We have a mouse in the garage and we might have to learn to live with it.
On Wednesday, I was loading the clothes washer when the little creature scampered across the floor. To be honest, yes, it scared me half silly.
The rodent couldn’t have been two inches long and more than likely weighs under 29 grams – yet I still jumped. There was something about the way it scampered across the floor.
I went that day to Walmart to get some mouse traps. They came in a package of four. Painstakingly, I set my four traps with Velveeta cheese. It was the only cheese I had in the house.
I have nothing against animals. During the bitter wind chill, we make sure our feathered friends have plenty to eat. When it comes to a mouse in the garage –that’s just a different story.
The next afternoon I was getting into the car when this tiny animal ran from behind the back wheel. I made a stop by the store for more traps. This time I carefully put peanut butter on the clip. My neighbor said mice love peanut butter.
Without fail, the next day when I was taking clothes from the dryer, the little varmint ran along the baseboard. I think I saw a smile on his face, which prompted another trip for traps. This time I was ready, I had Colby cheese.
Cautiously I was placing a mouse trap between the two front wheels of the car when my husband spoke up, “You know, I think I just heard a mouse laugh.”
My nephew thinks it’s cruel for me to set the traps. He wants me to actually trap the poor little thing. I don’t think so.
No, I am not concerned that this mouse might have a wife and a family. A mouse can carry disease, plus this thing doesn’t resemble Mickey or even Minnie Mouse. It scoots across the floor and sends a shiver down my spine.
I might go back for more traps. Somehow the way it scurried across the floor this morning really ticked me off. Maybe I’ll use farmer’s cheese. He’s such a finicky eater.
Nancee Harrison is a past columnist for the Greene County Daily World. Visit www.blondeladywithdarkroots.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or send comments to Nancee, Daily World, box 129 Linton IN 47441.