April 2012

Welcome Spring!
Spring brings a flurry of activity to our world as the temperatures warm, the grass grows, flowers bloom and the days get longer.  What a great time of year!  If we could enjoy all of this without the threat of severe weather, it might just be perfect.  One area that really “blossoms” with spring is the number of kiddos that are out and about.  Residents of all ages need to be aware of this increased activity, but the children who are at play need to be reminded that the streets are for traffic and that vehicles have the right of way.   We hope all of the parents in Johanna Woods will pay attention to the areas where children can and cannot play and teach them to use the streets carefully and safely.  Whether they are walking, riding a bike, or skateboarding, any resident—of any age— who is in the street must immediately move to the curb and out of the way of on-coming traffic.  Johanna Woods is an all-age community and we must all work together to make sure that our community is as safe, respectful and neighbor-friendly as possible.  Children, who just want to play and have fun, have a tendency to forget about the property and rights of others, so we need you parents to help us out with this.  If you are a parent with young drivers in your house, please remind them to drive carefully and slowly in our community at all times.

Inspections Have Begun!
As sure as the arrival of Spring in Oklahoma is the process of home inspections in Johanna Woods.  Are your home and yard ready for this annual check-up?  Here are some areas to look at so you can be sure your home will pass muster:  1) Are all windows and screens intact?  2)  Do you have house numbers that can be seen from the street?  3) Is your siding clean or is power washing or painting needed?  4)  Is wood trim and siding sound with no signs of decay or deterioration?  5) How does the skirting look?  Are there panels that have lost the battle with a weed-eater?  6)  How about your storage shed and garden spot?  Are they neat?  Our goal in Johanna Woods is to not look like a trailer park.  With the proper maintenance of our homes, and community in general, Johanna Woods will be an asset to our city AND our home values will stay much higher, too!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to New Neighbor Tonya Capper!  She won a $25.00 Lowe’s Gift Card!
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April is:
Humor Month, Poetry Month, Pecan Month, Lawn & Garden Month and Home Improvement Month!  Look for something in the newsletter that has to do with each of these categories.

Our American Heritage
“It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject , that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations.  But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine.  They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.  But if we had no divine instruction on the subject, our own interest would demand of us a strict observance of the principle of these injunctions.  And it is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breeches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government; and which will tend to reconcile men to monarchs in other countries and even our own.” Noah Webster in 1823, from his textbook.    From America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, by William J. Federer

Cook’s Corner
Chocolate PECAN Pie

Ingredients:  
3 eggs, lightly beaten                                 
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar                                               
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter, melted                   
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups pecan halves               
1 unbaked pie shell (9 inches)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350º.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, chips, butter and vanilla until all ingredients are well blended.  Stir in the pecans and pour this mixture into the unbaked pie shell.

Bake at 350º for 50-55 minutes or until a knife, inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack and store any leftover pie in the refrigerator.  Serve warm with some vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Referrals Make $ and Sense!
Congratulations to Dick Turner!  He is enjoying April rent on Johanna Woods as a result of referring a family member to our community.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is a great deal.  Johanna Woods has a brand new resident, Dick has a free month of rent and our new resident has a new home!  It’s a win, win, win deal.  If you know someone who is looking for a change of community, or a new home, send them our way!  It’s good for everyone!

Community Calendar
April 1st—Rent is Due.
April 6th– Unpaid rent is late; subject to a $25.00 late fee.
April 8th—Resurrection Sunday.  Worship with your family.
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Spring is not the best of seasons.
Cold and flu are two good reasons;
Wind and rain and other sorrow,
Warm today and cold tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

For Johanna Woods Only…
Since April is officially “Home Improvement Month” how about a drawing for a $25.00 Lowe’s gift card?  It also fits in perfectly with the fact that our home inspections are underway.  As always, when we have a drawing, your on-time rent payment is your entry.  All you have to do is make sure your rent is in the office or in the rent drop box when we open the office on the morning of April 6th and you will be entered.  Rent that comes in after that time is late and won’t be eligible for the drawing.  This drawing is just for you, just because you live in Johanna Woods!  We are glad to have all of you here and we appreciate all that you do to maintain your homes so beautifully!  We get compliments from people all the time on how nice the community looks and we always tell them it’s because we have great residents!

Free Security Alarm
In this high tech age, many of us have car alarms.  Here is a practical way for that alarm to serve you in more ways than one.  If the panic button on your key chain will activate your cars alarm system from inside your home, how about keeping your keys next to your bed at night?  If you hear a strange noise, or if someone is breaking into your house, press the panic button and sound your car alarm!  If someone is up to no good, the alarm just might deter them.  You should also keep your keys in your hand while walking to your car in a parking lot.  You never know when a little commotion might be a big help.  This  idea came to us from neighbors James and Juanita Wiles a few years ago and we thought it was worth re-running.  Thanks again for this very practical safety tip.

Flower Gardening Tips
Isn’t it amazing how fast weeds pop up?  If only they were more attractive, gardening would be effortless!  Since they are not, here are a few tips for dealing with and avoiding them: 1)  Be sure weeds are not hitchhiking on new plants you bring home from the store.  2)  Mulches are still one of the best ways to keep weeds from taking over your garden.  They smother weed seeds, while cooling the soil and retaining moisture.

Does Your Home Need a “Bath”?
One of the things that turns up fairly often on home inspections is dirty siding.  Homes with vinyl and metal siding need to have the dirt removed that accumulates as a result of exposure to the elements.  This is a simple and fairly inexpensive process, if you know someone who has a power washer.  Trying to clean it any other way will be a chore.  If this is one of the items that you anticipate having to deal with on your inspection, give us a call.  We can put you in touch with someone who can give you a hand.  So, put that bucket away and give us a call!

I Fought the Lawn…and the Lawn Nearly Won!
Are you looking for some help with your lawn care chores this year?  If the  answer to this question is “YES!”, we may be able to help you.  Some of the lawn care providers we have counted on over the years have moved away, but there are still some folks who are doing lawns that we can put you in touch with.  As a reminder, in Johanna Woods, we not only want to see the lawn mowed, we also want to see the yard trimmed and all concrete areas neatly edged.  You can do the edging with your weed eater if it has not been neglected too long!