October 2012 Newsletter

Critical Election Choices Ahead
Every four years as we vote in presidential elections, we face important choices.  And, during each election cycle, we hear endlessly from each party that their candidate is the only one who truly understands and can manage the important issues facing our nation.  It is a wearying process and can be very confusing.  But for all of the distortions, promises and rhetoric, the importance of the choice cannot be understated.  Placing the social, economic and physical welfare of our country in the right hands is not a decision that anyone should make lightly.  And it is certainly not a decision that should be made based on personality or emotion.  It is a choice that should be made prayerfully and in the hope that the persons who take over the most important offices in our land do so with the best interest of America in mind.  At this point in our history when terrorism remains a very  real threat to our national security, when our economy is troubled and there is a greater threat to the social and moral fabric of our country than ever before, we must make this choice soberly.  As Americans we must not allow the desire for personal comfort or self-interest to govern our decision.  We must be willing to look down the road, to take the long view, and to vote for the things that are best for America and for the future of our children and grandchildren.  Let each of us pray diligently that we get this one right…

We Have To Try Harder
Several years ago, Avis Car Rentals had this marketing slogan, “We’re Number 2.  We Try Harder.”  This slogan was adopted because they realized they were not the leading car rental company around, but they wanted to convey to their customers and potential customers that they would try very hard to earn their business.  Manufactured housing has gotten a bad rap over the years.  To be honest, most “trailer parks” of the past—and many of the present— have contributed to that poor image.  The only way to overcome that perception is to try harder not to look like a “trailer park”.  That’s why we do four-sided inspections.  Thanks to all of you who maintain your homes so nicely.

Neighbor News
Congratulations to the Steve Adams family who won $25.00 in cool cash in September’s pool pass drawing!

Mide Edwards kept his final appointment in September.  Our prayers continue with his family.

Welcome to Javoni Galdamez who joined Johanna Woods in August.  Congrats to Mom and Dad!

Preparing For Winter
In the event that we actually have cold weather this year here are some things to check on now so you will be ready for it:  Is your skirting intact?  Gaps and openings around your home will keep it colder underneath your home and increase the possibility of pipes freezing.  It will also increase the possibility of small animals seeking shelter from the cold and finding their way into your duct work! Do your smoke detectors work?  This is a good time to replace batteries and make sure they work.  If you don’t have smoke detectors, they are inexpensive,  easy to install and could save your life. Is your heat tape plugged in?  Is it insulated?  Wrapping your heat tape in insulation will make it work more effectively and efficiently.  If it is more than 7 or 8 years old, does it still work? Winter is just around the corner.  Make sure you are ready for it!  You just never know what winter in Oklahoma will be like.

Our American Heritage
“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress.   If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.  If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”  James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States of America From America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, by William J. Federer.

Cook’s Corner
Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 c. butter, melted Chocolate chips to taste

Directions: Combine dry ingredients.  Combine bananas, sugar, egg and butter; mix well.  Stir dry banana mixture into dry ingredients until just moistened.  Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and top with chocolate chips as desired.  Bake at 375°F for 18 to 22 minutes and enjoy!

Community Calendar
October 1st – Rent is Due.
October 6th – Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
October 25th – Just two more months until Christmas…get that shopping done early so it will be less stressful and so you can enjoy the Christmas season more!

Daylight Savings ends early in November, at 2:00 am on the 4th, so be ready for it!