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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Garden (09/07/06)

TITLE: A Letter From Ohio
By Elaine Taylor


Dear Tess,

Greetings from the Heart of it All!

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your last letter. I promise to be a better friend next time.
This has been such a busy, busy summer. We have been working a lot with the campaign since it is an election year. Started door to door lit drops in June and have also tossed candy in parades almost every weekend. Began making phones calls last week about yard signs. Planning on going to Chicago after the election. Would love to see the Tut exhibit and it will be nice to get away and relax. Haven't had a vacation since our honeymoon

How's the weather there? We finally got a good soaking rain yesterday. Just patched all the bare spots in the lawn last week and the new seeds have already sprouted. My flowerbeds have done pretty well considering all the heat we had this year. The zinnias and petunias just became huge masses of blossoms. Unfortunately, the weeds thrived too! I swear I am ripping out something every other day. I lost some daisies and mums but hopefully the roots are alive and they will come back next summer. I bought a bunch of flowers on clearance at Wal-Mart. Paula down the street told me about the deals they were having and I couldn't resist. I would love to have a peony bush by the front door and another one on the corner of the house. Someone told me that I have to order those through a catalog since most nurseries around here do not carry the roots.

My neighbor Lori has blessed me with a lot of plants. She gave me hostas, irises, and geraniums. I planted most of them in my shade garden. Nella gave me some Naked Ladies and Creeping Jenny, too. I am excited to see what it will all look like next year. Joe took pity on me and put rocks around the bed borders since my back was bothering me. He is such a good husband. He has promised me that he will hang up the window boxes soon. They are black wrought iron and will look nice against the white siding. Did I tell you we painted our shutters? The front door, too. It's a real pretty shade of blue; almost royal, but not quite. Looks like a brand new house. Joe was pleased because it didn't cost a lot of money. The man who did the work was wonderful. He painted Lori's house and I was just so impressed with the way it turned out. Now all I need to do is paint the mailbox post, seal the driveway and I can call it quits for the year. I will send you some pictures with my next letter.

Enough about me. How are you? How is Jerry and the kids? You need to tell me all about your trip to Tulsa.

Well, my friend, I better get going.
I miss you!
I love you!
God bless you!


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Jan Ross09/16/06
Being from Ohio, the title caught my eye! :) Nice take on the "Garden" theme! My goodness, she must have a HUGE yard full of flowers! Nevertheless, this was a nice break from the stories as you approached things differently. Good job! :)
Joanne Sher 09/18/06
Really enjoyed your conversational style here - this definitely felt like a real letter! Nice job.