List of what I'm handling well 1. ___________

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?

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...

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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  1. Crystal

    April 7th, 2017 at 8:40 am

    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!

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    April 7th, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Crystal… I blame you for my donut craving this morning. LOL. *glances at lunch salad, hoping that it will miraculously turn into a donut*

    Lynne xo 🙂

  3. Kim

    April 7th, 2017 at 9:13 am

    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!

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    April 7th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    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

  5. susan

    April 7th, 2017 at 10:14 am

    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…

  6. Lynne Knowlton

    April 7th, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    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

    How dare it? Ppppffft.

    *goes back to eating donuts*

    Lynne xx

  7. Jacqueline Webster

    April 7th, 2017 at 11:01 am

    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!

  8. Lynne Knowlton

    April 7th, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    That’s it Jacqueline. I think old man winter PUNKED us. The next time I write about SPRING, I’m going to whisper it so old man winter can’t hear 🙂

  9. Myrna

    April 7th, 2017 at 11:14 am

    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 [], 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).

  10. Lynne Knowlton

    April 7th, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    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

  11. Goretti

    April 7th, 2017 at 11:27 am

    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.

  12. Lynne Knowlton

    April 7th, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for telling your pals about me Goretti. You know, it’s a career limiting move to read my blog at work? LOL LOL LOL.

    #DontGetCaught 🙂


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