List of what I’m handling well 1. ___________

How have you been?!  I’ve missed you!  Spring is galloping in on the tail of a very long winter, and I am dusting the cobwebs AKA tumbleweed out from under my bed.  Should I admit that in my outside voice?  Where do the dust boulders come from anyway?  Don’t answer that.  It wasn’t a real question and I’m already grossed out that I have tumbleweed under my bed.  

List of what I'm handling well 1. ___________ What's on your list of what you're handling well? I make wine disappear. What's your super power?
List of what I'm handling well 1. ___________ What's on your list of what you're handling well? I make wine disappear. What's your super power? Life lately: what's new, fave cabin photos & more...

So much is going on.  We should probably pour a glass of wine. Too early? Spike your coffee. You know what, just hand me the bottle.

I make wine disappear. What’s your super power?

Truth is, I’ve noticed something lately and I’m desperate to know if I’m alone in this and/or drunk.  Hello overwhelm. I’m overwhelmed.  I’m even overwhelmed by internet & technology. 

List of what I'm handling well 1. ___________ What's on your list of what you're handling well? I make wine disappear. What's your super power? Life lately: what's new, fave cabin photos & more...

I’m also overwhelmed at everything being so perfectly perfect and super perfectly perf perf perfect.   Yeah, I’m looking at you Instagram.   I love you and your gorgeous photo feeds.  But still.  How do people get their hair brushed? I haven’t brushed mine since 1982.


 Instagram I love you, but there really needs to be a ‘why are you lying?’ button.

Who are your insta faves?

All this stuff has inspired me to do one thing… maybe it is time to start sharing BEFORE and after pics of projects? The REAL ‘behind the scenes’ deal.  How cool would that be?  Or not. LOL.  Hello muddy cabin.



Life in Canada  

Let’s get to the down and dirty shall we?  No. I’m not going to talk about my white pasty hairy legs. Except that I already did.  I wish my teeth were as white as my legs.

List of things I’m handling well…


This aromatherapy massage oil.  Holy batman.  I’m not going to get all researcher-y on you with fancy health facts, mostly because I don’t know any. I just know it feels good.  My body feels smoother than normal. Which makes me more vivacious-er than normal. Which is officially a nightmare for you.  50 shades of grey? I’m happy with one shade. This massage oil is at least a shade or two.  If you really want total vivaciousness, try these essential oil bath bombs too.  

List of what I'm handling well 1. ___________ What's on your list of what you're handling well? I make wine disappear. What's your super power? Life lately: what's new, fave cabin photos & more...

Spring cleaning.  I can’t seem to handle that yet. Dear mud, stahp, STAHP IT RIGHT NOW.  I want to throat punch you.  You ain’t worf it.  Ask me to clean up the yard after a thunderstorm has scattered debris everywhere and I’ll go limp.  Sorry, I’ve got this rare disease where I go blind and can’t use my hands when I’m around a wheelbarrow. Or a rake.

Pigs may fly before I work up the gumption to get into the treehouse and outwit the squirrelsHALP.


Today’s tip has nothing to do with cooking, given that I have absolutely no business doling out pointers on anything that has to do with an oven. Or goat cheese. I tried that shit. It’s horrifying. Don’t tell me to put it on pizza. I pizza’ed it. HORRIFYING. 

But this bread recipe. It’s right on the edge of perfect.

PS.  After it has cooled, wrap it in parchment paper!  It keeps the crust crunchy and the inside yummy.   You’re welcome.


My purse.  I can’t. Even. It’s outta control.   Most papers end up crumpled in my purse for 34 days. Please tell me this is one of your things too.   So nope, not handling the purse thing well.   How’d it get on this list? LOL.

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This Casper Mattress. It has been my fave mattress in the history of ever.   Last year, Casper mattress sent me the mattress to try for our airstream.   The mattress came in a wee box and then poofed into foam awesomeness.

I love the mattress. It is my all-time-fave !!! Use coupon code AIRSTREAM for $75 off a Casper Mattress!


Date night.  I love date night.  I handle that really well.  Anything that has the word DATE or POPCORN in it… uhmm…hello. I’m in.  Michael and I usually go to the movies and eat an inappropriate amount of popcorn.  It’s dangerously glorious.  We sometimes go for dinner too.   I even tried goat cheese ( that was a mistake. Barf. )


There’s major construction going on outside the cabin and treehouse (thank-you-very-much-to-our-kitchen-douchesaurus-contractor.) Not cool. not cool. not cool. not cool.  Don’t even get me started.  I may need to spike my coffee with this homemade baileys.  Coffee gives me unrealistic expectations of productivity.    The homemade baileys … well …it’s like magic juice…. it just falls in your mouth.  I’m handling that super well. 


Creative market : You probably already know about Creative Market because you’re actually with the times.  If you sign up for their Monday newsletter, they send 6 FREE downloads every week to your email inbox. OMG. <—- I jumped up and down and hollered that. So good. So so so good.  Hello fonts.  Hello templates.  Hello, everything. Every Monday.   Fahhhhreeee. 

Drops the mic. Walks off the stage.

PS. I also buy a lot on Creative Market because their fonts are super affordable and d’bomb diggity.  Like this font from Creative Market.  So good. So so so good.


PHOTOS! Even though I have never taken a photography class, or read a manual for that matter ( I’m from the school of push all the buttons until something happens)…Photography is a huge part of my life and I share my editing secrets here. Did I just sound like a weird-o?  Never mind. That wasn’t a real question.   Want to learn all my insider secrets?  Sign up for free here.  

It’s so easy when you know the right buttons to push – You’ll pop your spanx   🙂


Snacks.  I’ve spent a lot of time holding the refrigerator door open, looking for answers. Those refrigerator thoughts make my headspace very messy.  

If we’re not supposed to have late night snacks, then why is there a light in the refrigerator?

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Blog subscribers.  Dear goddesses of the interwebs, please let this blog post make it through internet space from my laptop to my blogging BFF’s (uuuhmm, that’s YOU!) Annnnnd if it does, I will exercise, eat healthy and stop swearing.  Also, I’m completely lying. I’d die if I went on a treadmill. 

I’m just a girl, standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a donut. 

Mostly, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for reading my blog and allowing me to pop into your inbox & life.  Ps. If you are not a subscriber, you really should be.  It’s a real hootenanny. My newslettersMare not just any old boring newsletter. They are a cool newsletter. 

List of what I'm handling well 1. ___________ What's on your list of what you're handling well? I make wine disappear. What's your super power? Life lately: what's new, fave cabin photos & more...


Turkish throws & throw pillows |  Cut out paper star light  |   White dinnerware  |   Kitchen faucet with spray  |   Paint colours:  Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadows AC-26 on cabin, Simply White  OC-117 trim and interior cabin colours,  Venetian Sky Aura Grand Entrance on doors |   Milk glass vases & accessories are vintage garage sale finds  |  Eve foam mattress c/o Eve Mattress use coupon code LYNNE for $50 off

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I need to live vicariously through you.  I bet you don’t have squirrels ruining your life.

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Eve mattress is one of my favorite mattress. It gives the best comfort when you are lying on it.

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Hi Lynne! Would you mind PMing me the info on your kitchen contractor? My parents-in-law live in your area and are currently interviewing contractors for their kitchen renovation-I’d like to make sure they don’t hire the same person!!!

Kitchen contractor advice

Hi Dawn, Our kitchen cabinet renovation is sooooooo bad, we have to gut it. The cost to fix the cabinet work that our contractor did, is greater than the cost of gutting it and starting again. GAH. I hope that no one ever has to go through that experience, like we did. My advice is to ask for a lot of references and follow up with ALL of them. You will quickly find out that we are not the first person that this contractor has taken advantage of. Do not pay your contractor in advance, but rather, pay by the… Read more »

Jessica Allossery

Hey I miss you!! Just sayin’. 🙂 Thinking about you and the fam jam like crazy pants!!!!!


The squirrels leave my house alone but the mice! sigh.
handling well – lying on the couch after work, drinking mango iced tea at work, listening to Scandinavian murder mysteries on cd in the car to bribe myself to go to work.
not handling as well – everything else


Hahaha, omg that squirrel!


Thank you so much for posting about the Le Creuset bread recipe. Tried it today and it was delicious and so easy. Warm greetings from a cold Melbourne Down Under. Love your style.


Thanks for your grand posts. Here are a few of my observations on your ruminations: 1. If I took photos of my life/space and posted them it would have to be to a site called “NotSoGrand”. 2. Ain’t nobody gonna outwit squirrels – we put out (expensive) hot pepper suet for our neighborhood woodpeckers, stupidly assuming it would deter the squirrels. The first few times they tried it we could see them rubbing their faces madly along the deck rail as if to say, “WTF”. But evidently, they adjusted and now have a taste for spicy suet. Told you. You… Read more »

I’m a new reader, Lynne, and I too want to say thanks for the laughs. Your post made me forget (temporarily) that there’s not a lot that’s humorous going on in the world right now. Guess I can get around the “temporary” issue by re-reading it until you show up in my mailbox again. I trust you won’t object to me pretending every day being Friday in my little corner of the world. 🙂

Lena C

Lynne, Your posts are always a bright spot in my day. Thanks for not giving up on us out here! 🙂 Can relate to your weather/cleanup woes from having lived in New England, but now my problems are 100% desert related, since we moved to AZ. (You would not believe the…omg, everything here either has thorns or venom.) What I’m trying to handle well: To plant my baby potted citrus trees in the ground, without getting stung or bit or burnt, before it gets too hot here, but to also not dig in the wrong place, i.e., destroying the underground… Read more »

Judi Burnes

Lynne, you and your blog inspire me to do great and glorious things around the house and cleaning out a closet (which doesn’t come close to great or glorious, but necessary), I discovered hangers that I know weren’t in there the last time I looked. After doing a CSI thing in the closet, it became clear that the funny noises one hears at night are hangers breeding in the closet and apparently they do not eat their young, because there are hundreds of them all naked.. A point to ponder when you’re in the mood. Sure enjoy your blog and… Read more »


So happy to hear from you again! I love your sense of humor. I have the same thing with goat cheese, it tastes like baby spit up smells, so can we stop pushing goat cheese on everything and don’t be offended when I order sans goat cheese!!!!
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You don’t only make wine disappear, you make my productivity disappear! ???? I’ll be going about my bid-ness with big plans to get loads of work done, and then OOOH a new post from Lynne…… Hours later I come too and I realize I’ve been browsing and daydreaming about white kitchens and cute (but so evil) squirrels and new mattresses (and naps) and pretty fonts and fresh baked bread and oooh is that a SHOP button??? HOW DO YOU DO IT?!?! My day is half over now and I’ve done absolutely nothing productive yet. But it was glorious! ????


Reading your words …. always makes me laugh …. or cry …, or both You are funny AF …. as the kids today say 😉 Today I laughed….and you made my day! You should reallyyyyy think about writing a book #justsayin. Signed another girl standing in front of a donut….. xo

Love, love, love getting your emails. I recently signed up after I sold my business of 25 years and working 6 1/2 days at something I no longer loved doing. I’m finally getting to enjoy being more creative with my life. You should come to Texas in the winter. It was one of the best winters ever. Since February, most days are in 70’s and 80’s with bright blue skies and gorgeous tulips in full bloom. Keep the Friday newsletters coming this way!


OMG – I am laughing out loud. Get out of my head. It’s snowy/slushy here but the sun is out. I’m at work and shouldn’t be reading your blog but you popped into my mailbox and I couldn’t resist. So glad I did. I’m telling all my friends about you. You’re hilarious! Have a great weekend.


I was just thinking yesterday, that I hadn’t heard from you in a bit … and here you are today! Magic! This is kind of an “aside” type of comment, but I have to say that I felt just like you do about goat cheese. What was the big fuss about!? Then I discovered David Woods goat cheese [http://saltspringcheese.com/index.html#top], which, I admit, isn’t the easiest to find, but it’s a revelation. (By the way, I am not being paid to push this product!) This goat cheese is not dry-textured and bitter; it’s creamy and smooth-tasting. My obsession is the goat… Read more »

Jacqueline Webster

Such a pick me up this morning as I look out at snow and ice and wonder where Spring has gone? Nothing like the Great White North, eh!
Love the crisp white with a touch of colour as long as it’s not snow!


Hello Lynne!
So happy to read your news-y, funny Friday morning post!
I’m just sitting here in westend T.O. wishing I had something to ‘sweeten’ my coffee so I didn’t care about spring snow… F#@*!!
hmmm… maybe I’ll get crafty and make Bailey’s too…

I live in Alaska…….We’ve had a week of weather above freezing, today? New Snow! I may have screamed ….but thanks to you, I know I’m not alone in my not handling stuff well at this moment! Thanks for starting my day with giggles and maybe a snort or two!


This post is the perfect way to start my “mental health day.” Could not face work today! Thanks for your humor and honesty. I’m off to make the list of things I’m handling well. With coffee. And donut. Or donuts. Peace!

Pam Pettyjohn

I love Fridays for many reasons, but especially when you are in my inbox! Happy weekend….


⚾️ Opening Day Detroit…
gotta go

Yvonne Cannon

Hello Lynne!!
So nice to always read your blogs. (When I am feeling down you always seem to be able to get a smile from me and you don’t even know it.) douchesaurus contractor ????????????????

Cyndye B

We completely sealed our attic after I went up and found squirrel nests up there. Oh, and I found their bathroom area too. Gross!!! Then I got this little fuzzy dog last year. Named him Jack. Jack’s mission in life is to kill the evil squirrels. He hasn’t yet, but they don’t dare set foot in his yard. But it’s really funny when one gets brave and they bark at each other.


I’m not handling the heavy layer of wet snow this morning. Thank you for lightening that ugh feeling with a few laughs.
p.S. The Baileys hint was brilliant today ????


You make me feel normal enuf to get thru the day…Thank You!

Hi Lynne!
I just love getting your Friday notes! They are so funny and real. & I like the list question. I have 2 chronic conditions and sometimes it’s just the one thing that gets done in my world, especially if I want to actually see my kids or husband. Sometimes that 1 thing is the dishes, sometimes it’s a banner 5000 word writing morning… but today will for sure include your homemade Bailey’s. Cheers!

“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a donut.” My fave quote evah! 🙂 Also, I hear you about the purse thing. I’m starting to think receipts and such multiply in there. I’d never know because by the time I clear them out, the writing has worn off.

tracy mackay

Happiness here, seeing your post, I was thinking about you this week- sending much joyous live 🙂 xx

Vicky Sanderson

I slept on that matttress last summer. LOVED it. May have to get me one. Ps: your things you are handling well has one more thing in it than mine does!

Tristan Knowlton

lolollolollolololollolol. xx

Hi Lynne, as always I love your post. Made me laugh out loud several times. Thank you for opening up to us.


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