MAY 2007

The Long View
Have you ever heard the phrase, “take the long view”? It means looking at the long-term effects of an action, or decision, rather than just focusing on the immediate result. We are a society that has come to expect immediate results in everything we do. E-mail, instant messaging, microwaves, computers and high-speed internet connections have all contributed to this concept of instantaneous results. If you are used to high speed internet and have to use dial up for a while, it seems like it takes FOREVER to do anything. Pretty amazing when you consider that just a few years ago, most of us didn’t even have computers or cell phones. Not any more! Yet, in this high tech, immediate age, there is still the need to “take the long view” in the things we do. In the next few newsletters, we will be focusing on some of the “long view” decisions that have been made by Johanna Woods for the benefit of the community and our residents. We hope you will read these articles and that they will be helpful to you in understanding the management decisions that are made in Johanna Woods. We will be looking at some specific areas and will also be looking at you, the residents who have helped make Johanna Woods a successful community for so many years.

Johanna Woods Pool Opens May 25
The pool opens for the summer at 5:00 pm on May 25th. Pool passes can be picked up beginning Saturday, May 19th. The office will stay open until 8:00 pm Monday and Tuesday night the 21st and 22nd and until 9:00 PM on Friday so passes can be picked up. After that time, passes will be available only during office hours. Pool monitors CAN NOT issue pool passes, so make note of these dates. No one will be admitted to the pool area without a current pool pass, whether they are swimming or not. There is plenty of time for everyone to get signed up before the pool opens, so don’t wait until the last minute! We will ask for the passes to be returned at the end of the year. A fee of $1.00 per pass will be charged for all passes not returned in good, re-useable condition. Pool’s almost open!

Let’s Talk Pets
We are having some problems with cats and dogs being allowed to roam freely or “be at large” in the community. If you have a pet and you are allowing this, not only are you breaking our rules, you are in violation of the law and subject to a fine. If you have a pet, cat or dog, it must be restrained and under your direct control at all times when it is outside. If we pick up an animal “at large”, it will be taken directly to the animal shelter and it will cost you some money to get it back.

No Bake Cook’s Corner
Banana Pudding Dessert
1 Cup Vanilla wafer cookies, crushed
1 Package Vanilla Pudding mix (cook and serve kind), 3 ounce
2 ripe, but firm bananas
1 package strawberry-flavored gelatin powder, 3 ounce
1 cup whipped topping or sweetened whipped cream
Butter the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch square pan and spread half of the crushed wafers over the bottom. Prepare the pudding according to the package directions and spoon over the crumbs while still hot. Slice one banana and arrange the slices over the pudding. Top with remaining crumbs; chill for 1 hour. Next, prepare the gelatin according to package directions and chill for 30 minutes or until partially set. Pour over crumbs. Slice second banana and arrange over gelatin. Spread whipped topping over all and chill entire dessert for 2 hours prior to serving.

Community Improvements Continue!
Look for big changes at the community playground during May! We will be taking out all the old swings and replacing them with new, sturdier sets. There will be three new bays which will include a tire swing, regular swings and a bay of toddler swings. In addition, there will be new borders and fill material installed around both the old and new equipment. It’s going to look great!

Does Your Home Need to Be Power Washed?
Have you ever noticed how much brighter the trees look after a good rain? Just like taking your car through a car wash, everything looks better after a good washing. Our homes are no different. Dust and dirt accumulate on siding and our decks start to look dull because they need a good cleaning. This can be a fairly common maintenance issue, especially for homes with vinyl siding. If you have noticed dirt and grime on your home, the same Richard Beeler that will cut your grass can power wash the outside of your home. And since you live in Johanna Woods, he will probably give you a very good rate! Call 355-5709

Free Dump Day In Broken Arrow
Since we are all doing our Spring cleaning right now, you might like to know that the City of Broken Arrow wants to help! They will be having a free dump day on Saturday, May 5th, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Just take your throw-away items to the Public Works Facility at 1700 W. Detroit and they will take them off your hands. This is the same place you picked up your trash bags in April. You can take them any normal trash items or brush and they will take it off your hands for free! So get out there and clean out that storage building, empty that closet in the spare bedroom and get that “STUFF” out from under the bed! If you have any questions about whether or not they will accept certain items, you can call 251-5311 and find out for sure! It’s free. So get busy and clean, clean, clean!

The Community Yard Sale is On-Again?!
Well, we had a good response from residents who wanted to have a community yard sale in April, but we did not have a good response from the weather! But, when you live in Oklahoma, you just never know. So, we are going to try again in May. We are planning the sale for Saturday, May 5th. If it rains that day, we will try it again on the 12th of May. The newspaper ads have to be placed by noon on Tuesday for the B.A. Ledger and Wednesday at noon for the Tulsa World. If there is a 30% or greater chance of rain in the forecast at that time, we have elected to postpone. If you see the yard sale banner displayed by Thursday, the sale is on! We advertise the sale from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, but that means people will be out looking for bargains and treasures by 8:00 am! Cross your fingers!

Just For Fun…Some Thoughts on Chocolate
Chocolate comes from cocoa beans. Beans = vegetable
Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar BEETS. Both of them are plants, in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate must be a vegetable.
Taking this one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is a dairy product. So, candy bars are most likely a health food (mental health at least) and doctors don’t want you to know it, because they want to keep all the chocolate for themselves.
Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices, strawberries all count as fruit, so enjoy several healthy servings every day.
“Stressed” spelled backwards is “DESSERTS”