KIOSB – 10 things in my bag…

Today’s prompt “10 Things in my bag”… let’s see….

Lipstick, mirror, eye drops, house key, key to craft barn (where I sell my work from Labor Day through December 22), day planner, sketchbook ( really need to consolidate these two), wallet, a bag of pearls purchased from a thrift store ($2.50 for a string of ACTUAL pearls…yeah, the things you can find at a thrift store…), my little Nikon camera and a wad of napkins that I took from the taqueria…the salsa was HOT and it was clearing out my sinuses! (usually my phone is in my bag, but it is on the counter charging!!)

KIOSB – Free Association



I live close to the American River and go for frequent walks along the water. One day I came across this makeshift cross…and wondered what happened.



A fresh cappuccino! A fresh cappuccino in Haifa, Israel!




My favorite escape…the Embarcadero in San Francisco….it was my favorite escape when I lived there and my favorite escape when I visit.



…a moment in time. The music was fun and we all started dancing!



A carnival in Fort Bragg, CA!



KIOSB – What I love and favorite songs…

I couldn’t get an internet connection yesterday…so catching up a bit….

What I love: my husband (18 years in April), my cats (Tarzan-the-Monkey-Cat, JJ Puff Bunny and Cow), life, my endless flow of creative ideas, hanging out with my San Francisco tribe (my chosen family), absorbing the ocean with my feet buried in the sand, Kauai, the full moon, medium-rare buffalo burgers, bleu cheese and freshly roasted/freshly ground coffee (STRONG), mom and pop businesses, books and music…

Which leads me to today’s prompt – favorite songs:

For some reason one song, which I love, is playing in my head:

…and I always sing along…  <——-click on link  !!

“I have confidence the world can all be mine….”

KIOSB – My First….

Today the prompt is “My First….”

My mind races through all my “firsts”….

….and I settle on something that has stayed with me and has set the tone of my life.

It was the first time I ran for a student body position (President) and it was the first time I ever “lost” at anything. 

I was running against the most popular girl at school. The students were divided in half…I was the smart one, she was the popular pretty one…it was 50/50. Something turned the vote. I and my friends were sitting on the lawn having lunch listening to the numbers of the vote. Before the final vote tally had been announced, I turned to my friends and said, “You know, what this school needs is a newspaper written by the students…” My best friend thought it was a great idea. We determined that we should talk to our English teacher about it and so we went into Mrs. Marks classroom and told her our idea. SHE loved the idea and all of us went to the principal’s office to bounce the concept off of him. HE loved the idea. And the student newspaper was born, with me as the editor.

The final vote came in and the principal walked outside to the podium to make this announcement:

“Students…great job with running a great and exciting election. Your president for this year is Terri ________. Congratulations, Terri. We also are excited to announce that today begins a first for this school! A student newspaper! The editor of your new newspaper is Lisa McAlister!”

Wild cheers all around.

And here’s the thing…it didn’t take long to figure out who had the power in this situation. Not that I diabolically planned it this way – but as the editor of the newspaper I had the power of the idea and word behind me. I ended up having more sway with the students than Terri did!

I recently found out that the student newspaper continued for YEARS and only stopped when the school was closed for good.

There are many layers of “firsts” here… mostly I focus on the first time I saw a door closing…and created a new door to walk through. 

I still do this…

Kickin’ it Old Skool… 10 things I know for sure…

1. Whole foods, water and exercise….is best.

2. Music affects my moods – so I must choose wisely!

3. Dancing is freeing.

4. A purring cat is an amazing comfort.

5. Nature is always changing…thus our lives will always change.

6. Life is a banquet… (Auntie Mame)

7. Sometimes chocolate must be the main course.

8. I still have a lot to learn…

9. Beliefs, habits can be re-mapped. We are NOT stuck.

10. The best way to learn something is to teach it.

Kickin’ it Old Skool – What makes me weepy

My eyes well up when:

I watch runners/walkers cross a finish line (Oh, the stories that flash across the faces when they realize THEY DID IT!)…

Any story of an underdog rising above circumstances and smashing through the ceiling…

Just about any warm-fuzzy feel good holiday story, commercial, meme…ohpassthekleenex….

Just about any symphonic concert…when I can feel the music in my heart…it opens and the tears flow…

The moment when animals and owners are reunited… 

Any person who accomplishes a seemingly overwhelming goal…

Anytime I participate in a Sing-Along Messiah event…I can’t sing…all those voices around me just chokes me up…

Unrequited love…

….just thinking about this list has me a bit misty eyed…

KIOSB – Show and Tell

Show and Tell was always a struggle for me…because… I could never decide what to share… I looked through a LOT of photos trying to decide.

Do I show my arty photography shots? How about my drink and food shots from various favorite cafes? Bar drinks (because the shot of the Black Cherry Cosmo from the sushi restaurant is really very cool…) Shots of my cats?  hmmmm


One of my favorite things to do is to take pictures of things where they should not be…and make up stories as to why they are there!



Motts Apple Juice vs Gillette.
“I would rather have a clean shave”




Cupcakes vs Nectarines
“No…I promised myself I was gonna stick to this diet…”




Drano vs Chocolate
“She decided to not get the chocolate syrup this time and mindlessly reached in the basket…”


KIOSB….Favorite movies

Oh, I love a good story… here are some of my favorites! And when I watch my favorite movies, I tend to speak the lines I love… here’s a few of them…

Working GirlI have a head for business and a bod for sin. Is there anything wrong with that?”

The Devil Wears PradaIs there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?” and “That’s all.” (LOVE Miranda)

The Matrix trilogy:

Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.

What truth?

There is no spoon.

There is no spoon?

Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Well, you look about the kind of angel I’d get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren’t you? What happened to your wings?

I haven’t won my wings, yet. That’s why I’m called an Angel Second Class. I have to earn them. And you’ll help me will you?

Sure, sure. How?

By letting me help you.

I know one way you can help me. You don’t happen to have 8,000 bucks on you?

No, we don’t use money in Heaven.

Well, it comes in real handy down here, bud!

The Sound of Music

Oh, no, sir. I’m sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle. Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for children and definitely not for me. It would be too… humiliating.

Fraulein, were you this much trouble at the Abbey?

Oh, much more, sir.


ok…this was fun. Now all I want to do is to line these all up and watch them all day! :)

KIOSB… Share where you blog…

We rent a room in a house. For almost a year I have not really had a designated space that was my own “world.” I lugged my laptop around…the dining room table, the studio space in the garage…the back patio…always on the move.

Only a few days ago did I create my own space.

I’m still developing this world, but for now, here it is.


in my own little corner, in my own little room, I can be whatever I want to be…