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It's about me. It's about YOU. Tell me your story. This is going to be FUN :) Woot woot !

Sing along with me :

You and Me…

Sitting in a tree.

K – I – S S – I – N – G

Never mind about the rest of that song, it doesn’t really work here.  I don’t want to have a baby with you.   I just want to know more about you.



Visit the #treehouse on Design the Life you Want to Live #BLOG www.lynneknowlton.com It's fun. I promise.


Let’s swap stories.

I’ll tell you about me.  You tell me about you.

Deal?  Deal.


Let's get this partaaay started.


Things About Me:


1.    I almost died.  Three times*

*  As if once wasn’t enough.  Geesh.


How ?


First time :    In a helicopter crash when I was 18 years old.  The helicopter fuel was contaminated with rain water.  Guess what happens when water and fuel separate?   You hear the pilot say “mayday – mayday.”  Then, you drop like a leaf.


Second time :    With two suspected terrorists on an aircraft (the aircraft we were on was eventually followed by fighter jets).   No joke.  If things turned cray-cray, they would have shot us down.  Luckily, with the help of my husband, it was all okay.  After landing, the two men were escorted off the plane by very big burly SWAT team.


Third time :    As a young gal,  I backed my brand new car into the neighbours car before I even had a driver’s license.  I had owned the car for about 10 minutes.   My parents came pretty close to killing me.  I died.   A thousand deaths.


2.    I like designing a life that has a filter on it.  An instagram filter.  Life is just prettier that way.


3.    Hammock = My happy place.

I have regrets about not laying in it often enough.  It stares at me like the books on my night stand.   Just waiting to be read.  Bastards.


Hammock = Happy Place Where is your #happy place? Tell more on the #blog https://lynneknowlton.com


4.    Pet peeve :  When people chew food with their mouth open.  I have an automatic reflex that makes me want to throat punch them.


5.    It makes me sad when I see people in chemotherapy alone.  So I talk to them.   Fuck cancer and the horse it rode in on.


Dear #cancer, you can kiss my ass via @lynneknowlton


6.     I hate water.  So I put this in it.  That works for me.  I drink it every day.


7.   When I do things, I like to go all Beyoncé on it.  Full out.  Anything else is like being kinda pregnant.


8.    My car is a think tank.  It’s a licensed thinking weapon.   A creative time machine.  It’s the place where I pull ideas out of my wazoo.   I know.  I shock myself sometimes.  It surprises me when I get to my destination and wonder how the heck I got there.


9.    Don’t talk to me until I have had my energy mud in the morning.  I don’t care if it tastes like motor oil.  I need it.  Until then, my eyes glaze over.   I am not fit to discuss matters with.   No really.   Stand back.   Or prepare for the stink eye.



Design the Life you love, Love the Life you Live via @lynneknowlton



10.   I get juiced every morning.

Juicing and wheat grass are my dope.  This is my favourite juicer.

Juicing has been life changing for me.  Bring it.



Do you #juice? Learn more on the #blog https://lynneknowlton.com


11.   I’ve been known to have a temper tantrum when my house isn’t clean.   A messy house makes me feel kind of scratchy.

I believe our home tells the story of who we are.



12.     I like mine to tell the story of cleanliness, organization, simplicity and luuuurve.  A space free of clutter.   Except my drawers and my cupboards.  They are a wild flurry of messiness.   My closets are a hot mess.  I’m lazy with those.  Amen.   I confessed it.

Perhaps … if this hawt guy came and helped me organize my closet … I would be more…well… organized.

I’d also like to have a spin on that motorcycle.


Beautiful closet, beautiful man LOL via Design The Life You Want to Live


13.    I believe that all women should have a friend that will clean out their drawer of unmentionables when they die.   Nuff said.   This is my friend for that embarrassing wee task:


Who's your bestie ? Friends Lynne Knowlton and Norma Thiessen from My Beautiful Paris


I truly love my pal Norma.

I don't always know where I'm going, but I know where I belong. 

With my family and friends.



14.   Childhood memories : I can’t believe I wrote this list and forgot to add a glowworm to it.    I remembered to write the fact that I dreamt of running down the aisle of The Price is Right.   I must have written my 36 childhood memories on an etch a sketch when I wrote that list.



15.   As the famous Jim Rohn once said: “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

This is who I spend the most time with :


Michael and Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live #BLOG


16.    I’m Canadian.   I love snow on the first day when it blankets everything in a soft velvety cover of white glory.    That is where the love affair ends.   Please feel terribly sorry for me.  Thank you.


17.    On a typical day, my hairy legs are my only link to reality.   I daydream ideas.   A lot.   I like to.


#Daydreaming ~ looking up to the sky ~ via lynneknowlton.com ... a fun #blog. Check it out !


18.   I have champagne taste and a beer bottle pocketbook.


19.    I have the attention span of a cocker spaniel puppy when I am forced to read a manual or listen to voice mail.

Do you know what is great about voice mail?   Neither do I.

Voicemail = Jail.


20.    I write like I talk.  The benefit of that is that you don’t get talkers block.


21.    I don’t like having neighbours.  Not that I have neighbours.  But still.



Read some epic home ideas on the #blog https://lynneknowlton.com #beauty #love #happiness


22.   I dislike close up mirrors.  I feel like I’m looking through binoculars at Jurassic Park.


23.   On my bucket list:   A vacation home in a beach hut on the ocean.   Do you have a beach hut that you want to share with sugar bear?   I can babysit it for you.  I can’t promise that I won’t redecorate it.  I did it before, and I’ll do it again.

Barter anyone?



24.   I have four kids.   I LOVE them and I LIKE them.

J’adore with all my heart and soul.


The kiddies of DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE #blog @lynneknowlton


 25.   When things in life go all sideways and wrong, I feel it deeply.  I am practicing the art of learning how to shake it off.   Shake.  Shake.  Shake.  Boogie.


26.   Some people are negative assholes.  I’d like to clock them.  I try to distance myself as much as possible from negative people.   They make me bat shit crazy.


27.     I’m a lover of all things awesome.  It excites me.  I light up like a Christmas tree.


So funny ! Read more on the #blog www.lynneknowlton.com


28.     I have psychic abilities.  I know what you are doing right now.  You are reading this blog.  I’m smart like that.


29.    Music moves me.  <- Pink is one of my fave artists.

PS.   I’m an excellent singer and dancer.   When I’m alone.   Then.   And only then.


30.   I am grateful to be alive.*


Every day is a good day.

Every. Single. Day.

          Why?  Refer back to number 1 *

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Raise your hand if you can tell me a few things about you !

Okay, put your hand down.



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  1. Janet says:

    I can spend hours creating a space that i can relax in.
    Once relaxed, pour a glass a wine and daydream about recreating that space!
    I have a small vintage shop. I love to travel and get inspiration for my little shop. Unexpected, back alley stores in London, Paris, Amsterdam or where ever.
    I go to the Washinton coast. Love small soft pebbles in cool shapes and soft little finds of drift wood. Love to watch my daughter chase a hundred seagulls…and they all take flight at once.
    Love finding blogs like yours and wonder how strange it is to feel connected to a stranger over the internet. (Six degrees of Kevin bacon?).
    Thanks for your writing it’s like a good movie!

    • Ohhhmergerrrd Janet

      I just laughed out loud with the ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon’. I lost it. LAUGH out loudddddd.

      It is strange, isn’t it? To feel so connected to peeps on the internet. Okay, that sounded weird. I don’t mean internet porn chat rooms. hahahaa. Yuck.

      I am so grateful for having a blogging life. I have met friends who I am truly friends with in real life and I hang out with now. How cray cray is that??! My kids warned me that I could get clubbed on the head by a nut bar, but I didn’t listen. By the time you write to someone (for months and months via a blog or social media) they become a beautiful pal. I love that !!!

      Thanks for writing into the bloggy. You rock out loud.

      Lynne xx

      • Janet says:

        I just read you have snow already? I’m so in the mood for snow! I’m outside of Seattle about 30 minutes to the pass. However, to busy (lazy) to drive to the snow. I started decorating my Xmas tree last night. It takes me several days to complete. I think ill pic up some eggnog/woodford and keep plugging away at it tonight.
        I’m going to cut down the grape vine branches today and try making a cone shaped tree. I want one about six ft. Any advice?

        • Sending you snowballs in the mail right now 🙂

          Thanks for the eggnog/woodford craving. Now I know what I want tonight. ha!

          I have made small cone shaped Christmas trees by wrapping the grapevine around a tomato cage turned upside down. If you want to do a larger one, you could rig up some metal posts and wire tie them at the top in a teepee shape.

          I have a local welder that I hire to make them. They last forever.

          Happy sipping….

          PS. Have you seen my baileys recipe on the blog? I think you might like it 🙂

          • Janet says:

            Yyyess! I found the Baileys recipe. I liked how “white” it looked! Regular baileys is almost to sweet for me. I’m thinking at Christmas (the weekend before) to make your baileys recipe for my neighbor’s. Then maybe serve it to my family (myself) while opening presents.
            I’ve been spinning ideas in my head on some kind of snazzy labels. Old time christmas or more “dean & deluca” type labels??. Either can go in a burlap bag or red velvet
            . I’d like to add some merrichino cherries to it as well.

            • I agree Janet – the store bought baileys is sooooo sweet and full of chemical/preservative yuck. You will ADORE this one. It’s not terribly sweet AND it gives a whole new meaning to a stiff drink. Christmas present opening time becomes so joyous. LOL.

              I buy grolsh beer sometimes – and save the beautiful bottle. It has a nice clasp/closing lid for the baileys. It’s great for gift giving ! Xx

  2. Shelley MacKenzie says:


    I only discovered your website a few months ago and love it. I only wish you would post more often because you make me smile. You and your family are beautiful. Your husband will survive cancer because failure is not an option. Unfortunately, I am not quite so colourful and beautiful as you as you will see when I write about myself!!!!
    About me:

    1) I grew up in Northern Ontario but not so far as Thunder Bay. My first nursing job was in northern Newfoundland. Totally opened my eyes as to what the north really is.

    2) Love the first few months of snow but not so much when it gets dirty. And yellow.

    3) My son kicked cancer’s butt in 2009. He was told failure was not an option in this case and he actually listened to me! He was amazing going through chemo but very hard to see your handsome 6’3″ baby need to hold your hand because it is so humiliating to have your mother wipe your nose, your drool, your tears, and empty your barf bucket at 19. Still makes me cry when I think about it. At 23, he is tall, handsome and healthy.

    4) My beautiful daughter travels too much for her mother’s sanity. My time spent with her is counted in hours between arrivals and departures. I am hoping for days soon. She is my free spirit who grabs life by the tails and experiences as much as she can. She is 21, still holds my hand and cuddles with me when she is home.

    5) I have a great husband (does anyone ever admit to being married to a shmuck?) who basically is a computer and solar geek, but a fantastic cook and wine drinking companion. He is the dreamer in our relationship. He is also the best travelling companion ever…once he surprised me with a trip to Hawaii on 2 days notice.

    6) I have 2 dogs, 2 young cats that live with me (the littlest is lying on my arm making it difficult to type), 2 older cats who live with my elderly neighbour (long story short, she spoils them and I don’t), 2 standard schnauzers, George and Gracie, and a horse named Coco Bella Boo.

    7) Love doing renos with my son which are better bonding activities than chemo sessions. So far we have done a basement, a bathroom, and a shed.

    8) Hate popcorn but like the smell.

    9) Love coffee and hate having my quiet coffee drinking time interrupted.

    10) I wake up early. Every day.

    11) I love gardening, garbage picking, refinishing furniture, Kijiji, chocolate chip cookies (I should really say anything chocolate), walking my dogs, riding my horse, house cleaning, hanging clothes on the line, reading blogs, drinking wine, and picnics on the patio.

    12) I started a blog but decided I was too boring, not to mention that I also forgot how to get into it to write anything.

    13) I am totally technically inept.

    14) I am way too pragmatic and realistic. I have goals but not dreams. And I reach my goals.

    15) I have realized I am much smarter than I previously thought but better to figure it out late than never.

    You and I probably would have fun together.


    • Ahhhhh Shelley,

      I love love love your comment and list. I totally forgot to reply to it (although I THOUGHT I did) I replied in my head. Does that count? LOL !!!

      I loved your advice about posting more often. So I have been. I now post every single Friday. Woot woot !!! Thanks for inspiring me !!!

      If I get my butt in gear I may eventually post twice a week. That is my goal, anyway. I have in the midst of writing a small book giveaway to teach people how to edit photos. That just sounded boring,but it isn’t. It is going to be d’bomb dot com.

      Kisses !!!

      Thanks for sharing your awesomeness with me.

      Lynne xxoo

  3. Jamie says:

    Thank you for sharing.
    Quid Pro Quo:

    1. I’m half Navajo, and sometimes, although I have never lived on the Navajo reservation, I feel a magnetic pull to it. It’s as if I should be there, so I try to visit my family that lives there when I can. The rest of the time, I live at the beach. The Jersey Shore to be exact.

    2. I love road trips. I love driving with the windows down and a Matt Wertz tune blasting. It is in the car and only in the car that I ever really let my hair down. I sing, I dance, I think.

    3. My parent’s are my biggest inspiration. Happily married for 41 years they are the best role models I could have ever hoped to have.

    4. I have notebooks full of poems that I have written from the time I was in middle school to present. I have never let anyone read them before.

    5. I started writing a book. It’s loosely based on my dating life, which I assume makes it a comedy. I dream that when finished, someone will be interested enough to publish it.

    6. My dog, Rose, is my best friend. She is also a very messy roommate.

    7. I am a ridiculous hopeless romantic and believer in happy endings. I just eat up all those silly chick flicks and books. I figure, if there is someone out there that is thinking up those screenplays and books, then the real deal has to be out there somewhere. Somewhere.

    8. I want to move to Nashville.

    9. I have four favorite sounds: 1. hearing someone say I love you (not necessarily to me, hearing those string of words in general make me smile), 2. children laughing, 3. ocean waves crashing onto the shore, and 4. fallen crisp leaves crackling under my feet.

    10. If I am in a bad mood, just give me chocolate milk and like magic, I smile.

    • Oh la la Jamie,

      You are my new bestie!!!! I love your list.

      I swear, I could print it off as a poster and hang it oh my wall. We might be twins, separated at birth !! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing with me on the bloggy !!!
      Lynne xx

  4. Rachel says:

    Don’t ever change the way you write–I love it–breath of fresh air.

    About me–I backed into a supermarket on my second day of having my license–yep–my sister screaming at me in the car to “straighten up” and then I put that baby in reverse and hit the gas–worst moment of my life was calling my Dad from the pay phone (yep–that tells you how old I am!).

    I have two amazing boys and a husband who makes my lunch everyday–I will never say I don’t like it for fear that he will stop 🙂

    I have gone through cancer two times in three years so I totally get the hate cancer thing–I hate it with all my being.

    I spend about half my life watching hockey, football and soccer–which considering that I am the least sporty person I know…I still can’t believe my kids are athletes…where did they come from?

    • Thank you Rachel for saying that my writing is a breath of fresh air. I might just kiss you. Like on the lips. I’m so flattered, I won’t be able to fit my head through the door.

      And holy shit balls… cancer TWICE in three years. You are ahhhhhmazing. You go girl !!!!!

      There should be awards for epic-ness like that. So here it is :

      I grant you a MEDAL of AWESOMENESS and I think you rock out loud.

      With much love and many hugs,
      Lynne xx

  5. AwesomelyOZ says:

    Greetings Lynne! *raises hand – hand stays raised*

    I am Ivanna or AweomelyOZ (Over-Zealous), pleased to make your acquaintance! I like sleep and I feel I could sleep all day if I did not have obligations (my bed is my haven). It is my favorite pastime (but I’m also a hypersomniac). I could live off potatoes and eggs plus cookies and ice cream… and pasta and plantains.. This list can get extensive as I LOVE food. Hammocks are awesome, I do agree. I definitely don’t need to learn about the digestive tract, so yes, please chew with mouth CLOSED (and quietly shh..). I am blessed with a 6 year old son who is my world and like you, have been blessed with a partner that tolerates all my insanity (I am cray-cray). I LOVE organization and order and have little tolerance for anarchy in my surroundings (except that corner in my bedroom that has yet to be uncluttered since we moved in 6 months ago O_o). I love learning about the brain, social sciences, and IT (I kinda work in the latter field). Coffee/Tea (anything with Caffeine – I’ve been hooked on Synergy drinks) is required to get me going in the AM and then music keeps me going (I”m an electro addict – no no the crazy drug scene people think of there are lots of awesome variations of the genre =]). Well, it was nice to get to know you I feel like we’re bff’s now so I will check in frequently. This is going to be a great relationship, I can feel it.

    Take Care! -Iva

  6. Basically, you just wrote about me. So… thanks for doing the work for me. Also, I think we should do a snow dance on the First Day of Snow this year. K? Aaaaaand, I think that day should be a holiday. A surprise holiday. First Day of Snow – go home. It’s a holiday. Wouldn’t that be nice?

    • I think every day of winter that is a SNOW DAY should be a SNOW DAY for parents.

      I look out the window, and think ” whaaaaa?? What kind of snow day is THAT?!! It is just a wee flurry. Why the heck are buses cancelled? ha ! I WANT A SNOW DAY for all adults so we can stay home and watch TV with hot chocolate and stare out the window at the snow.

      There, we have a legit holiday. 🙂

  7. Linda says:

    Getting to know you….. It’s wonderful !!! Your hubs is amazing, I keep him in my (kill cancer) prayers. Your kids are beautiful !! Enjoy this time with them…. I too have 4 kids, 3 girls and then my boy!!! my oldest is 29 and my youngest is 19… im busy experiencing “Here today gone tomorrow” my son Shane just left for college and my 3rd daughter is moving out too… My oldest has been out of the house for a while and my 2nd daughter is back with us now…which i love !!! Stephanie’s comment “my children are my breath” really hit home, I’m really feeling the empty nest syndrome… My hubs is so wonderful and loving to me. We celebrated 33 years of love this past August. I live in California close to Malibu, I can’t imagine not living near the ocean. I love to sew, garden, knit, and cook. I have 2 dogs and a cat that’s bigger than the dogs!! Seriously he’s huge. That’s all for now…take care XO

    • Wait… Linda…

      Your cat is bigger than the dogs? That’s a hoot !!!

      If you ever, and I mean ever, see someone in your backyard that looks like me… and she is carrying a beach bag, with a big ol wide brim hat and she looks totally ready for the beach….THAT’S ME.

  8. cynthia says:

    I love that you hate voicemail too. Leaving me a voicemail is the most useless, futile, hopeless act anyone can perpetrate. Email: I’m assiduous about reading and answering. Voicemail: tie me to a chair. And then my arms would be tied so I still couldn’t activate the stupid useless thing. Or hold the phone to my head. So don’t bother. Really. Just don’t. I probably love you, but I hate your voicemail. Please don’t take it personally.

    • You crack me up Cynthia !

      The only benefit of voicemail, is when a person leaves a message when you really didn’t want to have to talk to them anyway.

      You escape a conversation by the hair of your chinny chin chin.

      Oh hells yeah.


  9. lisa thomson says:

    Whew, fantastic post Lynne! It’s hard to share things about ‘me’ even though I blog. Weird, right?
    1. I have cleaned people out of my life for the same reason as your #26 but it wasn’t easy.
    2. I lurve wine.
    3. I have a crush on my guy and I’ve had it for more years than I care to count. No, he wasn’t the man I was married to (weird, right?).
    4. Although being by the ocean is my home, I sometimes miss the snowy and bright winter days of the Prairies, weird right?
    5.Sometimes I get angry emails from readers about my articles, blog or book. I guess they don’t believe in the positive aspects of divorce. It bothers me for a few minutes and then I end up laughing about it because if I can get an emotional reaction from readers…then I’m doing something right.
    Your kids are gorgeous, Lynne.

    • So true Lisa !

      Blogging does mean a ton of sharing of ideas, and things, and photos and and and…

      But digging deep and really sharing is not always something that we think of doing.

      Wine. Oh yes. I knew I loved you.

      So awesome. Your man crush. Adore. That’s the real deal of awesomeness.

      Yes, never miss the SNOW. Never. Like ever. It is gross. Do I need to throw a snowball at you to remind you?

      Angry reader : remember, they own that anger. Not you. Sometimes the internet can have bullies because they are anonymous. There is the shield of the computer screen. Shake. Shake. Shake. Boogie. 🙂

  10. Cheryl says:

    My god I so needed to read a blog from you this morning. Screwed up my back cleaning the bathroom yesterday. Now how crappy is that!! Well you have lessened the pain in my back/behind today. You are truly awesome and it is no wonder you have a hunk of a man and amazing kids in your life.
    I love that you write how you talk. It is inspiring for this rather shy individual to read a blog from someone who has my sense of humour but has the actual courage to put it out there. I so admire that.
    As for me:
    married to my best friend. Life is not easy but we find our way together
    he has three amazing kids who I am lucky to have in my life. They are now young thriving adults. I have to say there is nothing more satisfying then just kicking back and listening to them chat away together with their spouses/girlfriends. It just is the most peaceful thing to know that they are loving their lives.
    Did I mention their are also four grandchildren . To fun. Can never see them enough and they teach me something new every time I see them. Life through the eyes of a child is so simplistic and peaceful. Well most of the time. The whole living in the moment thing is not overrated.
    Other things: love animals, love my friends four and not four legged, love to run, love to garden, love to be social but love the quiet even more.

    Enough about me! If yah have a house on a lake I would find a beach house and we could trade!! Oh never mind that I would just take your barn or your tree house.
    Please never stop writing like yah talk. It is so refreshing. Yah make me laugh, cry and almost pee my pants all at the same time. Your gal pals are very lucky to have you in their lives and I am so happy to have found your blog.
    Thanks a million time over Lynne!!!

    • Cheryl !

      I might have the courage to write the blog words, but it gives me hot flashes to publish it. hahaha !

      That is so sweet about sitting back listening to the kids. I get it, for sure. You truly have an authentic love for them. That is pretty epic on all kinds of levels of epic-ness.

      Grandchildren !? Wowsers. I can’t wait for those, so I can ‘make memories’ with them too. Okay, wait. I can wait (if my kids are reading this) hahahahaaa.

      Thanks for the gorgeous blog compliments.

      I think I’m going to print out and frame your comment… and show it to Norma when she is mad at me for eating all her potato chips.


  11. Jess says:


    Your authenticity and good nature is pouring out of your blog post. I can feel it from Minnesota! Could the snow comment be anymore true?! We are snowed in 6 months of the year. At first it’s cute, but it gets unpretty real fast. Ok. Let’s talk about the awesome hubster who reads and comments on his dear wife’s blog. Major cool point right there! So incredibly sweet and endearing. Looks like we both want to punch someone who dares to speak with a morsel of food in their mouths. It’s barbaric. Oh, and loud crunching drives me through the roof! I mean I know people need to chew their food, but I shouldn’t hear it. Not even if it’s a carrot. For realz.
    Awhhhh! You’re a sweetie and I’m so glad we connected on IG. Hugs!!!!

    • Ha Jess !

      Don’t you just love instagram ??!!

      You had to bring up the loud crunch ! I forgot to mention that one ! It makes me want to drop kick someone in the head when they do that one.

      I try to stare them down with the meanest mom glare that I can muster up. hahaha.

      My kids laugh about it. They look at Michael and I and say ‘ are you both talking to each other with your eyes again? ‘ No joke. We can have a whole conversation without speaking a word. It’s so fun !

      SNOW.. it’s the devil. It only looks sexy in magazines with super models wearing fur lined caps and on ski hills. Whatevahhh.

      Sooooo happy that we met on IG. Soooo happy. xoxoxox

  12. Auntiepatch says:

    I love your tree house! What happened to the squirrels?

  13. mrsugarbears says:

    This post truly just made my day! You are just adorable.
    As for me, I am always discovering how I can fall more in love with life each day. It’s a good one. Like you I am still madly in love with my husband. He has been putting up with my cray-cray for over 21 years. It takes a strong man and a lot of love for that. I have 5 amazing nieces and nephews that brighten my life so very much and I am incredibly thankful for brothers and sisters who let me spoil them rotten. My dog is close to my size. He’s a rescue and he’s just the best. I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina in the US that really gets a bad rap. There are a lot of great people here. 🙂 I enjoy writing and hope that one day I might actually finish my book. I am new to blogging this year, but I have definitely been bitten by the blog love. I am smitten with it and many other bloggers…like you. I spend a lot of time at my parents beach house sitting on the porch with a book or riding on our boat. If I could transplant all of my friends there, I would totally live there. And I love wine. And that’s all for now.

    • What Shannon ? What ? What? You have been with your hubs for 21 years? You look like a million bucks. Did you marry him when you were 5 years old?

      What kind of dog do you have? My dog is bigger than me too. Could we be twins? 🙂

      I LOVE NC. Really. Beautiful place !! We considered moving to Charlotte NC many years ago. Gorgeous.

      Did I hear beach house? Oh. La. La.

      Book? Boat? LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE


  14. Ahhhhh, this is awesome! I love you even more now (which is saying something, since I was thisclose to proposing before this post. But I know you’d turn me down. Look at your hunk! I would understand; I’d turn me down to, for him :).


    1. I have believed for 35 years that lemmings are small, flightless birds who don’t KNOW they’re flightless, which is why they run off cliffs. They think they’re taking off, but really it’s just a free drive. My family told me two years ago that lemmings are really rodents yet despite all evidence to the contrary (which they keep trying to force me to read) I still think they’re birds.
    2. I want to live in the country but I’m afraid of dying alone and being eaten by my dogs. My Shih Tsu looks innocent enough but she’s an opportunist. I wouldn’t put it past her, so I need neighbors “just in case.”
    3. I am intensely, incredibly shy. Large groups of people give me a nervous tummy and the shakes (see you at BlogPodium! I’ll be the one crying in the corner.)
    4. My kids are awesomesauce, and it makes me so proud when they’re inappropriately funny and/or sarcastic. Especially in public.
    5. I have a good, old-fashioned phobia of earwigs. When I see one I start to hyperventilate and the one time one of those bastards crawled over my face while I was in bed, I was paralyzed crying. Hubby heard me losing my shit from the living room and had to rush in and save me, because I was too scared to move. So, yeah.
    6. My greatest wish is to have a soundtrack for my life.

    • Okay April,

      Now that we spent some time together yesterday, I have a confession to make…. your tattoo is hawt ! ha !

      It totally suits you. It’s beautiful… just like you !

      1. I have never heard of a lemming, but now I am downright frightened of them. Thank you. hahahahaha

      2. Forget the dogs, start to worry about squirrels. 🙂

      3. I feel the same way. Many times. I feel your pain sista. You have to know this tho… yesterday … YOU ROCKED OUT LOUD !!! You are so fun to be with !!

      4. I must meet your kids. Must. They sound like fun.

      5. Earwigs are evil. Gross. Yuck.

      6. Can I be your backup singer ? 🙂

  15. Jessica says:

    I love this. I love the way you write.
    1, Your cancer post made me sad. I lost my father in law to cancer two years ago. I had a year with him. I never had a Dad growing up and I wish I’d had more time with him. He was a good man.
    2. I am jealous of people who make a living creatively. It makes me tear up when I’m sitting at my desk doing office stuff (wait..I’m at my desk now, ok, so I’m not working right now! shhh, don’t tell)
    3. I’m a true blue pisces. I might as well be a mermaid, I could live in the water. God has a sense of humor though, because I live in oklahoma.
    4. Drinking a coke makes me happy.
    5.I am a new mom and it’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done. The first month I was just trying to keep both of us alive. So far I’m succeeding.

  16. Never mind me, I’m boring. Although I have raced a camel. But that was a long time ago. These days I’m boring. I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU! I have a 1000 questions. Helicopter crash? What were you doing in a helicopter? Were you a celebrity when you were 18? Were you dating a rock star? And TERRORISTS??? How did your husband help with them? Is he a charm-talker? Hypnotist? My husband can’t even calm me down, let alone a terrorist. The car crash/parents part I totally get. I once bent the car door back all the way so it was stuck to the front hood, with my mom there. We both cried.

    • Linda says:

      I just laughed so hard, I almost pee’d my panties… THANKS I REALLY NEED THAT…

    • Oh Dani. Oh Dani. Oh Dani.

      We need more hours in a day together ~ mostly so I can hear about the camel racing. How funny was THAT ?!! Did he spit at you? baaahahahhaa.

      Helicopter : It was my first job as an assistant for tour flights from Deerhurst Inn. We landed in the field beside Santa’s village ! I could hear the choo choo trains in the background (while I was kissing the ground in happiness 🙂

      Months after 9/11 ….. Airplane : Michael and a fellow passenger were asked by the flight attendant to restrain a ‘suspect’ at the front of the plane. They searched him, and watched over him until we landed. (the crew had placed him where other passengers couldn’t see, and only in the care of Michael and the other passenger).

      I stayed in my seat, drank a double rusty nail and shook like a leaf. It was, hands down, the scariest moment of my life. Michael was as calm as a cucumber. That is, as calm as a cucumber can be. Ha !

      Really tho… in a life and death situation, he’s the man you want to have watching your back. Salt of the earth guy. Awesome.


      • darling lynne,
        i will tell you about my camel, Bura. and how to pee in the desert (No Bushes). you never know when it might come in handy.
        that was an adventurous job for an 18 year old.. my first job was in a bank. but there was a danger of papercuts, so there.
        and i think kissing the ground was a good idea. even the pope does that. good plan.
        i would have loved to be a passenger if you were giving the tour. we could have cracked up, made fun of the serious types, and talked about our future blogging careers after the internet was invented.
        your husband sounds amazing. but dangerous. if he can handle that, he can handle anything. obviously you can’t pull the wool over his eyes. how are you supposed to cleverly manipulate him to get what you want when you are picking the tv show for the night? tricky.
        but if he has your back, that’s a big plus. i suppose you could give in on the tv shows if he’s going to save you from terrorists and stuff. I think he’s a keeper.

  17. Danica says:

    1. My husband has a great fear of flying and will never fly which sometimes makes me sad because there are so many beautiful places I would love to see with him (also, he can never read this post of yours because it will justify why he never wants to fly)
    2. I grew up in Northern Ontario my entire life(3hrs before Thunder Bay) in a town of 1500 people. AND no I did not live in an igloo.
    3. My name is Danica(like the race car driver) but it is not pronounced how it looks because of my heritage it has a different pronunciation – when I meet people I use a special word to help them remember my name.
    4. I’ve been to NYC 4 times and adore that city, in my second life I want to live in Manhattan.
    5. My husband and I just bought 50 acres of land with a home that I dream about at least 10 times a day.
    6. I have a big fear of fire…forest fires specifically. When I was teenager our small town was on a evacuation alert due to a forest fire that was very close to burning our entire town as well as our cottage, my parents raced to save items in the cottage and were forced to drive away from home. They called home and told us to pack the cars of all the money and personal belongs and be prepared to leave when we were told.

    This was fun Lynne!

    • Hi Danica !

      It was fab to finally meet your sis yesterday and to have some time to spend together !

      Holy Batman… forest fire ?! Wow. Wow. Wow.

      From one Canadian gal to another… big hugs of appreciation … you are such a kind soul to know.

      Many hugs,
      Lynne xx

  18. Becky says:


    Full serious – how do I get to be you when I grow up????

    1. I will tongue kiss the first person to bring me coffee in the morning. Full. Tongue. Kiss.
    2. I have a wee son. He is the best thing I ever did and hands down the most annoying thing in the whole wide world.
    3. I once mudwrestled. Sure it was for charity and I wasn’t naked. But it still counts.
    4. I fear snakes above all else. I would happliy concede posession of all my material goods and move out immediately if I ever found a snake in my home.
    5. If I have a new magazine at home and I haven’t read it yet and you come over and you’re all like “I’m gonna flip through this shiny & clearly unread magazine” and I catch sight of the pictures before I’ve had a chance to sit down and read the magazine properly (like with a coffee and bagel)…..I will cut you.

    • Becky… hands down… your comment just took the top of the charts of HILARIOUSNESS.

      I just LOST IT laughing.

      Pee’d my pants, actually. I don’t often admit to that.

      Still laughing… still laughing….

      I’ll be laughing until TOMORROW foooshur !

      Lynne xx

  19. 1- Popcorn is most definitely dinner.
    2- An empty house = Broadway and I kick ass. I can’t believe a producer hasn’t knocked on my door yet asking me to pack my bags for NYC.
    3- I’ve had a kidnapping threat (that’s a treehouse story).
    4- My children are my breath- they’ve taught me the meaning of unconditional love..
    5- I want to live in a house in the woods, but I’m terrified of Michael Myers and Jason.

    • Whaaaaa Stefanie ???

      A kidnapping threat ?? Get your butt to my treehouse, I MUST hear that story !

      Your words ‘ my children are my breath ‘… brought tears to my eyes. You are such a beautiful soul.

      Thank you for sharing with me xoxoxoxoxo

  20. Ann W. Long says:

    Poor Ole Norma! Hopefully she will never have to go near your under ware drawer. Your children are gorgeous. You & your guy are adorable. Happy bloggin’ from Tennessee. Love Ann (cancer& still livin”)

    • Hello Ann !

      Well… Norma has seen what I look like in the morning when we travel, so nothing could shock her anymore. hahahahaa !

      Thanks for sending the love today !

      Take THAT cancer 🙂

      Light and Love !
      Lynne xx

  21. Marie says:

    Loved reading about you! I’m a hopless romantic and totally gushed over #15 and your husband’s comment -love, love, love! There’s nothing better than an amazing husband and awesome kids 🙂
    Me?- I’m a night owl. I get more done after 9pm than I do all day. I’m a snooze button kind gal…I have to hit it twice before I get my butt outta bed.
    My husband is totally opposite…he’s falling asleep by 10pm and wakes up before the alarm. My snooze button drives him crazy. He identified my refusal to wake up, when the alarm clock so rudely interrupts my sleep, as a form of rebellion. What!? I don’t like being told what to do, especially by some bossy electronic device. When I do finally roll my keister out of bed…my husband (who was up before the alarm) brings me a cup of coffee. I know he’s very sweet. He’s also a very smart man…his simple act of generosity also makes me a tolerable human being…but not until after I drink it:)
    I Like it hot! I love the feel of the sun on my face. 80 degrees or hotter works for me. Love the windows open and fresh air. On my bucket list is a trip to Sicily with my husband and kids…it’ll fufill my love for sun, food, adventure and a connection to my family’s roots.
    Looking forward to your next post!

    • Marie !
      You are a night owl ? Can you sneak into my place at night and get all my work done while I’m snoring into my popcorn dish ?

      You need a funny snooze button! Wouldn’t that be a hoot? One that laughs, or says hilarious things when the ‘alarm’ goes off. Entertainment at its finest 🙂

      Hot weather is d’bomb dot com isn’t it?!! The sun on your face and the sounds of ocean waves are enough to make anything WRONG feel RIGHT again. Ahhhhhh.

      Sicily ?!! That sounds dreamy! Stuff me in your suitcase.

      Much love,

  22. Tiffany says:

    From cheering my little one on thru A cold to the always available blog trip to lmao. By far one of the most amazing women and families I have ever come across. You guys are a blessing to us. Xxoo

    • HaHa Tiffany….
      A blog trip to LMAO. You had me laughing at that one !

      Thank you for the beautiful compliment. That’s it. I may never get my head through the door now.

      Big smooch,
      Lynne xx

  23. Chanda says:

    1. I too have a Tristan! But, a son…his name came from Legends of the Fall.
    2. I have 3 boys and an angel daughter.
    3. I, too, have a hubby who rocks my world…..ya know, most of the time. 😀
    4. I just wrote my first e-book and feel I can give you some credit for getting me off my ass of excuses and just doing it.
    5. Your blog…you…inspire me every single time I visit your blog. I often Facebook share knowing blog posts do not come from blog minions….ok, some posts from other blogs may have minions….your blog seems much more authentic …so thank you.

    • Ohhh Chanda !

      Wasn’t Legends of the Fall an incredible movie !!?? Brad Pitt was a gorgeous Tristan. Oh la la. Tristan is just a beautiful name. LOVE !

      Four kids ! You are a rockstar in my eyes. Big families are amazeballs aren’t they?!

      An awesome hubby?! Brilliant !!! It ups the happy factor of life, big time… doesn’t it?

      Life is too short for anything else.

      I want to see your ebook !!! Share with sugar bear. I’m so happy to hear about that !!

      Thanks for the epic blog love. I’m sending you a big fat kiss over the airwaves. K.I.s.s.I.N.G. in a tree. hahhahaaha.

      • Chanda says:

        My e-book will make you cry……and you have enough going on. I’m simply glad I released what I needed to and threw it into the virtual world..

        now…these comments…. I heart them all…….now I have a crush on your readers…..and your hubby…..but no worries, I’m the friend that loves the hibernation season …….and go ahead and sit at the beach by my fat bum if it makes you feel better, because somewhere along the line I convinced my man that I’m sexy as hell (bless him). ….I’ll ask that if you feel the need to sweat near me to stay off my blanket…and for God’s sake, if you’re going to run anyway, stop and grab me a cold drink……and, hilariously, I don’t like white walls….I need color. And yet, to date, you are one of my absolute favorite bloggers. ….and you live in my favorite virtual family home.

  24. There’s nothing like nice big tears first thing in the morning. (So happy my office is in a little corner with walls, though they may hear a few sniffles!)

    Thank you Lynne for including me in this post. Right back atcha! I feel so warm and fuzzy right now – sans kaluha. Can you believe it?

    And Michael! So sweet. You two!!! xoxoxo

    • To my soul sista ….

      If I screamed my awesome love and awe of you from rooftops every single day… It still wouldn’t be enough (in my mind:).

      I can’t find enough words to thank you for the incredible friend that you have been to me. Through thick and thin. Across the world and back again.

      You are my rock of Gibraltar friend, always. You are definitely the gal I will call when I am locked up in jail. Flashback to the French cemetery !!! ahhahahhahaaaaa

      I know you will bring me wine in jail, so it’s all good. xx

      Love you.

  25. Michael says:

    My darling:
    This is a great list of some of the things about you. You forgot so many like…how you can eat popcorn for dinner, how you help so many people bring smiles to their faces, how you are always so thankful when someone makes dinner for you, how incredibly positive you are in spite of the curves life throws you., how you can live in the treehouse for days on end., how you are so generous in what you do and give to others….
    About me… hmmmm.. Let’s just say I am a very lucky man to have you in my life – see item 15 above :). You constantly remind me with your words and your actions what it means to be real, and what it means to love, and be loved..

    • To my hunka hunka burning love 🙂 …

      1. Popcorn IS a perfectly acceptable dinner 🙂

      2. It is so fun to smile, every-single-day
      together with you.

      3. Homemade dinner is what makes my world go ’round and ’round. You are sooo right about that. *Thank you* xx

      4. We can get through ANYTHING together. So TAKE THAT cancer !!! I like being your ‘cancierge’ xx

      5. The treehouse is technically heaven on earth, isn’t it? Everyone needs a happy place. xx

      I feel like a better person on this earth because of all the love I share with you.

      I love you to the moon and back again.

      With love always and always and always,
      Your sweetheart xx