Thursday, October 5, 2017

FUN FACTS & REDЯUM


Do you remember the classic novel written by Stephen King in 1977 called The Shining?  Did you also cringe in fear while watching the movie when it was released in 1980 with Jack Nicholson?  One thing stood out more than anything that I'll always remember -  REDЯUM. 

For a while it even seemed like we thought of every reason we could to drop that word into a conversation, or to use it scare someone. (lol)  Of course, everyone now knows it's murder spelled backwards, and was quite clever.


 

Here's a really simple recipe that may have you wanting to read that scary book one more time.

REDRUM COCKTAIL
 
Fill 6 glasses up with ice.  Then add 1 1/2 ounces light rum and a squeeze of lime juice to each glass.  Pour 1/2 can blood orange sparkling soda into each glass and you're ready to wow your friends.  Feel free to add garnishes of raspberries or strawberries or red gummi worms. To make it scary, place a black plastic spider beside each glass.


But...if you' don't want to be bothered with lots of cleanup, you can always just open up a bottle of Redrum which has 70 proof rum and  plenty of fruity flavors for your enjoyment.  
NURSERY RHYME
If you've never heard of Sarah Josepha Hale, you're probably not alone.  She wrote a poem you may remember called Mary Had a Little Lamb.(someone else wrote the melody to create the song)  But she did something else that's even more less known. Her campaign to legislators to recognize Thanksgiving was pretty much ignored for 17 years until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln finally issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation recognizing the 3rd Thursday in November as a holiday, getting all the credit.

TRIPLE D
If you've been reading this blog, you already know that I always watch  foodie type programs, and I adore Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on The Food Network.  The show has been going strong for 10 years, and here's a few secrets about the show.

1)  800 restaurants have been featured on the program
2)  Guy collects older American cars
3)  Featured restaurants go through extensive telephone interviews, that can sometimes last a really long time
4)  Restaurants that use premade, or frozen items are not considered
5)  The Food Network chooses the featured meal, not the owner or chef


GIRL SCOUTS
When I was a kid, Girl Scouts were around all the time, but now I pretty much only see them when it's time to sell cookies. Even then, they're not in uniform. I can't really remember any advertising telling people how to join, but just in case you're if you're interested in having your child join in NC, or to find out more information, the number to call is 800-284-4475.



The past few months have been traumatic to say the least.  Bad weather in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico causing so many to lose their homes and the bare necessities necessary to live life.  Then to have a man possibly believed to be mentally ill, making the choice to open fire into a crowd of thousands of people at a concert in Las Vegas.

We can't always understand God's plan or the plans of the Universe on why certain things happen.  Also, we may not know exactly what to say to a person who has been injured, or grief-stricken due to the loss of a loved one. 

What we can do is listen, lend a shoulder to cry on, offer compassion, remain kind, open-minded and supportive to each other.  

I'm reminded of a powerful song written and sung by Bill Withers in 1972 called Lean on Me, which is still very relevant today. 


Lean on me, when you're not strong 
And I'll be your friend 
I'll help you carry on 
For it won't be long 
'Til I'm gonna need 
Somebody to lean on
Please swallow your pride 
If I have faith you need to borrow 
For no one can fill those of your needs 
That you won't let show
You just call on me brother, when you need a hand 
We all need somebody to lean on 
I just might have a problem that you'll understand 
We all need somebody to lean on

40 comments:

  1. You weren't the first blogger friend I visit today who talked about The Shining. I read the book, but didn't see the movie. I know it was scary, to say the least. I didn't want to put the book down.

    I'll leave the alcoholic drinks to you. I simply can't stand the smell or the taste of alcohol. It certainly looks pretty, though.

    Wow, I learned something (actually TWO things) tonight. First, I had no idea Sarah Hale petitioned for Thanksgiving. It's too bad she didn't get any credit for her hard work, but that is often the case for women in ANY century.

    The second thing I learned was that the Food Network picked the food to be reviewed. That certainly puts a LOT of pressure on the people who would like to be on the show. I DID know the food had to be made from fresh, not frozen food.

    You are right. When I was a girl, I was in the Brownie, then Girl Scouts. Now I've not seen any in my neighborhood. In fact, I've not seen a Girl Scout stop by trying to sell me cookies. I get mine at a local restaurant that sells them for one of their employee's children.

    Crazies are crazy in every day and age. Lean on me is a good way to end this post, though!

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    1. Hey There Elizabeth and hope all is well! That's pretty cool that someone else was talking about the classic Shining. That book was something else! Guy spends a lot of time in restaurants checking things out and talking to people, and people say the way we see him on television is exactly how he is in life. Very cool. I hear you on that one. Can you imagine trying to get someone's attention for 17 years?! Wow! I think kids should always be involved in some type of activity, and would hope there would be more publicity to join. I sure hope your day is fantastic, Elizabeth! Hugs....and Happy Friday.

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  2. Ro, what is going on in this world lately is crazy... it just seems like one thing after another, it is exhausting to hear the news. Sometimes I zone out and watch taped things on my DVR so that I don't need to think about what is going on in the world... it is much to sad... My prayers are with all the people who have had to deal with such catastrophes ... I love that song Lean On Me... it is a perfect song for being there for each other xox

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    1. It saddens me to, Lovely Launna, and my heart cries out for many people in pain right now. Lean on Me is a pleasant reminder for us all to be there for each other whenever possible. I'm so glad to hear from you, and continue to keep you in my prayers. Happy Friday! Hugs...RO

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  3. I haven't read the book - or seen the movie. And probably won't. I like to sleep at night.
    Sigh on the ugliness in the world - natural and man-made. It is time for us to spread kindness like confetti.

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    1. Hey EC! I think The Shining was Stephen King's 3rd book, and he really did a good job in scaring us with his writing, then Jack Nicholson outdid himself. Like you, I wouldn't go back to read it today, though. (lol) I like your idea of spreading kindness like confetti. Great words of wisdom. Hugs...

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  4. I just may have to read that book once again.

    I really like your summary on the problems that have been going on, we all should give each other a shoulder to lean and cry on, listen, and just be there for one another, being open minded and supportive will get us all through the worst of times. Thank you RO this is a great reminder.

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    1. That book was really something else, Jimmy. I still have it on my bookcase after all these years. I agree, Jimmy. Sometimes all we can do is listen to help someone get through. Hugs and Happy Monday! RO

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  5. I did not read the book, but I watched the movie. I am planning to have a go at the book.

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    1. I still have it on my bookcase, but I'm sure I'd watch the movie again if it came on. (lol) Happy Monday!

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  6. I love that song, Ro. A fun blog as always and a very moving tribute and reminder at the end.
    I appreciate ya.
    Hugs,

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    1. Super Sandra you're back! I just love when everyone gets along, and wish for peace wherever we can find it. HUGE Hugs... ad Happy Monday! RO

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    1. The book and movie were all the rage back then. Hugs and Happy Monday!

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    2. I'll bet you have some really interesting and fun stories from working in the grocery field. (lol) Hugs...

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  8. Ooh, this sounds like the perfect drink for Halloween parties! I remember as a kid hearing "Red Rum" was murder spelled backward, but I didn't know it was from The Shining until I was older.

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    1. Can you imagine putting a plastic spider in an ice cube then putting it in the drink at that party, Steph? (lol) We started saying it all the time as kids. I still have that book on my bookshelf after all these years. A real classic. Hugs...

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    1. There are so many things going on, Kim, and I just wish for unity. The Shining is such a classic! Happy Monday! Hugs...RO

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  10. A Redrum recipe :D that's really funny, actually. Good call. Hoping the sad times will pass though.

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    1. Doesn't it seem fun? Would be a great idea for a party for sure. I agree, and just wish for unity. Hugs and thrilled you stopped by! Hugs...and Happy Monday! RO

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  11. Oh I'm such a scardy cat. I think I watched The Shining a long, long time ago but I must have watched it with a hand over my eyes. I don't remember much from it at all.

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    1. There's no way I would watch it these days either, Deanna because I'm pretty much scared of my own shadow. I do remember it being a really good book and movie though back then. Happy Monday! RO

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  12. For the longest time I didn't realize that redrum was murder spelled backwards. lol

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    1. When I read that book, that's all I thought about for a while. (lol)

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  13. I love the song Lean On Me. It seems very appropriate for this time of the year. I didn't know that story behind Thanksgiving being an official holiday; poor girl. She needs to be known more and get the credit!

    I saw The Shining for the first time a few years ago but honestly I didn't really find it scary. The book would probably freak me out more though. haha

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. The history tied behind a lot of things really fascinates me Lauren. The movie scared me like crazy. (lol) the book was even worse. I have it on my bookcase, but I don't think I'd re-read it or watch the movie again. They're classics though. Happy Monday! Hugs...RO

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  14. Just taking a quick peek..Here! :).
    Goodness! What memories...Firstly of
    course, and will only relate to people,
    mostly here in the UK..That there was a
    very famous racehorse called Redrum..who,
    back in 73~74~77 won The Grand National,
    at Aintree racecorse, over the jumps/sticks,
    and also won the Scottish G.N. in 1974.....
    He died in Oct. 1995, and is buried at the
    winning post at Aintree race course! He was
    a very unique horse and loved by millions!

    And Guy Fieri...love this guy to bits.....
    Man after my own heart, he's on over here
    at the weekends..on Food Network non stop..
    it's brilliant....! :).

    And..Finally...Well...Being a very BIG Soul fan
    for some 60yrs now, Bill Withers...nothing like
    a little bit of Country Soul...Another one l love
    of his is...Grandmas Hangs...Yeah! Give it a Google!
    Grandma's Hands
    Clapped in church on Sunday morning
    Grandma's hands
    Played a tambourine so well
    Grandma's hands
    Used to issue out a warning
    She'd say, "Billy don't you run so fast
    Might fall on a piece of glass
    "Might be snakes there in that grass"
    Grandma's hands....etc..etc..

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    1. Bill Withers was truly amazing, for sure! Like you, I totally adore Guy Fieri, who seems like such a fun guy. Thanks so much for the memories Willie! Hugs...RO

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  15. Stephen King is a master of his art. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, greetings to you.

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    1. You are so right, Blogoratti! Stephen King is a brilliant writer and has managed to scare us for many years. I have so many of his books from early in his career. Hugs and hope all is well! RO

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  16. Not a big Fan of Stephen King and definitely not of The Shining, I do like some of his stuff my favorite was 11-22-63
    Hugs RO and thanks for the soothing words we need more of them.

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    1. Back in the day, I was seriously into Stephen King and he is a true talent in writing scary stories. I haven't read many of his latest books though. I appreciate the kind words and hope you're doing well. Hugs...RO

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  17. I didn't know that Triple D choses the dish, not the restaurant. That's actually really cool. I love that show and have actually gotten to go to one of the places featured. I guess he went to my hometown in an episode (one I haven't seen yet) and so when I went home my friend took me there to eat. I was a bit embarrassing taking pics of all the Triple D and Guy stuff they have up on the walls broadcasting their spotlight on the show. LoL

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    1. I'm a serious cooking fan, and when I looked at my DVR the other day, I realized that I've saved 59 episodes of Triple D! (lol) OMG - you are so lucky Kristin. Funny about those pics! Hugs...RO

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  18. That Redrum Cocktail looks pretty luscious, Rockin Ro.
    Hope your day has been productive and your evening is pleasant.
    Hugs,

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    1. It's one of those recipes that you can put different spins on it to make it more interesting, I think. Hope your Wednesday is going well! Hugs...RO

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  19. That cocktail sure is pretty. I wouldn't mind trying one out :D

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