SEPTEMBER 2001

In A Perfect World…
Ever dream of what life would be like in a perfect world? Everyone does from time to time. Life can become so busy and complicated that we all wish we could trade our hectic schedules in for calm on occasion. What would you wish for in your perfect world? No taxes? No bills? No rules? Perfect children? Enough money that you wouldn’t have to work or worry for the rest of your life? We might all vote for that one, but the reality is that life is made up of family responsibilities, laws and, yes, even taxes! In a perfect world all our lawns would be the perfect length all the time. Our homes would never need to be painted and we would certainly never have to pull weeds out of our flowerbeds! What a life that would be! But once again, it’s only a dream and none of these things will happen unless we do them. The inspections that we began this year in Johanna Woods are necessary because we don’t live in a perfect world. Because every once in a while someone needs to be reminded to mow their lawn. Every once in a while a home is neglected-or someone is just so busy that they can’t get to those needed repairs – and we have to make sure that they are not overlooked for too long. In other instances people may not realize exactly what is required and it is helpful to spell it out in a format that is consistent for everyone in Johanna Woods. And have you looked around our community lately? There are home improvements going on everywhere! Homes are being painted, power-washed , skirting is being repaired or replaced and many other marvelous improvements are being made all over Johanna Woods. It’s wonderful! If you are one of our neighbors who has been busy making your home beautiful we want to thank you. If your home was already beautiful and you didn’t have much to do to keep it that way, we want to thank you, too! If you have repairs to make and you haven’t started yet, you better get busy as re-inspections are already in progress. It’s not a perfect world in Johanna Woods, but hopefully even though it isn’t, you won’t find yourself living next door to a home that belongs in a trailer park-at least not for long!

Important Election Scheduled for Sepember!
On September 25th our state will vote on an issue of great importance. No matter which side of the Right to Work issue you are on, please make sure you come out and exercise your right to vote. The clubroom will be open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm and your vote matters. If you don’t feel you know enough about Right to Work to know how to vote, please take the time to educate yourself so you can make an informed decision. Your vote is important!

For Johanna Woods Residents Only…

Fall is arriving, school has started and the community pool will be closing on September 4th, after the Labor Day Holiday. Everyone needs to turn in their pool passes after the pool closes and to encourage you to do that very thing… let’s have a drawing! That would be a nice back to school kind of thing to do, too, wouldn’t it! So here’s the plan: Bring your passes back in to the office anytime after the 4th. You can also drop them in the door slot if we aren’t here when you come by. (If you have several passes it would be very helpful if you would put the passes in an envelope before you drop them off!) Each set of returned passes will count as an entry and on the 15th of September we will draw one name from these entries and the winner will receive a $50.00 Wal-Mart gift certificate. Such a Deal! What if you don’t have pool passes to return? You can still enter! Just drop a note with your name and address on it through the slot and you will be entered! Keep those cards, letters-and pool passes coming!

Got A Question, Concern or Complaint?
We want to hear it! Johanna Woods is a progressive community and we are continually looking for ways to improve and provide our residents with exceptional housing value. Are we perfect? Not at all. Do we miss things sometimes? Sure we do. Do we try and make corrections and adjustments when we do. YES! In order to provide our residents with a simple method of bringing problems or oversights to our attention, we are implementing a formal communication program. As of September 1st, a mailbox containing “Opportunity Forms” will be posted outside the office. Simply write down your problem or concern, sign it and put it through the mail slot. Your suggestion, etc., will receive an answer in writing only if you sign it.

The Labor Day Celebration
Ever wonder how some of the holidays and celebrations that we observe in America came to be? Well, if you were sleeping during that part of your History class or just don’t have the kind of memory that will make you rich on Jeopardy or Who Wants to be a Millionaire, this article is for you! Labor Day is a holiday to honor working people, the people that make America “work” by- going to work every day. The first informal Labor Day event was a march down the streets of New York in 1872 and was organized to draw attention to the poor and often dangerous working conditions of that time. Later, in 1894, President Grover Cleveland established the first Monday in September as a national holiday honoring America’s workers. And there you have it, that’s how it all got started! If you are a hard working American this is your day! Enjoy it-but then get back to work on Tuesday!

Back to School Cook’s Corner
Golden Chicken
Yield: 4 servings

With the kids back in school everyone is busy again. Hopefully this quick supper recipe will fit nicely into those new and wild schedules and help take some of the pressure off the resident cook! Enjoy.

Ingredients:
4 Boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Directions:
Pound chicken to 1/4 inch thickness. Combine bread crumbs and seasonings in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg, then in the seasoned crumb mixture. In a skillet, brown the chicken in the oil and butter over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.