October 2014 Newsletter

Preparing For Cooler Weather
After a pretty mild summer, it’s anyone’s guess what winter will bring.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Oklahoma could see a colder and snowier winter this year…and historically they are correct 80% of the time.  So, since it’s likely that cooler weather will be here before long, here are some things to consider so you are ready when that first chilly blast blows into town.   How is your skirting?  If there are gaps and openings around your home it can be colder under your home, increasing the possibility of pipes freezing.  Those same gaps can allow small animals to take shelter under your home.  Once an animal moves in with you, they can damage the underbelly and even get into duct work!  Evicting them and repairing the damage can be an expensive task.  Fall is also a good time to check out your smoke detectors.   Make sure the batteries are fresh and that units still work.  Is your heat tape plugged in?   Are the pipes that have heat tape on them wrapped with insulation?  If they are not wrapped, the heat tape will not work efficiently,  because the heat generated by the tape is not being “trapped” against the pipes, keeping them from freezing.  While you are checking on these items, don’t forget to unhook your garden hose from the outside faucet.  If this is not done, water left in the line can freeze and cause damage to your pipes!  These simple winterization items can save you a lot of trouble and expense.  By the end of the month you’ll have very few daylight hours in the evening to work with, so now is the time to do these outside chores!

Manufactured Housing…A Smart Choice!
Often during the year, with wild fires and storms in the news, we hear about manufactured homes being used for temporary, emergency housing.  The ability to quickly move and set mobile homes up, certainly makes this a great option.  Those of us who live in manufactured homes also understand the value they afford.  In 2012, it cost an average of $74.00 per square foot to build a site-built home in Oklahoma.  That means the average homeowner in Johanna Woods would have paid $88,000 to $111,000 for comparable housing!  Living comfortably and quietly, while avoiding that extra expense not only underscores their value, it makes us look pretty smart!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to Judy Holmes!  She won the Pool Pass drawing and took home $25.00 cash!  BTW…If you have not returned your pool passes yet, please do so!
Congratulations also to the Patrick Bull family.  Their lot rent in September was on us as a result of a resident referral!  Will you be next?

It’s An Election Year
Oklahoma will hold general elections this year on Tuesday, November 4th.  Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.   We hope each and every citizen will take the time to study the issues, learn something about the positions of the candidates and then vote to elect those who will uphold our Constitution.  America has been given a great and responsible place among the nations of the world and truly “to whom much is given, much will be required”.

Our American Heritage
“God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’”  Noah Webster (1758-1843)  Father of the Dictionary and American Patriot.

Maintenance Chores Need to Wrap Up!
We began to lose about 2 minutes of daylight each day, starting June 21st and the sun will continue to set earlier and earlier until December 21st.   Initial home inspections were completed by early May.  If you have not yet gotten your home maintenance chores done, you are running out of daylight!  Let’s get wrapped up!

Cook’s Corner
Simple Red Beans & Rice
Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) package smoked sausage, cut diagonally into 1/4 inch slices
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 (15 ounce) can’s light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped or pureed
1/2-1 full 8oz. Can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash hot sauce, optional  salt & pepper to taste
Cooked white rice
Directions:
In a large skillet over low heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes.  Chop up the onion, celery, garlic and green bell pepper while the sausage is cooking.  Add the chopped vegetables and garlic to the skillet and saute all until tender.  Add the beans, tomatoes with the juice and tomato sauce.  Season with the oregano, salt, pepper and hot sauce if desired.  Cover and cook on low for about 45 minutes.  Serve over hot rice…mmm…mmm!

Community Calendar
October 1st—Rent is Due.
October 6th– Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
November 2nd—Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 am.  Be sure and turn your clock BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, November 1st!