Friday, June 16, 2023

For a Friend: Use Your Words

Black Raspberry Martini | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #cocktail

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s  participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I'm using:  pretty ~ peaceful ~ perforated~ punctual ~ pip
They were submitted by Diane of On the Border.

These words inspired a little bit of fiction today. Although, sadly, for many of us it will have a haunting ring of truth.

She was punctual for the appointment, all five of the women arrived within minutes of each other.

But it went downhill from there. 

Not that the expectation had been for a peaceful afternoon, not when you have 5 women shopping for the same thing at the same time. Agreement would be impossible, but if nothing else, the afternoon would be full of laughter and friendship. They were, after all, a happy, boisterous, fun-loving group, forever friends. With, really, the same individual goal, everyone wants to look pretty, after all. 

So in the next hour a decision would be made. It would have to be. And the hope was it would be a decision all could (at the very least) live with.

Because, in the end, although tastes and opinions, and perspectives would be voiced, it would not be a democracy. One voice would rise above the rest, that was a given.

As is the case with these things, expectations were not met.

She looked in the mirror at the dress she had on. It was aqua colored. With navy piping and a white collar. She looked like a life preserver someone might throw in the water. Hard pass.

But no matter how many objections she voiced, they fell on deaf ears. Penelope was just going to have to admit that it was Piper's wedding. And she, as the Maid of Honor, was going to have to walk down the aisle in front of 200 people, looking like a nautical accessory.

Unless she came down with a perforated appendix that day. It could happen . . . 

"Somebody buy me a drink, she thought.

Black Raspberry Martini | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #cocktail
Black Raspberry Martini

"On second thought, someone grab a life preserver, I may need a boatload."


Use Your Words, a monthly group writing challenge | developed by and graphic property of | #bloggingchallenge #MyGraphics
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Black Raspberry Martini

Ingredients (makes 2):
2 oz Blue Raspberry Vodka
4 oz Chambord
7 oz black raspberry sparkling juice, divided

red or blue sanding sugar

6 raspberries

*Refrigerate the black raspberry sparkling juice. Mix together the vodka and Chambord. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.
*Add 6 oz of the black raspberry sparkling juice to the liquor and set aside.
*Pour the remaining sparkling juice into a saucer, and he colored sugar onto a plate. Dip just the rim of each martini glass into the juice in the saucer, then into the sugar to rim the edge of the glasses. 
*Place 3 of the raspberries into the bottom of each glass. Stir the martinis, then pour into the glasses, avoiding the rim.


  1. It's not often I can figure out a story twist before it happens, but from the start I figured out yours was about a wedding.

  2. What a good story, I like weddings not that I go to any

  3. I let my bridesmaids veto anything they really didn't like. After all, if they didn't feel happy and pretty in it, it would show in their faces and bearing. I know, i'm weird, and i'm also eclectic and like a lot of styles, so it wasn't hard.

    1. You are kind and thoughtful, and that sounds divine.

  4. I would have had trouble putting Pip in a Post, you did a good job with the challenge.

  5. You did a good job using the words. I don't drink alcohol otherwise that would sound like a good drink.

    I can only imagine the chaos of a group of women all agreeing on a dress.
    I can't even agree with myself.
    Nautical accessory, it is!

  7. I've never been a bridesmaid. I could see that experience being stressful at the good end of the spectrum, and a train wreck at the bad end of the spectrum. Perhaps I should be glad, especially because drinking more than a small amount of alcohol causes me digestive issues. So I couldn't escape into any kind of martini. And no, I didn't see the twist coming.

    1. Never? I don't think I've ever known a woman who hasn't been a bridesmaid.


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