Monday, August 6, 2012
Monkey Labour in the Garden
Our monkeys started earning pocket money when they began school. They had little jobs to complete which changed with the seasons and at the end of each week we'd hand over the gold coins. But the jobs haven't been too taxing and they haven't seemed to alleviate my workload. I mean how tricky is it to collect a couple of chook eggs each day? And some of their jobs required more supervision and clean up afterwards by me. Setting a little monkey free with a bucket and sloppy cloth to clean the staircase results in quite a bit of splashing about and cleaning up afterwards. Mind you, littlest monkey is still of an age where jobs are mostly fun. He takes a fair bit of pride in his housework. And they both seem quite proud of their pocket money stash which they spend a remarkable amount of time counting and re-counting.
Anyway, I think I'm finally starting to see rewards for all that childbirth pain. I'm gonna delegate some of those jobs that I never seem to get round to - like wiping down the kitchen cupboards and weeding the garden. Why I didn't think of gardening jobs before is beyond me. Now I'm seeing a huge potential for those little monkey fingers. Naturally, they'll need some educating about just what is a weed and what is a plant (even Monkey Man finds this one tricky) but I'm expecting miraculous garden transformations and weed free patches. Those fluffy chooks have been a bit of a disappointment in the weeding department. And especially now that three of them have squished into fuzzy, broody balls on top of each other in the nesting box there's even less weeding getting done. Oh yeah, I am so gonna be using the monkeys to weed.
Now I'm rather proud of the little fridge chart that I concocted the other day. I'm quite handy with a glue gun. And I'm very happy doing a bit of cut and paste when it detains me from the rest of the household jobs. I choose a glue gun over a toilet brush any day. I can't claim this as an original idea (I discovered it on pinterest) but it sure is nifty. See the monkey boys have a whole bunch of little jobs to choose from. And these have been glued to magnets. They have a daily job which they stick with for a couple of months and a couple of weekly jobs. And just below these jobs on the fridge are their names with a spot to plop the "to do" and "done" jobs.
Oh yeah, I'm seeing it now. Human weed machines.