donna foerster: FAQ: Why Didn't My House Sell? - 09/02/14 10:55 AM
FAQ: Why Didn't My House Sell?
Once upon a time you were an eager Home Buyer. You had a list of criteria for what you wanted in your home purchase. You'd done the research, knew your comfortable price range, and you were ready to make a move.
You settled in as a happy Homeowner. You unpacked your boxes, stocked your refrigerator, figured out the perfect furniture placement. You've celebrated birthdays and holidays, you've had a dinner party or 2, and maybe you've added on a deck or finished the basement. You've made your house, your home.
Now you've had … (9 comments)

donna foerster: Local Business Spotlight: Fika Coffee House - 08/31/14 04:54 PM
Local Business Spotlight: Fika Coffee House
Mainstreet in Parker is a magical place. It's the home of many family friendly events. Every summer from May-October, on Sunday mornings from 8am-1pm, the Parker Farmer's Market fills the streets. On Halloween, late afternoon and early evening the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary club hosts Trick or Treat on Mainstreet, a safe enviornment for kids of all ages who want to enjoy the spirit of the season. The Town of Parker hosts the Carriage Parade down Mainstreet in early December, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in the sleigh!
No matter what time of year, … (13 comments)

donna foerster: Things to do at Tagawa Gardens: September 2014 - 08/31/14 03:04 PM
Things to do at Tagawa Gardens: September 2014
Summer is coming to an unofficial close this Labor Day weekend, but that doesn't mean that there aren't very good reasons to visit Tagawa Gardens! In addition to their shop and nursery, Tagawa Gardens offers weekend classes, concerts and other events. Get out your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming September happenings!
Will this be the month I see you in the next seat, attending a cooking class?
Saturday, September 6th
Indoor Market
Chilies in the Kitchen/Tomatopalooza!
Picaditas with Green Salsa & Red Salsa
Please register for this class.
Presented by Alicia S., Tagawa's … (5 comments)

donna foerster: I'm In The 900,000 Point Home Stretch! - 08/24/14 08:34 PM
I'm In The 900,000 Point Home Stretch!
I'm inching closer and closer and if I really try hard, I'm sure I can hit 900,000 points by the end of the day, or sooner on Monday! What a great way to start the week!
Then the countdown will begin to the ONE MILLION mark! I can't believe I'm this close! I can remember just getting started! 
Of course, I would never have achieved this milestone without all of the wonderful folks that I have met during my time in this amazing place.
Thank you for sharing and teaching, for listening and counseling, … (43 comments)

donna foerster: Are You A Leader? - 08/24/14 09:15 AM
Are You A Leader?
I don't often make time to read business books, although I have a fairly long list of business books that I'd like to read! This month I foun myself reading, Being Frank by Richard J. Bryan. I had arranged for Richard to speak to our local Chamber of Commerce and he gave me an autographed copy of the book as we were leaving the luncheon. I thought to myself, I should probably read this!
The book focuses on 24 Leadership Lessons that Richard learned early in his business career through the mentoring of a gentleman named Frank. 

donna foerster: Summer AR Meetup: Metro Denver, Colorado - 08/18/14 01:05 PM
Summer AR Meetup: Metro Denver, Colorado
It's always a good time when ActiveRain members get together and our meetup last Monday was no different! We had a wonderful turnout and a lovely evening!
Dick and Mary Greenberg made the drive down from Fort Collins to be with us. (My first time meeting Mary!) The rest of us dealt with the local highway and byway traffic to get together and share good times!
Belinda Spillman, Erin Bates and Dan Spencer were among the first to arrive. Keith Smith and his wife Dawn joined the party, along with Ruth Vogt and Andrea Bayern (brand … (28 comments)

donna foerster: I Had To Do Something! - 08/15/14 04:54 PM
I Had To Do Something!
You are bond to call me crazy after reading this post and that's ok with me! Sometimes you just have to do something and call it good!
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
I asked this question in a blog post on July 7th. I pledged that I would do "something" for the first time before the month was over. I'm very proud to say, that I met my goal. What, you may ask, did I do? Let me tell you a story to explain.
The end … (24 comments)

donna foerster: Things to do in Parker, CO: Smokin' Brew BBQ and Cowpie Bingo - 08/14/14 01:21 PM
Things to do in Parker, CO: Smokin' Brew BBQ and Cowpie Bingo
Rich and I belong to the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker. Rotary International is a non-profit service organization. Their motto is "Service Above Self". Our club, does several fundraisers throughout the year to support our causes. Our biggest fundraiser is held on Labor Day weekend, the Smokin' Brew BBQ.
The Smokin' Brew BBQ is a competition BBQ event held in beautiful Downtown Parker on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend (August 29th, 30th and 31st).
The event is open to the … (12 comments)

donna foerster: Dessert with Donna: Peach Cobbler - 08/09/14 04:14 PM
Dessert with Donna: Peach Cobbler
I'm really not much of a cook, or a baker, however as I get older, I'm trying new things. Today we are having a fellowship picnic/bbq with our Rotary Club. It's basically a potluck. This go around I decided I'd opt for dessert. So the big bought, or homemade? When I put my name on the list I just committed to dessert, which gave me a lot of options.
Several years ago, I found a super easy recipe in the All Star Feast Cookbook, compiled by Wendy Diamond. I've only tried 2 of the 100+ … (19 comments)

donna foerster: Aw, The Views In Our Suburban Neighborhood - 08/04/14 02:11 PM
Aw, The Views In Our Suburban Neighborhood
We live in a suburban, cookie-cutter neighborhood. We are fortunate to back to the golf course and we have great views of the mountains and the city, and a nice (although small) deck. When we moved here about 7 1/2 years ago we were looking for a ranch style plan, new construction with a nice yard. The views were a bonus.
While driving through our neighborhood we often have "deer sightings". Not sure where the bed down for the night, but we see them out for breakfast, lunch or dinner during the day. We've … (25 comments)

donna foerster: ActiveRain Meet-Up: Metro Denver Area - 08/01/14 04:05 PM
ActiveRain Meet-Up: Metro Denver Area
I'm hosting my FIRST ActiveRain Meet-Up and I hope you'll join me! Whether you live or work in the Metro Denver or surrounding areas, or you might just be passing through from out of state (or the Western Slope), please pop in and visit with us!
If you've never been to an ActiveRain meetup, or it's been a few year (maybe 3 or more, Ruth Vogt), put it on your calendar and commit to being there. It's so much fun to meet folks face to face!
You never know who might show up. You could … (33 comments)

donna foerster: Long Lost AR Friends - 08/01/14 02:50 PM
Long Lost AR Friends
Recently, 2 of my long lost ActiveRain friends have resurfaced...HURRAY! I've missed them both and I'm thrilled to see their faces back in the blog roll!
I had lunch with a good friend, Ruth Vogt earlier this week. She's the gal that introduced me to the world of blogging and ActiveRain! She's been missing from the Rain for almost 3 years!!! Ironically, the last post she wrote was about me! I'm super excited that's she back. She's also planning to attend the AR meetup I'm hosting on August 11th! She'll be re-engaged in no time! She wrote … (40 comments)

donna foerster: I Asked For Help, You Came To My Rescue! - 07/31/14 08:16 AM
I Asked For Help, You Came To My Rescue!
Yesterday I attended a meeting to brainstorm some ideas for fundraising. I had a few of my own, but wanted to come to the meeting with a strong list of suggestions. (Seems I was the only one who did!)
Since Fundraising Can Be A Challenge...For Me, I wrote a blog post to ask for AR member support in putting my list together and I was not disappointed! 
Here's the list we came up with. Thought I would share it just in case someone else need some fresh ideas for their fundraising efforts. … (16 comments)

donna foerster: Wishful Wednesday: If I Had 3 Wishes - 07/30/14 01:48 PM
Wishful Wednesday: If I Had 3 Wishes
Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I was thinking about blogging for today. What can I write about? It's going to be Wednesday. Last week I wrote a "Wisdome Wednesday" post. Can't really do a "Wordless Wednesday", I've always got something to say! LOL! How about a "Wishful Wednesday"? Yeah, that's it.
If I had a fairy Godmother and she granted me 3 wishes today, what would they be?
1. Just learned that my friend's lease is up tomorrow and the home he thought he was going to … (12 comments)

donna foerster: Things to do in Parker, CO: Pinery Art Show 2014 - 07/29/14 03:55 PM
Things to do in Parker, CO: Pinery Art Show 2014
Do you have an appreciation for art? Looking for a relaxing way to spend time on a Saturday? Why not take a short ride in the car, or maybe on your bicycle and come to the 13th annual Pinery Art Show? This event will feature local area artists and items will be available for purchase. Enjoy various formats including photography, water colors, jewelry and mixed media.
What: 13th Annual Pinery Art Show
When: Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10am-4pm
Where: Lakeshor Drive and Thunderhill Road in The Pinery
Cost: … (10 comments)

donna foerster: Things to do at Tagawa Gardens: August 2014 - 07/28/14 12:50 PM
Things to do at Tagawa Gardens: August 2014
I enjoy shopping at Tagawa Gardens. During my last visit in early July, I wandered around the indoor gift shop. They had many wonderful and unique items including yard art and decor; gardening clothes, tools and hats; greeting cards, pillows and pottery. And as you can tell from the photo, outdoor furniture!
After perusing for a bit, I ended up purchasing a lovely brass and glass hummingbird feeder! I had a cheap plastic one from last year and decided I needed an upgrade. My sister claims she saw a hummingbird when she was visiting, but I still have … (6 comments)

donna foerster: Did You Know? 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease - 07/26/14 09:15 AM
Did You Know? 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease
As a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association, I continue to learn more and more about the disease. I believe it is often misunderstood. Many believe it's something that only affects older adults and that it is strictly about memory loss.
I was first impacted by Alzheimer's when my grandmother has it more than 15 years ago. She was in Florida and I was in Colorado and I felt helpless. That's when I began volunteering to raise awareness about the disease and the resources available to persons and families living with the disease and … (66 comments)

donna foerster: Thoughtful Thursday: Successful Living - 07/24/14 09:31 AM
Thoughtful Thursday: Successful Living
Don't be shocked. I came across this quote on Pinterest. I know, unusal, right? OK, so I might be a little bit addicted to Pinterest. I also might have a thing for cool quotes. Here's what I found this morning:
"Instructions for Successful Living: Dream It. Plan It. Do It. Repeat."
~Dr. Steve Maraboli
We all want to be successful, right? This applies to business and life in general, no matter how big or how small. The quote spoke to me because it has 4 easy steps. I'm going to use a LIFE example … (24 comments)

donna foerster: Are You Making a Difference? - 07/16/14 05:15 PM
Are You Making a Difference?

In true tradition, I'm writing a reminder about the July AR Contest that I'm hosting, What Have You Done to Make a Difference in You Community? We're about half way through the month and I have 32 entries (and I've read every one of them)!
What the contest about, you ask? Well, you could click on the link in the first paragraph and that'll tell you all about it, but I'll make it easy!
Step 1: Write a blog post about something you've done, are doing and would like to do to make a … (6 comments)

donna foerster: Words Of Wisdom: Planning - 07/16/14 02:24 PM
Words Of Wisdom: Planning

I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately. One of my favorite things to look for are great, inspirational quote. Seems that most of what I find doesn't include the author, so unfortunately I can't give credit, where I believe credit it due! Here's a quote I found this morning.
"My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's ok."
~Author Unknown
In other words, planning isn't all it's cracked up to be! LOL! Sure, we like to think we're in charge of our own … (8 comments)


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