APRIL 2006

Spring- And Storms Arrive Again!
“Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…” And over the highways, through the city, across the neighborhoods, etcetera, etcetera! Are you ready? Before the winds and storms arrive in earnest look around your yard for loose “stuff” that could blow away in a strong wind. Secure it, store it, or just get rid of it. Are your shutters attached securely? How about trash cans and lids? Look for anything that could end up in your neighbors front yard, on their roof or in the street and lock it down. And, is your family prepared for stormy weather? Do you know which shelter to use? Do your kids know what to do if a storm blows up when you are away? Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do BEFORE a storm hits. We monitor the weather very closely in the Spring so we can open the shelters when needed. But, PLEASE, don’t wait until the last minute to take shelter. You need to be in the shelter BEFORE the storm is upon us so we can secure the door. With the forecasting technology that is available, there is usually ample warning about impending storm danger. Make sure you stay well informed during stormy weather so you can stay safe. Finally, please remember that pets are not allowed in the storm shelters or basement. If you bring them with you, they will have to be left outside.

Inspections Have Begun!
As sure as the arrival of Spring in Oklahoma is the process of home inspections in Johanna Woods. And, while the inspection is not quite as detailed as the picture might imply, they are fairly thorough. Here are some areas to check so you can be sure your home will pass muster: 1) Are all windows and screens intact? 2) Do you have house numbers that can be seen from the street? 3) Is siding clean or is power washing or painting needed? 4) Is wood trim and siding sound with no signs of decay or deterioration? 5) How about your storage shed? The same guidelines for home appearance apply to sheds. Our goal in Johanna Woods is to not look like a trailer park. With the proper maintenance of all of our homes, Johanna Woods will be an asset to our community and our home values will stay higher, too!

Cook’s Corner
Quick Goulash
Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
2 cans tomato sauce-8 oz. size
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 green pepper, chopped
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups elbow macaroni
4 oz. Velveeta cheese
1/4 cup milk

Directions: Brown the ground beef in a skillet. At the same time, cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain the meat and add the garlic powder, salt, pepper, onions and green pepper. Stir this around over a low fire to flavor the meat for a few minutes, then add the tomato sauce. Continue to simmer over a very low heat. When the macaroni is done, drain it and add the cheese and milk. Stir until the cheese is melted. Add the macaroni and cheese mix to the skillet and stir well. This dish will feed 4 easily and takes only about 35 minutes to prepare. It is great with a salad and hot garlic bread.

Tip: If you would rather not make your own macaroni and cheese, you can prepare a box mix and combine it with the meat sauce.

Referrals Make $ and Sense!
Congratulations to the Boyle family! They are enjoying April rent on Johanna Woods as a result of referring a family member to our community. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is a great deal. Johanna Woods has a brand new resident, the Boyle’s have a free month of rent and our new resident has a new home! It’s a win, win, win deal. If you know someone who is looking for a change of community, or new home, send them our way!

For Johanna Woods Only…
Since April is officially “Home Improvement Month” how about a drawing for a $25.00 Lowe’s gift card? Sounds like a plan to me! It also seems to fit in perfectly with the fact that our home inspections are underway. As always, when we have a drawing, your on-time rent payment is your entry. All you have to do is make sure your rent is in the office or in the rent drop box by the time we open the office on the morning of April 6th and you will be entered. Rent that comes in after that time is late and won’t be eligible for the drawing. This drawing is just for you, just because you live in Johanna Woods! We are glad to have all of our residents here!

Does Your Home Need a “Bath”?
If it does, there is an easier way to give it one than this! One of the things that turns up fairly often on the home inspections is dirty siding. Homes with vinyl and metal siding can require washing to remove the dirt that accumulates as a result of exposure to the elements. This is a simple and fairly inexpensive process, if you know someone who has a power-washer! Trying to clean the exterior in any other way, will be a chore. If this is one of the items that you anticipate having to deal with on your inspection, we just happen to have a neighbor with a power-washer, who would be more than happy to help you take care of this. You can call Richard Beeler, at 355-5709. He will give you a reasonable quote and wash your home for you! That makes one less thing for you to worry about. Put that bucket away!

I Fought the Lawn…and the Lawn Won!
Are you looking for some help with your lawn care chores this year? If your answer to this quest ion is “YES!”, we have some folks that might be able to help you. Both Richard Beeler and R.L. Woods have provided reasonable lawn care charges in our community for many years. Just give one of them a call if you are looking to “outsource” your lawn care chores this year. Mr. Beeler is available at 355-5709. You can reach Mr. Woods at 355-3090. Remember, lawn care in Johanna Woods is more than just mowing the grass. All of the concrete surfaces need to be edged and the grass needs to be trimmed around your home, porch and storage buildings. We don’t want people to think “trailer park” when they drive by Johanna Woods. Neatly cut and trimmed lawns go a long way toward helping us look our best everyday.