MRI Results by Neil Blake

Since being diagnosed in 2013, I've had a total of 5 MRIs, and usually they end up showing any changes. I was really looking forward to this appointment to see if the MRI results correlated with the fact that, overall, I've been feeling the best that I have in 5 years, and    it did! He told me I have no new lesions, which is REALLY good. Then we spoke about the medication that I am on, Gilenya and how Tecfidera the Wahl's Protocol, although amazing from a health perspective, just really didn't help.

So after we were done talking about drugs and nutrition, we looked my MRI, and that is where my mind was blown away. I'm writing this from a coffee shop in New West, so I don't have a copy of the MRI data to show you all, but I definitely will in my next post.


Hard Day by Neil Blake

Every day is a new day, and so after this post, I'm going to try to not think about the day I had yesterday. It started off with me on my computer checking email and doing my usual morning Facebook routine. In one of the first stories in my feed was about a video made by  (see below). He managed to explain what MS is like like I, unfortunately, have not been able to. I will say however, that I think one major difference was that I was quite a bit older when I was diagnosed, which in my humble option, made things a little hards, as I had tasted enough of life before MS

After breakfast I decided I would go to the lounge and get more product. While I was there, a very familiar song started playing which instantly took me back to a much much simpler time of my life. A time where I had met my now ex-wife, but hadn't started dating yet. I was dating a girl who to this day is one of the top 3 women who have made me the man I am today.

Little Blue Box by Neil Blake

I was going through some boxes a few weeks ago and found a little blue box I once bought for someone whom I now wish I had never met, even though I wouldn't have learned the important, yet painful, lessons that I learned because of her and our brief time together. 

I had been looking into Bitcoin and how to  buy some online for Canadians, when I noticed an ad someone who could buy gold. I had already tried listing it at eBay, but ran into some selling limits that I would have to build a good sellers profile with a good history showing I was trustworthy.

Once I ran into the sellers limit, I decided it was time to head to for Vancouver Gold and see what kind of offer i could get. After a fairly short conversation, he made me an offer I was happy with. I walked out of there with a cheque in my pocked and a smile on my face. 

A blue Tiffafy & Co box. 

A blue Tiffafy & Co box. 

Conversation with Crystal by Neil Blake

Earlier this week, I met up with Crystal to ask her one question. I wanted to know if she still had her wedding ring or not. It was a really tough conversation for me, definitely one of the toughest of my life,  as I miss her so, so much. Now, she, no we, both recognize that we had fallen apart, and that we both had a hand in breaking it, even though I was the one that made the final ruinous decision that would bring it to a screeching end. 

I told her about how I now considered that time of my life to be a time where I made worst, the most  terrible, painful and downright ruinous decisions of my life. I miss her so much that when I meet someone that reminds me of her, I instantly want to know more about her, even though I know it will probably only lead to disappointment because he isn't Crystal

The hardest part of the conversation for both of us was definitely the part where I told her that I missed her, and "I love you", which are both true. 

Eastside Culture Crawl by Neil Blake

While I haven't really had the time or energy to paint lately, I did get a chance to go check out some of the Eastside Culture Crawl and the Parker Street Studios at 1000 Parker Street. I met a bunch of local artists of all types. Painters, wood sculptors, rock sculptors, jewellery artists, even a woman who hand weavers chainmail! Her chainmail is absolutely beautiful, I wish I could show you by sharing a link to her website, but she unfortunately doesn't have one yet, which is where I will be coming in to help her with that. 

Also showing her art there was Tanya Slingsby, where she was showing many of the pieces from her 2017 Mutual Exhibit. It was great to see Tanya again and see more of her art. My favourite part of the evening was listening to her speak to another artist about the creation process we go through as abstract artists. It was great to catch up with her and get a chance to have ask her questions about it, which I look forward to trying on my next piece. Another part I always enjoy about art shows like the crawl is that I am able to see what a painting over $1000 looks like and learn about paintings that I like directly from the artist.