September 2017 Newsletter

Home Re-Inspections Underway!
So…was Oklahoma mysteriously transported to the tropics?  If not for that tornado that tried to sneak up on us in the middle of the night last month you might think so!  What a wet August we had!  Hopefully when fall weather arrives, we will enjoy a stunning fall color display, as a result of all that water.  As we dry out, we have to get busy wrapping up our home improvement chores before winter arrives.  If you have taken care of your list already, we thank you.  If you have not started yet, you are really behind and we need for you to dust off your list and get busy!  As crazy as our weather pattern has been this year, there is no telling how much mild weather we will have this fall and winter.  Home repairs that continue to be deferred, do not correct themselves.  They worsen, making the repair more extensive and the bill to finally fix the problem much higher than it might have been initially.  Let’s take advantage of the cooler weather and wrap things up.  Johanna Woods as a community looks good because our individual homes look neat and well maintained.  We hear so many positive comments from folks who visit our community for the first time.  Many can’t believe how nice it looks.  We tell them we have the best residents and they work hard to take good care of their homes—and it shows!  Let’s get our chores done so we continue to look good and so we are ready for whatever winter brings!

Pavilion Progress
Progress continues on our pavilion area, though the “monsoon season” has slowed us down quite a bit.  The construction on the structure itself is complete and all of the perimeter fence is in place.  Handrails around the walkways are being finished and painted and most of the rock needed for the perimeter areas has been added.  We have a few chores left, such as:  1) re-contouring the bare dirt areas (which are currently very muddy!)  2) putting down sod  3) installing our play area piece and signs and  4) installing playground mulch!  We are so close!  We just need to dry out pretty thoroughly before we can do the yard and landscaping that remains.  Even though it has taken longer than we hoped, we are pleased with the overall area and hope you will be too!  Grand opening information should go out pretty soon!

Kids Crossing!
School has started so please be watchful for increased traffic as you drive in the community.  At the same time parents, please remind your kids that it is NOT OKAY to trespass through resident yards as a shortcut!

Our American Heritage…
“We in this country, in this generation, are—by destiny rather than choice—the watchmen on the walls of world freedom.  We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men.  That must always be our goal….For as was written long ago, “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”  The conclusion of a speech that John F. Kennedy was to deliver before he was killed on November 22, 1963.

Cook’s Corner
Hamburger Potato Casserole
1 pound lean ground beef
3/4 Cup milk
3 Cups peeled, thinly sliced potatoes
Salt to taste
1 (10.75 ounce) can Cream of Mushroom Soup
Black pepper to taste
1/2 C chopped onions
1 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and brown the ground beef in a medium skillet.  Drain the fat when browning is complete.  In a medium sized bowl, combine the soup, onion, milk, salt and pepper.  Using an 11 x 7 inch baking dish, layer the potatoes, soup mixture and meat then bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the potatoes are tender.  Remove from the oven and top with the cheese.  Return the casserole to the oven and continue baking until the cheese is melted.

The Labor Day Holiday
While it was originally instituted to celebrate the contributions of working Americans, Labor Day has come to represent the symbolic end of Summer.  We in Oklahoma certainly hope that is true and we welcome the arrival of cooler weather.  As much as we all enjoy a day off from the routine of work, it is “work” that enables us to enjoy the comforts that we have in this life.  Work is also the engine that drives our economy and every person’s contribution to the economy is important.  So…enjoy the day off, that you earned by working—then get back to work!  Have a safe Labor Day!

Community Calendar
September 1st—Rent is Due.
September 2nd– The office will be closed for the holiday weekend.
September 4th—Labor Day and the office will be closed.  No trash collection on Monday because of the holiday.  Trash will be picked up on Tuesday & Thursday this week.
September 6th– Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
September 10th—Grandparents Day!