September 2014 Newsletter

The Absence of Order = Chaos
Webster defines chaos as a state of extreme confusion and disorder.  To borrow another phrase, the concept of chaos could be summed up by every man doing what is “right in his own eyes”.  No matter which definition or example you prefer, the reality is that without clear rules and guidelines in any given setting, chaos will be the result.  If you don’t think that’s true, just let your teenager maintain their bedroom the way THEY want to, instead of the way YOU want them to.  Utter chaos will follow!  Preventing chaos is the reason for the rules and regulations of Johanna Woods.  If we all maintained our homes or decided what was best at our home-site based on what WE thought was acceptable, what would the community as a whole look like?  When  rules are developed for our community there is a “big picture” thought process that has to occur.  Let me give you an example.  Let’s say that several different neighbors want to put up fences and there is nothing in our rules that governs fences. Neighbor A goes to Lowe’s and returns with chicken wire and angle iron and puts it up across his front yard.  He now has a fence that is “adequate” and fairly cheap.  Neighbor B has kids that walk between his home and his neighbor’s home and he isn’t happy about that, so he goes to Atwood’s and picks up barbed wire and wooden posts and builds a fence.  It looks bad, but it keeps the kids from cutting through the yards.  Neighbor C wants to install a very nice privacy fence, and lives next door to someone who already has a privacy fence.  However, Neighbor C wants his privacy fence to be 8’ tall and the neighbor’s fence is only 6’ tall.  Finally, Neighbor D doesn’t want a fence at all, but happens to live on the other side of the new barb wire fence and is not happy because he thinks it looks cheap and shabby.  Are you getting the picture?  It’s chaos!  In order to keep situations like this from happening, rules are established to determine what is and is not acceptable with regard to fences.  In our example, everyone that wanted a fence got a fence that they were happy with.  Management on the other hand has to consider what the community, as a whole, would look like if all 240 home-sites had different sizes and styles of fences.  It’s a totally different picture from our perspective, and it’s all about order—and preventing chaos!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to Don and Joann Potter.  Their rent for August was free as a result of a resident referral!  You could be next, just be sure and let your friends and relatives know about Johanna Woods!  If they join our community, we get a new resident, they get a new home and you get a free months rent.  How easy is that?  It’s a win—win—win deal!

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New neighbors are turning up here and there in the community, please be sure and make them feel welcome!

Quick Cash for Pool Passes!
If you know where your pool passes are, we need for you to turn them back into the community office.  If you don’t know where they are, now is the time to find them!  Every year we try and issue a unique pass so that our monitors can more easily regulate access to our pool.  It can be expensive to do this if we have to buy completely new tags and bands each season.  If everyone returns their  passes in good condition, it helps keep these costs down.  We will be having a drawing for $25.00 cash on the 15th of September and your entry for this drawing will be your returned pool pass.  Starting this year, we will have a designated box by the back door for pool passes.  When you swim for the last time, just drop your passes in the box as you go out the gate.  You can also put them in the rent box, but if you do, please use an envelope to keep them together and put your name on the outside.  If you did not check out passes, you can still enter.  Just turn in a piece of paper with your name on it for each family member that would have had a pool pass.  You have 60 days after the pool closes to bring your passes back.  After that a charge of $1.00 will be added to your account for each un-returned pass.   Who couldn’t use a little extra cash?  Especially for doing something so simple!

Busy Cook’s Corner
Hamburger Stroganoff
Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 pound cooked egg noodles

Directions:
Cook the ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until the meat is browned and the onion is tender.  Stir as needed while cooking. Stir in the garlic powder, pepper and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes.  Reduce the heat to low and stir in the soup.  Simmer, uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes, or until hot.  Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the sour cream.  Serve over hot egg noodles and enjoy!  This quick recipe is ready in about 30 minutes.  Serve with a quick green salad and dinner is done in a hurry!

Community Calendar
September 1st—Rent is Due.
September 1st—Labor Day! The office will be closed, but the pool will be open for the last day of the season.
September 6th– Unpaid rent is late, subject to a $25.00 late fee.
September 7th—It’s Grandparents Day!  Better stay on grandma and grandpa’s good side and give them a call or take them out to lunch 🙂