April 2018 Newsletter

“What’s in a Name?”
This question dates back to Shakespeare’s writings in the late 1500’s.  In one famous story, Juliet tried to make the point to Romeo, that a name was just given to identify a person, not to declare the person’s nature.  While the point is a valid one, the fact is that names do matter.  How often in your life have you known anyone who named their son Cain or Judas?  Or who named their daughter Delilah or Jezebel?  Even though a name does not predispose a person to a particular character trait or flaw, we still tend to avoid names that carry a questionable inference.  This is exactly why we try so hard in Johanna Woods NOT to be considered a “trailer park”.  Are we a community for manufactured homes?  Yes, we are.  Are we a land-lease community?  Certainly.  Does it then follow that we are a “trailer park”?  NO!!!  This negative association for the temporary camps where people pulled a little trailer behind a vehicle and stopped off for a few weeks or months is very different from today’s homeowner reality.  The temporary camps turned into more permanent settings, as homes got larger and were not as easily moved.  “Trailer parks” have historically been characterized by a “trashy” and poorly maintained look.  This is absolutely NOT what we want in Johanna Woods.  So, if you hear us consciously avoiding the “trailer park” reference, there’s a reason for it.  We take a different view of the homes in our community—and of our community as a whole!  We appreciate that most of our HOMEOWNERS also know that names DO matter!

Use, Discard or Store Out of Sight
The arrival of spring in Oklahoma means it’s time for home inspections.  In keeping with our goal of “not looking like a trailer park”, we understand that the things that are visible in our yards make an important first impression.  With that in mind here are some “ground” rules for “stuff” that is outside:  1) Is it seasonally appropriate?  Christmas decorations outside in March need to be put away!  2) Is it being used?  A pot with plants or flowers in it works, but empty pots…not so much.  3) Does it have value?  If it is an item that has value, but is not being used at the moment, please store it out of sight until it is needed.  Usable items left outside to the elements won’t be “good” for long!  And if it has no value, get rid of it, rather than allowing it to clutter your yard.  We are not looking for perfect yards, just neat and clean ones!

Referrals Make $ and Sense
It has been a busy spring!  People are buying homes, moving homes in and looking for ways to join us.  If you know someone who is looking to move, why not mention Johanna Woods to them?  If you do and they buy a home that is already here or if they bring a home into our community, you will receive a free month of lot rent!

Springtime Activity
Just as sure as spring brings flowers and rain, it brings the need to remind the young people and children in the community that the streets are not their playground or sidewalk.  Please take a moment and remind your children that traffic always has the right of way on our streets.  If kids are walking on the street, riding a bike, skating or skateboarding, they must immediately move to the curb when vehicles are approaching.  This is a safety issue for everyone and a matter of courtesy to the drivers.

Sunday Dinner Cook’s Corner
Tangy Honey Glazed Ham
1 (10 pound) fully-cooked, bone-in ham
1/3 large orange, juiced and zested
1  1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup honey
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Place the ham in a roasting pan.  In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, orange juice, orange zest, Dijon mustard and ground cloves.  Bring these ingredients to a boil, reduce the heat and then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.  Set this glaze aside.  Bake the ham uncovered in the preheated oven for 2 hours.  Remove the ham from the oven and brush with the previously prepared glaze.  Return the ham to the oven and bake for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, brushing it with glaze every 10 minutes.  Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy an old fashioned family meal!

Our American Heritage
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.  In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”
James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788
“Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power .”
Benjamin Franklin

Community Calendar
April 1st—Resurrection Sunday/Easter.  Don’t let the true meaning of the day get lost in candy baskets and bunnies!
April 1st—Rent is Due.
April 6th– Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.

For Johanna Woods Only…
Since April is officially “Home Improvement Month” we are having a drawing for a $25.00 Lowe’s gift card.  It fits in perfectly with the fact that annual home inspections are already underway.  As always, when we have a drawing, your on-time rent payment is your entry.  All you have to do is make sure your rent is in the office or in the rent drop box by the time we open the office on the morning of April 6th.  Rent that comes in after that time is late and won’t be considered for the drawing.  This opportunity is just for you.. and just because you live in Johanna Woods!  A chance to get a gift card just for paying your rent on time.  Such a deal and where else but in Johanna Woods?  

Are You Prepared for Stormy Weather?
It’s been a cool spring, which can mean we are in for a stormy transition to summer.  It has to do with all of that cold air that’s still hanging around colliding with the hot air that’s trying to move in.  Whatever we end up with, we want you to be ready for it.  Please keep a watchful eye on the weather when the potential for stormy weather exists.  Plan to take shelter before the storm makes it dangerous to do so.  We want everyone to be safely inside BEFORE we have to secure the doors.  If you are not sure which shelter you are closest to, call us at the office and find out now.  April and May are typically our stormiest months, but wicked weather is possible much of the year in Oklahoma.  And, as we learned in August, it can take us completely by surprise!  So buckle up and pay close attention to the weather as it gets warmer! 

Johanna Woods Lawn Care Basics
The grass is growing!  At least we almost made it to April this year before it began.  We have been mowing early in March before so any delay is welcome.  As we turn our attention to lawn care, here are some things to remember.  First of all, lawn care is more than just mowing the lawn.  Trimming around your home, walkways, curb and all structures is a must.   As you trim, please edge the curb so it does not look like grass is trying to grow into the street.  A nice clean curb does a lot to enhance the first impression of our homes.  Secondly, as you work keep in mind that it is a violation of Broken Arrow City Code to discharge leaves or grass clippings into the street.  This not only looks bad, but lawn debris can be washed into storm drains by the rain and clog them.   During heavy rains, we need the water to be moved quickly away from our streets and homes.  Neat and clean yards.  That is the look we want in Johanna Woods!