This year I threw herbs into the porch pots with the geraniums. We're picking off parsley, chives, sage, basil and thyme for cooking. Had I not been in a boot cast, I would have been on a mushroom eating and hunting hike. What a fun mountain ramble that would have been!
Has-beens? Big cars. Had you bought Mini stock a year ago, you'd be in a good spot. Mini stock is up 60%. Mini sales have jumped 33% in the U.S. The little Mini, getting 37 mpg, is making it big in the worst sales year in 15 years in the auto industry. One of the reasons people buy Mini's (it was for me): they want to leave the world in better shape. Mini's new theme: Drive Like There is No Tomorrow. Mini has a new model, the Clubman, which is 9.45 inches longer and I saw one this week in Santa Fe.
Other things becoming has-beens: 1. anonymity (you can go look for free to see who has traffic tickets in your neighborhood and where the criminals live on CriminalSearches and use it to check out babysitters and boyfriends). 2. Long chats on the phone? Perhaps has-beens, too, since you might get brain cancer. Now you can leave messages on the phone without risking a real conversation. Dial 267-SLYDIAL (267-759-3425) from any landline or mobile phone. Free, and lets you be directly connected to someone's voicemail. More has-beens? 3. The old Levi original 501 jeans. It isn't the original jean of the American West anymore but rather, it is being marketed as "carefree clothing" to younger audiences. Now the fabric has stretch and it is being marketed around the world (Levi Strauss is one of the top advertisers online) as a one-style jean -- no more relaxed fit, boot cut, low-rise or whatever. Do you remember having to buy the 501 jeans and then wash them to make them shrink-fit? Levis lost their cachet when everyone else started selling jeans -- Brooke Shields in her Calvin Kleins was when I can date the trend and I was in college then. Last has-been? 4) The American Suburb. The trend to inner-city living continues to grow in cities like Chicago, Fort Worth, Dallas and other cities. Rising gas prices will fuel the trend.
Herbs and Home Gardening? This is the book I'm getting for my oldest daughter: The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City. The new trend is hiring people to tend to the vegetable gardens in the backyard or tending your own. My chives will go on a beet salad (beets are the new spinach). My potted parsley is headed for tabouleh, working from this recipe. My husband hates tabouleh. That, and liver.