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Catching a mouse

The Way I See it

March 4, 2018
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Last week we discovered that a mouse had moved in to our home. Uninvited and unwanted. But that didn't deter him at all. He move in and took occupation in, of all places, our bathroom. Deb being the "official" mouse-catcher at the Sheda household. Why? Well, I would never let it be known publicly but mice kinda scare do bats and other critters that go bump in the night. Come on, Deb grew up on a farm and I grew up in the city. Chelsea is a city!! Hey, it's my column.

Anyway, on with the caper of Deb vs. Mouse! She got the trap out, put some cheese on it and waited. And waited, and waited and waited.

Then the Super-hero entered. No, no, not me!! It was our son-in-law, Ben. He came over fixing washing machine and Deb told him about the mouse. Ben said it's his secret, (so please don't tell anyone), but if you spray butter-flavored cooking spray on the trap, you will get that rascal. I'm sure he meant the mouse, not me!!

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Well, within an hour..................we caught that mouse. End of story!! However, because of the quick ending, my story is coming to an end too quickly. Or is it? Being the "brainiac" that I am, I "figgered" that there must be other great uses of cooking spray than just cooking and catching mouses, oops, mice. So here are a few other ways to use your cooking spray:

In many ways, it can be used instead of WD-40. Spray squeaky wheels, door hinges, bicycle chains, keys to unlock doors easier and so on. Course now your door or pliers will smell like butter, but that's the price one pays.

How about this, instead of using vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pot to make popcorn, spray the kernels, shake them up a bit, spray again and no greasy popcorn. And if you use the butter flavor spray, you already have every single kernel of popcorn smothered with butter. However, no one makes their own popcorn anymore, do they???

This one I love.......spray your old cheese grater with the spray and not only does the cheese grate easier, but the cleanup is easy too.

Use it on your shower door after showers, your sink and your faucet handles. People will think Mr. Clean lives at your house. Soap scum is gone.

For people that use measuring cups, spray them first if using any kind of sticky stuff like syrup or peanut butter. Works perfect. I think. I never use measuring anything!!

Hopefully it's too late for this season, but spraying your snow shovel keeps that heavy snow off the shovel better. Who has a snow shovel anymore. Only me!!

This is a good one, I think. Spray your candles with cooking spray and if the wax gets on your furniture, it cleans up very easily. Let me know if this one works!! I mean, let Deb know!!

When making burgers or pizza dough, spray your hands with it and nothing gets on your hands.

Ok, there are a lot of other uses for your cooking spray but I can tell that you are already thinking of buying several extra cans.

Enjoy and remember, I'm not just another pretty face. I'm always here to help too. Let me know at or call me at 319.327.4640.

Let me know if any of the above uses work or if you have others.

Be blest today.



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