(Strip Number 6658, Original Publication Date, 13 April 1986)
Panel 1: We start things with Elly taking a phone call in the kitchen.
Panel 2: Towards the end, she sets up most of the plot by reminding the other caller that she'll need the name and phone number of the person or people being discussed.
Panel 3: She then asks for sufficient time to be allowed to find a piece of paper and a pencil so as to write what she wants to down.
Panel 4: She angrily observes that whenever she keeps a pencil near the phone, it sprouts legs and walks off.
Panel 5: She then takes a pencil and ties a string around it.
Panel 6: She then hammers it into the wall by the phone.
Panel 7: Now that she thinks that she's solved the problem, she walks away in triumph.
Panel 8: A little while later, we see Mike doing his homework and asking Lizzie if she got him the pencil he'd asked for. She says that she did.
Panel 9: He thanks her and asks what took her so long.
Panel 10: What took her so long is that for reasons that escape her, someone had nailed it to the kitchen wall.
Summary: I can pretty much guarantee the kids are in for an angry screaming session in which they're not allowed to say that they want Elly to have access to pencils. Since pencils Elly want disappear, it logically follows that they hate the idea of her writing things down because the alternative is actually doing something wrong and unfair like buying more pencils or having them waste her time asking for a pencil when theirs become unusable. Also, it's sort of annoying to have to remember that Phil made a major career change that we never got to see so that Lynn/Elly could beef about minor inconveniences like this.