Wishing for Spring!
Wow! What a winter! We’ve seen a few teasing previews of spring mixed in with some very harsh reminders that it is still Winter. But, spring will eventually arrive. And that means it will be time once again for the 4-sided inspections on each home in the community. These have proven to be a real asset to the overall quality of our community. Here are key areas that the inspection focuses on:

  • How does the paint on your home look?
  • Is the siding dirty and in need of a good power-wash?
  • Has your skirting lost the battle with the weed eater?
  • Do steps, decks or storage buildings need painting, re-staining or repair?
  • Is there “stuff” outside your home that needs to be discarded or stored out of sight?
  • Do you have house numbers on your home or porch facing the street?
  • Any broken windows or torn screens?

Now is a good time to look around and begin planning to repair any of these items. You will be way ahead of the Spring Inspections if you will. The condition of our community as a whole affects the individual value of each of our homes. If you are considering selling your home in the near future, you will be glad you, and your neighbors, kept things in good repair. If you have questions about the inspection process, please ask. If you need the names of suppliers or service providers, we might be able to help you with that, too! Give us a call.

Preparing for Springtime Weather
One of the least pleasant aspects of Spring in Oklahoma is the threat of tornadoes and wicked weather. Johanna Woods is one of only a few communities anywhere that has storm shelters. Everyone in the community should have received a shelter assignment. If you are not sure which shelter you should take cover in during stormy weather, or where it is, please contact the office. We want everyone to be prepared when that wild Spring weather makes its way back to town, because we know it’s coming!

Wagoner County Visit Postponed Due to Weather
Due to the icy weather, representatives of the Wagoner County Assessors Office were forced to cancel their visit to our community.They re-scheduled for January 30th, but that was too soon for us to be able to let everyone know. If you have questions about Homestead Exemtion or your taxes, you can call the assessor’s office at 485-2367.

February Valentine’s Drawing
We will have a drawing this month for a $25.00 gift certificate to one of these fine restaurants:

  • Red Lobster
  • Olive Garden
  • Marie Callender’s
  • Napoli’s
  • Stonemill BBQ

All you have to do to be entered is have your rent in on time! All rent that is in the rent box or the office by the time we open on the morning of the 6th is considered to be on time. We will hold the drawing on the 9th and the lucky winner will get to choose where they would like to take their spouse, sweetheart, significant other, best friend, mom, whatever! The gift certificate will be presented in time for a special valentine evening out, or just a friendly dinner whenever. It’s up to you, so get that rent in!

Skirt-Guard® Order
A couple of months ago we told you about a product called Skirt-Guard®. This is a length of hard plastic about 4 1/2″ tall that snaps onto the ground track, in front of your skirting, to protect the vinyl panels from the weed-eater. We are planning to place an order soon, so we can get the product in and installed before lawn season this year. Given the interest we have received, we should have no trouble buying this in quantities that will allow you, as a homeowner, to obtain the product for $.57 per foot. That’s a super deal! If you are interested and have not yet let us know, please call the office so we can add your name to the list. This is much cheaper than replacing damaged skirting panels and inspections are coming up. There is a product sample on display in the office, so please come in and take a look soon!

Community Improvements
Every year as we ask our residents to maintain their homes, we also look around to see what we need to do to keep the community up to date, modern and in good repair. And, surprisingly, we always find things that need to be done! Late last year we undertook a large-scale project of replacing driveways that have begun to break up as a result of years of use and weather. Over the course of this year, we will be replacing quite a few driveways and sidewalk areas. We also replaced the central heat and air units in the office and clubroom. These are just a couple of projects we are working on or have done. There are more and we will let you know what they are!

Neighbor Handyman Info
With Spring and inspections just around the corner, there is a neighbor in Johanna Woods who would like to help with some of your repair needs. Dan Luper has started his own home remodeling and repair business. As a new business owner, he would appreciate your business. If you have something he could help you with please feel free to give him a call. You can reach him at 639-4751 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please remember that anytime we put someone’s name or business in the newsletter, we do it as a courtesy to make our residents aware that their service is available. It is not done as a recommendation or endorsement

Mexican Cooks Corner
Easy Tex-Mex Taco Bake
2 cans (15 0z. each) chili, no beans
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen corn, not thawed or drained
1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
6 oz. Tortilla chips (about 7 cups) coarsely crushed
Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray a 2-qt. Baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Combine the chili, corn, tomatoes and cheese. Layer one third of the chili mixture in the prepared dish and top with half of the chips. Repeat the layers and cover with the remaining chili mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the mixture is hot and bubbly. Serve with sour cream and cheese as desired. This one is fast, easy and good! Enjoy!