Could 2003 Be The Best Year of Your Life?
It certainly could be! But if so, it will probably be up to you to a great degree. In real estate they have a saying, ìlocation, location, locationî, because that is one of the most important factors in real estate being a profitable investment. In life, maybe we should say, ìoutlook, outlook, outlookî. How do you view your life and world? January 1st is traditionally a time of looking back at the year we have had and also a time of looking forward to what lies ahead. We have some challenges ahead of us, without a doubt. Our country is on the brink of a military conflict with Iraq. Our economy is not as vibrant as it was a couple of years ago and we are feeling the effects of that all around us. Historically, whenever there has been the threat of war in our country it has caused us to stop and examine the things that are truly important to us. And when we do that our outlook changes! When we focus on our families, our relationship with God and the opportunities we enjoy just because we live in America, we can see how truly blessed we are. Do we have some major challenges ahead? We sure do! And maybe more than we even realize right now. But our greatest challenge may be in how we choose to face them. If we can properly focus our outlook, the rest will be easier. If you want 2003 to be the best year of your life, take a moment to re-examine your priorities. Make sure they are made of the things that are truly important. Take time each day to be thankful for all you have been blessed with and you might just be surprised at how much better the future looks!

Wagoner County Assessors Plan Annual Visit
On January 21st from 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm, representatives from the Assessors Office in Wagoner County will be on hand in the Johanna Woods Clubhouse to help anyone needing to register their home, file for Homestead Exemption, or just to answer tax related questions. Mark your calendar and come on down if you need their help! As always, we are pleased to be able to offer this convenience to our residents and hope it is of value to you.

New Year’s Eve Cook’s Corner
Hot Cranberry Wassail

1 gallon low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail
5 cups apple juice
Four 3-inch cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons whole allspice

Combine juices, cinnamon sticks and allspice in a large pot and warm over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. strain punch to remove spices, serve hot.


New Year’s Day Tradition’s Corner
Black-Eyed Peas, Hog Jowls, Corn Bread and Collard Greens are traditional meals for good luck and prosperity in the New Year in the Southern part of our country!

Here are a few other traditions:
– Cuban tradition holds to eating 12 grapes at midnight.
– German folklore adheres to eating herring at the stroke of midnight for good luck.
– Those of Polish descent prefer pickled herring as the first bite of the new year to bring good luck.
– In Denmark, boiled cod is a New Year’s Eve must.
– In the Philippines it is important to have food on the table at midnight to insure an abundance of food in the new year!

Congratulations to These Long Time Residents

Evelyn Graham
Roy Hannah
Marilyn Johnson
Sharon Hiestand
Sue Williams
Deanna Wood
Bob Saitta
Eldon Belknap
Danny Tiger
10 or More Years:
John Clark
Vicky Loveless
Sharon Dodson
Phyllis Perry
Terry Lewis
Glenda Prince
Allen Landry
Kelli Belknap
Harold hart
Nelson Hoople
R. L. Woods
Darrell Cordier
Joe McDougal
Cindy Paige
Lynda Martin
Ginger Snow
Ruth Nelson
Carrin Fuller
Kenny Schwarz
Mary Sudberry
Nancy Heard
Mark Calvert
Paula Armstrong
Lisa Wright

We appreciate all of our residents very much. Right now, over 15% of our residents have been in Johanna Woods for 10 years or more. Another 10% are coming up on 8 years in Johanna Woods. Thanks to all of you who have made our community your home. We are glad to have you here!