I fought the Lawn…and the lawn almost won!
What a summer we have had! It rained almost the whole month of June making it tough to get on track with lawn care. Then, when it should have stopped raining so we could catch up in July—it rained some more! Now I am sure not complaining about the rain, but it has made it hard to get our mowing in hand. Maybe, finally, the grass will slow down long enough for us to get our lawns in shape. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you work in the yard….

  • Don’t forget to edge
  • And if you have a flower garden or border, don’t forget how quickly the weeds can overtake them. I don’t have much of a green thumb, but I have to tell you that I can grow the best weeds that you ever saw! And in half the time it takes to coax a flower into bloom! Why are flowers so hard and weeds so easy?
  • Step back and look at your lawn and garden from the street once in a while. It can be an eye-opener! There’s nothing lovelier than a well kept flower bed and there’s nothing uglier than an overgrown garden.

Another pool season comes to an end…or does it?
September 4th, Labor Day, is the last day of our regular pool operation this year. But, what if we open the pool for a few hours on the weekends while it is still hot? Do I hear a roar from the swimming crowd? Here’s the plan. I need everyone to turn in their pool passes on or before the 5th of September. Just leave your pass with the pool monitor or turn it in at the office the last time you swim. I will check passes in and make a list of who turned them in. Residents who turn their passes in get to swim! This is for residents only—no guests—and you have to be on the list to get in! We will open the pool Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm ’til 8:00 pm for two extra weekends in September. So turn those passes in and swim!

Cook’s Corner -Three Cheese Manicotti
12 Manicotti shells
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
8 ounces soft cream cheese with onions and chives
3 cups marinara sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook manicotti in a large pot according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Mix 3 cups mozzarella with soft cream cheese. Stuff manicotti and place in prepared baking dish. Spoon marinara sauce over manicotti. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella over manicotti in the dish and bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes.

For Johanna Woods Residents Only
Could Your Home Use A Power Wash?
Most of us stay so busy with the daily routine of our lives, we sometimes overlook things that need to be done—until they REALLY need to be done. The exteriors of our homes can get really dingy and dirty over time just because they are continually exposed to wind, rain and dust. And the water hose just can’t do the job of getting this dirt off. It really takes a power washer to do the job right. Take a look at your home.

If you think your home could use a high pressure “bath”, call Jeremy Jones at 850-6952. You will be amazed at how much better your home can look and it doesn’t cost a lot either! It’s the next best thing to a coat of paint!

Where Would You Like That Baby Delivered?
We may have had a “first” in Johanna Woods on the 11th of August. Caitlyn Leigh Edwards took her first big breath, greeted the world, her parents (and some of her grandparents, aunts and uncles!) in her new home—right here in Johanna Woods. I know that home births are growing in popularity, but I gotta tell ya, the only things that ever came to my mind when I heard the phrase “home delivery” were pizza, furniture or Schwan’s foods! Welcome! And congratulations Joe and Charity!

Meanwhile, the day before, another new little neighbor had also made her way into the world! Little Veronica Cavanaugh greeted her mom and dad, Dennis and Jennifer on the 10th of August. Congratulations to you and welcome, Veronica!

Just as a note of caution, the last three births in our community have been to families who live on Johanna Blvd—don’t know if the water is different or what’s going on, but if you have all the kids you want and you live on Johanna Blvd, you might want to trade homes with someone on 29th or 30th street!

Shakey’s Frozen Custard has a special for you!
And all because you live in Johanna Woods! Never heard of Shakey’s? Well, you have now!

Shakey’s is located on Elm Place between Highway 51 and Kenosha. And this month, you can get a small concrete free when you buy a large one! What’s a concrete you ask? It’s custard with candy or fruit pieces mixed in—and it is good! There’s a coupon for this special enclosed with this copy of your newsletter. It’s good until October 1, 2000 and we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for being part of our community!