Saturday, May 31, 2008

Why I love the 40's and 50's..

Because of this

And this

Oh, and this
My Fair Lady certainly comes to mind whenever I view this!

and last but not least, this
all via foto_decadent .

mmmm, class and elegance, two of my favorite things!

I was thinking, what is YOUR favorite decade/time period? If you could've had your choice of when you were born, what era would you have selected? Do you feel that you are a misplaced soul in today's society?

Sunny Side Up!,

Friday Fill-ins..on a saturday.

I didn't get around to this yesterday so, I'll just post it late.

By the way, do any of you have any other really swell weekly memes to suggest for me to start participating in? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Those of you with multiple blogs or private blogs...if you could add your link to the Fill-Ins, that would be GREAT!

Questions courtesy of MindFul Mimi who had some thought- provoking ones this week; thank you, Mimi!

1. For me apathy is the opposite of creativity.
2. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Sallinger was the last excellent book I read.
3. I like fill-ins because well, to be completely honest, despite the fact that I enjoy questions that require a lot of mind power and the like most of the time, its nice to just be able to fill in the blanks on occassion.
4. In nature I like looking at blooming plants and flowers and baby animals the best.
5. I'm still undecided as to who I feel should win the US elections.
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was last saturday while at a screening of one of Lucy's first ventures beyond Lucy Ricardo in the television special, K.O. Kitty It was a riot.
7. And as for the weekend, yesterday I went to the gym and continued reading Portrait of a Lady, today my plans included returning to the gym and finally getting food in the house that I will actually allow into my body and Sunday, I want to hopefully finish up Portrait of a Lady and watch Judgement at Nuremberg!

Sunny Side Up!,

Friday, May 30, 2008

Fred gets down with his bad self! the sounds of MJ,
Unbeknownst to him of course.

This pretty much made my day DESPITE my distaste for Michael in general.

Fred Astaire makes me happy regardless.

via Boing Boing

I'm so glad we had this time together...


Harvey Korman passed away yesterday at the age of 81.

Ick, its a shame all of these incredible entertainers are disappearing so rapidly.
Death blows, quite frankly.

In memory of Tim, I'm posting my favorite "Family" skit.

Part 1:

Part 2:

You will be missed, Harvey.

Sunny Side Up!,

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Before the Crack Whore Image:

Hi kids!
How are all of you today?
The weather is sunny, my trip to Georgia is on the horizon, and I'm feeling good!

Found this clip of Amy Winehouse on Jonathan Ross back when her freshman album, Frank was released.
Look at how put together and classy she is! I was flabbergasted when I saw this. Its just a testament to how quickly drugs will take over your entire being. I'd love for her to recover to her normal state, she seems like an awfully charming individual when not under the influence.

Sunny Side Up,

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Frankie Satin?


Quite honestly, I do believe I would not admit so readily to being a fan of 'Ol Blue Eyes if he had listened to the crackpot who told him to call himself Frankie Satin.

I would probably like him a bit less, actually.
I'm not a fan of cheese.

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Frank Sinatra is really interesting.

While I'm on the subject, who is your favorite crooner? Are you a loyal Frankite or are you more the Dean Martin type of gal [or guy!]? Or Bing-o, or Sammy, or heck, even Perry Como....

Sunny Side Up!,

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


These remind me of Camelot:

Snejana Onopka in Harper’s Bazaar January 2006 by Daniel Jackson

via foto_decadent

Monday, May 26, 2008

In Rememberance.

Here's to all of the brave men and women in the armed forces, past and present.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart..

Judy Garland, November, 1963

Norah Jones, My Dear Country

Sunny Side Up!,

Where the hell IS Desilu? Its in our hearts!

Alrighty, where do I begin?

Well, I've been to Lucy-Desi Days three times; 2005, 2006, and now 2008 and, I must say, 2008 was above and beyond any of the others.


The highlight events for me were the 50th Anniversary tribute to the Desilu Playhouse which was hosted by the adorable Dann Cahn who was film editor on I Love Lucy and other Lucy shows as well, including the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hours, and a good friend of both Lucy and Desi. As that man sat up there on that stage reminiscing, I could see how his face was just lit with happiness at being able to talk so freely about what must have been one of the happiest periods in his lifetime.

As I made my way up there on friday morning, the one thing I wanted to come away with more than anything was a better understanding of what it was like to be right in the middle of it all, all of that creativity and comedic genius. However, I left Jamestown with so much more than that. I was given the privilege to look in on, not only Mr. Cahn's personal relationship with my favorite couple but, insight into just Lucille Ball, the human being, made possible by the darling Wanda Clark , who was Lucy's personal secretary for 30-plus years and Howard Rayfiel who was the attorney for Desilu Studios and Vice President of Lucille Ball Productions later on, who were host and co-host at I Remember Lucy on saturday morning where I was fortunate enough to snag an autographed copy of his memoir, Where the Hell is Desilu? which, I've heard from VERY credible sources, is a MUST READ for any Lucy lover. I cannot wait to crack it open but, Im still working on Portrait of a Lady and I'm strange in that I cannot begin another book until I've finished up any current reads. So, I'm going as fast as I can!

I also met the founder of Lucille Ball's fan club and author of weekly newsletters over at, Tom Watson. He, too, was just a doll and I'm so happy to have met him.

All of their stories and memories are priceless treasures for me and I am beyond greatful that those lovely people were so eager to share them with me and all of my fellow fans who attended as well.

...But, that isn't to say that I didn't manage to spend oh...somewhere upwards of $450.00 on memorabilia and including all the events I attended, that jacks the tag up to almost $800.00. But hey, it was my early birthday trip so, that makes it completely justifiable.

On top of meeting almost every special guest, {sans Wilmer Valderamma but, he was not a priority on my list to begin with and at $100.00 a head, I highly doubt he was a must meet for many of us.}, I met a few lovely fellow fans/friends who I found myself speaking to more freely than I have spoken to anyone in my life. My only regret is that every time I ran into said individuals, I was not carrying my bag which had my address book so, I wasn't able to get any of their contact information.

And so, I'm a very happy young lady.
...for the first time in awhile.

Sunny Side Up!,

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Wise words.

Don't give me ten reasons why I can't do something, give me one reason why I can.
-Lucille Ball-

Hello loves!
I'm just back from Lucy-Desi Days, 2008.
I'm happy.

There'll be more stories and such when I'm fully recovered.

Sunny Side Up!,

Thursday, May 22, 2008

My (not so funny) Valentine, to Lucy.

My funny valentine,
Sweet, comic valentine;
You make me smile with my heart.
Your looks are laughable,
Yet, you're my favorite work of art.

Don't change a hair for me,
Not if you care for me,
Stay, little valentine, stay;
Each day is valentine's day.

My Funny Valentine, Rodgers & Hart,

Right there, that little showtune I just quoted, It's exactly my feelings for Lucille Ball.

Her extensive body of work; three television series , over 80 films , and countless guest television appearances and specials; all just parts of the whole which, put together, leaves us with the valentine that she put together so diligently over the span of her 40+ year career in movies and television.

A lot of you might not be able to understand the way I feel about this incredible woman and, that's okay; understandable even.

I'll come right out and say it..

Lucille Ball saved me from suicide.

Yeah, that's right, that crazy "redhead" whose only real plot was trying to get into show business by cooking up hair-brained schemes with her BFF, Ethel, and driving her temperamental Cuban husband absolutely bananas with her unpredictability; that scatterbrained secretary who pushed her ultra- serious, no nonsense, yet somehow lovable curmudgeon of a boss, Mr. Mooney's buttons until they could be pushed no more; that doting working mother.. no, that's wrong..

None of those ladies are the individual who showed me what the world could hold in store for anyone who made the decision that their lives are no longer going to run them, they are going to take the bull by the horns and start running their lives. Granted, they are all a part of the lady I speak of but oh, what small, miniscule, cells they are in the person that was Lucille Desiree Ball.

The woman who refused to let CBS executives tell her that the American public would never buy into the idea that her all-American, Protestant self could possibly be married to the tempremental, 'hot-blooded', Catholic [gasp!] "latin bongo beater"; Desi Arnaz and, that's why he couldn't be cast as her spouse in the TV pilot which was in the works for her; by saying, But..we have been married for 10 years...and if he doesn't do it, I don't do it..

The woman who did not allow herself to sink and forcefully yet purposefully picked up the reins and trudged forward after the seemingly tragic dissolution of her 19 year union with the love of her life and, up until that point, the brains that kept the 'Lucy' empire running smoothly...

The lady, who at the tender age of 50, became the first woman to ever be appointed as the head of a studio, and went on to assist in the creation of such pop culture staples as Star Trek and Mission Impossible..

The caring, loving woman who was appointed National Chairwoman of the March of Dimes , made countless donations to hospitals, opened her home to children whose last dying wish was to 'meet LUCY!', and even, in one instance, funded the hospital stay of a woman who worked for her..

THAT is the incredible individual who showed me, taught me, unbeknownst to her of course; that there are, indeed, lovely human beings on this Earth, they just do not always sing [oh, lawdd, should I use that? ;-)]as loudly as those who are dead set on making others feel inadequate and unwanted.

Pardon me but I'm going to add this here as well:

I love you, Lucy and, for the millionth and one time, thank you.
For everything. All of your sacrifices, your hard work, 'twas not in vain, lovely.

I'm here, in large part, because of all of them.

And so, this weekend is all for you, darling.
I hope beyond hope that you're up there, looking down, reveling in the celebration of your life, as I continue on with my own.

With all of my love and deepest gratitude,

Sunny Side Up!,

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Picture Post:Lucille Ball.

In continuation of my week-long celebration of Lucy-Desi Days, 2008; I thought I'd post just a few of my favorite photographs of my favorite redhead.

Feast your eyes on these:

Weren't they a gorgeous couple?
These are circa mid-forties.

At the 1954 EMMY Awards.

Lucy and Vivian Vance remained close until Viv passed away due to cancer in 1979.

It isn't generally known but, Lucy was among the many young starlets who tested for the coveted role of Scarlett O'Hara in the now classic epic Gone With the Wind.

Lucy, in her role as Mame for the 1975 movie version of the Broadway musical that originally cast Angela Lansbury in the lead, portraying Mame Dennis.

I'm not sure of the story that may be tagged to this photograph but, it's a personal favorite of mine!

Out on the town, circa mid-60s.

That's all I've got, for the time being.

Sunny Side Up!,

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


For my next Lucy installment this week, I give you, one of the top 10 most memorable scenes from I Love Lucy, I hope it makes you smile!

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I wonder if it talks?!

via I'm Learning to Share!

I would kill to have this, guys!
It's freaking George Burns!!!!
How incredibly awesome is that?!
It has his cigar and everything!


Albeit, a tad on the creppy side, perhaps but..
its kitsch just makes it that much more endearing in my eyes.

Sunny Side Up!,

Monday, May 19, 2008

In case you've missed the few subtle hints..

I'll come right out & say it..
'Tis true.
Its been that way since age three, to be exact.

I collect memorabilia, own many Lucy movies & the entire I Love Lucy series.
(I'm working on Here's Lucy and The Lucy Show)

I bet most of you don't know about this but every year, Lucy's hometown of Jamestown, NY holds two festivals, the first being Lucy-Desi Days at the end of May and Lucy's Birthday Celebration at the beginning of August, as Lucy's birthday was August 6th.

Well, I am overjoyed that I will be attending Lucy-Desi Days, 2008 this coming weekend from Friday the 23rd until Sunday the 25th.
Jamestown is just about a three hour drive away from my current home base and, its really very scenic and it goes by very quickly.

Anyway, to make my point, I thought it would be cool of me to post a little Lucy snippet of something or other at least once a day, right here, on my little blog in honor of my upcoming weekend.

I hope that all of you at least some of you lovely fellow bloggers enjoy this idea of mine..if not..
..that's fine too..I guess..

To start, Here's an appearance Lucy made on my favorite classic game show, What's My Line?circa 1955, if I'm not mistaken.


By the way, the 'martian talk' that Lucy uses here was also used in the I Love Lucy episode, Women from Mars..
You know, the one where Lucy and Ethel climb to the top of the Empire State Building as part of a publicity stunt for an upcoming movie in order to earn $500.00 a piece so that they can donate to a charity headed by a wealthy former classmate of Lucy's.

Also, as an intriguing side story,
panelist Dorothy Killgallen was a very well known journalist of the era and after the assassination of President Kennedy, she took it upon herself to uncover the real reasons and perpetrator[s] behind the incident. Apparently, she found out some pretty damn incriminating evidence against someone or some establishment because, she was found murdered in her own bed seemingly after or during reading a book and this happened just weeks after she conducted an interview with Jack Ruby in Dallas, Texas and she also printed secret transcripts from Ruby's trial.

(if this interests you, read a write up here.

Enjoy, if you please!

Sunny Side Up!,

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Drew Jarrett.

via here.

I love the boho vibe of this photo, the muted colors.
There's beauty in simplicity.

Sunny Side Up!,

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My 1940s style submission:

I meant to post this earlier but, I got sick.

My 1940's entry for Gala's Polyvore competition.

Thoughts? Comments?

Friday, May 16, 2008

A jumpin' little ditty brought to you by:

Patti, Maxine, and LaVerne.
The Andrews Sisters performing, what is probably their most popular ditty. Enjoy my dears!

I need a little pick me up after day one of my (so far) unsuccessful clothing sale..

..and I've got two days left!
Tomorrow is saturday so, I bet I'll get a slew of people.

Sunny Side Up!,

Prejudice and Animal Abuse.

Take a look at this.

I LIVE in Clearfield County.
These are the type of ignoramuses [sp?] I am forced to live amongst.

Thursday, May 15, 2008



well, i'm exaggerating but, you probably figured as much..

This sweet little number can be found


i also adore


And I was lead to them via this here post.

Do YOU Want VD?

Here's a classic scene from one of my favorite shows, ever! to ANYTHING involving the genius of Lucille Ball, that is.

I was so happy to find it this morning, enjoy!


Sunny Side Up!,

ps- Please leave your your misinterperted lyrics and/or movie lines in the previous post for us all to see!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

OR-E-O, Ohhhh...

Remember the song I Have Confidence from The Sound of Music and how, as Maria is leaving the abbey to travel to the home of Captain Von Trapp, she sing-speaks the line

A captain with seven children. What's so fearsome about that?

Well, I misheard that line, if you will, for many years, misintreperting it as:

A Captain with seven children, what's a fearsome RUBBER BAT?

..I would sing out loud in that manner too, until a fellow SOM lover corrected me as we sat in her living room one evening watching it with a big bowl of extra butter popcorn between us..(that was pre- all natural eating, mind you)

Here's a rather funny example of such a misunderstanding but, on a bit of a larger scale:
Gospel Subtitles.

In the same vein..
I've always been adamant about the fact that as the monkeys in The Wizard of Oz are marching up the stairway of the castle, they are most definitely chanting:
OR-E-O, Ohhhh...
Am I right I right?

So, has this happened to any of you?
If so, what song and what did you think it said only to find out much later, perhaps embarrassingly, that you were mistaken?

Sunny Side Up!,

So THAT'S why they were so popular!

found in

Sunny Side Up!,

My Thoughts aren't always so sunny.

from French Toast Girl

Please allow me to explain exactly why I've created SSU.

I'll be completely honest with everyone up front..
In actuality, I'm quite the pessimist but, I've figured that perhaps, when my bad thoughts and feelings start overtaking all of the good that's inside of me, if I have a designated area for me to run to and spew all of the clutter alongside items that put a smile to my face, I just MIGHT be able to combat them that much more efficiently.

So, what I'm trying to say is that basically, SSU is my own therapeutic tool and all of you, whomever decides to follow along, are almost like hmmmm... I don't know.. you are like the other participants in an ongoing, world wide, all inclusive session of group therapy. A group that you may run to at any moment in the day, and check the latest posts for a little pick me up or a word of encouragement because, if anyone knows how much even the smallest act of kindness or upbeat piece of material can automatically make one's whole day seem more bearable, I DO.

So, in conclusion, I want you all to know that I'm here for you. Yep, anytime you need a shoulder, feel free to email me personally as well and I'll be more than happy to listen because, I feel that we all, as fellow human beings hiking along life's mountains and valleys, need a little assistance every now and again.

Sunny Side Up!,

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Da Vinci: More than just works of art and self mutilation.

Mirror Writing from one of Da Vinci's journals.

I've always been intrigued by this. I find it beautiful, really.

..I wish I knew what it says...

You can find the remaining nine of Da Vinci's Greatest Ideas here.

Originally found in mental_floss.

Sunny Side Up!,

Monday, May 12, 2008

Well, that would be truth in advertising, I'm sure!

(scene: My car, en route to some store or other, midday.
Cast of Characters My mother & myself; which is most often the case.
Background: There is a small, skeevy adult store tucked away rather inconspicuously along the highway we take to this nearby Metropolis.
(I'm being sarcastic here.)

Mother, glancing at billboard in front of aforementioned store, then doing a stunned double take: Oh. My. GOD.
Me, after choking on my bottle of Naked Juice: Mother, it said "Always a SALE", dear...
Mother, seemingly relieved: Oh! Well.....that's better.

Sunny Side Up!,

The Turtle & the Tomato.

I just want to kiss this little fellow.

Found at mental_floss.

Sunny Side Up!,


Well, welcome my darlings!

I've had the idea of a personal record in blog form turning over in my head for quite some time and, on this dreadful (SNOWY....I cannot believe I just typed that..) mid-May morning, I buckled down and got busy setting up my little treasure trove in order to tuck away little rays of sunshine that give me hope, turn my frown upside down, and 'warm me up' (or so to speak.)

and so...

Shall we begin with a little Lucy?
(my friends who I've directed here, would expect nothing less!)

I've been been flipped "sunny side up" by this little light countless times in the past few months..

I present for your enjoyment,
Mr. Foster Brooks' contribution to the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast for Miss Lucille Ball circa mid-seventies:

Sunny Side Up!,

ps-I'm brand new at this so, bear with me but, how can I post the actual video as opposed to the link? Anyone?