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Everything’s Coming Up Roses


When things are going well, you may have heard and used the expression,

“Everything’s coming up roses.” Right? As I wished to look up the history of

this expression, I found out from Google “Search Engine,” that the more

frequently used slang expression is, “Everything’s coming up Milhouse.”

Did you know this? Where in the world did this one come from? It came

from the animated, long-lasting television show, “The Simpsons.” There

is a positive character who is always thinking life is just ‘swell’ and his name

is Milhouse.

Why isn’t the song, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” at the top of the list of

expressions? This was Ethel Merman’s song from the 1959 musical, “Gypsy.”

The musical play was loosely based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee. When asked,

my oldest daughter calls this guy, “Milhouse,” a “Goober-head.” Also, she

pointed out that the first choice of things is based on searches, while the movie

and song may have been popular, more people are familiar with the Simpsons.


I ask my oldest daughter why is “Milhouse” a “Goober head?” As soon as she

starts to explain what a goober head is, I think of the character named “Goober”

from the television show, “The Andy Griffith Show.” Where did this slang ‘word

set’ really come from? In my mind and memory, my  first impression evokes the

character, “Goober,” who was a goofy character.


She says it does not have anything to do with the historic and iconic show. It also

doesn’t have anything to do with the chocolate covered peanuts, also known as,

“Goobers.” Two generations try to figure out where the expression, “Goober-head”

came from. Did it just evolve from the Andy G. show or is it entirely “new” as the

weird expression, bringing up this Milhouse, is to me?


A person you call a “goober” is a “kindhearted, slightly oblivious person” who

also is considered a “lovable goofball.” An example of a “goober head” is “one

who puts an empty carton of milk into the refrigerator.” I thought this was a


(This may be found online in the “Urban Dictionary.”)


There is no reference to “Goober” Pyle, who is from the show, “The Andy Griffith

Show,” if you look “goober head” up. But when you type the word in to look up

“Goober,” you will find out more about him. Goober was played by the actor,

George Lindsey who read for the part of Gomer Pyle, but was instead chosen to

play the less featured character, Gomer’s cousin. I always liked both Jim Nabors

who was chosen to play Gomer. Did you know both of these likeable and humorous

character actors came from the state of Alabama? Jim Nabors sang on variety shows

and albums, too.


N0w, off on another ‘wild goose chase,’ where one strand of thought or while using

one internet pathway takes you off to discover that peanuts are indeed called,

‘goobers.’ Along with these extra facts explaining there is a song about “goober

peas”‘ and another called, “goober grapes.”

This helps you to finally understand why there are two kinds of jars of mixed

peanut butter and jelly made by Smucker’s. They are called, “Goober Jelly.”

Each one features peanut butter and either strawberry or grape jelly contained

within its own jar creating ‘stripes of flavors.’  My own personal taste trial of the

Smucker’s brand of vertically layered PB & J, determined the texture of peanut

butter is kind of mushy and not as tasty as if made from separate jars. I happen

to like the crunchy peanut butter jars, anyway.


So, for a brief fun chase, we went from my heading off to write about roses, since

I really do like to ‘stop and smell the roses,’ outside the Sara Moore Nursing Home

and also the rose bushes by the Lutheran Church, while walking to the library.


Then, spontaneously writing out the old 1959 title of the song whose lyrics were

written by Stephen Sondheim for my post’s title. I needed to look the song up to

verify its history and origin, finding it was written in collaboration with Jules Styne,

who wrote the  music for “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”


The most disconcerting part of all this ‘research’ was you cannot be totally

reassured that the song or the expression came first.

Also, while typing “Everything’s coming up…” another way to finish this

expression goes,  “Like a rosy garden.”



Have I lost you yet? I had to reread this, changing it a bit just to prevent

my own self from getting totally lost!


By the way, the internet location called, “The Free Dictionary,” gives this

definition of the words, “everything’s coming up roses,” as an ‘idiom’ that

means “someone is having a successful career or day.”


I like my world sometimes to be viewed through rose-colored glasses,

while listening to some old songs like,

1. “My Wild Irish Rose” was written in 1899 by Chancellor Olcott for a musical

production. The version I am more familiar with is from the 1947 movie with

the title, “My Wild Irish Rose.” We used to sing this in school and my Mom

loves it so, since her name is “Rosalie.” It is a sentimental song and can also

be heard in a Celtic version that is so sweetly sung.


2. “A Rose and a Baby Ruth,” sung by George Hamilton, IV (1956).

3. “Sweet Kentucky Rose,” sung by Kitty Kallen (1955).

4. “Two Dozen Roses,” sung by the group, “Shenandoah.”

5. “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” sung by Johnny Desmond (1955).

6. “Roses Are Red, My Love,” written and sung by Jim Reeves became

most popular in the Bobby Vinton version of this song, (1962).



Newer songs,

1. “The Rose,” sung by Bette Midler is fantastic as a duet with Ashley Judd.

“The Rose” was both a movie and a song, 1992.


2. “Bed of Roses,” sung by Bon Jovi, (1993).

3. “Cracklin’ Rosie,” sung by Neil Diamond, (1971).




Hope you have a rosy week and keep your outlo0k rosy, too.

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” comes from Shakespeare’s

play, “Romeo and Juliet.” It is discussing the two families names, who are

sworn enemies, along with the two young people who are star-crossed lovers.


Tomorrow, more about roses and no sidetracking on the internet!


Hope you have a “rosy” week!

Try to keep your outlook, “rosy” and maybe, everything will come up roses for you!


Happy Sweetest Day!


I am grateful for a very nice gentleman and friend for my Sweetest

Day gift of a big bag of chocolates! I love Lindor chocolates and this

super gift had peanut butter, white chocolate, dark chocolate, extra

dark chocolate and milk chocolate balls of deliciousness! What a great

surprise and a special treat as well! I am sure that most of you may not

even celebrate this “made up” Hallmark, florists and other gift related

businesses’ dream holiday!

I am going to tell you that a funny, bawdy and maybe not the best movie

I ever saw is titled, “The Sweetest Thing!” Warning, it is not for kids! But

it has some “truths” that apply to my current life and maybe some of

the rest of yours, too. This 2002 movie includes a fine comedic team of

Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Justin Bateman, Selma Blair and

Thomas Jane. (I like Cameron Diaz’s most serious and well acted role in

“In Her Shoes” please check this out while she works with elderly in a

nursing facility, in repentance for a life formely ill spent! I like Thomas

Jane in the current t.v. show, “The Mentalist.”) The others are in movies

that show range to their skills, too.

This movie is about two friends who are rather jaded and not sure there

are “soul mates” out there. I am totally on board with this feeling, at

times, too! I express optimism and positivity most of the time, but I get

discouraged from time to time, also. Anyway, these club hopping women

have friends and there is a mixed bag of situations, funny and serious.

I like that there is a happy ending which makes you believe and hope for

love, after all!

Another “sweet” thing to talk about are songs that have those wonderful

to be cherished lyrics. I am going to quote, “Maria,” from the musical

“West Side Story” which many people have seen and know it comes from

a remake of Shakespeare’s romantic and tragic love story, “Romeo and


Maria lyrics that I love:


The most beautiful sound I ever heard…

Say it loud and there’s music playing

Say it soft and it’s almost like praying.”

This is after Tony meets Maria, which is a star crossed love with a sad


I think when you first meet someone, you usually “know” if you want

to go beyond friends. I am saddened to say, I have become more careful

when I meet someone and want to immediately place them in the “friends”

category. I admit I am a little “gun shy” but I have two male friends

who I can never picture as lovers and more. I feel bad because they

both off and on discuss, the huge and heavy ‘elephant in the room:’

Why don’t you love me?

Here are two other songs that have “sweetest” in them to check out;

Juice Newton’s country song, “The Sweetest Thing” and I am going to

quote the second one’s (David Ryan Harris) the other “Sweetest Thing:”

“So just what kind of man is that.

Who gives you words, then takes them


Sometimes I wonder why I can’t articulate

On bated breath

We sit quiet and wait

But how much silent treatment

Can my lady take?

When the words I give

Are the words that break.

For lack of a language that’s half as complex

As all of my emotion but when I find the words

I’ll say the sweetest thing she’s ever heard.”

I have to say the meaning behind these words strikes a chord with

me. I am not sure how to explain the language of love, how our

heart meets with another’s heart and it feels like it is meant to be.

I am, as always, hoping for the Sweetest Thing to happen to Me!


Happy Sweetest Day to my friends who listen, care and sympathize.

Nothing earth shattering but still Love is a topic all have contemplated

from time to time…