January 2013 Newsletter

Peace on Earth…All Year – in Johanna Woods!
Since January  is a time when folks make resolutions for the new year, it seemed like a good time to offer a suggestion that can apply to all of us.  How about a resolution to be a better neighbor in the coming year?  We are firm believers in Johanna Woods that every resident has the absolute right to live in quiet enjoyment in their homes.  But what does that mean?  It means that my actions or way of life will not disturb my neighbors.  In more practical terms, it means they won’t be able to hear the bass from my stereo or TV in their home.  It also means my dog will not be outside barking and barking.  Quiet enjoyment means that the neighbors don’t cringe when the children next door play outside because of all the noise that’s made when they do.  Or how about being disturbed in your home when a neighbor arrives home with their stereo booming.  That’s a blessing!  There are many other examples that could be given, but you get the idea!  Quiet enjoyment is something we may not think much about, or even appreciate, until it is disturbed.  Let’s all be more conscious this year of something we hopefully all enjoy and might take for granted:  Peace and quiet.  How pleasant to sit outside on a beautiful morning, with a cup of coffee, watching and listening to the birds, or just enjoying the quiet of the morning.  A barking dog or the thump of a bass does not add charm to that experience!  Quiet Enjoyment or peace in our corner of the world, let’s make a resolution to give that gift to our neighbors this year. We in the Johanna Woods office hope that each and every one of you have a blessed, peaceful and prosperous 2013.  Happy New Year!

Wagoner County Officials Plan Annual Visit
Each year representatives of the Wagoner County Assessor’s office visit the area to register new homeowners.  They will be in our clubroom on Friday, February 16th, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  There have been changes to the Homestead Exemption laws that will positively affect the tax status of our seniors.  If you are age 62 before Jan 1st, 2013 you can now earn up to $30,200 annually and still qualify for a limited Homestead Exemption.  Please mark you calendars and come and visit with these folks to see if this will be a benefit to you!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to the Rick Slatten family.  They received a free months rent in December as a resident referral bonus.  Nice timing!  If you know someone who is thinking about a move, think Johanna Woods!  We have a few open lots and some very nice homes for sale.  If someone moves to Johanna Woods because of you—your next month is on us!

Dieting Cook’s Corner
Did you overdo it “just a little” or maybe “a lot” during the Holidays?  It certainly is easy to do!  Well, if you are one of the millions who did, here’s a low-fat soup recipe that might help you get back into a better and healthier dietary regimen.  And what’s better during cold weather than a hot bowl of soup simmering on the stove!

Creamy Potato & Green Onion Soup

Ingredients:
1  1/2 cups water
6 Medium potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/4 cup water
1 cup skim milk
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
2 green onions with tops (sliced finely)

Directions:
Bring 1 1/2 cups water to boiling, add potatoes and celery, cover and bring to boil again.  Reduce heat and cook until potatoes are tender.  Drain the water from this cooked mixture into a blender.  Add 3 cups of the cooked vegetables and 1/4 cup extra water.  Cover and blend to a smooth texture—or leave a little chunky if you prefer.  Place pureed vegetables back into the soup pan with remaining potatoes and celery.  Stir in the remaining ingredients and heat, stirring occasionally until hot.  Serve with garlic toast and you are ready to go!  To be even more lean, skip the toast.

Our American Heritage
“And forasmuch as ingratitude is one of the most odious of vices, let me not be unmindful gratefully to acknowledge the favours I receive from Heaven…For all Thy innumerable benefits; For life and reason, and the use of speech, for health and joy and every pleasant hour, my Good God, I thank thee.” Benjamin Franklin, from his Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion.  Quotation taken from America’s God and Country, Encyclopedia of Quotations by William J. Federer

New Years Dollar Stretcher
If you have not been out taking advantage of all the after Christmas sales, what are you waiting for?  This is the very best time to pick up wrapping paper, decorations and all sorts of other Christmas “stuff” at seriously reduced prices!  Get busy!

Community Calendar
January 1st – Rent is due.  The Community Office will be closed for the New Year’s Holiday.
January 6th – Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!