DECEMBER 2007

Christmas Traditions
Every family has them. Those unique holiday observances that are special to you and yours. Maybe it’s a special custom or practice that directs when and how you decorate the tree. Maybe it’s a special family meal. These are the things that childhood memories are all about. They also become the endearing and special moments that are treasured into our adult lives and passed onto our children. At Christmas we give gifts to those we love, gather with friends and family, and hopefully take time to remember the reason that we celebrate in the first place. According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, the observance of Christmas is a festival celebrated annually on the 25th of December to remember the birth of Christ. It’s a wonderful time of year! But it can also be a lonely time of year for some. As you celebrate this holiday season, take a moment to look around you. We, in Johanna Woods, live in a relatively small, safe neighborhood. Hopefully we have a sense of community and have taken the time to get to know our neighbors. Do you have an elderly neighbor who would enjoy a visit over a cup of coffee? Maybe you have a neighbor who has lost an important family member this year and Christmas just won’t be the same for them. Is there some way you can make their holiday more pleasant this year? In the course of buying the ìthingsî that go into our Christmas celebration, let’s not forget that the most precious gifts are not usually the ones you can see or hold, or that come wrapped up in colorful paper. Make it a holiday tradition to give a little of yourself away! While you are at it, let’s not forget Christ, who started this whole marvelous season by giving himself to, and for, us!

A Gift for Drivers!
For all of you who routinely sit and wait…and sit and wait…and stop and go in traffic on County line or 51st Street while trying to get home every afternoon, rejoice! According to a report from the Tulsa County Commissioners, traffic lights are supposed to be installed on 51st Street at the County line and Lynn Lane intersections in the next year. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope that nothing prevents this from becoming a reality!

Christmas Cook’s Corner
Scandinavian Almond Bars
Here’s a recipe for a delightful holiday cookie that not only tastes marvelous, it looks lovely on your holiday dessert table!
Ingredients: Icing:
1/2 cup butter, softened-no substitutes 1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose-flour
2 teaspoons baking powder Yield:
1/4 teaspoon salt Approximately 4 dozen
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Cream sugar and butter; beat in egg and extract. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Divide the dough into four sections and roll each section into a 12-in by 3-in rectangle. Brush with milk, sprinkle with almonds and bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until firm to touch and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes, cut diagonally into 1-inch slices and remove to wire racks and cool completely. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over bars. These are yummy!

Think ICE
ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency” and is a safety idea that makes a lot of sense. Most of us carry cell phones these days. Even kids in the community walk around talking on phones. Most of us also have phone numbers stored in our phones, but in an accident or emergency would someone trying to assist you know who to call for you? Do your kids, who might have a cell phone in their hand, always have identification with them? Take a moment and store the phone number of a contact person under ICE, in your cell phones. For more than one number use ICE1, ICE2, etc. This idea came from a paramedic who often found cell phones at accident scenes, but when patients couldn’t communicate, he had no idea who to call. As this idea gains national recognition, it will be easier for first responders, hospitals, etc., to contact the right person at a critical moment. ICE can speak for you when you might not be able to do so…

Resident Referrals Work!
One of our newest residents, Barbara Thomas, got a free months rent in November because she referred a friend to Johanna Woods. It’s a win, win deal! If you know someone who is looking to move out of an apartment, downsize or retire, why not tell them about Johanna Woods? We are currently offering a move-in incentive to folks who want to move a home here. If you are the reason they do, we will also give you a free months rent! Such a deal! We get a new resident, they get $1,000.00 to help them move and you get to keep a rent check! Who-hoo!

Staying Crime Free This Christmas
There are three elements necessary for a crime to occur:
The target
The desire on someone’s part to commit a crime
The opportunity to do so
Obviously, the desire element is not something that honest people can control. But we can do something about the other two. Most of us have been fortunate enough to have avoided serious criminal activity in our lives. By reviewing our personal security, we can be less of a target and also reduce the opportunity for crime. During the holiday season, there are always criminal ìopportunistsî around. Don’t let them turn your holiday celebration into a sad occasion. Here are some practical Holiday Safety tips for you and your family:
Keep gift displays at home out of sight.
Don’t leave large item boxes at the curb for trash pickup. By breaking them down first you won’t be ìadvertisingî your Christmas gifts.
When shopping, especially at night, shop with a friend. You will be safer and will have more fun.
Put purchases in your trunk-out of sight. Stay safe!

Crime respects no address or season and criminal activity occurs in virtually every neighborhood and every type of housing community!

Do High Mortgage Interest Rates have you saying “Humbug”?
Have you looked at your mortgage balance lately? If you financed your home for 30 years and have made your payments faithfully for the last 10 years, there’s a good chance you could still owe as much right now as you did when you started! Can you say, “humbug”? Well, there is good news, interest rates for manufactured homes are still fairly low and if you qualify, you can re-finance your home with no money out of pocket, and you will probably get to skip a regular payment by doing so! Wouldn’t that money come in handy right at Christmas or right after! Rates for double section homes are as low as 6.99% and single section rates start at 7.99%. It costs nothing to find out if you qualify, it just takes a moment of your time to complete an application. Even if you are approved, you are under no obligation. Some of your neighbors have knocked several years off of their loan terms and will be saving A LOT of money as a result. How about you? You can pick up an application at the office and we will follow up on everything for you. Stop by today!

Resident Update
Sheet Update
Only about 35% of our residents have returned their information update sheets for this year. We need everyone to get those done and turned in. If you need a new one, call the office!

Sometime between Friday evening on November 2nd and Saturday morning, November 3rd, someone put the water hose that hangs on the front of our office through the mail slot and turned it on. Fortunately, someone saw the hose, turned it off and removed it. But quite a bit of water damage occurred as a result of this malicious prank. If you know anything about this, we need your help. Johanna Woods is offering a $500.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. We will also agree not to press charges if the perpetrator steps forward and makes restitution.