Sweets and Chocolate

Day 6: Fallacy

snickers

If you go to the store and get a candy bar

I hope the trip isn’t long or you went to far.

I like Halloween because of the candy,

but I would rather have ice cream because it is handy.

skittles

On Easter, there are eggs and Jellybeans,

but skittles have all the colors and shimmery beams.

O chocolate, o chocolate, where art thou?

I would put you on my face and a lifted brow.

In My 40’s

Day 5: Freedom

I am free because my children are grown and I only have me to take care of.

I am free because I don’t have to eat vegetables, I can supplement veggies.

I am free to walk around my apartment in my underwear.

I am free to write on my blog all day long. I am free to snack and watch TV.

I am free to exercise all day and go straight to bed.

I am free to work all day and night if I like. I am free to do nothing.

I am free to play video games until my thumbs get calluses.

Not everyone has freedom and I am appreciative for it which means no one is going to take it away from me because I am free.

free

Vactions

California

I used to go to visit my family and best friend every year. Sometimes I would stay with my family and sometimes I would stay with my best friend. I usually go around the Christmas holiday and leave after the Egyptian Christmas to cover everything. Go to vineyards, local casinos and the beach. I haven’t been there in almost three years.

Vegas

I would also meet my friends in Las Vegas once a year for a girls weekend, but I have not done that in probably 5-6 years. We usually stay at a nice hotel, go to a club, buffet Sunday brunch, have some gambling, and the weekend is over. It is a nice visit.

Cruise

I would love to go on a cruise anywhere for a three to four-day vacation that only costs about a few hundred dollars. Mexico, Caribean, or Uk. Four people experiencing life together. Taking pictures making memories and new found friends.

Overseas

This vacation would be anywhere out of the country. I would love to see the Colosseum, the green grass of Ireland, Stonehenge, pyramids, and Asia jungles. I think experiencing things that we take for granted may change someone’s perspective in life.

Right now I can’t even afford to just to see my family. I want the inspiration to make it important to do or a regular basis. I do have a link for my friends and family to help me with building a travel fund.

Oxnard Christmas 2015

Where Am I?

Day 3: Sleep

I go to sleep most nights and wake up not know where I am or where I’ve been and who was with me.

I lie in the grass where I am surrounded by these dandelions realizing that I can make a necklace. I am somewhere from my past where there were other children my age. Where am I?

There is this wonderful broken road that was important enough to build around the mountain, but now it moves through a piece of the mountain. It is near the ocean, but being makes it a special place. Where am I?

I am moving slowly up and up with a clickety click and swoosh, I am going down at so fast my eyes are watering. I am spinning and finally my stomach catches up to me. Where am I?

I see amazing buildings older than my country. I smell sweets that I have never lived around. I see a palace with mirrors all around me. Where am I?

I lie feeling warm yet cold and smell the air. I hear rushing water and a train passing by. Where am I?

I open my eyes and realize that I was asleep dreaming of past times. I am camping at a park with a stream near the train because it was hidden. I was in my sleeping bag in my tent. While being homeless, I realized that having a good camp spot can make a world of a difference in getting good rest.

Becoming Homeless

Why Do People Become Homeless?

camping out

Lately in my apartment building, there have been plenty of people that have lost their homes. I can count at least 7 this year that I know personally. I know that it is hard to maintain a place when you are used to being on the streets or coming from the homeless community.

Most of the people that lived in this building that I knew had previously been homeless, had mental conditions, and/or had substant abuse issues. When someone becomes homeless, most people have had a bad experience that got them there. Once homeless for two years or more these people start to develop additional issues and conditions that may be hard to fix. For example, some people have a bipolar disorder. While these people with bipolar can be treated, they are homeless and it makes it hard to work on the condition with medical assistance on a consistent due to no permanent residence. After awhile, they start to self-medicate (abuse substances) to ease the condition.

Kicked out!

Now the homeless have a chance for a place “Alone” and are expected with case management to function normally. I agree that this sounds great to an outsider looking in. Case management can help the few people that don’t need tons of supervision and help to do normal tasks but resources for additional assistance. For example, these almost normal people just need to utilize additional assistance (food banks, utility assistance, and rental assistance) to stay afloat. Unfortunately, most of the people that come from the homeless community also need routine mental help, schedule weekly contact on what a normal person does.

At the end of the day, most of these previously homeless clients are creating habits that are bound to cause a loss of their residence. I think case management should monitor them for at least six months and then recommend accordingly. Most of the case management have such a large workload that they don’t have time for such individual attention. There are groups available for people who really want to progress but by the time they realize it is necessary, they are in the process of losing their place.

Eviction

I have often thought there should be a group or program to teach residents coming from a homeless community how or what to expect to be normal again. For example, having a monthly budget and how to slowly interact with a community, and finding a project to take up some wasted time to prevent substance abuse. I think they all, of course, take a computer class.

 

Being a Senior

The Outsiders

As someone heading in the senior direction, I think they have a wonderful life. Most of them have lots of benefits like discounts and stuff. Also, there are apartment buildings that house only seniors in them to live. Of course, there are some things I don’t look forward to. I know there are some seniors that have tons of aches and pains. Plus, sometimes it may be difficult for some to move around. I know there are some that are doing great but are very lonely.

I have often thought of volunteering in senior residents just to learn so much about them. Maybe I  could create a senior blog where it talks about stories that come from them that have never been told. Also, I could learn so much from them since most of the things we go through have been done before.

In regards to people on the outside looking in, I have seen lots of people looking in on my life with all of them having different views of what they see happening. I am an open person so their views should all be the same. I think when we look at someone else’s life we should always try to picture ourselves in their shoes before we judge or think we know what is happening. I can’t wait for comments on this blog to see what people think.

Paris Support: My Contribution

A Visit To Remember

I may not have visited recently, but the visit to Paris was one that I won’t forget. I went on a honeymoon years ago to Paris and London. Paris was my favorite of the trip. I love the pastry shops. I felt like a kid a candy store.

French Pasty

Forgive me of my blurry pictures but this next was right after we arrived in Paris. We had drinks with our guide at the hotel and I was a bit tipsy when I took this picture of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame

I have a few more pictures of my Paris trip, but we did celebrate quite often so I do if  I should post more. I left with a bottle of raspberry liqueur which was so good it lasted a year after we left. I actually went to the Eiffel Tower in the daytime and climbed some steps. I think I eat a cafeteria there. This happened back in 2003 so forgive of the fuzzy details.

Iffle tower

This next picture is of the original Statue of Liberty. Ours was a gift from Paris. I thought that this may be important to everyone.

Statue of Liberty

I posted this blog to show I much I enjoyed my trip and would go again even if there were terrorists. I also visited the Louvre, Versailles, and Avenue des Champs-Élysées. I have a some more pictures, but I thought this should be about how Paris has proven they are an important part of my life.

There is one more thing I would like to mention. I remember as a child in my school that it was required for all students the watch this movie called. “The Red Ballon“. This to me is something Americans posted in children’s heads to remind them the rest of their lives of filmmaking.

Rainy November

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Singin’ in the Rain.”

As I sit here listening to the rain, I think about going out for a little while. I have a rough day with people refusing to pay me my money and other people pretending that they have my back. I have been blogging most of the day too! I want to enjoy one of mother nature’s pure experience.

I sit and think about Noah’s story. It rained over a month and I am sure it was damp and humid. Everyone stuck together for such a long time and getting to know each other well. I am sure the smells were bad too. How can someone live with that much rain and not feel sad because they can go walking around? Being able to walk or sing in the rain would be nice.

I have seen the movie before. I know on the cartoon “Robots” they did a similar song. I know plenty of people use the rain to make them happy and feel like singing. I don’t like water myself, but I think I should get out the house anyway. The rain seems better in my apartment because I am at the top of the building and I can hear it pretty good.

Chacalit and What It Means

My name is Myra and I go by Chacalit as well for several years. I have been using the chacalit user name because I love chocolate, but of course, it is also my skin color (milk chocolate). I have two grown daughters that are into so many things and I really want to start interacting with them as much as possible. I went to school for awhile and took an English course that has motivated me to enjoy writing.

I experience all types of things in my life, some things are related to me personally, but other things are just my luck so I want to share them. I have mental and emotional issues that I deal with, but it is quite easy to write about it for others to understand and identify with. I also was homeless for several years and there is plenty to discuss with those issues. I want to share all these issues, some on specific blogs and group some together.

I am also trying to bring in a residual income from my home on a computer. Blogging is important to that journey. Some of the things I do can be related or it can also be just personal, but I can earn income from blogs as well as sharing information on other income resources too. I have so many ideas that I need to learn how to separate it all.

I am currently enrolled in a blogging class and writing class to help me improve my writing. I really want to become a better blogger to get followers. I am on all types of social media, but I am not sure how to do that now I can learn all of this all at one time. Blogging to me is a way to express yourself, share information with people without being a journalist, and maybe earning a little money on the way.