Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday Whimsy - Monkeying Around with Toby







We’re monkeying around at Writing, Whimsy and Devotion this week! Meet Toby, Patty Wysong’s pet monkey! Patty is a writer and blog/web designer extraordinaire and always has something encouraging to share with fellow writers.


Hi, Toby! Thanks for joining me today on Wednesday Whimsy.


Thank you for inviting me! I was so excited when Mom told me! By the way, I love your name. Liiiiiily. Bits.

LilyBits. 

Sounds yummy. But I’ll be good. I promise.

I like my name too! Please tell us a little about yourself.

Me? I’m a white faced Capuchin monkey. I’m the baby of the family and live with my brothers and one of my sisters and Mom and Dad. But I can never get enough attention, not even being the baby. Playing volleyball is fun but my favoritest thing is giving Mom the slip and running down the hall and seeing how long I can stay loose. She always gets me, though, with that ol’ marshmallow trick. No matter how hard I try to resist, those marshmallows get me every time. I love marshmallows. And lollipops. And soda. And… Mom says I’m a junk food junkie. We make a good pair.

How long have you owned your humans?

Hmm. Must be a few years now. I don’t think their lives have been the same since I joined the family.

I hear you’re part of the entertainment industry. What do you do? Do you like to travel?

Oh, I looove traveling. See, that’s me. I get to ride in the front seat with Mom. I nap on her lap until we get to the good parts then I jump up and look out the windows. You should see those drive-through window workers when they see me. By the time we get to the pick-up window it’s full of people and I have so much fun. And I love it when we’re stuck in traffic, even if Dad doesn’t. There’s so many people to wave to, but Mom worries I’ll cause an accident so sometimes she makes me go in my pet carrier. I hate that.

At work I have to wear clothes. It’s not too bad, really.  My favorite outfit was that Santa suit Mom made me. It was nice and warm and I got lots of attention when I wore it.  My favorite part is watching the people. Did you know biker dudes giggle sometimes? They do! I really like them. Mom’s trying to teach me to be a big boy and take quarters and shake people’s hands.

Did you have to take lessons? Or were you a natural?

Well, I’m a natural at sitting for pictures with people, but Mom’s still teaching me to take quarters and shake hands with people. I had it down by Christmas but I tell ya, all those loud people wanting to grab my hand…sometimes it’s scary. But I’ll learn to be as good as Fonzie.

Who’s Fonzie?

Fonzie’s my big brother. He’s a monkey too and an ace at taking quarters and shaking hands withpeople. He’s so cool.


Everybody thinks monkeys like bananas best. What’s your favorite food?

Bananas? I only eat ‘em if I have to. But I love papaya and cantaloupe and sweet potatoes. My favoritest food is Mom’s homemade mac ‘n’cheese. It’s the bestest.

What’s the best way to train your human?

Toby texting.
Well, I know I’m supposed to, but I’m not gonna share my marshmallows, so I use kisses. It gets Mom every time.

What does Patty write?

Sappy romances. It’s so embarrassing.

How do you inspire Patty to write?

Mom tells me what she’s thinking about for a scene and I let her know if it’s any good. When I ignore her she knows her idea stinks. That happens a lot. If I snuggle, I like it, and if I bounce off the walls it’s because I thinks it’s a fantastic idea. But then Mom gets to playing with me and forgets the idea before she gets back to the computer. I try to remind her about it but she’s hopeless sometimes. I tell ya, we’d have a best seller if I could write all the good scenes she’s forgotten.

How can we best help our writing humans?

Learn to spell so they understand the things we text and type on their keyboards.

Do you ever get in trouble for helping “too much”? Or does your human have a sense of humor?

Yeah, Mom doesn’t like it when I poke at her keyboard and she hates it when I walk on the thing. She doesn’t know that I’m trying to write those scenes she’s forgotten. Thankfully I’m so cute that I don’t get in trouble for it and Mom can’t stay mad at me for too long. 

One more question, I’ve heard my human use the term “monkeyshines”. What does this mean? Do monkeys actually shine?
Toby with his mom, Patty.

Monkeyshines? Sounds like a lollipop to me!! And I looooove lollipops.

Thank you, Toby, for being on my blog today!

Thanks for having me, Lilybits. It was fun talking with you!

(Was I good? Mom said I could have a lollipop if I was good.)

Yeah, for a monkey you were really good. You didn’t bite or anything! You can come back any time!

Since Patty quit running from God's call on her life and surrendered her pen to Him, she's been happy. Life is never dull as she juggles being a wife, mom to a handful of kids and a couple of Capuchin monkeys, life on the road, and being a writer. As long as she's obeying God's leading, she figures that sanity is a novelty and not a necessity in the zoo she lives in. Patty clings to the promise that God will enable her to do what He asks of her, otherwise she would be living with the scaredy cats at the Funny Farm and not just occasionally visiting. You can find her blogging at www.PattyWysong.com and on Instagram, too, where she daily sneaks in a few sane moments. 

Feel free to take a moment to say "hi" to Toby and Patty
if you like in the comment section below!

32 comments :

  1. Kathy, thanks so much for having us! Toby had a blast visiting with LilyBits. =]
    Hugs!!

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    1. Lilybits and I had fun too! We're thrilled to have you on today! Hugs back!

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  2. Hi, Toby!!! WAY too fun interview - and he deserves AT LEAST one lollipop. (Oh - hi, Peej too :P)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Joanne. I agree, Toby deserves at least one
      lollipop.

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    2. Joanne! Toby sends kisses. =]
      and yes, he loved his lollipop. Always. =]

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    3. And maybe some marshmallows. ;)

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    4. Oh yes!! Marshmallows, too. Toby will be so happy to hear you suggested those, Kathy. He loves them. =]

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  3. Hi, Toby! I like marshmallows, too! Especially in hot chocolate. Yum!

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    1. Toby says hi back, Tom, but he stuffed his marshmallows in his mouth first. *eye roll* He's not too keen on sharing, unless he HAS to...but if you share with him, you have a friend. LoL. Imagine that.

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  4. Hi Toby. I'm glad you let your mama write because she's a great writer too. I want to know if I threw you a marshmallow, would you catch it? You say "hi" to your mama for me and tell her she's a great encourager too. Thanks for telling us about your life as a monkey.

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    1. Oh Karen, Toby's so excited that you might throw him a marshmallow! YES!! He'll catch it. He's really good at playing catch, and he's bouncing around, ready and waiting. =]

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  5. LilyBits, thanks for introducing me to Toby and monkey life. Awesome interview. Great subject!

    Toby, you may want to check out the Easter marshmellows I saw in Wal-marts yesterday: they're chocolate and strawberry. Although, I think you need to show us humans how to eat well--sweet potato and cantaloupe is packed with nutrients! You're way ahead of many folks I know!

    Wild Cat says hello and peace.

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    1. I saw those, Elaine, and thought of Toby. =]
      Toby sends kisses for recommeding them and wanted me to assure you that it's me (Mom) that makes him eat well. If it were up to him, he'd only eat junk food. =]

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    2. Ack. That was me, just signed into the wrong account after hitting the wrong button. Sorry about that. =]

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  6. This makes me want a monkey! He's adorable! Toby, too!

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    1. LoL, Karla. Monkeys ARE wonderful, but they are VERY VERY high maintainence. V.E.R.Y. (I plan on do a couple of interviews with other monkey owners on this subject as well as a post or two of my own because sooooo many people want monkeys.)

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  7. I'm home after a busy day! Lilybits couldn't reply, because I took the laptop with me! ;)

    Thank you for leaving comments, Tom, Karen and Elaine. So glad you stopped by.

    I agree, Karla, Toby makes me want a monkey too, but somehow I don't think my husband would go for that . . . or Lilybits for that matter.

    Lilybits purrs and waves a paw at Jakearoo, Wild Cat and Sissy!


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    1. Toby read that and glared at me. He was not happy that I missed some of yesterday's fun due to other activities. LoL. I told him it just meant that he gets some of the fun today too and THAT made him happy.

      He asked if that means he gets another lemon lollipop. *eye roll*

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  8. This monkey shines! :)
    Great interview, Toby. I always wanted a monkey like you, but I got grandkids, instead. I must say...you remind me of them.

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    1. LoL, Karen. That was a good one. Toby is over here preening and chirping. He asked me to tell you (since I'm not letting him on the keyboard--he says I hog it *eye roll*) that he loooooves playing with grandkids. =]

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    2. Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by. I'd take grandkids if I can't have a monkey.
      They seem like they'd be almost as much fun. ;)

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  9. I'm a day late, but not a compliment short! Learned something new about you, Patty. Interesting about you "running from God's call on your life . . ." And I admire your "monkey business!"
    Gail

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    1. Gail!! So nice to see you here!
      Yes, I spent 15 years running from God's call, and was miserable. Not something I recommend at all.

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    2. Hi Gail--We learned some new things about Patty too. I'd like to hear more
      of her testimony.

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  10. Toby's made the big time! He's a natural. Toby and Fonzie always leave me smiling :)

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    1. Hi Nancy, thanks for stopping by today! Having Toby on the blog has
      been a hoot. He's left Lily and me smiling too. :)

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    2. They almost always make me smile, too, Nancy. =]

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  11. Thank you again, Patty and Toby for letting us interview you last week. It was so
    much fun!

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    1. We had fun, Kathy!! Thanks so much for inviting us. =]
      Hugs!

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  12. I always fall for the marshmallow thing, too. What is it with that trick?

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    1. I agree Lisa, there is something about marshmallows. However, chocolate
      would probably work even better for me.

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