AUGUST 2006

Lawn Inspections… It’s Kind of Like Sorting Sweet Potatoes!
Have you ever tried to sort sweet potatoes into categories based on size? It goes something like this…this one is small, this one is medium, no, this one is closer to small than it is to medium. This one is large, this one is medium, well, on second thought this one is closer to large than to medium…this one is small, no medium! Get the picture? In short it isn’t as easy as it might sound. That’s the way it is driving around Johanna Woods every Friday trying to decide which lawns need the most attention. Is the one on the corner as bad as the one across the street? Is the one next door to it as bad as the one three doors down? If it’s frustrating to receive a lawn tag, try looking at lawn notices from the other side. Drive slowly through the community, glance back and forth at both sides of the street as you go, decide which lawns are the tallest, and make a list of addresses, all at the same time! It’s not as simple or straightforward as you might think. Is it a perfect science? Not a chance. Is it possible that someone who needs a tag could be missed? Sure. Each week 30 to 40 lawn tags are issued. They are issued to good, hard-working residents who are busy and sometimes put off lawn work. Sometimes they put it off because it’s HOT! These things are understandable, but don’t change the fact that lawns have to be maintained. So…next time you get a mow tag, don’t get upset, take a look at your lawn. If it needs to be mowed, just mow it! If you have equipment or other problemS and need a little more time, call us! We won’t know there is a problem unless you tell us. If you get a lawn tag on Friday, your lawn needed to be mowed already. By Monday, it will really look bad, so there won’t be a lot more time allowed to get it done. The reason we deliver lawn notices on Friday is to allow the entire weekend to get the work done. The appearance of our lawns is a big factor in what people think about our community. That’s why we spend so much time and effort to make sure they look nice.

Broken Arrow Schools Start August 17th!
The summer is melting away and it’s time for school to start again. School buses will soon be making their way through the community and kids will be waiting for them or walking to meet them. Be watchful for this increase in activity in the mornings and afternoons and drive carefully!

Back To School/Hot Weather Cooks Corner
Apple Dip
Ingredients:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
Apple slices (or other fruit slices)
½ cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Combine cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix well, until all of the brown sugar has been blended into the cream cheese, along with the vanilla. If the mixture is too thin for your taste, add a small additional amount of brown sugar. If it is too thick, add a little more vanilla extract. You can enjoy this right away or chill it and save for later. Either way, dip those fruit slices and enjoy a cool summer treat!
You can also use strawberry-flavored cream cheese. Perhaps the best part of all is that you can enjoy this snack without cooking or heating up the kitchen!

Staying Safe and Well in the Heat
Each year in America around 175 people die as a result of heat stroke and stress. This is more than die from lightning strikes, tornadoes, hurricane, floods or earthquakes in a typical year. We all have to be out in the heat from time to time during the summer. Some have to work outside in the heat. Here are some ways to avoid being a heat-related statistic this year:
1) Increase your intake of non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks, such as water and juice. 2) Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. 3) Wear a hat to protect your head and neck. 4) Slow Down. Save more physical activity for cooler days.

Hot Weather Maintenance Hours
Every year as the thermometer goes higher and higher, we change the hours for our maintenance crew to try and keep them out of the worst heat of the day. We have made that adjustment again, so please keep this in mind if you need something from the maintenance crew. They are starting work at 7:00 a.m. and finishing up at 4:00 p.m. Also, if you hear a lawnmower or weed-eater a little earlier in the morning we will appreciate your patience. With temperatures and heat indexes as hot as they have been, we are trying to make sure our staff does not get overheated. We certainly appreciate your understanding as we make this seasonal adjustment.

The “Dog Days” of Summer
Have you ever heard a phrase or expression and wondered where it came from? In Oklahoma we are all well-acquainted with the period of time called the “dog days of summer”, but here is a little trivia for you about that phrase. Early European people connected the stars to form figures we know as constellations. Some were bears, bulls, dogs, etc. Canis Major is one of the dog images and the brightest star in this “big dog” star grouping is called Sirius. Now this star, Sirius, also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. In the summer, late July and early August, Sirius, the “dog star” rises and sets with the sun. The ancients believed that the heat from Sirius combined with the heat from the sun to create a stretch of especially hot and steamy weather. They named this period of time “dog days”, after the dog star. And the rest, as they say, is history. We know that it’s the tilt of the earth that causes the increased heat, but now you know the story behind the phrase!

Hot Weather Tip
You can save some money on your electric bill during these sweltering summer months by using the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. Simply turning these fans on when you cook or shower will remove the extra heat and moisture from your home. This will keep your air conditioner from having to work so hard to compensate for the extra heat and humidity, saving some of your $.

For Johanna Woods Only!
Summer has arrived like an inferno, temperatures are soaring and school is about to start! To help keep you cool, help get the kids ready to go back to school or just to use anyway you want to, we will be giving away $50.00 in cool summer cash in August! Your on-time rental payment is your entry for the drawing, so don’t miss out! All rent is on time if it is in the office or the rent box by the time we open the office on the morning of the 6th!! This opportunity is just for you-and just because you live in Johanna Woods!! Be on time!

Emergency Response
Johanna Woods has enjoyed being a fairly quiet community over the years. But it’s imperative that we never forget that crime can happen anywhere. We must all keep our eyes and ears open to what is going on in the community. If you see or hear something suspicious, call the police.
Management certainly needs to know when there is a problem, but the police are trained first responders. It’s their job to deal with any potentially dangerous situation. Don’t try to deal with it yourself and don’t call management first. Call the police, then me.