Peace on Earth…at Least in Johanna Woods
Now, before you think the office calendar didn’t get changed and we don’t know it’s January, keep reading! Since it is a time when folks make resolutions for the new year, it seemed like a good time to offer a suggestion that can apply to all of us. How about a resolution to be a better neighbor in the coming year? We are firm believers in Johanna Woods that every resident has the absolute right to live in quiet enjoyment in their homes. But what does that mean? It means that my actions or way of life will not disturb my neighbors. In more practical terms, it means they won’t be able to hear the bass from my stereo in their home. Or that my dog will not be outside barking and barking. Quiet enjoyment means that the neighbors don’t cringe when the children play outside because of all the noise made when they do. There are many other examples that could be given, but you get the idea! Quiet enjoyment is something we may not think much about, or even appreciate, until it is disturbed. Let’s all be more conscious this year of something we hopefully all enjoy and might take for granted! Peace and quiet. How pleasant to sit outside on a beautiful morning, with a cup of coffee, watching and listening to the birds, or just enjoying the quiet of the morning. A barking dog or the thump of a bass does not add charm to this experience! Quiet Enjoyment or peace in our corner of the world, let’s make a resolution to give that gift to our neighbors this year! We in the Johanna Woods office hope that each and every one of you have a blessed, peaceful and prosperous.

Wagoner County Officials Plan Annual Visit
Each year representatives of the County Assessor’s office visit the area to register new homeowners. This year they will be in our clubroom on Tuesday, January 16th, from 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm. If you bought a home in 2006, you can come in and make sure it is on the tax rolls at your purchase price. If that’s a lower price than what is currently on the tax rolls, your taxes could be reduced. Based on your age and income, a limited Homestead Exemption is also available. Check it out!

“Dieting” Cook’s Corner
Did you overdo it “just a little” or maybe “a lot” during the Holidays? It certainly is easy to do! Well, if you are one of the millions who did, here’s a low-fat soup recipe that might help you get back into a better and healthier dietary regimen. And what’s better during cold weather than a hot bowl of soup simmering on the stove!

Creamy Potato & Green Onion Soup
1 1/2 cups water
6 Medium potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/4 cup water
1 cup skim milk
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
2 green onions with tops (sliced finely)

Bring 1 1/2 cups water to boiling, add potatoes and celery, cover and bring to boil again. Reduce heat and cook until potatoes are tender. Drain the water from this cooked mixture into a blender. Add 3 cups of the cooked vegetables and 1/4 cup extra water. Cover and blend to a smooth texture-or leave a little chunky if you prefer. Place pureed vegetables back into the soup pan with remaining potatoes and celery. Stir in the remaining ingredients and heat, stirring occasionally until hot. Serve with garlic toast and you are ready to go!

Tax Time !!!!
Once again Uncle Sam is preparing to take his share of your income. If you need some help reducing his share of “your” pie, call neighbor Betty Lu Foster at 286-8672. She can help you with your taxes!!!!