As some of my faithful followers may know, I moved here about four years ago. What does that have to do with anything you may ask? Well, in a word...plenty.
I have gotten around to digging out the bottom of all my desk drawers and discovered that I have (probably) enough pencils to last me for the rest of my life. Yep, just take a look at the spread I found:
You are probably asking yourself why in the world would ANYONE NEED pencils today? I mean everything is electronic or they have an app for that. Shopping lists go on the cell phone, all the names and addresses and Christmas card lists can easily be maintained in a computerized list in a document folder on the computer. I mean really; isn't this what we wanted...a paperless society. What in the world would she NEED a pencil for?
Crossword puzzles. See you use pencil so IF you make a boo-boo, you can ERASE it and fill in the correct answer.
That's when I discovered that old pencils become useless when it comes to erasing. They only smudge and make a mess of things. And if you try to write over the smudge...well it just doesn't work.
Now to add insult to injury, I discovered this while I was away from home. I was waiting in the car for a friend...I knew I would be waiting, so I grabbed the two puzzles from today's' paper, a pencil and an eraser that had been laying on the desk.
It just so happens that the cat is irresistibly attracted to elastic bands so I must have just wrapped an errant one around the eraser to prevent the cat from accidentally eating it.
So there I was in the car with loose puzzles, a pencil and this funky eraser. I did what any normal, inventive, pro-active American woman would've done. Made the best of an otherwise untenable situation!
Now the pencil is a bit unbalanced but it does work. I may just stick to the new eraser and a naked pencil in the future though.