November 2017 Newsletter

The Holiday Season Begins With Thanksgiving
What a wonderful time of year fall is!  As we turn the seasonal corner from summer and head into fall and winter, we also enter the Holiday season with a very appropriate first stop…. Thanksgiving.  Have you stopped lately to think about all you have to be thankful for?  Most of us stay very busy with work, family and trying to keep up with the daily demands of modern life.  In doing so the days, weeks and months just slip past.  2017 has been a year of many natural disasters and calamities.  While those events may not have directly affected us, how about the near miss in August when that tornado woke us up, wreaked havoc around us, then changed course slightly and missed us?  It could have been our little community briefly in the headlines, with pictures of us sifting through debris that was once the treasures of our life.  Many of the tragic events of the year have faded from the daily headlines, but thousands are no doubt still working and struggling to regain some semblance of a “normal” life.  These should continue in our prayers, and our near miss should cause us to be all the more thankful!  As we make our way toward the end of 2017, we hope each of you will take some time to reflect on the priceless gifts and numerous blessings you have been given.  Faith, family, friends, health, a home, enough to eat, a clear mind, eyes and ears to see and hear all that’s wonderful around us.  We all take so much for granted each and every day.  If we really paused to stop and count all of our blessings, we would be very busy, for a very, very long time!  We hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Veterans Day
While we are on the subject of Thanksgiving and counting our blessings, let’s not forget that November also includes a day that is set aside to remember our veterans.  The world would be a much different place for all of us if brave men and women, throughout history, had not been willing to leave the comforts of their homes to win and keep the peace for the rest of us.  We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.  If you know someone who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, please take a moment to thank them for their service this Veteran’s Day.  And for all of those in Johanna Woods who have served or are serving:  We thank you for your service!

Thanksgiving Quotes
“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday.  Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.”
Linus, one of Charles Schulz ‘s Peanuts gang
“The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts…nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”
H.W. Westermayer

A Heritage of Thankfulness
“It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for.  He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire.  Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient.  But a thankful heart hath a continual feast. “~~W. J. Cameron
“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” ~~Shakespeare
“For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread.  The sun, the earth, love, friends our very breath are parts of the banquet…Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?”~~Rebecca Harding Davis
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~~ Melody Beattie

Thanksgiving Cook’s Corner
Leftover Thanksgiving Salad

1 cup shredded cooked turkey
1/2 cup cubed cooked ham
1/2 cup sweetened, diced cranberries, chopped
1 hard boiled egg, diced
2 TBSP chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine the turkey, ham, cranberries, egg and basil in a mixing bowl.  Stir in the mayonnaise, then season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve on a toasted whole grain bread and enjoy a day of not cooking after Thanksgiving!

Just For Fun…
May your stuffing be tasty.
May your turkey be plump,
may your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!
If only….
-Unknown Author

For Johanna Woods Only…
As we have done for many years, we will hold a drawing in November for 5, $25.00 gift certificates to Walmart.  Your on-time rent payment is your entry for the drawing, so be sure your rent is paid before the office opens on November 6th.  Johanna Woods is thankful for the loyal residents who have been part of our community over the years.  It is our pleasure to provide a small portion of your Thanksgiving Day meal and we hope it will be a blessing to you!  Thank you!

Community Calendar
November 1st—Rent is Due.
November 5th—Daylight Saving Time Ends at 2:00 am.  Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.
November 6th– Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 fee.
November 11th—Veteran’s Day.
November 20th-26th—The Johanna Woods offices will be closed for the holiday break.
November 23rd—Thanksgiving!  Enjoy time with family and friends, and give thanks!