June 2014 Newsletter

A Quality Community
In our highly competitive world, every business tries to attract and retain customers by offering more or better services than the business down the street.  As consumers,  we all appreciate those businesses that really do provide outstanding services or better products.  We might also admit they are becoming harder and harder to find!  The goal of providing our residents with a consistently high quality community is why we do annual inspections in Johanna Woods. There  are communities all over the state where a manufactured home can be placed.  There are some communities where the monthly rent is less than in Johanna Woods.  But have you looked at any of those communities lately?  Quality and high standards are not the first things that come to mind where most of them are concerned.  In our industry it’s a sad reality of life that without constant oversight and adherence to “higher standards”,  manufactured home communities can become “trailer parks” before the original warranty period expires on a new home.   So, before you grumble  about your inspection, think about this…You could be living in a community where there are no standards.  Or, where there “used to be” standards, but now the most pressing goal is reducing the number of empty lots, so anything goes.  Being a quality community takes commitment from the owners, consistency from management and the concerted effort of every resident.  The result is a community that people are not ashamed to live in.  It also means that when someone in the Tulsa area walks into ANY home sales center looking for a quality manufactured home community, the first response EVERYTIME is Johanna Woods.  We truly appreciate all our residents…you are a big part of the “quality” of Johanna Woods!

Kudoos Dads and Congratulations Grads!
The month of June is when we honor dads and recognize our graduates.   Dads play an incredibly important role in our society.  They lend stability to the home through their strength and provide an example for their children by how  they conduct themselves on a daily basis.  Thanks dad for all you do!  If you are graduating from anything – kindergarten to college – we want to congratulate you on your hard work and achievement.  We hope everyone who falls into one of  these categories enjoys an awesome day of celebration/recognition.

Sad Neighbor News
Neighbor Carl Middaugh passed into eternity in May.  He will be missed.  Our prayers continue for his family.

Neighbor News
Don and Joanne Potter enjoyed free rent in May and Annetta Hailey gets to keep her rent for June as a thank you for telling friends and family about Johanna Woods!  Sweet!!!

Our American Heritage
The American flag is one of the most complicated in the world. No other flag needs 64 pieces of fabric to make.  National flags are not merely symbols of a country.  Their colors and designs convey past history and future goals.  The current flag has 13 red and white alternating stripes (representing the original 13 states) and 50 stars (each star represents one of the states of the Union) on a blue background.  The first flag, called the Grand Union, was first flown at the headquarters of the Continental Army on January 1, 1776.  Betsy Ross, a seamstress, is said to have contributed to this design along with George Washington.  There were some Flag Day observances in large cities that began in the 1870’s, but in 1949, President Harry Truman signed into law an Act of Congress that National Flag Day be observed every June 14th.  The United States Flag Code, as adopted by Congress, states “The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”  This is why we should give the flag our full respect.  Now you know how this event came to be celebrated.

Lawn Care Basics
As we get into the mowing season, it’s fair to say that we all appreciate how lovely and green everything looks.  But, it’s probably also fair to say that it would be nice if so much effort wasn’t required to keep everything neat and tidy during the Summer.  Sadly, the grass just doesn’t know when it’s the right height and the weeds always grow better than anything else in the yard.  Proper lawn care in Johanna Woods is mowing AND trimming around our homes, buildings, concrete surfaces and anything else in our yard.  If it isn’t trimmed, it isn’t done!

Cook’s Corner
Unbelievable Chicken
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. prepared coarse-ground mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
ground black pepper to taste
1 lime, juiced
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
In a large glass bowl, mix the cider vinegar, mustard, garlic, lime juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, salt and pepper.  Whisk in the olive oil.  Place the chicken in the liquid mixture and cover.  Refrigerate to marinate 8 hours or overnight.  Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Lightly oil the grill plate and place chicken on the prepared grill.  Cook 6 to 8 minutes per side, until the juices run clear.  Discard the marinade and enjoy!

Community Calendar
June 1st—Rent is Due.
June 6th– Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
June 14th—Flag Day!  If you have a flag, plan to display it today!
June 15th—Father’s Day!