Happy Thanksgiving
When we think about this holiday, we normally think about the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth and celebrating their first harvest, the next year, in December of 1621. This may be the best known observance, but it is not the earliest. A few years before, in 1607 there were Thanksgiving services held in Jamestown, VA by our earliest settlers. In 1789 America celebrated its first Day of Thanksigving following a proclamation issued by President George Washington. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until 1863 that President Lincoln set aside the last Thursday of November as a national day of Thanksgiving, and then, in 1941, Congress permanently established this day as a national holiday! It might have taken a while for the actual holiday to be established, but the desire to collectively express our gratitude to God for the blessings we all enjoy has certainly been part of our history since our history began. This year as we enjoy time off from our work, time with our families and all the dlightful holiday celebrations that are unique to Thanksgiving, let’s remind ourselves and our families of how blessed we are. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who came before us and, above alll, to God who makes our lives as Americans so rich and bountiful! We are blessed indeed!

Don’t Forget our Veterans
Our American freedoms have ben purchased by the blood and toil of many who came before us. Along with Thanksgiving, Novbember is when we pay tribute to those who sacrified and served our country. They often paid the greatest possible price for freedom for future generations. In any event, it is a great sacrifice to leave the comforts of home for the uncertainty of conflict. Thanks to all in our community who have served or are serving our country. You have truly made possible for each of us, the continued blessings of freedom.

Cable Changes Take Effect November 1st
If you somehow missed the letter that was included with the October newsletter, you may not be aware that as of november 1st, our residents will be purchasing their cable services directly from Cox Cable. This change was necessary because of the price increase Cox would have required in orer to continue our service agreement. If you have not completed an enrollment form to sign up directly with Cox, for individual billing, these forms are available in our office. Come in or call us to find out what’s going on if you are still in the dark where cable in concerned–but you need to hurry before you are REALLY in the dark where cable is concerned!

Fall Cooks Corner
Pumpkin Dessert
1—15 oz. can pumpkin
1—12 ox. can evaporated milk
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teas. Cinnamon
1/4 teas. Ginger
2 sticks margarine
2 eggs
1 T flour
1/2 teas. Salt
1/4 teas. Nutmeg
1 yellow cake mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine the pumpkin, eggs, milk, flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour and spread this mixture into a greased 9′ X 13′ cake pan. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly on top of the pumpkin mixture. Melt the margarine and pour it on top of the cake mix. Sprinkle the pecans on top of the dessert and bake at 350Ü for 45 min. to an hour. This recipe comes from our very own office assistant, Shelli, and it is wonderful—especially warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Enjoy!

For Johanna Woods Only!
As has become tradition in Johanna Woods, we would like to buy the Thanksgiving turkey (ham, chicken – whatever!) for your Thanksgiving feast again this year. We will be giving away 10, $10 Reasor’s gift certificates during the month of November. Your on-time rental payment is your entry into this drawing. That’s it, nothing more to do! And it’s just for you because you live in Johanna Woods—and we’re glad you’re here!