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Strip For 090580
ID: 73
Publication Date: 1980-09-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Talking in front of John, Elly and Connie are having coffee chat but stop talking when John enters the room.
Caption: ...Ack Yack Yack Yack Yack Yack Yack...
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Strip For 091481
ID: 170
Publication Date: 1981-09-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly offers John a coffee and a back rub and makes him suspicious. She wants him to balance her check book. Cheque book.
Caption: I was wondering if you'd balance my check-book.
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Strip For 100781
ID: 180
Publication Date: 1981-10-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee Elly complains to Anne that if it wasn't for leftovers she'd be thin. She always finishes the scraps. Anne says that she was taught to "clean off your plate." Elly wonders what makes her clean off everyone else's.
Caption: Yeah, but what makes me clean off everyone else's?
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Strip For 111281
ID: 193
Publication Date: 1981-11-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee Elly asks Connie if she wants to get married. She was alone for so long she doesn't know if she's in love or in need. When he's around too much she gets frustrated, but goes crazy when he doesn't call. Doesn't know what she wants.
Caption: I don't know whether I'm in love or in need.
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Strip For 112681
ID: 200
Publication Date: 1981-11-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee Anne tells Elly about the trials of being a sports widow. During football season she considers Steve part of the furniture because he spends so much time in front of the T.V. Last week she polished him with Endust by mistake.
Caption: Last week I was wandering around with a can of Endust... and polished him by mistake!
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Strip For 112781
ID: 201
Publication Date: 1981-11-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee, Elly asks Anne if she really resents Steve's football addiction as much as she claims. She admits there is one good thing, he's home. Steve lays on the couch watching T.V.
Caption: He's home.
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Strip For 031982
ID: 232
Publication Date: 1982-03-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Anne and Elly are talking over coffee about how Anne has lost weight and doesn't look pregnant. She's not dieting - it's nausea.
Caption: Diet? Nope. Nausea.
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Strip For 040982
ID: 242
Publication Date: 1982-04-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee, Elly tells John that Michael wants real proof that the Easter Bunny exists. Elly isn't ready for the mystery to be revealed. John suggests she find him a rabbit that lays eggs.
Caption: - Find him a rabbit that lays eggs.
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Strip For 050482
ID: 257
Publication Date: 1982-05-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: While Elly and Anne drink coffee Anne tells Elly how excited she is about being pregnant again. Christopher breaks a lamp and breaks the spell of excitement over having another baby.
Caption: Elly! What am I doing??
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Strip For 020383
ID: 366
Publication Date: 1983-02-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee Anne asks Elly why she didn't go to the conference with John. Elly gives a number of excuses but Anne boils it all down to her inability to find a sitter for the kids. Richard.
Caption: Couldn't find a sitter, huh?
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Strip For 081583
ID: 450
Publication Date: 1983-08-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee John and Elly discuss their time on the farm. Elly considers the things she got to do for the first time. She drove the tractor, loaded pigs, augered grain, cooked for 10. John says it was good to see her work for a change. Elly is unimpressed
Caption: Yep - it was good to see you working for a change!
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Strip For 101483
ID: 481
Publication Date: 1983-10-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee Anne suggests that they have a Grubberware party. Elly complains that only typical suburban housewives do that kind of thing. Anne gives Elly a knowing look and Elly caves and asks when. Elizabeth, Richard.
Caption: OK... when should we have it?
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Strip For 010384
ID: 532
Publication Date: 1984-01-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and Connie have coffee and discuss weightloss. Connie suggests an aerobics class and finds one for advanced, intermediate, beginners and basic. Elly asks what basic means. It's a nice word for "flabbo."
Caption: It's a nice word for "flabbo."
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Strip For 051184
ID: 611
Publication Date: 1984-05-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and Anne are having coffee with the sounds of a trumpet coming in the window. Elly is so impressed at how much Michael has been working. She doesn't know that he's renting his trumpet to the local kids. Darryl, Lawrence, Gordon.
Caption: Come on, Gordon. I paid Mike a nickel too... it's MY turn!
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Strip For 061484
ID: 631
Publication Date: 1984-06-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly complains to Anne about having to stay home from work. With Elizabeth still sick it is a real chore. Elly wonders what she did to preserve her sanity when she was stuck home all of the time. Anne tells her they used to have coffee together.
Caption: You had coffee with me.
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Strip For 061584
ID: 632
Publication Date: 1984-06-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Anne complains that they never spend any time together since Elly started working. Before that they would have coffee every day and talk. Now she only sees Elly once in a while and she misses her.
Caption: Now I just see you once in a while. I miss you El.
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Strip For 082884
ID: 691
Publication Date: 1984-08-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee, Phil tells Elly how hard it will be to quit smoking. He's been smoking since he was a kid. The doctor says Phil is normal, healthy and perfectly fine, except that his lungs sound like a barn full of owls.
Caption: ... but my lungs sound like a barn full of owls!
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Strip For 083084
ID: 693
Publication Date: 1984-08-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Phil has been hours without a cigarette and is losing it. Elly gives him a coffee and assures him that it's not that bad. Michael comes into the kitchen after hearing a scream. Elly is shocked that Uncle Phil bit the handle off of his coffee cup.
Caption: Uncle Phil just bit the handle off his coffee cup.
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Strip For 090784
ID: 700
Publication Date: 1984-09-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Phil is chewing bubblegum in order to combat his cigarette cravings. While he listens to Michael reciting his lessons, Phil unthinkingly blows a bubble, which breaks and sticks in his moustache. Michael tells Elly that Phil will be late for coffee.
Caption: Uncle Phil's gonna be late for coffee, mom. He's still pulling gum out of his moustache.
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Strip For 011985
ID: 787
Publication Date: 1985-01-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly and Georgia are having coffee during the music lesson. Georgia comments on how learning an instrument develops personality. She asks Elly about playing the accordion when she was young. Elly's Mom said it would develop her bust. Accordion.
Caption: ... Mother said it would develop my bust.
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Strip For 080985
ID: 914
Publication Date: 1985-08-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: John and Jean leave the Dental Clinic to get a coffee. They talk about motherhood. She tells John that she's fine with being a brand new mom, but can't understand how something that sleeps so much can take up so much time. Brittany.
Caption: How can something that sleeps so much take so much TIME!?
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Strip For 081085
ID: 915
Publication Date: 1985-08-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Having coffee, Jean tells John how much the baby has changed her life. Her whole day revolves around Brittany's schedule. At night she has to get up every 3 hours while her husband sleeps. John thinks this is an excellent argument for breastfeeding.
Caption: ...Another excellent argument for breastfeeding. (breast feeding)
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Strip For 091085
ID: 937
Publication Date: 1985-09-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: The Lives Behind the Lines (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly brings coffee and muffins over to the Enjo's to give them a break from unpacking. Carol asks how Elly knew they were in such a mess. Elly admits that they moved once. Moving experiences are mostly the same. Keith
Caption: You're wonderful! How did you know we were in such a mess here?!! ...We moved once.
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Strip For 091485
ID: 940
Publication Date: 1985-09-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: As they get ready for bed, John and Elly discuss the new neighbors. Elly has spent so much time in their house that it's strange to sit in that familiar kitchen drinking coffee with someone else. John tells her Connie will forgive her.
Caption: Don't worry, El. Connie will forgive you.
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Strip For 100485
ID: 954
Publication Date: 1985-10-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the kitchen table, Michael laments his first Halloween without his best friend. He asks John if witches are real. Elly—in curlers and thick face cream—threatens to pour hot coffee in John's lap if he makes a witch comment. Hallowe'en.
Caption: Witches don't really exist, though – do they, Dad? Say it... and the cauldron lands in your lap.
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Strip For 020486
ID: 1015
Publication Date: 1986-02-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Grandma Marian demonstrates her method for waking Grandpa Jim. She waves the steam up from the bacon and eggs, and uses her apron to waft the smell of breakfast and coffee up the stairs. When Jim arrives in the kitchen, Michael is impressed.
Caption: Sniff? Sneeefffff!! Awesome!
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Strip For 021586
ID: 1022
Publication Date: 1986-02-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Over coffee, Anne feels the baby kick. Elly, Richard, and Christopher all put their hands on Anne's belly, but now nothing is happening.
Caption: Well?... DO something!!
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Strip For 040286
ID: 1030
Publication Date: 1986-04-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Over coffee, Anne tells Elly how sick she is of maternity clothes. Same thing day in and day out. Elly thought Anne had an outfit for every day of the week. Anne explains that it's the same outfit. Pregnancy.
Caption: But I thought you said you had an outfit for every day of the week! I do. This is it!
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Strip For 072686
ID: 1064
Publication Date: 1986-07-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Canoe Trip. At home, Elly has Georgia over for coffee and company. They imagine the boys are sitting around a campfire, roasting pickerel. Phil and John have lost their canoe and are sitting naked around a fire drying their clothes.
Caption: Oh, they're probably sitting around a campfire somewhere roasting pickerel. No Caption
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Strip For 071087
ID: 1169
Publication Date: 1987-07-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: While Elly and Connie are having coffee they hear extremely loud burps coming from outside the window. Elly is disgusted with the boys and goes out to put a stop to it. Outside the Michael and Lawrence point to the proud culprit, Elizabeth.
Caption: Those boys are disgusting. I'm going to put a stop to this! No Caption
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Strip For 123186
ID: 1243
Publication Date: 1986-12-31
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: During the Christmas Visit, Elizabeth complains that Michael and Lawrence are teasing her. Pouring Coffee, Elly asks John if the boys have found something to do together. He says they have, but only in that they're both bothering Elizabeth. Space Babe
Caption: How are the boys getting along? Have they found something they can do together? You might say that.
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