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My bout with a mouse
Posted: Feb 10, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Last Sunday, I shared with our church a story of a lady in South Korea who had failed her drivers exam every day for the past several years. She has unsuccesfully taken her drivers test 700 times in a row. Unbelievable! What a story of persistence. The old addage says “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” This story reminds me, on a smaller scale of course, of my recent attempt to catch a mouse that was in our home. My brother and his wife were visiting from Illinois. Why does it seem when you have guests in town that things like this always seem to happen? It’s when your guests are in town that the toilet stops working, or your dryer breaks or a cockroach is spotted in the shower. These things may not happen for a long time but innevitably happen the moment you are trying to make a good impression. This particular time, my sister-in-law got in the cabinet to get some cereal and there, on the cereal box, stood our furry gray little friend. Of course, there was a lot of commotion. Mice in themselves are not scary creatures but things like that have a tendancy to scare even the bravest of us when we are not expecting it. Obviously, Julie was less than thrilled about having a mouse anywhere close to her so I set out on a mission to catch it. My sister-in-law loves animals and was insistent on us using humane mouse traps. I complied and went to Walgreens to purchase the traps. We set the traps up, 4 of them to be exact and filled them with all the basic mouse trap bait. We waited for several days……nothing. Over the next few days, we saw our furry little friend a few different times but were not able to catch him. One thing we began to notice is that the mouse kept getting bigger. He was growing off the food I provided him from my cabinets!!! I decided to take the chase up a notch by going to a more traditional mouse trap. I tried the humane trap thing without success so I felt justified that my role as the protector of my home gave me the right to pull out all the stops in my battle with this illusive mouse. I set 4 or 5 traps in the kitchen and began to wait. One day I came home from work and noticed that all of the bait on the traps was gone but the mouse was still not caught! Great, not only do we have a mouse but we have one that seems to be brilliant! About a week later, I was sitting in the living room watching tv while Julie was asleep. I heard a stirring in the kitchen so I got up to check it out. Sure enough, the mouse was eating the bait off the trap and it was not going off! Do you have to have a master’s degree to make these things work or something? The mouse saw me and retreated to his domain in our cabinet. Finally, about 1o minutes later, I heard the SNAP of one of the mouse traps going off. Sure enough, I went in the kitchen and this mouse was laying next to, but not caught in the mouse trap. Trying to use my problem solving skills, I resolved that my best option would be to get a bucket and place it over the mouse. One thing you need to know about me is that I do not like touching or having any association with critters. Logic would say that I could just go, pick up the mouse and get rid of it. However, my dislike of touching this mouse led me to the bucket plan. I placed the bucket over the mouse and the second I did that, the mouse went crazy and began scurrying trying to find a way out of the bucket. Great, now what was I going to do? I grabbed a broom and began to scoot the bucket towards the front door. Once I reached the door, using my best golf swing I sent the bucket and mouse flying towards the outside porch area. It worked like a charm! The mouse got up and ran away and I was rid of him! I was so proud of my accomplishment that I went in and woke Julie up to let her know that I had taken care of the mouse problem. She was happy and I felt a sense of accomplishment. I know that pales in comparrison to the young lady in South Korea who keeps on trying to get her drivers liscense but the principle remains the same. “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” If you have failed in the past, that’s ok. Get back on the horse and keep on trying. Oh, and if you have a mouse in your home trust me, the humane traps don’t work…..go with the real thing. :)

With Expectancy!


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