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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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

Let’s bounce.  But first….

Talk to me

Gimme a list of what you are handling well

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

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  1. Akshay says:

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

  2. Cundy says:

    Thanks I can’t find the link for the grapevine ball. Please help

  3. Dawn says:

    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 says:

      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 hour/weekly. We paid weekly for years, with no problems, and wish we had done that for this project as well.

      Our contractor will ask for a lot of money up front, so if you hear those words….run for the hills. He keeps the money and yet doesn’t show up to do the work. We waited 5 months and he eventually showed up sporadically for the last 10 days to build an entire kitchen cabinet set. It was a nightmare that I wouldn’t wish on another soul.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Jessica Allossery says:

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

  5. liz says:

    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

    • Ohhhhh you listen to murder mysteries in the car too? ME TOO, LIZ! I screamed that. Do you ever listen to podcasts? We listen to SERIAL and CRIMINAL in the car (they are both great podcasts)… I bet you’d love them too! Lynne xx

  6. Ben says:

    Hahaha, omg that squirrel!

  7. Etta says:

    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.

    • Hi Etta!

      Isn’t that bread recipe just ahhhhhmazing??? I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and how delish it is. So good. So so so so good. Glad you love it too! Life changer, right? YUM.

      Lynne xx

  8. Mary says:

    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 can’t outwit the little suckers.
    3. Purses aren’t supposed to be filled with paper? Who knew?
    4. Things I am handling well….umm, short list. Still standing (sitting–who are we kidding) after 12 hour work days, emergency surgery for adult daughter (she is recovering well, thankfully) and pinch-hitting the daily daycare run for my almost 3 yr old grandson in between working. There is a reason you should have children when you are young. Energy takes a hike in seniorhood. But I will admit, the joy on his face and the running jump into my arms when I pick him up each day are a pretty nice reward.

    • Hi Mary….

      Your life sounds like a squirrel chasing, purse wielding, grandson marathon and it sounds glorious 🙂 That little face of his must be adorable when you show up to pick him up. Priceless. Ahhh.

      Have beautiful weekend.

      Big love and wishing you many successes in your squirrel challenges (those little fellers are hard to outwit),

      Lynne 🙂 xx

  9. Linda says:

    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. 🙂

    • Yay for Friday Linda…

      You re-read my blog posts? Perfect. You are officially my spell checker. ha. And let me know if I have spinach in my teeth too. That would be very handy to know.

      Big love! annnnnd thanks for the blog love,
      Lynne xx

  10. Lena C says:

    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 pipe that feeds the pool.

    The desert looks like paradise, but don’t be fooled, it’s still a lot of work; just a different flavor work than the North woods. (That said, the desert really is amazing.)

    PS: I work in a bakery, and a donut will not solve anything requiring more than five minutes’ benefit.

    PPS. One tip: NEVER buy anything out of a self-serve donut case. Just trust me on this one.

    Lena ❤️

    • Hiya Lena,

      Ahhhhh I’ll never give up on you, out there 🙂

      Desert??! You are so brave and so lucky!! I bet it’s gorgeous and full of hard work all at once.

      And wait. Wait. What happens in the donut self-serve case?

      Just so you know, I am never evahhhh going to get that version of donut now LOL. I’m having visions of kids licking the donuts and putting them back. haha. Wait. Ewwwwh.

      Trusting you,
      Lynne ????

  11. Judi Burnes says:

    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 always hope that you and Michael are doing well.
    Judi, from California

  12. Sandra says:

    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!!!!
    In my prayers

    • Thanks Sandra!

      Did you think I dropped off the earth? I kinda did. LOL.

      Have you noticed that too about goat cheese? OMG< it is on everything. STAP it world, STAHHPPP it right now. Toot-a-loo goat cheese, pahhlease. Love, the barfy girl who just tried the goat cheese.

  13. 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! ????

    • Welcome to my world, Mellissa ! It is crazy nuts to try to get it all done, isn’t it?

      PS. I don’t get it all done. I think about it for about 07857509378540957 years, then I start to do it… and think… oh no.. this is going to take me for forever… and then I do it.. and think… holy shit… I thought about that for LONGER than it took to do it. LOL.

      This are my first world problems right now. Le Sigh.


      Big love and happy weekend,
      Lynne xx

  14. Tracy says:

    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

    • Best compliment of the year. Funny AF.

      I’m ancient, so my kids had to teach me that one last year.

      We are so hip 🙂

      You know, I have thought about writing a book. I really have. Does that count? 🙂

      Lynne xx

      • Tracy says:

        Lol Lynne ….. and yessss please write a book! It totallyyyyy would be a huge hit (think New York Times Best Seller) and an inspiration for so many. You could call it “Design the Life you want to Live….whilst being as funny AF”. Xo

  15. Anne says:

    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!

    • Anne!!! You are in Texas?!!!! I love love love love Texas !!!!!!

      And ps. THANKS A TEXAS TON for lovin’ on my Friday emails. I decided looooooong ago, that if I am going to have a ‘newsletter’ it ain’t going to be no boring ‘newsletter’… and I am so happy you like it!

      You GO GIRL for leaving a biz that was draining you! Here’s to blue skies and positive vibes!

      Lynne xx

  16. Goretti says:

    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.

  17. Myrna says:

    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 cheese with chili. Try it in an omelet with fresh chives or with fresh chives and barely-wilted baby spinach. I’m sure there are many more options, but I’m still stuck at these two because they’re so delicious.

    Have your favorite type of weekend, Lynne! Love the blog — you make me laugh, or at the very least smile. And your style is amazing.

    P.S. If you ever feel the need to go to Venice CA, email me, and I have the perfect Airbnb for you (I’m not being paid to push this either, honest. I just think you’d love it).

    • Oh Myrna,

      You are so very brave. So so so very brave. It’s that ‘after goat’ taste that I get in my mouth that makes me want to barf in my shoes.

      I tell you what… If I get to Venice, CA… I will come and visit you… and you can sneak it in on a wee cracker. My world might change… or you may have to clean my shoes.

      Big love for trying!
      Lynne xx

  18. Jacqueline Webster says:

    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!

  19. susan says:

    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…

    • Hi Susan!

      I’m only a few hours outside of Toronto…and heading in next week. If the snow is still there, I will throat punch it for you.

      PS. I may have jinxed spring. As soon as I wrote SPRING in my blog post, it SNOWED right.outside.my.door.and.life

      How dare it? Ppppffft.

      *goes back to eating donuts*

      Lynne xx

  20. Kim says:

    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!

    • Erhhhmergerd Kim,

      I woke up to a mountain of snow today too (we are in Ontario). I just about punched old man winter in the face.

      PS. Alaska? It must be freaking beautiful there!! Do you love it? It’s on my bucket list to get there some day.

      Lynne xx

  21. Crystal says:

    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!

  22. Pam Pettyjohn says:

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

  23. Craig says:

    ⚾️ Opening Day Detroit…
    gotta go

  24. Yvonne Cannon says:

    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 ????????????????

    • Hiya Yvonne

      Gahhhhhreat ! It’s always good to find some light in the dark tunnels…. THANKS SO MUCH <---- I hollered that... for telling me that I make you laugh. Keep loving... keep laughing.. Big love, Lynne xx

  25. Cyndye B says:

    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.

    • Cyndye ! How dare they?! Sending mountains of bravery to Jack.

      I have a love hate relationship with squirrels. They are part of mother nature and can be adorable…but when I let my guard down, I swear they run by me and give me the middle finger (with their mouths stuffed full of our treehouse mattress)

      Go Jack Go!
      Lynne xx

  26. Wendy says:

    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 ????

    • Wendy! You too? I knew as soon as I wrote the word SPRING in a blog post, then it would SNOW. I’m up to my knickers in snow this morning.

      That’s it *spiking coffee*

  27. Erika says:

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

    • I do? That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. 🙂 Yay! My friend said this quote to me once….

      Be weird. Normal is the new boring.

      All kidding aside, thanks for the love and for reading my blog! Hope you have a beautiful day!!

      Lynne xx

      • TucsonPatty says:

        Lynn, my daughter’s fifth grade teacher had a quote up on the classroom wall – “You say ‘weird’ like it’s a bad thing”.
        I have always loved that and I think it helped her a lot that year and beyond.. (She is now 25 and coping…) Thanks for the laughs and being in my inbox.

  28. Jem says:

    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!

    • Hey Jem,

      Do you ever write something on a list, just so you can scratch it off the list and say you accomplished it? LOL! I would never do that. I would totally do that. xx

  29. Nicole says:

    “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.

    • Hahaha Nicole …. have you ever looked at the receipt and thought.. okay cool.. I wasn’t going to return that anyway?.. hhaha. #RealLifePurseProblems. The struggle is real.

      Lynne 🙂 xx

  30. tracy mackay says:

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

    • Hi Tracy

      How have you been? Thanks for the love and for thinking of me! Hopefully you were thinking of me victorious over squirrels. Now THAT would be a life win. ha.

      Lynne xx

  31. Vicky Sanderson says:

    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!

    • Isn’t it amazing Vicky?! I think you should come and test it out again! NOT JOKING. We would love to have you and John back again!!! We miss you!!

      PS. Eve mattress started shipping to Canadian recently. Great timing !! Woohooooooo! They shipped to me last year as a special request, but now it is available for all Canucks.

      *happy dancing* errrhhh *happy sleeping*


  32. Tristan Knowlton says:

    lolollolollolololollolol. xx

  33. Jessica says:

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

    • Hi Jessica!

      Thanks for reading, and coming back… laughs are better when I’m not alone in the room anyway. That would just be awkward. ha.

      Big love!!
      Lynne xx

      • Your super power line is now a poster on my wall. And things you’re doing well include keeping us laughing and inspired in spite of yourself. You do “you” very well.

        Just one question: as a former full time user of a wood cookstove, what’s with the white rug????? I know you LOVE white but really?

        • Hi Brenda!

          I was trying to figure out what you meant by white rug and cookstove, LOL.. but that is actually white / speckled grey concrete flooring around the wood stove. We used Buddy Rhodes Concrete and it comes with an ahhhmazing sealer. It is a snap to keep clean. It wipes soooo easily. Clean as a whistle. It is the same concrete countertop material that I use in my kitchen. LURVE.

          Love to my fellow super power gal!
          Lynne xx