• Brian Gallagher

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Artwill Studio is holding a ‘Doodle Challenge for All’ Mondays and Thursdays for kids and Fridays for adults, always from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

So now that wearing a mask indoors is mandatory, I find myself getting more exercise. Sounds like a strange correlation doesn’t it? Let me explain.

The bestie made us each a mask to wear a couple of months ago in case we had to venture out into the world and come in contact with anyone. Since we barely went out in the winter or spring it wasn’t a big deal. We each had our own mask that hung by the front door in case of emergencies. But, like many of you I am sure, as the weather warmed up (and did it ever) we started venturing out into the sunlight more and more often, boldly braving the heat and humidity in search of cold beverages or food to grill on the BBQ.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and I don’t mind telling you beautiful people that I am firmly in that category. A simple trip out to the corner store, martini dispensary or local hardware/garden centre goes like this:

  1. Walk out the door to the car, get in car and drive away.

  2. Return to house in car, get out of car and walk back inside to get mandatory mask

  3. Repeat point #1

  4. Drive to destination and park car

  5. Walk from car to the front door of establishment

  6. Mutter angrily to self as self walks back to car

  7. Grab mask that has been left on passenger seat of car next to shopping list and Tim Hortons doughnut wrapper

  8. Repeat point #5

  9. Try to speak to store employee through mouth-restraining device

  10. Repeat point #9 slower and louder because I somehow sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher trying to speak through said mouth-restraining device

  11. Return to car and rapidly scurry back to the safety of the house

In her defence, the bestie has done her best to help out her poor feeble-minded partner by purchasing a bulk pack of disposable masks. Even had the wherewithal to put a bunch of them in each car so I would always have a mouth-restraining device at the ready. Got to love her for saving my sanity as well as the planet by reducing the amount of extra kilometres I drive by about half. Guess if I want to walk more each day I could buy a treadmill… or a dog.

Here are some events this week that hopefully you only have to drive to once:

Sunday, August 2, The Maison Félix Leclerc in Vaudreuil-Dorion is having a party to celebrate Félix Leclerc’s birthday. They will have a musical concert performed by Claude Michaud and a spoken word performance by Thérèse Perreault throughout the afternoon with seatings at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. You can get more details on their website or by e-mail: loisirsculture@ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca


Here’s a fun online event for young and old who like to draw. Happening three times a week, Artwill Studio is holding a ‘Doodle Challenge for All’ Mondays and Thursdays for kids and Fridays for adults, always from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Discover your inner doodling abilities and have them shared online! More information can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ArtWillStudio or contact them via e-mail at deirdre@artwill.ca


Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History continues its ‘Music in the Gardens’ series again this Sunday, August 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. This week’s featured performers are Bryan Bowser and Jean Montpetit. The afternoon shows are becoming more and more popular so reserve early! Tickets are $10 each and you can reserve or get more details by calling Greenwood at (450) 458-5396 or by emailing them at history@greenwoodcentre.org. See more Greenwood activities on this page.


Stay well beautiful people, enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. And always remember we are still sharing our airspace with that nasty ol’ COVID-19 so please… summer responsibly. Keep your peepers peeped on The Journal each Thursday and online (ww