Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Frustrations lead to Happy Memories....Sometimes....

Thankfully this is one of those times that the frustration does lead to a happy memory................
You moms out there.....with school age children..............will likely know exactly what I am talking about........I am sorry if you instantly feel stressed and annoyed when I mention the word "homework". Not only is this a stressful thing in and of itself........but.....add to this the broken pencil. Yes, you read me right..........the broken pencil and let's just add, for frustration sake, that the eraser is also non existent on the end of the pencil. Of course, there are no pencil sharpeners around, the boys look at me like they do not even know what I could possibly be talking about.......a pencil sharpener? What? They, honestly, just stare at me blankly.

Blood starts to boil right about NOW.

This happens at least 3 times a week. Now, do not think that I do not have pencil sharpeners, because I do. But, each time I give them one, it somehow disappears, or it just plain does not work.

Here comes the happy part. Last week I was wading through another cupboard filled with "stuff". We call these the cupboards of death. Why? Because as soon as you open them everything falls out and you drown in the "stuff". I have a few of these.....tupperware anyone?
Anyhow, in this cupboard I found the old telephone pencil sharpener from my grandparents home. It hung on the wall in my Nana's kitchen. They did not have a lot of toys for us at their house, but I played with this endlessly. As you can see, on the one side there is the piece that you can put up to your ear and pretend you are having a real conversation. Side note: this must have been when I first started talking to myself...........
Anyway, I have had this sharpener for years now, it is truly vintage. It even has a removable tray for the "shavings". Guess what? Unlike my vintage NUT post, this one actually works.........and works well.
This one shall be hard for them to lose............as i am screwing it to the wall this afternoon!!! One less headache come homework time!


  1. Oh my goodness, that is a fantastic memory and also a solution! Love it!

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  2. Smart solution! I love those old phones! They are awesome!

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  3. wow! so clever.

    hope you will find a moment to stop by and enter a giveaway i am hosting for followers (i hope you win!):

    happy weekend to you!


  4. So glad you linked this post! I still want the phone :)

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  5. That's awesome! Everyone who comes in your house is probably going to ask about it. I've never seen anything like it!

  6. All the new sharpeners are crap. Electric, manual, whatever, I'm constantly replacing them! Sometimes I want to go to the classroom and grab one from the school because you can't buy those.

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  7. Very very clever! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Junkin Joe! Sending hugs and hope to see you this week...we are starting early! : )