sure I speak for not just myself when I say, get paid for it girl! U write so good!! Write it… and they will read!! Mwah!!!

    • LOL Amy… story of my life… laugh, cry, pee my pants. Wait. You didn’t say that part. Well, I do that too. Thanks for keeping it real, for following along on my shenanigans and THANK YOU for inspiring me to keep writing.

      The toilet spray!… That DIY is so great, isn’t it? We travel with it too, and I spray it in a room to make it smell prettier. It has many uses. Haha!

      Have you tried my DIY massage oil? I use it as a body lotion, and face cream every single day. It’s versatile.

      Big love to you!!
      MWAH!!!!!
      Lynne xx

  10. Shari says:

    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

    • Hi Shari!
      You are right, I did buy 29,000 duvets LOL, but they still have a couple duvets in stock. ha. When you are on the HM site, just pop up to the upper right corner, and switch countries to Canada. You can shop all the same things online… the shipping is super fast… and super affordable. Right now, I think they even have free shipping. Everything is shipped within Canada too, so no problemo with the customs & duties. Woot woot!!!

  11. 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…….

  12. Tara says:

    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!

  13. The Gypsy Hutterite says:

    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 ❤️❤️❤️

  14. 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 don’t let this become another add-on stress in your life. We will wait for you and pray for you.

    Hugs xoxo
    Dawn

    • W O W Dawn. Just wow. I loved your words. They are so beautiful, they made me speechless…. and believe me…that almost never happens. Thank you so very much

      Big love,
      Lynne xooxox

  15. Sonya says:

    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

    • Man oh man Sonya… you are the sweetest ever. Thank you! If I had the money, I would buy a beach hut on a wee island, and I’d invite you over.. because you obvs have a generous heart. xo

  16. Barbara says:

    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.
    Blessings.

    • Much appreciated Barbara! For real.. I really needed to hear those words… so thank you for saying them out loud. I think I should sell coconuts on a beach somewhere 🙂 xo … except I’d have to wear a bathing suit and everyone will see my white pasty hairy legs. TMI? xo

  17. Bridget Tete says:

    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….

    • Bridget !!!!!!!!! You MUST MUST MUST come to see us some time. Bring the sunshine with you, but not your President. LOL.

      And nope, it doesn’t need a boxspring. I forgot to mention that. I never used a boxspring with mine, but it’s on a pretty solid platform.

      Love ya girly!!
      Lynne xo

  18. 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 a few weeks to get rid of that chemical smell (from the foam) – which is a HUGE disappointment when you know there is a new bed waiting to be slept on.
    ~C

    • Erhmergerd Carrie… ‘as soon as I started adulting’ hhahaahahahaha. I say that when I have to do social things and I need to start ‘peopling’. LOL! I’ve discovered that I’m an extroverted introvert which makes me oh so boring and fun all at once.

      A smidgen above Artic? You need to live near me… in the great white north of Canada. It feels like it snows for most of my life. You would be in sleeping heaven 🙂

      Truth serum here: I waited about 5 seconds after I unrolled it. The mattress does not have that new foam smell. How freaking great is that?!

      In the past, I have purchased foam pillows from Target etc, and I thought I’d die a thousand deaths from the smell… so I braced myself for this mattress…. and boom… no smell. I got all worked up for nothing. LOL.

      Sooooo that was the very long answer for a short thing…. you can jump and sleep right away!

      zzzzzzzzzz

  19. Raven Nickerson says:

    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 will love love love you** this is true.. you will sell hundreds of thousands of books as you are the voice of the human experience lovie.. ***
    yes make money with advertising and take the easy path when it comes to abundance of paper..** so much love raven*

    • Thanks for that Raven! I think it would be really cool to write a book, and maybe publish it online as well as in a paperback… does this mean I have to brush my hair and get a real photo taken? LOL.

      Thanks for all the lurve and support. It means a lot to me!

      Big love,
      Lynne xox

  20. Sylvia says:

    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!

    • You look at everyones eyebrows too Sylvia?! They are so perplexing. My eyebrows are so unruly, I’m afraid they are just never going to conform to any eyebrow trends. LOL. The struggle is real.

      Big love to you… from one canceirge to another…
      Lynne xx

  21. Carey R Powell says:

    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.

  22. Donna Avila says:

    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 with current medication. Your home looks incredible and so cozy and inviting! I always look forward to seeing your new messages to enjoy your wit and special sarcasm and outlook on life. I can see us being the best of friends if a couple thousand miles didn’t separate us….but hell….that’s just logistics. Keep blogging and inspiring! Many blessings and best wishes sent your way! I clink my glass (or mug if it’s morning) to yours. Thanks for being a shining star in my world. If you ever find yourself wandering around in Florida….come find me!

    • Dang those couple of thousand miles Donna! Lucky for you, my bags are always packed ????… so don’t be alarmed if I am sitting outside your front door one of these days. haha.

      Want to know a cray-cray fact? We lived in Florida for 6 months of the year, for 4 years! Maybe we were neighbours! We lived in the Atlantic Beach area of Jacksonville, Florida. I miss those palm trees every.single.day. I used to call them valium trees, because they are so relaxing to look at. LOL!

      Sending some sunshine right back atcha!
      Lynne xo

  23. Tamé Britton says:

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

    • Hi Tamé!

      Well, the white poufs are a bit tricky, because I bought mine in Bali, Indonesia. Warned ya, that was a tricky one. haha.

      I do see them in some great spots tho. Have you checked HomeSense? They have lots of random ones. There is also great selection on the Wayfair.ca website (I love their fast, free shipping and a bonk ton of selection).

      Crazy enough, there are even some pretty ones on Etsy.

      Hope that helps!
      Lynne xo

  24. Nicole says:

    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 and artwork and stuff with your quotes on them, because word art is trendy and your sayings are funnier and I’d pay to have them on the wall rather than a “Be Beautiful” sign (because I look at those and think, “okay, I’ll get right on that! Thanks for the commentary on my eye bags, jerk.”)

    • Errhmmmmergerd Nicole, I just laughed out freaking loud with the “okay, I’ll get right on that… thanks for the commentary on my eye bags, jerk” ahahahahahhahahahaaaa

      Great idea on the magnets/artwork !! I’m working on some gift boxes this month for a different project, so maybe I will add some magnets and artwork to that, for practice! Hmmmm.

      Creative wheels are spinning 🙂

      Big love!
      Lynne xx

  25. Colleen says:

    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!

  26. Judi Mason says:

    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 everything. Now is when I take a nap. 🙂

    • Hello beautiful Judi… that must be a real struggle to have to work through the ups and downs of a TBI… I’m sending you a ton of well wishes, many hugs and a whole lotta love! Lynne xx

  27. 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 family,

    • I may be 102 years old … and saying …what will I do when I grow up? You too? LOL. Well, it keeps it real and definitely interesting 🙂

      Thanks soooooo much for the awesome support along the way!

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  28. Trudi Stevenson says:

    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

  29. Lynn says:

    thanks to you I just bought a bed!

  30. Christine Todd says:

    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 somewhere, and hell, it’s Friday! Have a great weekend.
    Chris

    • Hi Chris!

      A droopy eye is a wink in slow motion… hahahaa… I LOVE IT ! Well said.

      Thank YOU for opening my emails.. it means a lot to me!! xoxoxo

      PS. I don’t use a boxspring either… as I love a clean line // platform style of bed. The mattress isn’t thin but not massively thick either like a pillow top. It is medium sized thick. This sounds like a goldilocks bed. haha.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  31. Myrna says:

    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 appreciate how much work writing a blog is, even if you love love every minute of it, which would be unrealistic, let’s be honest. Your followers love your blog and you, and love your recommendations, and go on to buy those products.. You should get paid for endorsing in an honest way products you use yourself and love. I believe it’s called integrity. No one minds that! I hope you get a million+++ subscribers and slay the blogdom with your writing, sense of humor, amazing taste, and gorgeous photography! Enjoy that mattress, and don’t give it a second thought. Good luck. with everything.

    • Myrna!

      You crack me up! Did the guardian angel listen? Does this mean that she will stop dipping into my nice, organic wine when I’m not looking?

      THANK YOU so much for your kind words about the blog. It is true, I only ever write about products/brands that I absolutely adore, and I think my readers know that authentic nature about it. I may even write about a few product catastrophes along the way, because that happens too. LOL!

      Story.Of.My.Life.

      Thank you for your awesomeness. Your words ROCK OUT LOUD, and I’m so grateful that you wrote them. xx

      Lynne 🙂 xx

  32. Mary says:

    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!!

    • Thank you, Mary!

      “Do what you need to do” really helped me to just read that out loud.

      I made a choice, a long time ago.. to not have have flashy ads, sidebar ads, header ads, ads ads ads, you get the picture LOL… and I love the look and feel of a blog (like mine LOL) where those ads aren’t taking over the page. My reader experience is super important to me.

      I suppose that led me to this spot.. where I need to do what I need to do…but I am going to do it in kickass, fun way for all. Woot woot !!

      Thanks for the words of encouragement!

      Big love!!!
      Lynne xx

  33. Lin N says:

    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 you deal with all that uncertain, sad, hopeful, fun stuff by telling us blog readers about it.. Take the time you need but always come back to us please….you are ahhhhhmaaazeballs……YAY Michael keep on keepin on!

    • Oh goodness Lin,

      I re-read your comment a gazillion times. I love that analogy! My jar runneth over and I definitely needed to tip it…. but now I know that juicy things to put back in it. You rock!

      Gotta run… I’m going to re-read your comment again 🙂 It’s THAT good.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  34. Mary says:

    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.

    • You are most welcome, Mary. GAH, if there is anything I have learned, it is that life isn’t perfect. Or easy. If I have a project that is easy and gets done quickly, I get strangely suspicious. haha.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  35. Pam from California says:

    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…

    • Welcome Pam!! Thanks for jumping on board…

      And you are in California?! Lucky dawg! I’m coming to your place when the snow reaches to the top of my doorway this year. I’ll be as quiet as a mouse. You won’t even notice me sitting at your doorstep.

      Lynne xx

  36. Nancy Clark says:

    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!

  37. 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!!!

    • OMG Elana, I’m so exhausted some days… have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself as a reflection in your computer screen and thought ‘ eeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkk ‘ Yeah, that is what a permanently exhausted pigeon looks like. I should be on a pigeon poster somewhere. haha.

  38. Karen Zerilli says:

    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!

  39. Karen Zerilli says:

    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.

    • That is so sweet of you to say, Karen. Thank YOU. It does help to know that I bring a little sunshine. You reminded me of something a friend of mine said to me 30 years ago!… I was considering going into the police force, and my friend said that me going into the force would be like putting sunshine in a cardboard box. I guess I had the sunshine even way back when. Phew.

      Sending love and peace right back at you,
      Lynne xx

  40. Eileen says:

    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

    • Eileen, too funny! I ordered 4 Queen white linen duvet covers (don’t tell Michael shhhhh), and needed a KING one too…. so I wrote to them. Their customer service online is d’bomb dot com. They wrote back and said to keep checking in, because it is theeee most popular thing in their HOME section. So obvs, we have great taste. ahaha.

      Socks are for sissies. I’m throwing all of mine out right now. LOL.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  41. Tristan Knowlton says:

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

    • Hi sweet cheeks ! Thanks for the funny fun fun laughs along the way. We sure do love white bed linen, comfy mattresses and popcorn in this family, don’t we?!!

      Love you, pumpkin! Momma xx

  42. Donna Hartline says:

    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!

    • Donna. You just gave me goosebumps from the tip of my nose to my toes. I’m sending you the biggest hug of life through the interweb airwaves. Can you feel it? xoxoxo

  43. Thanks for saying so Deb… I appreciate the feedback.

    I have never ever in the history of ever, written about a brand or product that I don’t love love love…. and I believe that my readers know that about my authenticity & integrity. If I sincerely don’t like a product, it never hits my blog pages. Ever.

    Wishing power, peace and grace to all…
    Lynne

  44. Martha M Rife says:

    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 I know…and many I’ve never met…who live lives with shi….problems I will thankfully not likely ever have. My ‘later’ years won’t be quite what I had planned…funny how plans work out, right?…but Zelda reminds me that in comparison, my challenges are so tiny and to draw on inspiration you and all the others give me every day without ever knowing it. Thank you for that. Sending love to you and Michael and all your beautiful family. Keep up the self-care, and know you are loved and will be next time we hear back from you…whenever that time needs to be. You’re delightful. You’re strong. You’re a Zelda.

    ps I LOVE the idea of a book written whenever you’re ready…on a beach in Bali, I would suggest. I would definitely buy several. Manuscript will be stained with sand, sea water, sunblock, tears…and of course, wine. Have Michael write a chapter or two.

    • Ooooh Martha, I think I like Zelda already, all feminine and strong as hell… just like YOU.

      Self care has been a new thing that I have started too (and thanks for the reminder)… as I now take the time with friends and family but also take the time for me. I have those bubble baths where your fingers wrinkle like an elephant because you’ve been in the bath for 38437565 hours. haha. We have changed the way we eat, what we do, the whole shebang… but that may take 39 more blog posts to write about. OR A BOOK <---- I think the sandy, wet, stained, and tear dropped one will be the best book ever. Big love, Lynne xx

  45. Karen says:

    Lynne,
    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

    • Thank you so much for saying so Karen. I really appreciate that!!! You just made my day… WHOOOOooooooo !! * I’m happy dancing like a dork right now * Should I admit that in my outside voice? xx

  46. Donna says:

    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 or once a year, we will always be here to “listen”, comment and encourage. You are the brave lion at the end of the wizard of oz. keeping going, sleeping and just living.

    • Thank you Donna, and I am so so so sorry to hear about TJ. Cancer is like Russian Roulette and it just aims and fires. You never know who the bullet will strike. So sad that it struck someone so young. Well, any age sucks, but still. It always shocks me that one person can have such beautiful impact and love in their lives one day, and be gone the next. There are no words for that kind of loss.

      Sending love right back at you.
      Love,
      The brave lion xx <-- ps. thanks for saying so xx

  47. Mary W says:

    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.”

  48. Debra Spaulding says:

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

  49. Craig says:

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

  50. Heather says:

    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 the way because they will still be at the roadside whether or not you happen to notice them.

    Socks are not meant to be worn in bed – EVER!

    I don’t know what I am going to do when I grow up, either & I am just 3 weeks away from retirement! Oh, and I am retiring to the Bruce Peninsula – just “up the road” from you.

    BTW – my retirement gift – a 10 day solo trip to Bali this August. If you can recommend any specific shops/markets for buying Balinese goodies send them my way…or not. You have way more important things to worry about.

    Keep your chin up and we will all be here when you get around to stopping by. No one will question a leave of absence.

    Wishing you all the best.

    • Hi Heather,

      That’s so great that you found me through Karen. She is still a good friend of mine, and my blogging mentor too! I just saw her last month!

      Socks are definitely for the birds 🙂

      Great retirement gift !! You will love Bali on so many levels (the people are the most incredible souls on earth.) Did you see my Bali pics on my Instagram? It’s so beautiful. But remember this too… it is a third world country, poor, dirty and busy… like more motorcycles than you can ever imagine.. and some of them are carrying a HOUSE on them. Okay, kidding, but a lot of stuff.

      I LOVE it for shopping, but it is not really the place for beach lounging if you know what I mean. It has some hustle and bustle. My fave shops are in Kuta, but then I also go with my driver up to Ubud and back again too. Do you need a driver? I can give you a recommendation, if you like.

      My fave hotel is this one : https://www.candibeachbali.com/ Which is in the middle of nowhere, but it is so beautiful. Ask for their newly renovated rooms, which are overlooking the beach, with the most gorgeous oceanside balcony ever! Ask for a special deal too, and I bet you get it!

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  51. Goretti says:

    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 have in our hearts and mind. And as for our PM? Good grief Justin – I know every inch of your chest now … enough! Take good care of you ????

    • Awh, Goretti,

      I am honoured that you would take a photo of my response. Life gets cray cray, and I can’t always respond, but I read every single note, email, comment …. and try to respond… so thank you for saying you appreciate my response. I’m inspired to keep on keeping on….

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  52. Vicki says:

    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?

    • Hi Vicki,

      Your Dad is on oral chemo tabs too? It is unbelievably awesome how oral chemotherapy can be a beautifully targeted therapy, and can help so many people. I love the advances in medicine!

      Ohhhh yeah, our PM… smoking hawt tamale, AND a great politician. PHEW.

      The orange-ish one, ohhhh I have no words. He’s one of the few people that make me speechless. There are no words. Except maybe, EEEEEeeeek.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  53. Alice Laine says:

    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

    • Thank you Alice. I will find the way. I am going to write that one out, and stick it on my office wall (aka I need to write it in permanent marker on my bed sheets) and repeat that to myself every day…. YOU WILL FIND YOUR WAY!

      LOVE it! Thank you!
      Lynne xx

  54. Gretchen says:

    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!

    • Thanks Gretchen,
      My teeny weeny polka dot bikini commission is helping to support my liquorice eating habit (which is quite outta control, I must say) but wouldn’t put a dent in my ice cream eating habit. Don’t get me started. Don’t gettttttt me started. hahaha.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  55. Rho says:

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

  56. Judy B says:

    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!

    • Socks are the d e v i l. hahaha. And ahhhhhhh Judy, thank you for saying so. It is such a dance for me to try to figure out how to just be me, but also figure out how to stand on my own two feet (if that makes any sense) Now I just confused myself. ha.

      Sending the love… thanks for your kind words…
      Lynne xx

  57. Mary says:

    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.
    Mary

    • Dear Mary,

      Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate the love and prayers. Remembering to stop and enjoy every moment possible, is a bittersweet thing to do.. and I’m so grateful for the reminders, and to have the chance to say and do all that we can do. Sending love right back your way….

      Big love, Lynne xx

  58. Tracy Udeschini says:

    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.

    Tracy

  59. Ann McNeill says:

    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

  60. Judith Watkinson says:

    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

    • Hi Jude!

      You are down under?! I’m so jelly. I love Aussies, and Australia. My auntie has lived there for 30 years. I’ve only been once (to the Gold coast) and Fraser Island …where I saved a mans life <--- no kidding!! Holy batman, right? I'll have to tell that story on the blog some day, but it may require hard liquor. Thanks for sending the love.. Love from across the ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans... Lynne xx

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

  62. 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. Just convert some of your blog pats into a physical book so I can take it with me wherever I go and hug it when I miss you. And read it when I’m hungry. And use it as a coaster for my wine ☝????… THATS what I would buy. Xo

  63. Mic says:

    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.

    Live

    • Sooooooooo interesting that you said that Mic. One of the things that we have been doing is also resetting our bodies. We have completely turned our diet upside down ( in a realllyyyyyy great way!!) to an alkaline diet, and away from an acidic one. OMG, it is tough work, but we are doing it. We feel about 38478457485347549574% better. We haven’t tried alkaline water yet tho! I’ll check into that for sure.

      THANK YOU for the reminder to skip stones, walk barefoot and hold hands. You literally brought tears to my eyes. Love ya for that!

      Big love!!
      Lynne xx

  64. Andrew Choate says:

    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)!

    • Hi Andrew! It really is great that we have the compassionate care program in Canada. When the tablets arrive each month, they come by special courier with a big ol box and I swear, it makes my smile hit my ears. This targeted therapy is like light at the end of the tunnel. So good.

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  65. Joanne says:

    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

    • Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for the love, the thoughts, the prayers. We are so very grateful. There is so much going on, and it is hard to jam it all into one blog post too (since I barely got this one out)… but I’m grateful for baby steps. One foot in front of the other… every day.

      Big love!
      Lynne xx

  66. Lynne! I so look forward to reading your posts – the only blog I’m newsletter subscribed to (perhaps because we’re wine kindred spirits?).

    Also, I’m in the market for a new mattress and have been having a hell of a time choosing, SO THANK YOU for this review. My eyes are scratchy from lack of sleep as I write this….

    xo Lauren

    • LAUREN!!

      I’m so honoured. So sweet of you to say. That is pretty freaking special, I know it.

      If you can believe it, Eve sent me a mattress a year ago. I’m just so fast like that. We put it in the new cabin for guests, and people raved about how much they LOVED it. After a super busy summer, Michael and I slept in the cabin for the first time ever. FOR A WEEK!

      The mattress is shockingly comfy annnnnnnnd you know how some foam mattresses smell funky when they are brand new? This one did not. It smelled like a cinnamon roll. Jokes. But it was good.

      The price is incredible. The delivery is supes fast. It was all that and a bag o’ chips.

      Do you suppose I should tell Eve that I wrote about them? LOL!

      Big love,
      Lynne

  67. Nean says:

    Lynne,
    I think your loyal fan base understands! We’re glad you’re back! Hope all is well in tree-house country!

    • Hi Nean

      Yes, all is kinda-sorta-well in treehouse country. We are working so hard on it for the upcoming summer season. Where do the days go? WHOOSH. They vanish right before my eyes. xx

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  68. I don’t need a new mattress, but I’d buy anything you say is awesome. Also, I have a very droopy eye (full-time since birth) and numbness through the left side of my face down to my left hand. Actually, the left side of my face droops as well. SOOOOOO we’re basically MFEO (made for each other) because you probably like that sort of thing now. Please tell Michael he’s in good company and that I think of both of you often.

    (You know you can come live with me, right?)

    • I’d be your guinea pig any day of the week, my Movi. How are you girly! YOUR HOME SWEET HOME is on our bucket list this summer. We have a few friends that live out East now too.. so look out.. we may be banging on your door (likely at the most inappropriate time).

      BOOM. Love ya! xx