Saturday, November 28, 2009

Leaf Raking Alternative

Big Buckaroo does not rake leaves. Thinks it is a waste of time. He is a park ranger, they don't rake the forest do they?

Now, he knows that the only real benefit of raking the leaves, aside of adult peer pressure to have a nice looking lawn which does not have any bearing on Big Buckaroo's decisions in life, is that the grass needs sunlight. So, he will mulch them with a mower, maybe, sometime this year.

Another reason to not rake leaves ~ it will take away our kids creativity. Yep, blaming my leaf strewn yard on my kids.

Little Buckaroo grabbed a rake, yes we do own one, and set out working. He spent hours on his grand plan.

He made a path throughout our yard that he said people could come walk on to see our animals. He thought $2.00 was a good price. Oh, the entrepreneurial spirit.

After leaving the big box by his playground, it went toward the chicken coop because everyone needs to see our over-abundance of hens milling around. He would charge extra if you picked up eggs. I bet he would throw in his mom cooking them for free, that's just the kind, giving heart he has.

The path then proceeded by a little pen that has a baby rooster. He has been living with the rabbit but I thought it was time for him to venture out on his own. We promote individuality and independence around here. Plus, I thought it was a little strange when the rooster learned to drink water from the rabbits waterer.

Hello rabbit whose name changes daily. Littlest Buckaroo likes to change it depending on his mood. I think she is going to have a complex, but I have other things to worry about. Rabbit psychology 101 is not high on the list, it is right there with ironing.

The path proceeded to the goat pasture and then back to his playground starting point. Thankfully, he did not charge me.

But, where was everyone else while our little entrepreneur was at work? Oh wait, we do rake leaves.....

into a big pile to swing into!

This is what leaves are for!
And for criss-crossing Little Buckaroo's paths on the go-kart. You can see everything in the yard much faster this way.

After he finished his path and took everyone on it a few times, he decided that he had worked hard and it was time for some fun! Ummmm, I think his daddy was having too much fun on Little Buckaroo's go-kart. He deserves it after all of the Go-Kart Debacle.

I know that raking leaves makes your yard look tidy and everyone else is doing it, but not at our house at the park. It would take away too much of the fun!

Going to mulch (or not),
The Park Wife


Journaling Woman said...

I say let those leaves lay where they drop or roll. My obsessive/compulsive self tells me to rake the millions of leaves in my yard, but the "I don't want to self" says nature intended leaves to drop to feed the ground, so leave to nature. Great post.

The Lumberjack's Wife said...

Cute! Love the $2 admission thing!

MrsMama said...

I love your beautiful trees! I totally agree with your solution. My husband has the same philosophy about snow in our yard. (Although I think he's probably just trying to get out of shoveling!) ;P

mindy@thesuburbanlife said...

Yep...sitting here staring at the abundance of leaves gracing my front (and back) yards. No biggee. So they kill the grass. So do all the steaming piles of you-know-what gifted by all the neighborhood dogs. =) Super cute pictures, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Went back and read your go-kart debacle. Looks like he got things up and running. My husband is very frugle too. He did buy two motorcycles and a sailboat when I inherited some money. I really thought about saying, "and what are you going to do with these?" But then I thought about all he does for me and all he lets me do without complaining and I figured this wasn't a big deal. He hasn't used them like he thought he would, but he is thankful that I didn't squelch his enthusiasm.
Deb W.