• Brian Gallagher

Cabin fever and the cranky cat


Why hello beautiful people. It’s nice to be back. I hope that life has been treating you well. It’s been about 10 days since my surgery and I am healing well thank you. Glad to be convalescing at home under the exceptional care of my darling wife instead of in a hospital ward. But going back and forth from the bed to couch and vice versa has brought on the start of cabin fever. I’m not a ‘sit still and do nothing’ kind of guy you see. So in her infinite wisdom my better half bought me a bed tray that I can put the laptop on. Gives me something to do. Let’s me connect to the outside world. Keeps me from complaining too much or too loudly. And speaking of…

This recent surgery has been quite hard on my cat Calvin. Yes, so much so I think I need to buy him the ‘It’s all about me’ T-shirt. You see, Mister C has been used to sleeping with me every night. Did I say ‘sleeping?’ Please let me re-phrase.

His idea of sleeping with me is to walk back and forth incessantly over me and plop himself on my legs. Not beside. On. How that’s comfortable for him I surely do not know but it sure as shootin’ isn’t for me (not that that seems to matter to Calvin and trust me I have asked).

Now because of the surgeries on my legs that option is certainly off the table for awhile. So the question remains, how do you reason with a cat? Answer: you don’t. You can’t. I tried talking to him. I tried writing it out for him. Even tried Braille (they say cats are intelligent so I thought, “hey it’s worth a shot”). But alas, Mister C is NOT pleased that the bedroom door is now closed and he is denied his bony uncomfortable place of refuge. Now to all of you who have a crabby tabby of their own you know how much they like to protest and how they just don’t stop complaining when you take away something they are used to. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of the company of a loving, caring, furry feline companion – go get yourself one. Better yet, I have one you can have – cheap. Will even throw in the rest of the bag of Whiskas. No charge.

OK so it can’t be all about him this week can it?

Here’s a chance to hear two excellent choirs, both based in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. After a well-received concert last December in Hudson, the Sainte-Anne Singers are returning to Hudson to present ‘Chants pour la Terre,’ at Wyman United Church. They will be joined by guest choir the McGill Conservatory Youth Choir who will present music celebrating our relationship with the Earth. The two choirs will sing together in four pieces by Canadian composers. The concert will take place May 12 at 3 p.m. at Wyman United Church, 513 Main Road, Hudson. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and $5 for kids aged12 and under.

Lakeshore Players Dorval is proud to present the final production of its 54th season of community theatre. ‘Opening Night’ by Norm Foster will be performed from May 9 to May 18 at Lakeside Academy High School. Call (514) 631-8718 or reserve online at www.lakeshoreplayersdorval.com.

As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for other upcoming events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.


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