September 2012 Newsletter

Home Re-Inspections Resume
Due to the extremely hot weather we experienced again this summer, we took a brief time-out on our re-inspections.  We did not want any of our residents to be outside during the brutally hot days, trying to meet home repair deadlines.  Now that the weather has returned to normal and more tolerable temperatures, it’s time to get busy and begin wrapping up our home improvement chores before winter arrives.  If you have taken care of your list already, we thank you.  If you have not started, you are behind and we need for you to dust off your list and get busy!  As crazy as our weather patterns have been, there is no telling how much mild weather we  might—or might not—have this fall and winter.  Home repairs that continue to be deferred, do not correct themselves, but tend to continue to worsen, making the bill to finally fix the problem much higher and the repair more extensive.  We need to take advantage of the cooler weather and wrap things up.  Johanna Woods as a community looks good because our individual homes look neat and well maintained.  We hear so many positive comments from folks who visit our community for the first time and can’t believe how nice it looks.  We tell them we have the best residents and they work hard to take good care of their homes—and it shows!  Let’s get our inspection chores done so we continue to look good and are ready for winter—and whatever!

Have You Considered Re-Financing?
With the high cost of fuel, groceries and just keeping our homes comfortable during record high temperatures, wouldn’t it be nice to save some money somewhere?  Your mortgage might be a possibility.  If your home is less than 15 years old, you might be able to re-finance at a lower interest rate.  Unlike site-built home mortgages, there are no expensive closing costs involved in a refinance.  There is also no obligation or cost involved in finding out if you can qualify for a better rate, term, or both.  If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please call the office and we can direct you to some lenders who might be able to help you save some of your hard earned money.  Maybe a lot of it!!

Neighbor News

  • Congratulations to Mary West.  She won the $25.00 drawing for August!
  • Welcome Home to Shel Cox!  Shel has been in Afghanistan in the service of our country and is coming home!  On behalf of all of us in Johanna Woods, welcome home and thank you for your service!!

Back to School Cook’s Corner
Quick Skillet Meal
1 1/2 lb. Ground beef   
1 can Diced tomatoes
1 c. Minute rice, uncooked  
1 can Whole kernel corn, drained
1 8-oz. Pkg. Shredded cheddar cheese
Chili powder to taste   
1 Medium onion, chopped
Salt to taste
Brown the ground beef with the onion; drain.  Add all other ingredients, except for the cheese, to the meat and onion mixture.  Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes.  Add the amount of cheese you desire to the top and allow it to melt.  Add a small salad and some hot bread on the side and supper is ready!  With the kids back in school, it’s certain that life has become hectic and wild once again.  Here’s a quick meal suggestion that will get you in and out of the kitchen more quickly—and on to the rest of the craziness of the day!  Hope you enjoy it.

The Labor Day Holiday
While it was originally instituted to celebrate the contributions of working Americans, Labor Day has come to represent the symbolic end of Summer.  We in Oklahoma, certainly hope that is true and we welcome the chance for cooler weather.  As much as we all enjoy the time off from work, it is “work” that enables us to enjoy the comforts that we have in this life.  Work is also the engine that drives our economy and every person’s contribution to the economy is important.  So…enjoy the day off work, that you earned by working—then get back to work!  Have a safe Labor Day!

Community Calendar
September 1st – Rent is due.
September 1st – The office will be closed for the Holiday weekend.
September 3rd – Labor Day!  The office will be closed – THE POOL WILL BE OPEN!  But it’s the last day of the season.
September 3rd – No trash pick-up because of the Holiday.  Trash will be picked up on Tuesday & Thursday this week.
September 6th – Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.

For Johanna Woods Only…
Returning those pool passes could put a little money in your pocket.  Not returning them will take a little money OUT of your pocket.  As usual, when the pool closes, we ask all our residents to return their pool passes.  And, as usual, about 50% of our residents actually do return them.  We have always entered everyone who does return them into a drawing and this year will be no different.  One prompt resident of Johanna Woods will receive a quick $25.00 just because they do so.  If we don’t get them back within 60 days, you will be charged $1.00 for each pass not returned.  So, please find those passes and get them in.  We would like to see all of them back by the 15th of September. If you did not check out pool passes, you can still enter.  Just turn your name in on a piece of paper by the 15th, and note it for the Pool Pass drawing.

You Know It’s Summer in Oklahoma When…

  • The birds are pulling worms out of the ground with potholders.
  • The best parking place is determined by the shade that’s available rather than the distance to the door.
  • Hot water comes out of the faucet – no matter which side you turn on.
  • The temperature drops down to 90° ouside and you look for a jacket.
  • You step outside at 7:00 in the morning and break into a sweat.
  • Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard boiled eggs.

Thank goodness it’s September…maybe the “dog days” are almost over!

Resident Referrals Pay You!
Have you ever eaten at a new restaurant because a friend recommended it?  Well, that same process can influence where people live—and put some money in your pocket at the same time.  Over the last year there were several months when someone in Johanna Woods received free rent for a month because they told someone they know about where they live!  If you know someone who is tired of living in an apartment or renting a home, tell them about Johanna Woods.  If they join us, they get a new home, Johanna Woods gains new residents and you get a months free rent! Such a deal!

Our American Heritage
“As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.  As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other.”  Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787
“As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.  Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected.  No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.”
National Gazette Essay, March 27, 1792
“An elected despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”
Federalist No. 58, 1788
All quotes from James Madison, 4th President of the United States.