Wellbeing Budget by Neil Blake

The prime minister of New Nealand today announced his new budget, called the Wellbeing Budget which is aimed at improving mental health services, and healing more low income families and child services. The budjet’s main goal it to improve mental health and other important services for everyone.

If you’d like to learn more, read all about it here.

10,000 Steps a Day by Neil Blake

I have been trying to be a lot more active since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.and put on a lot of medication just over 6 years ago. That need for 10k steps a day is to keep my weight in check as some of the meds some make me very hungry way too much, and so I started gaining weight! More than I’ve ever had on me in my life!

When I was married, I used to carry a pedometer with me in my pocket every day, until I lost it somewhere. My interest in getting to 10k steps/day was sparked again by the Apple Watch which is one of my favourite features of the watch!

For example, yesterday I got lost a few times walking around Tobermory, and so ended up walking 24,700 steps to cover the 18.6km I walked yesterday! Let me tell you about how tired I was by the time I got home after having dinner with my dad’s friends Rick and Ashley at the Crows Nest Pub where I had an absolutely delicious pulled pork sandwich.

Let’s just say there was no problem falling asleep last night!

MS - Cause Found! by Neil Blake

In this article from UBC Neurology Department where my old neurologist is who Lead Neurologist, Dr. Traboulsee, explains the big discovery that MS is a indeed genetic illness and they have identified the genetic mutation that leads to Multiple Sclerosis!

What this means is that doctors will be able to identify people who are over 40% more likely to develop MS with a simple blood test.

This also means researchers will be able to develop treatments using mouse models and have more information which should help develop more effective treatments.

I personally always thought MS was genetic, and now we have the proof!

I guess that was why I never really wanted to have children when I had opportunity to do so.

#multiplesclerosis #MSCauseFound #genetics. #autoimmune #DrAnthonyTraboulsee

Pumpkin Spiced Latte by Neil Blake

My dad is working in town in Tobermory today, so after my shower this morning, I decided to walk into town to The Coffee Shop to get myself a coffee.. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful walk, whether it’s raining or not, but unfortunately, it was raining quite hard today, so I ended up being a little wet by the time I got there. Oh well!

I ordered myself a Vanilla Latte with an extra shot and went to sit down. I was sitting very near the counter where you order, and the woman behind me ordered a Pumpkin Spice Latte, which totally reminded me of how especially good those are here. Unfortunately I had just received my Latte before she had a chance to order

That’s okay though as I am already almost ready for my next coffee.. a Pumpkin Spice Latte. :)

#Tobermorey #coffeeshop #psl #pumpkinspicedlatte

Selling my Art by Neil Blake

When I moved back home in Ontario from Vancouver, I didn’t really bring much with me except for the essentials like clothes, but I didn’t own any furniture anymore, but there was one thing that I was never going to leave behind. That one thing is actually made up of 24 pieces. That one thing I am talking about is my portfolio of art.

The awesome thing was that I literally just mailed it to my moms house using Canada Post. I used Canada Post because I had a very good inclination that it would totally arrive in the same state it was in (not damaged) when I packed it. I could have brought it with me on the plane, but it was expensive, and I don’t really trust airline baggage handling, especially when it is fragile, unless it is ridiculously marked FRAGILE!

If you or anyone you know likes Contemporary Abstract Art by a Disabled because of Multiple Sclerosis Canadian Artist, please take a look at my Portfolio and make me an offer! I will end this post by sayingthat i will seriously consider any offer over $150.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to got through my portfolio.

Tobermory by Neil Blake

I made it! I’m not going to lie, even though I LOVE Vancouver and the West Coast, I do have a few favourite places in Ontario, one of which is on the Bruce Peninsula in Georgian Bay of Lake Huron called Tobermory, which is where my Dad now lives.

My mom and dad would come here with the kids to go diving in the shipwrecks in the lakes which were used by the Europeans to come get furs from the native trappers to bring back to Europe to make fur coats for their wives. My sister and I were young, so we would play in the sand while our parents would be underwater. The sand on the beaches here is so unbelievably different than what we had at Sudbury beaches, we would just play for hours and hours. I just love how many good memories are coming back.

Although I have a fairly difficult time recalling recent events, I just love that these great ones are coming back.

Niagara Falls by Neil Blake

I’m am currently heading towards Tobermory to spend a couple of weeks with my dad. I am traveling with my parents (Mom and step father and two of their friends. We have been in Niagara for the past couple of days, and it totally been jogging my memory of the last time I was here.

Ironically enough, it was only when we got to our 7th floor room that I remembered some awesome memories of a trip I took in the past to spend time with a woman who is still very close to my heart. I have nothing but good memories about this woman, and I would love if I could get her back into it!

Georgian Downs by Neil Blake

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Today my parents and I all left Sudbury to head out on a small road trip that will eventually bring me to Tobermory to spend a couple of weeks with my dad.

Mom really looking forward to that!

Lost Seeds by Neil Blake

The last time I bought some weed to medicate with, I found two seeds that I was really hoping to plant, but, unfortunately, I seem to have already lost them! ;) I was really looking forward to seeing these grow up so they could present me with options to consider when medicating.

I really hate how bad my memory is today. I upsets me just thinking about what it used to be compared to today. My seizures definitely aren’t helping!

Back to the gym by Neil Blake

I had gone to my parents’ trailer this past weekend and just returned to getting back into working out at the gym. I managed to keep my weekend weight gain to a minimum!

Since I arrived too close to the class starting, I didn’t get to have my measurements done. That’s okay though because I’ll be going back tomorrow for the same class and will have my measurements taken then. I can’t wait!

Damn it raps! by Neil Blake

First, the Raptors lost Game 2 last night, unfortunately! But wow! Was it ever fun to watch! I’ve never really been a Basketball sports fan, but now that there is an official NBA team a short 4.5 hour drive south down Hwy 69 to get to the city I also like to call Tee Dot, I sure am now too! Watching the raptors paying at this level is like watching history, LIVE! :)

Once I had posted the first paragraph, I went upstairs to have dinner with my parents. That’s when Don reminded me that there was a hockey game on tonight too! It’s game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight too! Hockey wins tonight.

Raptors by Neil Blake

Thusday was Game 1 of the NBA Finals with the Toronto Raptors vs. the Golden State Warriors. The first game of NBA Finals was played in Toronto and was the time such an important game of NBA basketball was played in Canada!

The Raptors started the game strong and just kept driving hard with both strong defensive and great offensive play as well. Kawhi Leonard managed to score a total of 23 points and when combined with his teammates, who rounded up a total of 118 points versus only 109 for the Warriors, to win Game 1!

What I like about the series, is that for the first time ever, the NBA playoffs are being played in Canada, so I literally get to see history being made right in front of me… again.

Trailer by Neil Blake

I came to my parents trailer a couple of weeks ago, but it was a bit chilly all weekend, and we ended up not having a fire because it was so wet out!

So, even though I didn’t really enjoy it very much, I am back again. Last weekend was the first time coming to the trailer in a very long time and it was so miserable out I didn’t really get to enjoy it. This weekend is supposed to quite a bit nicer out!

I have some plans coming up in the very near future, but I’ll talk about those tomorrow when I get some a more detail.

Golf by Neil Blake

I was on my phone a few days ago when it beeped because I had just received a new message. It turned out to be from an old very good friend from high school. She was wondering if I had plans for today, and when I told her I didn’t, she invited me to play in a golf tournament she was setting up at a Timberwolf golf club, about a 15 mins walk away from my mom’s, so I said yes! I’ve never played Timberwolf, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to catch up with some old friends and have a chill, low stress day in the sun!

Lost by Neil Blake

I have noticed since my seizure about 6 months ago that my memory just isn’t even close to what it once was. Even though I am fully aware of this, I still manage to lose stuff at a rate that is frankly quite alarming.

For example, I recently left the house wearing my eye glasses and even though I had their case in my hand, I somehow lost both! Damn it! Now I need to spend money on new glasses.