JUNE 2003

Do You Know Your Neighbors?
Did you know that one of the best defenses against crime in any neighborhood is the residents who live there? How well do you know who lives next door to you? Are there different people living there today than were there yesterday? In Johanna Woods, we make a practice of placing a ìNew Neighborî welcome sign in the yards of all new residents. If you have someone different living next door to you and you haven’t seen one of those signs, it’s time to call the office so it can be determined whether or not there is a problem. And don’t confuse being a good and alert neighbor with being a nosy neighbor. They are very different concepts. Knowing your neighbor and their routines is not only helpful to the entire community, it can be a lifesaver for an elderly neighbor. If you live next door to an elderly, frail neighbor and you haven’t seen them for a while there could be a medical problem that they need help with. In this age of portable meth labs and indiscriminate crime, it pays to make sure we all know who is living next door to us. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, come down to the office and let’s talk about it.

Johanna Woods Salutes our Graduates!
The month of May brings the promise of Summer, the end of school and has also brought graduation honors for some of our residents. Diana Burke graduated with a degree in Business Administration from ORU. Patricia LaFon graduated from Rhema and Jessica Edwards took her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from Baptist Bible Translators Institute. Congratulations to each of these for their hard work and perseverance. If there are other graduates in Johanna Woods that are not listed here, it’s only because we didn’t know about it! Please let us know. We love to hear about the achievements of our residents so please don’t be shy with your accomplishments.

Lawn Care Basics
As we get into the mowing season, it’s fair to say that we all appreciate how lovely and green everything looks. But, it’s probably also fair to say that it would be nice if so much effort wasn’t required to keep everything neat and tidy during Spring and Summer. Sadly, the grass just doesn’t know when it’s the right height and the weeds always grow better than anything else in the yard. Proper lawn care in Johanna Woods is mowing AND trimming around our homes, buildings, concrete surfaces and anything else in our yard. If it isn’t trimmed, the job isn’t finished!

Ground is Broken On Storm Shelters
What a wild Spring it has been in Oklahoma! Every year brings with it the potential for devastating storms and this year has certainly driven that reality home. Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for others, Tulsa has been spared the most violent of the storms. By the time you read this newsletter, work will have be-gun on our storm shelters!

According to a survey taken in Johanna Woods, storm shelters were listed by our residents as the improvement to the community that they would most like to see. And with the recent rash of bad weather, the need for them is truly evident. They are being built to standards set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and will actually exceed their standards in some aspects of construction. They will be a welcome addition to our community. More details will follow as we proceed.

Johanna Woods Salutes Dad
Happy Father’s Day! Dad’s are so important to our community and our society at large. Every little girl needs a dad to teach her what to look for in a future husband. Someone that will work hard and take care of the family through the tough times as well as the good. Every little boy needs a dad as a role model of what a real man is supposed to be and how he should act. Someone who anchors the family and teaches that commitment is more important than feelings and that sometimes love comes in the form of discipline and teaching right from wrong. Dad has a big job. Thanks to all our dads for all you do. Your role in the lives of your children will be evident in the lives of your grandchildren, great grandchildren… and so on and so on and so on! Thanks!

Inspections Have Been Completed
The 4-sided inspections of our homes are done! Everyone should have their copy in the mail by now. One of the areas that is looked at closely is the condition of the skirting around each home. If there are gaps and openings in your skirting, it doesn’t just look bad, it could result in problems you might have never considered. It provides a perfect access for small animals who would like to live with you! One of our residents came face to face with a possum that had somehow made it’s way into her heating and air duct-work! Another woke up one morning to the STRONG and unhappy realization that skunks were living under their home. Having your skirting intact is about more than how it looks. It’s about protecting your investment.

Ranch-Style Sirloin and Vegetable Kabobs
Ingredients: Serves 4

1 lb boneless beef top sirloin steak, 1î thick
1oz package dry, Ranch salad dressing mix (original)
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium green or red bell pepper, cut in 1î pieces
1 medium yellow squash or zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced crosswise in 3/4î pieces

Combine Ranch mix, water and oil in a small bowl and mix well. Cut the steak into 1″ x 1″ pieces and alternately place beef and vegetables onto four skewers. Brush the kabobs with the dressing mixture and grill over medium, ash-covered coals. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes for medium doneness, turning occasionally.