Buying Green, Seeing Red

Clump #106:  Clear off second shelf in pantry.

I was too much in a hurry when I took this photo, clearing the pantry one shelf-clump at a time:

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I stood, peering at this tea box for too long trying to read the expiration date before opening it up to find it was empty!  D’oh!

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It’s been an education in how wasteful a disorganized food closet can be.  So often we’ve bought multiples of the same item because we haven’t known, or have been able to see, what’s there.

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Okay, time to get out of the closet, so to speak!  I needed to buy a birthday present, and felt like I was honoring the spirit of Giving Tuesday by shopping at Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade Retailer, “Gifts That Give Twice.”  Fifteen percent of all sales today were going to a local charity that had set up a table in the store.

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Feeling a bit color-starved when outdoors, I’ve been appreciating berries: one of the last swatches of bright color in the landscape. The other day I was thinking about the fact that I’m like a bird seeking out color, when a bright red cardinal flew right in front of me.

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