DECEMBER 2003

Tis the Season
The season where we think of home and family and the many blessings in our lives. It’s the joyful season that brings out the kid in all of us! It’s the season of wonderful baked goods, candies and hot chocolate on a cold evening. How wonderful to walk into a warm kitchen where there’s a pie or cake cooling on the table, hot coffee and good company to share it all with. That’s the season and it’s here once again! And it’s the end of another challenging year for many in our community and city. But, rather than focusing on the tough times the earlier months may have brought, let’s remember the things we have that are really the most important. Is the family intact? Is everyone in good health? Is there a roof overhead and a warm bed to sleep in at night? Is there peace in our homes and hearts? Maybe we have had to scale back a little this year and, maybe our holiday budget is a little smaller this year… but, if we can answer yes to these questions, we truly have much to be thankful for! Spend time with and enjoy your family over the holidays. Worship with them, be glad to be with them and celebrate the real reason for Christmas with them. While you are counting your blessings this holiday season, be thankful you live in America, too! No other country has been so blessed as ours. We all have much to celebrate!

Holiday Safety Tips

Sadly, there are folks out there who would like to turn your holiday into a sad occasion by enriching themselves at your expense! Don’t let them. Here are some practical Holiday Safety Tips:

  • Don’t make gift displays visible from outside of your home.
  • Don’t advertise your Christmas gifts by placing large item boxes outside on trash day. Break them down first.
  • Immediately after the holidays, engrave expensive items with your driver’s license number. An engraver is available for check out through the office.
  • When shopping, especially at night, shop with a friend. Not only will you be safer, you will have more fun! Stay Safe!

Resident Information Updates Needed Again

It’s time once again to make sure that the information we have in your resident file is current. Jobs change, phone numbers change and we don’t always know it. But we need to. Please take a moment to complete the Resident information sheet that is included with this copy of your newsletter and return it to the office with your December rent payment. We will only use this information to update our files. It is very important that we have current info for each of our residents so that we can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency. And filling it out could earn you some Christmas $. See Below

Christmas Cooks Corner

Sweet Potato Casserole Ingred

  • Ingredients:
    1-40 oz. Can, cut sweet potatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350? F and butter a 2 quart baking dish. Place the sweet potatoes, liquid and all, into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes, or until tender.Remove from heat, drain and mash. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the mashed sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, 1/3 cup butter, milk and vanilla. Spread this mixture evenly into the buttered dish. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar, pecans, flour and melted butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the sweet potatoes. Bake 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the dish, comes out clean! Enjoy!

For Johanna Woods Only!
and Happy Holidays!!

Could you use some extra holiday cash? Well, just in time for the holidays, Johanna Woods will be giving away two, $50.00 Wal-Mart gift certificates. All you need to do to enter is to complete the Resident Information Sheet that is included with this months newsletter and return it to the office with your December rent. That’s it! So, fill out those forms, get that rent in, sit back, cross your fingers and have a great holiday! We want to help! And for the rest ofyou who live on 27th street-you can relax now! Until Dalton was born, the previous 3 babies had all been born to 27th Street residents! It seems now that this “trend” will be spread back out a little! If you are still concerned, we have a couple of vacancies on Johanna Blvd. Just see us at the office

Is There a Da Vinci in the House?

If you have an artistically inclined individual in your home and would like to sign them up for private art lessons, we have a neighbor who has the following offer for you. Stacie Cannon will be offering an 18-week course in beginning drawing from Jan 5th to May 21st. The lessons will be given in her home-right here in Johanna Woods-for anyone age 9 or older who would like to develop their artistic talents. Each lesson will cost $12.00 and will be 30 to 45 minutes in length. You can call Stacie to enroll or to find out more at 355-0580. Spaces and lesson times are limited, so if you are interested, make your arrangements soon!

Would You Be Interested in Saving Some Mortgage Interest?

Re-financing opportunities still exist. Interest rates have risen slightly, but there are still good opportunities to reduce the interest rate on your manufactured home. The step to find out if you qualify for re-financing is at no cost, no obligation, so you have nothing to lose by applying, but LOTS to gain if you qualify. You might be able to skip one or even two house payments, so what are you waiting for? Applications are available in the office. AND if you have already re-financed or did not qualify to re-finance, but still want to speed up paying off your mortgage, there are ways to do that, too! The Mortgage Payoff Acceleration Program is a simulated bi-weekly payment program that allows you to save even more interest dollars! It’s your money…why not keep more of it for the things you want to do? Call for details…355-1681

Helpful Christmas Tree Hints..

If you choose a live tree this year, here is a healthy mix for your tree that might keep it looking festive and healthy longer. Before you place it in the stand and decorate it, cut an inch off the bottom of the trunk and soak it overnight in this: A bucket of very warm water, 3 multi-vitamin tablets with iron, 2 cups of clear corn syrup and 1 tablespoon of bleach. Then, once you have it set up and decorated, keep plenty of water in the stand. When you are ready to clean up after Christmas, use an old nylon stocking to cover the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner and it won’t get plugged up! Just peel the stocking off over a trashcan once you are done and clean up is quick and easy! Merry Christmas!