November 2015 Newsletter

A History of Being Thankful
Thanksgiving was first celebrated in America by the Pilgrims who  landed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on November 11, 1620.  There, Governor William Bradford and the other leaders on the Mayflower signed the Mayflower Compact before ever setting foot on dry land.  This was the first great constitutional document of America and established the purposes of the new colony and recorded why they had undertaken such a perilous journey.  This group of courageous people had left England for Holland in 1607 as a result of terrible religious persecution.  In 1620, they returned to England to board the ship bound for America.  Of the 102 pilgrims who sailed to the New World, 51 died  that first terrible winter.  On November 29, 1623, three years after landing and two years after their first Thanksgiving , Governor Bradford made an official Thanksgiving day proclamation:  “To all ye Pilgrims:  In as much as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetable, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims…render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”  What do you have to be thankful for this year?  Celebrate the holiday with thankfulness.  It’s part of our great American Heritage!

Thankful to our Veterans
World War I ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.  Fighting between the Allies and Germany had ended several months before with the Armistice, which went into effect on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.  After that, November 11th became known as Armistice Day and became a holiday in the United States in 1926.  On June 1st, 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all who have served our country, past and present.  All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the ones who made—and continue to make—freedom a reality in our lives.

Neighbor News
After a slow summer, things are picking back up a little and we have a few new neighbors here and there in the community.  Please take the time to meet the new folks that live near you and welcome them to Johanna Woods.  It’s always hard being in a new place where you don’t know many people so let’s all try and make that transition a little easier!

November 1st—Rent is due.
November 1st—Daylight Saving Time Ends.  Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night, Oct. 31st!
November 6th—Rent is late and subject to $25 fee.
November 26th-28th— Thanksgiving Holiday.  The office will be closed.
November 26th—No trash collection.  Next scheduled pick-up will be Monday, Nov 30th!

After Thanksgiving Cook’s Corner
Easy Turkey Tetrazzini
1 (8 ounce) pkg cooked egg noodles
2 Tbsp. butter
1 (6 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 C chopped, cooked turkey
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 C sour cream
1/2 C grated parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil.  Add the egg noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente; drain.  Preheat oven to 375°.  Melt butter in a large, heavy skillet and sauté mushrooms for 1 minute.  Add salt, pepper and stir in turkey, soup and sour cream.  Place cooked noodles in a 9” x 13” baking dish and pour turkey mixture evenly over the top.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving From Johanna Woods
We are very thankful for all of our fine residents.  The success of Johanna Woods over the years is due in large part to those of you who have been with us for so long.  We appreciate you all and would like to show our appreciation by contributing to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner.  We will have a drawing on the 10th of November for 4, $25.00 Wal-Mart gift certificates.  Your on-time rent payment is your entry to the drawing and we will have your gift certificate to you in plenty of time for your holiday meal planning and shopping.  Thank you all for being part of our community!

Inspection Wrap-Up
Fall is definitely in the air, after a lingering bit of warm weather.  And it’s time— and almost past time—to get those inspection chores finished.  All re-inspections are done and much less time and daylight is now available for everyone to complete the work around their homes.  We want everyone to be able to complete their work before cold weather arrives, so please use these milder days to quickly wrap things up.  You never know what winter in Oklahoma will look like until it gets here and we want everyone to be done ahead of its arrival.  If you have any question about inspection items, please don’t hesitate to call the office!  Let’s get ‘er done!

Our American Heritage
Located across the street from Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, in Plymouth, MA is a memorial to the women of the Mayflower who made the arduous journey across the ocean in 1620.  The inscription on the memorial reads, “They brought up their families in sturdy virtue and a living faith in God without which nations perish.”