Johanna Woods Salutes…Our Veterans
On November 11th each year, our nation officially recognizes the men and women who have served in our countries armed forces. In the recent past, no doubt, many of us have watched this day come and go, enjoyed the peace and prosperity that their efforts and lives purchased for us without ever fully comprehending just what our freedom cost. This year, we may have a different view. Americans have enjoyed a remarkable period of peace and safety. Our shores have not been threatened nor have our cities and towns been invaded or shelled by enemy forces. Much of our population has seen war only on the television or in the movies. And we would probably have all been content for things to have stayed that way. But such is not the case.

Through out our community and our land are those who have seen war. They have been close enough to it to witness the devastation of it, to smell and almost taste it. Others may have served in support roles, providing the essential services that kept a military offensive moving forward. And then there are those that served, in the different branches of our military during peace times. Keeping us safe, by maintaining a strong military presence to keep those who would quickly impose tyranny, if it were easy to do, at bay. None of the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted so often in this country would be possible without the contribution of all that have served and continue to do so. We owe them a lot. At the very least, we owe them our respect and thanks.

It would be wonderful if this newsletter could list all of the residents and employees of Johanna Woods who have served our country. A lot of your names are well known to us, but at the risk of missing or overlooking anyone, we would just like to say a general ìthank youî. You were willing to leave your home and your comfort and risk your lives to insure that America would be safe for your children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends and people you would never meet. Thank you for the wonderful heritage and country that is the United States of America. May we always remember that freedom has never been free-and still isn’t…

Keeping Our Community Safe…
With all that’s going on in the world around us, it’s extremely important that we all pay attention to our community and homes. Very often, major events can be a distraction that provides a perfect cover for the penny ante criminal. For example, if the authorities are all involved with a major fire across town, they may not respond as quickly to someone who is stealing a lawn mower or a bicycle out of someone’s yard. But that’s where watchful neighbors can make all the difference in the world. As neighbors, we are, individually and collectively, the best crime stoppers you could ask for. Always remember that crime affects us all. If your neighbor’s lawn mower is stolen today, it might be something of yours that is stolen tomorrow. Stay sharp and get to know your neighbors. And report things that don’t look right to the police and to me. Let’s all work together to protect our community.

For Johanna Woods Only…
Back by popular demand… is the free dump day! We have done this several times and it has proven to be very helpful to our residents. And if it helps our residents, we like it! So, on Saturday, November 10th, from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm you can bring all that ìstuffî you need to get rid of to the Johanna Woods storage yard and you can get rid of it for free! Such a deal. So mark your calendars. Now, remember that there are a few items we can’t help you dispose of: flammable materials, explosives or liquids. But just about anything else is OK!

It’s Time To Update Our Resident Files…
Along with your newsletter is a copy of a Resident Information Sheet. It is important to make sure that we have the most current information available for our residents so that we can reach you in the event of an emergency. Please take a few moments to complete this sheet and return it to the office. This information is private and is for Johanna Woods use only. Thanks!

Cold Weather Cook’s Corner:
Award Winning Chili

2 pounds ground beef-or-1 pound ground beef and 1 pound sausage
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can pinto beans
1 can ro-tel tomatoes
2 cups salsa-whatever temperature you want!
1 package Williams Chili mix-Tex-Mex or original

Brown the meat with the onion and garlic. Drain and put meat into a dutch oven for stove top cooking or you can put all this into a crock pot. Add all the other ingredients and simmer until heated through. This is wonderful, quick and you can make it as spicy or as mild as you like by choosing the salsa that you prefer. Enjoy!

NOTE : There is no salt in this recipe because of all the seasonings that are part of the mix . Just didn’t want you to think we forgot it!