AUGUST 2001

Johanna Woods Salutes…???
Have you ever seen the news shows where the journalist travels around the country on the whim of a dart thrown into a map and then selects someone to interview by picking a name out of a phone book? The idea behind the series is that everyone-no matter who they are or where they live-has a story.

Johanna Woods is a wonderful community made up of diverse and interesting folks. And while everyone may not have a big or fascinating story we are all unique. Occasionally the facts get out about some of our residents and it seems a shame not to let the whole community in on the special things some of our residents do or have done.

That’s the reason for this new feature. To share some of these wonderful stories with everyone. We may not have one every month, but we will once in a while. And without further introduction we are going to salute a neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous; but what she does is so vitally important it’s worth a mention. One of our neighbors is a foster mom. She takes in children who need a temporary home and someone to love them-for a while-until they are placed with a permanent family to love them for a lifetime. The last little one that came into her home was just 2 days old. And she already had a 5-month old that she was caring for and loving at the time. The little baby didn’t stay long. Just passed through on the way to what we all hope will be a permanent, loving and stable family life.

Caring for children is a big job. It’s a tough, demanding, and very rewarding job. Most of us don’t think much about it. But our neighbor gives her heart, time and resources away knowing that one day her heart will ache when the little one she has invested herself in goes away. It’s a tremendous and painful thing to do for those who cannot care for themselvles. Thanks neighbor…we salute you!

Record Temperatures and Heat Indexes-Again!
It is definitely summer in Oklahoma! And once again, we have adjusted the work hours for our maintenance crew so they can avoid working outside during the hottest part of the day. Please bear with us if you hear a weed-eater or lawnmower at 7:00 am. This adjustment is absolutely necessary to avoid the danger of overexposure. And if you have to be out in the heat, be sure you drink plenty of water, take breaks fairly often and don’t forget the sun screen!

For Johanna Woods Only…
Has it been a while since you had your air conditioner serviced? If so, you could be spending more each month to stay cool than you need to. One of our neighbors, Jason Booher, operates Air Management Company and can save you some money. Just call 688-2665 and you can save $15.00 off the regular price of $60.00 for an a/c check up. Don’t wait until it breaks down, check it out today!

Cable Update…
We have had several calls lately about cable service being out at different times through the day. Cox cable is in the process of re-building the cable system in our area and this is why there are outages. However, if your cable goes off and is NOT back on by 5:00 pm you may have a problem that requires a service call. If so, call 665-0200. Once the re-build is complete we should have better reception, more channels and high speed internet access, but it will be a few months before they are done!

Tex-Mex Cook’s Corner
Chicken Quesadillas
Yield: 6 servings

2-1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
2/3 cup salsa
1/3 cup sliced green onions
3/4 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 flour tortillas (8 inch diameter)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
Sour Cream and Quacamole

Directions:
In a skillet, combine the first 6 ingredients. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Brush one side of the tortillas with melted butter. Spoon 1/3 cup of chicken mixture over half of unbuttered side of each tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese and fold tortilla over cheese. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 475 degrees for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden. Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and guacamole. These are good!