Roll It Up! by Neil Blake

   Now that I am back back to living in Sudbury, it’s so much easier to get a Tim Hortons’ double double around here than any other coffee when you leave the house. There is only 1 or 2 Starbucks locations in the whole city, so as someone who doesn’t drive or work anymore, it just makes it so much more sense to get a Timmie’s than a Starbucks! 

    Every year around the time the NHL playoffs start, Tim Hortons’ has  there annual “Roll up the rim to win” contest. I’ve known some people who have done quite well with RUTRTW contest, wining a vehicle, and another, the grand prize house! I think the biggest thing I’ve ever won was a sandwich + coffee and donut at once. 

   I will say I’ve already won 2 cups of free coffee, but have only been able to redeem one. I keep losing such a tiny little piece of rim when I do win. 

   Today however is a little different, I found my winning rim in my right hand change pocket!

Finally! by Neil Blake

I’ve been using the same email address for a very long time, so it has ended up on a few « email lists » which means I get a lot of email to go through every day. now that I have a bit more free time, I’ve been trying to get my inbox to 0 unread email. Today, I did it!

Hospital Day by Neil Blake

Well, “Hospital Day” is something I just made up after spending the whole day at the hospital waiting for a family friend to see a doctor. Waiting rooms are not usually somewhere I think about too much, but after spending the whole day here, I can’t do anything but think about how inefficient hospital emergency rooms look. 

   I am really looking forward to getting released after having spent 6 hours in the emergency at Health Sciences North whithout any of my usual Cannabis medication because I left it all at home this morning when I left the house this morning.  

I really wish I would have had one already rolled this morning when I had to go! 

Up Early by Neil Blake

It’s early Wednesday morning and when I say early, i’m not kidding. I’ve been awake since just after 5, out of bed by 5:30 because I was bored, to finally get up and sit down upstairs with a coffee in front of me. The reason i’m writing about being up so early is because up until recently, the idea of being up so early for absolutely no reason whatsoever would have been preposterous! And now it happens everyday!

Yesterday I had plans so wasn’t able to get up and write a blog post like i am doing right now. I’ve been trying to work on several parts of my thinking so that I don’t end up spinning myself into a dark hole of depression.

In order to avoid that dark hole I’ve been trying to post everyday. Blogging everyday definitely brings me back to the moment, even if I posting about the past events.

Art Sales by Neil Blake

   I wish I could sell more art so that I could go to Mexico! If someone were to get really excited and wanted to buy one, it would help motivate me a little more. 

   And I also wish I could get more feedback about my art like my color choices, my line and my title concepts and anything else you’d like to say, let me hear it in the comments please and thank you!

The Future by Neil Blake

I was reading on Flipboard this morning when I came upon We Asked 105 Experts What Scares and Inspires Them Most About the Future. Now, I’ve always love thinking about the future and what it will hold for me, my family, my loved ones, the environment and the planet, but after reading an article like that, wow! 

 

I’ve got enough problems to keep track of these day, but an article like that just helps me see how insignificant my problems are at a much larger scale.. 

Kind of makes me wonder, “What the point?”. 

No Go Yet by Neil Blake

After posting to my blog yesterday, I spent the rest of the day searching online to see if I afford a tropical, 7 day, all inclusive vacation. End result? Nope! So I decided to just stay in Sudbury and continue to save money while getting to spend time with my niece and nephew! 

Home Advantage by Neil Blake

I’ve been back in Sudbury for a little while now, and I am soo happy that I did, as it is really going to help me get my life back in order (I hope) before I move back  

   There are still so many people I haven’t seen yet and I’m already making plans to travel with an old friend for a February vacation, but I will really have to take a look at how much it would cost.

Earthquake by Neil Blake

   There was a small 2.9 MN earth quake here in Sudbury last night. It was a loud rumbling noise while the floor beneath my feet just started vibrating, I mean everything was shaking. I’ve lived in Sudbury a large portion of my life where mining has been going on for a long time. I’ve even lived in a very active earth quake zone, Vancouver, BC but I have never felt anything like that before!

 

Inbox Zero by Neil Blake

  Back in the day when I had to be somewhere every day by a certain time, I used to take SkyTrain or other means of public transit to get to and from home. While doing so, I used to have my iPod with me so that I could listen to various podcasts. One of my favourite podcasts from back in the day was T.W.I.T.  with Leo Laporte. Leo and his guests would occasionally mention how they aspired to get to an Inox Zero state in their email inboxes.  That sounded like an amazing idea!    

   As someone who has had the same email address since 1998, I get an email or hundreds a day, so I had pretty much given up on checking and reading my email. I’ve had enough!

   My goal today was to start regaining control of my email. The first thing I did was to login on my MacBook and selected all unread messages using gmail’s :isunread search and then archived them! 

WOOHOO! Finally! 

 

Dark Future by Neil Blake

I know that by posting this post I’m totally not helping cheer up the world in ANY way, but getting stuff off my chest totally helps. Anyway, have you noticed how dark everything in the world is these days? 

Maybe it’s because everything I have also been noticing is so well described in this article. I am happy that we live in a world that is so connected we will all be able to watch it in go down live on my iPhone!

Busy Weekend by Neil Blake

well, there you go, an entire weekend where I only got to stop at night to sleep except for also getting to watch the Super Bowl. I’ve watched about 15-20 of them in my life, and the game yesterday was a joke and an embarrassment to the NFL and what it is supposed to be like. I read that it was the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history. In my opinion, it was definitely the least believable from a confidence point of view. The New England Patriots still won, but it was such a shady win. 

New Canvas by Neil Blake

I went to Micheal’s to pick up a canvas for my next bit of artwork. It’s a 30”x40” Gallery Wrapped Heavy Duty canvas.  Undortunately i am only at the beginning of my creative process, which for this canvas is going to start with a pencil to draw it out first.Stay tuned here to see it as I go! 

So the reason I brought this canvas was because I couldn’t find any of my other blank canvases.

I’m looking forward to getting back into painting again!

Montreal by Neil Blake


Before I moved to Vancouver, I was living in Ottawa where I had moved to be closer to a woman who would eventually, one day, become my ex-wife.

When Crystal and I first started seeing each other, she was living and working in Ottawa and I was finishing up school at Laurentian University in Sudbury. On weekends, she would come back to Sudbury. Once a month, I would drive to Ottawa and on long weekends, she and I would go to Montreal to hit the amazing clubs!

Now that I am back in Sudbury, I am once again close enough to consider partying in Montréal (680 kms vs 3,890 km).

 If you’ve never been to Montreal, it would definitely be a worthwhile trip if you want to experience that old French heritage feeling. I love Montreal! I highly recommend it.

Art For Sale by Neil Blake

   Yesterday I finished a piece of art with a canvas I had laying around. After I’d posted about it last night, I went downstairs to clean up and look for my next canvas. That was when I realized that I hadn’t sold one in a while and so hadn’t taken the time to go buy some blank canvases.

   If you are at all interested in my art, please contact me!