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My toys were upset with me last night. They toilet papered my writing desk.

My toys toilet papered my desk.

Last night before I went to bed I took the lion, Larry, and the giraffe, elephant, tiger and cheetah out of the bottom of the bookcase and put them back in the living room. I put all of the books the animals had removed from the bottom of the bookcase. They didn’t complain or say anything to me. They were not alive when I moved them at ten o’clock last night.

At midnight when I was sound asleep they came alive.  For the month of December at the stoke of midnight my five hard plastic toys come alive. From December 1st until Christmas Day my five toys wander around my house in the middle of the night looking for something to do. Right now they have made eggs and emptied out my bookcase.

This morning when I came downstairs, I saw about  a dozen rolls of toilet paper on the floor in the hallway in front of the bathroom. That’s weird. I store my Scott, long-lasting value, septic safe, 1000 sheets per roll toilet tissue under the sink in the downstairs bathroom. The bathroom door was  open and there were no rolls of toilet paper under the sink. That’s odd. They were there last night when I went to bed.

What did my toys do last night?

I followed the trail of toilet paper rolls, turning left at the kitchen. The rolls of toilet paper led through the kitchen into “the formal dining room,” which is where I write. (I don’t like a building designer to tell me what to use a room for. We don’t dine formally. I keep my books and computer in the formal dining room.)

I followed the rolls of toilet paper into the kitchen.Following the trail of toilet paper.

Oh, my. The animals were busy last night.

My writing desk was covered in toilet paper.  Each chair was wrapped, my laptop was covered and there were toilet paper wrappers all over the floor.

The toys covered my laptop in toilet paper.

What were the animals trying to tell me?

Were they mad because I kicked them out of the bookcase? Do the animals not want me to write about what they do?

Larry the Lion appears to be the ringleader. All of the animals were wrapped in toilet paper except for Larry. He was sitting on top of several rolls as though he was sitting on top of a mountain leading the rest of the toys.

The Lion, Larry, and the cheetah, elephant, tiger and elephant toilet papered my desk last night. December magic!

Oh dear. What will they do tonight? I really wish they would wash my dishes instead of making a mess.

What do you think they will do tonight? Please tell me in the comments. This is getting more interesting every day!

The toys toilet papered my writing desk.

If you know any children or adults who have an imagination please share this story. I do need help naming the rest of my toys.

P.S. My friend Lindsey Magnet kindly informed me yesterday that the yellow animal is a cheetah and not a leopard. Oops.

P.S.S. Here are the other stories from this month’s adventure:

November 30: On December 1st my toys will come alive.

December 1st: My toys came alive at midnight last night! They like eggs!

December 2nd: My toys came alive last night and emptied my bookcase.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Timber Hodges

    His name is Frank NOT larry 🙁 didnt we name them mom? The cheetah is Willow, Margret (giraffe), Bob (tiger),Edward ( elephant) who is NOT a girl.

    • Timber,
      Please forgive me. I completely forgot the Lion’s name. Thank you for reminding me.

  • Hallo, Marshmellow here. I admire Larry because in my heart I am just as fierce as he is. I will take my pals for a midnight stroll for some mischief. See if we can scare a garden gnome or two.
    Give Larry a pat on his head from me.
    The Cheetah’s name should be Cheeky.

    • Hello My dearest friend Marshmellow,

      It is such a pleasure to hear from you again. I heard it may rain today in Hermanus, South Africa. I hope you are inside where it is nice and warm.

      Yes, you are as fierce as Larry the Lion. Did you go for a midnight stroll and scare any garden gnomes?

      Last night at midnight I tried to catch the toys alive, but I didn’t wake up in time. I heard they were found in the kitchen sink. Where do you think I should hide tonight to catch them?
      All the best,

  • jen b.

    Love this Pam! Especially because it doesn’t have to buy into buying a new toy! I found myself thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?! Toys work as well as elves! Duh!” 🙂 Since we are having our first real snow, I bet your toys would love a snowball fight!

    • Jen,
      A snowball fight sounds like fun. Unfortunately we have no snow here. Perhaps they would like to throw the mulch at each other?

      Elves are fun, but what you have also works. Maybe your Elf is naughty.

      • jen b.

        Powdered sugar makes beautiful toy snow, Pam! 🙂

  • Michelle Crooker

    Personally, I’ve always liked the name George. When I am working with a group of kids whose names I don’t know I inform them that they are all hence forth to be known as George – that way when I yell – George – they all turn to see who I mean. Perhaps one of your animals is named George? You should ask them.
    As far as what they will get into next, gosh – I have no idea. I do think that you should make sure things like your paint and paint brushes are put away, you could leave out some craft projects – perhaps they are decorating your writing desk because they are bored.
    Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    • Good Morning Michelle,
      They were busy again last night. I found them in the kitchen sink this morning with the water running. A few more minutes and the sink may have overflowed!

      George is a good name. I will put it on the list. Thank you. smile

  • Melanie Meehan

    I’m going to have to disagree with Elsie and cheer for the toys. Maybe they’ll write you a story one of these nights??? I’d love to hear their perspectives. I wonder if they have relatives any where near CT as my daughter would LOVE animals that come alive during the holiday season.

    • Good Morning Melanie,

      Oh, how fun. Maybe they will write me a story. What a great idea.

      I think your daughter has toys in her room that will come alive for the rest of December until Christmas Day. You just have to believe and make magic with what you have. (Please share here if they do.)

      “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
      ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

      • Melanie Meehan

        Actually, an angel was mischievous in her room last night and spread toilet paper all over. I love stealing a great idea.

  • Jaana

    You are very brave to live with creatures that so not sleep at night. Perhaps a nanny camera would give you a new perspective:)

    • Oh Jaana, a nanny camera. What a good idea. I will have to see what I can do.

  • Winnie

    Elizabeth the elephant 🙂

    • Ah, what a sweet name.

      • Winnie

        Did your daughter really check to see if it’s a boy?? I think it’s a girl…and I’m going to call her Elizabeth 🙂 I don’t like Edward LOL LOL 🙂

  • Christa Sterken

    I have to say, I am totally on edge to see what they do tonight.

    • Christa, I was too.
      This morning I found them at 3:40 a.m. in my kitchen sink. I am glad I heard the water running!

  • writekimwrite

    These toys have been pretty naughty! I do wonder what they are thinking when they have their “adventures”! Maybe they will tell us. 🙂

    • Good Morning Kim,
      Yes, the toys have been naughty. I wonder what they are thinking too. Sometimes their actions speak louder than words could. Last night they were in my kitchen sink. I found them there early this morning.

  • Those cheeky toys. I think you need to help them find a more productive way to use their energy. Maybe they could prune bushes for you.

    • Oh Kathleen, what a great idea.
      Too bad you didn’t suggest it sooner, and then the tiger could have gone and had an x-ray of his ribs instead of me.

  • Janet Henry

    I think they will realise how naughty they have been and like little fairies will clean and dust all night. They will also have your breakfast all laid out for you in the morning.

    • Good Morning Janet,
      They did not make my breakfast last night, but they were trying to wash my silverware. I found them in the sink this morning at 3:40 a.m. with the water running. Almost caught them alive!

  • La McCoy

    I am a German Sheppard. I understand being in charge.
    I will try a toilet paper throne as soon as mom is not looking.

    • Good Morning Edelweiss,
      Did you make a throne out of paper towel rolls. I doubt your mother, Laura, would be very pleased.
      Love Mrs. Hodges. Larry the lion is only awake at night. He can’t answer you right now.

      • La McCoy

        Dear Mama Hodges,
        I could not find any paper towels to unroll. I
        don’t think mom has any.
        Ms Hodges when Larry wakes up please ask him what I do next.
        Right now I am thinking we will all go outside and have a neighborhood doggie sing. Wanna come?
        Love, Edelweiss.

  • Elsie

    I think these toys need to be taught some manners.They need to spend some time in the garage or perhaps outside for a night. Maybe that will teach them to appreciate the nice warm house.

    • Elsie, you are right. The toys need some manners.
      I think the only really safe place for them would be in a cage. I am storing boxes in the garage for a flea market sale this Saturday. I don’t want to imagine what they would do with my golf clubs!