NOVEMBER 2007

Oklahoma Turns 100!
Oklahoma! where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…and the rest, as they say, is history. Our history. As we celebrate 100 years of statehood on November 16th, it seems appropriate to look back at some of the more memorable events of our past. The first recorded history of Oklahoma goes way back to 1541 when the Spanish explorer Coronado passed this way while looking for the “Lost City of Gold”. Long after that, in 1803, the land we know as Oklahoma became part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase. In the 1820’s we became known as Indian Territory as the Five Civilized Tribes began to be re-located here. Land runs from 1889 to 1895 opened the western part of the territory to new settlers and in 1901, “Black Gold” – oil- was discovered in Tulsa. We became the 46th state in 1907. During the 1920’s, Oklahoma oil fields produced over 24% of the nation’s oil. But, by the time of the Great Depression and devastation of the Dust Bowl days, it is estimated that nearly 220,000 people, 10% of the state’s population, had moved away just to survive. Today, with a growing population, we are the third largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. and fourth in the nation in wheat and cattle production. Happy Birthday Oklahoma…You’re Doin’ Fine!

Happy Thanksgiving!
What a wonderful time of year! The leaves are changing colors and falling, temperatures are usually mild, and just about everyone enjoys some time off to spend with family. We have much to be thankful for in America. And just being able to call ourselves Americans is one of our best blessings. Be sure and take time to give thanks this holiday season for all the blessings you enjoy. When times are tough it’s easy to forget just how blessed we are, but compared to the rest of the world, most of us are doing okay. Enjoy the special holiday food, the ball games, the time away from work, the opportunity to just be at home with friends and family. But some time in there, before you go back to work, stop and count your blessings. You might be surprised how long that takes!

Resident Updates Needed
It’s time once again to update our resident information files. Over the course of a year, jobs and phone numbers can change. It is very important that we have current and correct information on hand for all of our residents so we can get in touch with you right away in the event of an emergency. Please take a few moments to complete and return the simple information sheet that accompanies your newsletter this month. All of your information is kept in our office and is not used for any other purpose except to keep your records updated. Thank you for your help with this. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Cook’s Corner
Fall Cook’s Corner
Chicken Chile Stew
Ingredients:
3 whole chicken breasts 1 cup chopped onions
1 chopped green pepper 2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 TBSP. Vegetable oil 2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can pinto beans 3/4 cup picante sauce
1 tsp. Chili powder 1 tsp. Cumin
Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado

Directions:
Sauté chicken in oil until it looses its pink color. Add onions, peppers and garlic and sauté until vegetables are slightly tender. Add all other ingredients and simmer for approximately 1/2 hour. Serve with toppings as desired and warm tortillas.

Thanks to neighbor Vivian Williams for this scrumptious sounding recipe!

For Johanna Woods Only!
It has become tradition in Johanna Woods over the past few years to have a drawing to provide a Thanksgiving turkey (ham, chicken – whatever!) for some of our residents’ Thanksgiving feasts. This year we will be giving away 10, $15 Reasor’s gift certificates during November. Your on-time rental payment is your entry into the drawing. That’s it, nothing more to do! And it’s just for you because you live in Johanna Woods!
Family Fun
Did you happen to catch Family Feud a few weeks ago, when two of our former neighbors and their families went home with $40,000.00 in winnings? Not bad for a couple hours work! Laura Smith, formerly of 28th St. and her mother, Judy Siebold, formerly of New Haven Place, along with 3 other family members went to California and did good! It was neat to tune in and watch someone you know win big on a national game show. Way to go and congratulations to them. Too bad “Johanna Woods” didn’t come up somewhere in the course of the show!

Veterans Day
On this Veterans’ Day, American soldiers are actively involved in peace-keeping and military operations all around the world. Much of the world owes it’s peace and safety to the efforts of American soldiers, many of whom paid the ultimate price to secure their liberty and freedoms. To those in our community who have served in the past, we say “Thank You”. To those who are currently serving, we say “God Bless You” and our prayers are with you. Those of us who enjoy freedom because someone else made it possible should be faithful to pray for those who serve. Thank you for your service!
Happy 100th Birthday Oklahoma!