October 2015 Newsletter

Reasonable” Community Standards
Reasonable: an adjective meaning – 1) not extreme or excessive, 2) being in accordance with reason.  So why the grammar lesson you may ask?  Simply because as we try to wrap up our inspection chores this year, it’s good to remember that no one has been asked to do work around their home that isn’t “reasonable”.  We have had a very wet year and then periods when it has been pretty hot.  This combination, along with other issues, has caused delays in re-inspections, so it seems “reasonable” that it might also have created some issues for our residents in completing their “to-do” list.  But with fall at the door, we want to encourage everyone to use the milder days we should see very soon to get their work completed.  Deferred maintenance around our homes leads to more costly and extensive repairs in the long run.  Isn’t it better to keep the exterior of your home sealed and painted than to replace deteriorated siding and THEN caulk and paint?  It’s not only better, it’s far less expensive!  If you have misplaced your home inspection, we can provide you with another copy.  We hope to see everything completed well before winter arrives.  If you are of the opinion that the work you have been asked to do is “unreasonable”, you are welcome to your opinion and we can discuss it.  But, if it seems “unreasonable” to you to keep trash picked up or to repair broken things around your home… perhaps you  need to give some additional thought to what the community as a whole would look like if broken windows, tattered blinds, gardens full of weeds, and having “stuff” everywhere was the norm.  We think neat and orderly homes that are in good repair are “reasonable”!

Winter—Just Around the Corner!
It is estimated that a quarter-million families experience damage to their homes every year as a result of water pipes that freeze and burst.  When you consider the disruption and expense of repair and restoration if you have a break, you have the potential for a major winter headache.  You might be able to prevent a problem with fresh heat tape and insulation.  Properly installed heat tape is only expected to last for 4 to 8 years, so if it has been longer than that since yours was installed or replaced, this might be a good time to think about updating it.  Over the last 17 winters we have only been completely without electricity one time.  However, EVERY year that it has been extremely cold for very long at all, we hear of residents with frozen pipes.  Fall is a great time to take care of this!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to the Brian Rodriguez family!  Not only did they make a great choice in deciding to live in Johanna Woods, they told someone else about it and now they are enjoying a month of free rent!  Thank you!
Ronnie Davis won the pool pass drawing and pocketed $25.00 in cash.  If you have not yet returned your passes you have until November 8th to do so.  After that date, a non-reversible charge of $1.00 for each pool pass that has not been turned back in, will be added to your account!

Mythbuster #2 – Manufactured Homes Always Depreciate
False!  Since the implementation in 1976 of a national building code for manufactured housing, more emphasis has been placed on safety and quality, making it possible for your home to hold its value.  Now, let me qualify that statement by adding that differences in quality do exist between the companies that build manufactured homes, but isn’t that true of any product you purchase?  Making informed buying decisions is important, but given the resources that are literally at our fingertips today, it has never been easier to do the research.  The second most important aspect of keeping the value of your home high is taking good care of it!  Don’t put off needed repairs!  If you allow your home to become run-down don’t be surprised when the value declines.  Finally, having your home in a community like Johanna Woods can add 15% to its value!  This is one of the reasons we do home inspections, so your home and our community as a whole will have greater value!

Cook’s Corner…
Crockpot Molten Chocolate & Caramel Cake
1st Layer—
Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
You will also need parchment paper

2nd Layer—
1 (3.9) oz. box instant chocolate pudding
2 cups milk

Top Layer—
1 bag of Rolo minis—unwrapped

Cut a large piece of parchment paper and place in the bottom of your crockpot.  Spray it lightly with cooking spray and turn the pot on low.  Mix the cake mix according to package instructions and pour into the parchment paper, in the crockpot.  Mix the pudding and milk, and beat for two minutes, then carefully and evenly pour the pudding over the cake layer, but DO NOT MIX.  Finally, arrange a layer of Rolo candies over the top of the pudding layer, but again, DO NOT MIX.  Put the lid on the crockpot and cook for about 3 hours.  Cake is done when a toothpick placed in the center, halfway down comes out clean.  Spoon into bowls and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Our American Heritage…
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
“When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”  Quotations from Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President and principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Community Calendar
October 1st—Rent is Due.
October 6th– Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
October 25th—Two months until Christmas—no kidding!  Start your shopping now, so you can avoid the rush and enjoy the Holiday season more!
Note:  Daylight Saving Time will end early in the morning on November 1st.  Just wanted to give you a little advance warning.