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Holiday greetings – from my refrigerator

Instead of a card, we’re putting our year-end letter this year online, where you can access the webcam showing our backyard compost pile.

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It's the end of another eventful year, and the start of a new tradition here at the Shaffer house. Instead of sending out that annual holiday letter listing all my memorable experiences of the past 12 months, I’m putting the whole report online.

If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d say, “All the world’s a blog,” and mine is called Jeff/365. The latest developments in digital audio and visual recording make it possible to document all facets of personal life in and out of the house simultaneously. Visitors to Jeff/365 will use a pull-down menu on the tool bar for a complete list of viewing options.

The “kitchen/cooking” category is a good place to start. Temperature-resistant cameras installed inside the refrigerator door provide a compelling day-by-day record of the changing inventory on each shelf and fascinating insights into the ebb and flow of our dietary preferences throughout the year.

Clicking on the link to “snack/treat” shows me displaying a range of culinary skills every day at 3:30 p.m. as I prepare impromptu edibles to stave off the mid-afternoon munchies. My personal favorite is June 14 – mock turtle quesadilla with goat cheese and fennel. All snack recipes can be downloaded by highlighting the chef’s hat icon.

Jeff/365 also features an electronic bulletin board for comments, and a rousing discussion has started about the best way to load the dishwasher. I say all plates should go on the bottom rack, facing west, with cups and glasses only on the top rack, and everything thoroughly rinsed first before loading. Feel free to join the debate. Please limit postings to 1,000 words or fewer.


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