December 2017

‘Tis The Season…
The season where we think of home and family and the many blessings in our lives.  It’s a joyful season that brings out the kid in all of us as we remember family moments and traditions that are special to our hearts.  It’s the season of wonderful baked goods, candies, and hot chocolate.  How awesome to walk into a warm kitchen where there’s a freshly baked pie or cake cooling on the stove!  That’s the season and it’s almost here again!  It’s a time of sharing, when we give gifts to those we love, and share some of what we have with others who might be struggling a bit this year.  It’s a season of continued thankfulness that “officially” began in November,  but should continue on always in our hearts.  It’s also a busy time as people add holiday shopping and planning to already busy schedules.  Don’t let busyness steal the wonder and true meaning of the holiday season.  As you plan your family gatherings always remember that the most important things in this life aren’t “things” at all.  Concentrate on faith, family, friends and the truly essential gifts that all of us have already received from the hand of God.  Spend time with and enjoy your friends and family over the holidays.  Worship with them, enjoy them and celebrate the holidays by recalling old memories and making sweet new memories together.  ‘Tis the season….

Holiday Safety Tips
Unfortunately, there are folks in our world who would spoil your joyful celebration given just a bit of opportunity.  Don’t let them!  Here are some practical holiday safety tips:
-Don’t make gifts and valuables inside your home or car visible from outside doors or windows.
-Don’t advertise Christmas gifts by placing big boxes outside on trash day.  Break them down before putting them outside.
-Record the serial numbers of large items you receive and keep the list in a safe place.
-When shopping, especially at night, shop with a friend.  Not only will you be safer while you are out, you will have more fun! —Stay alert in crowded places and stay safe!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to these neighbors:
Ninna Scifres
Katy McCormack
Margaret Ferguson
Luther Scarlett
Jimmie Magee
They won the drawing in November!
All of us at Johanna Woods wish you and your family the happiest of holiday
seasons.  Merry Christmas to all!

Classic Christmas Quotations
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?  It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags.  And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore.  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” – Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Christmas Cooks Corner
Vanilla Almond Hot Cocoa
1 Cup sugar
2/3 Cup baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 Cups milk
2/3 Cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Miniature marshmallows, optional
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa and salt. Stir in the milk and water.  Stir while cooking over medium heat until heated through.  Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla and almond extracts.  Serve in mugs with marshmallows on top and enjoy!

Preparing For Winter
Oklahoma traditionally experiences our coldest temperatures in January and February.  So, if you have not prepared your home for those frosty winter lows, you might still have a little time to get ready.  Here are some important things to check on:
 Be sure and disconnect all water hoses from outside faucets and open the faucet to drain the line.  This will keep water that is inside those pipes from being trapped, freezing and possibly causing pipes to burst.
 If it has been a while since you had your furnace serviced and inspected, you might want to do that before it gets really cold.  Being last on the service call schedule during the coldest time of year is not a happy place to be.  Planning ahead might keep you running all winter, for less money.
If your heat tape and insulation is more than 15 years old, it might be living on borrowed time.  Replacing it when it is 40 degrees outside is way better than finding out that it has failed when it is 10 degrees outside.  If you replace, follow installation directions carefully and be sure and use a product that is rated specifically for mobile homes.  Winter is coming!

Community Calendar
December 1st—Rent is due
December 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
December 23rd — 25th. The community offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday.
December 30th—January 1st. The office will be closed for the New Year’s Holiday.
Happy Holidays To You!