Changing the Landscape: One Bag At a Time

March 23, 2012 11:30 a.m. Weather: 1 degree and snowing.

It was a lovely thing to have the chance to visit with a good friend before going out into the weather to pick up some of the litter that remains at Frank’s Flats.  I’m going to collect her scone recipe and post it here for my readers.  Awesome stuff!  So then, out we headed for our walk around the pond, a good chat and another clean-up.

Ok, apparently this is a   ‘secret’  recipe for scones and so, I am posting my mother’s scone recipe here instead.  I always said that my mother made the best scones!  To this mix, add a few dried cranberries and some white chocolate chips…and you will get a great result!

 Kay’s Scones

3 C.        All purpose Flour                                            1 C      Margarine
1/4 tsp. Salt                                                                       7 tsp. Sugar
1 C.         Milk                                                                       1         Egg
3 heaping tsps. Baking Powder                                     


Mix dry ingredients as for biscuits. Cut in margarine by hand.  Beat egg and milk together. Add quickly to dry ingredients. Dough will be quite wet. Turn on to cookie sheet and pat out to a 1 ½ inch thick circle. Bake at 425-450 on center rack of oven for 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and cut onto wedges. Serve warm with butter and jam.

Some thoughts since returning home…

Most staff rooms in the business world,  include posted signs as reminders for staff members to clean up after themselves.  People on assigned clean-up duty get frustrated with others who do not pick up after themselves.  On the internet, there is a huge conversation about how to deal with mess in the work place.  Who’s responsibility?  I’m going to link this analogy with what we, as a society, do on a grander scale.

“If the break room stays clean, I’ll take down these passive-aggressive signs.”
posted by 23skidoo at 7:31 AM on September 29, 2010
This is a self-cleaning kitchen – clean it yourself!
posted by lizbunny at 7:32 AM on September 29, 2010
Abandoned coffee cups will be used for specimen collections.
Your mother doesn’t work here (and if she did, she’d tell you to clean up after yourself).posted by motsque at 7:33 AM on September 29, 2010
Once, an anonymous hyper-irritated employee put up a sign in our break room reading “The sink does NOT have a garbage disposal. The sink does NOT have a garbage disposal. The sink does NOT have a garbage disposal!
“So I left a little sign of my own beneath it which read “This is the way the sink ends. This is the way the sink ends. This is the way the sink ends. Not with a bang, but a gurgle.”Nobody thought it was funny. posted by julthumbscrew at 7:35 AM on September 29, 2010
What has been far more effective than notes and signs is the sensation of being watched. Well, that is what this psychologist did to get pple to pay their fair share for community coffee. posted by Wolfster at 7:38 AM on September 29, 2010
The answer in an art room, when a teacher asks a student to please clean up a spill of paint is, “I didn’t do it.”

Now,  I wish to make a point, with the examples of the staff room and the art room clean-ups.  Unless human beings get over the idea that they will only clean up their OWN mess, the world is going to be in rough shape.  Yes, it’s disappointing that OTHERS are not good stewards or that they are irresponsible.  (They are busy!  They will get to it later!)  However, unless someone decides to take on the responsibility, without pay and without thanks, then we will all be left with an environment that is hopelessly scourged.

We are ALL busy!  We are ALL taxed with life and the requirements of the day.  We are ALL raising funds and doing good works in order to show that our hearts are in the right place, spiritually.  We are ALL taking care of our own families and we are ALL taking care of the hurting people of the world.  We are ALL competing and building and buying and selling.  But, unless someone takes pause and takes care of the Covenant…we will ALL lose…big time.  A community needs to take care of its environment, even WHEN THE MESS IS NOT YOUR OWN.

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