January 2018 Newsletter

2018 Straight Ahead!
It has been said that the pessimist sees the cup as half empty, while the optimist views the cup as half full.  There is no doubt that your outlook is important to how you view and interact with the world around you.  So, with that in mind, let’s add another viewpoint:  the grateful person believes his cup is running over, no matter how much is—or isn’t—in it!  Which camp do you consider yourself to be in as 2018 begins?  We live in a prosperous nation, enjoying comforts and privileges daily that much of the world has never experienced.  The fact that we all eat regularly (and have a great variety of dining options!) while a large part of the world worries about basic needs should make us realize that we have been abundantly blessed.  Our ability to freely worship as we choose, without government restriction, should remind us that we enjoy freedoms that much of the world does not.  We also have the right to peacefully protest when we disagree with what is happening around us.  All of the wonderful benefits we enjoy in America should place each of us squarely in the camp of the grateful as we enter 2018!  Does that mean there won’t be real problems to face, challenges to overcome and hard decisions to make in the new year?  Of course not!  But when your viewpoint is shaped by an already grateful heart, life’s challenges are measured against the bountiful blessings and incredible opportunities we all have.  And that puts us way ahead!  It will be exciting to see what 2018 brings…ready or not, here it comes!
Happy New Year!

Community Improvements In Review

Over the last few years, significant improvements have been made to the Johanna Woods Community.  This has happened because of our owners, who have always wanted Johanna Woods to be the finest mobile home community in the state!  Here are some of the major projects that have been done since 2010:  New siding and windows at the office, new fencing all around, complete refurbishing of the office landscaping and walkways, expansion of the office building, construction of the new pavilion.  This is in addition to the extensive concrete work we have been doing, replacing park pads and building/repairing sidewalks!  We are extremely grateful for the commitment our owners have shown to Johanna Woods.  We all enjoy the benefits of that each day!

Neighbor News
Every year brings changes to our community, just as it does in our lives.  In 2017 we saw some old friends move away as jobs or life changes required, and we said good-bye to others whose final appointments were determined for 2017.  The new year will no doubt bring new friends and neighbors our way and we hope they will feel right at home!  We appreciate all of our residents and we wish you the warmest of holidays!

Focus On Security
With incidents of crime on the increase in the world around us, we all need to be watchful and vigilant.  Crime in our community affects each of us.  And we must all work together to keep Johanna Woods safe and crime free.  If we continue to see increases in drug addiction in our cities and state, crime will undoubtedly increase around us.  This is an unfortunate thought, but it is a proven reality.  We must take steps to assure our own personal safety as much as we possibly can.  Crime does not respect neighborhoods or zip codes and the very fact that we have been relatively crime free for so many years, may have made us an easier target in some ways.  When we feel safe, we tend to let our guard down.  We must keep our eyes and ears open while we are home and as we drive through the community.  If you see something that doesn’t look right call the police!  They would rather investigate something that turns out to be innocent, than to try and solve a crime after it has happened!

Winter Cook’s Corner
Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chili
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can Rotel Tomatoes and Green Chiles, undrained
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
1 teaspoon cumin
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 (8 ounce ) pkg. Cream Cheese

Directions : Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Combine the beans, corn, Rotel, ranch seasoning, cumin, chili powder and onion powder and pour this over the chicken.  Place the cream cheese on top of this.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Uncover and stir the cream cheese into the chili.  Use 2 forks to shred the chicken, then stir to mix it all together and you are done!  So good and SO SIMPLE!

Could Your Personal Property Taxes Be Less?
Would you like to know if they could be reduced?  Early each year, representatives from the Wagoner County Assessors Office visit a nearby location for a couple of days.  They do this so they can register folks for Homestead Exemptions and answer any other questions about home value and tax rates.  There are exemptions available that could reduce the amount you pay at the end of each year, but any adjustments have to be made early in the year!  More details will follow as they lock in their schedule!

Community Calendar
January 1st—New Years Day!  The office will be closed.
January 1st—Rent is Due.
January 6th– Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
January 15th—Martin Luther King Day.  The office will be closed AND there will be no trash collection that Monday.  Trash will be collected on Tuesday the 16th!