donna foerster: 7 Tips for Improving Your Credit
- 10/18/16 10:44 AM
7 Tips for Improving Your Credit
Your credit history and ultimately your credit score play a big part in your plans for getting a loan to purchase a home. Want a better interest rate, do what you can to better your credit. Here are 7 tips to do just that. Always remember, you want to demonstrate that you have good spending and repayment habits!
Know your credit score. Request a free copy of your credit report from the major credit reporting bureaus-Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Correct errors on your credit report. If you find items that shouldn't be on the report, write
donna foerster: Things to do in Metro Denver: Halloween 2016
- 10/16/16 02:43 PM
Things to do in Metro Denver: Halloween 2016
Halloween is a festive "holiday". There is much to do indoors and out. With family, friends and neighbors. In your neighborhood or town. Costume parties, good food and good fun. There are many events going on in and around Metro Denver.
Looking for a safe place to trick or treat with your family? Visit Boo at the Zoo, at the Denver Zoo. This event celebrates 32 years and includes 25 trick or treat stations! (No clown costumes, masks or fake weapons, please.)
Lots of fun and frolicking at the famed 8-acre corn maze at the Denver Botanic
donna foerster: Why Should I Have a Home Warranty?
- 10/12/16 05:04 PM
Why Should I Have a Home Warranty?
The home you want to buy is 20 years old. After reviewing the property disclosure (filled out by the seller) and having your own home inspection, you are concerned about the age of the itchen appliances and some of the mechanicals. What is the life expectancy of a refrigerator or a hot water heater? That could certainly influence your decision about asking the seller to provide a home warranty.
Based on normal wear and tear, the International Association of Ceritified Home Inspectors, here is a life expectancy list for the most commonly replaced or repaired items. For a
donna foerster: AMC Fear Fest 2016
- 10/08/16 05:07 PM
AMC Fear Fest 2016
2016 celebrates the 20th anniversary of AMC's Fear Fest. Watch your favorite scary movies leading up to and including Halloween! Starting on Thursday, October 13th and lasting in to the wee hours on Tuesday, November 1st.
Grab some popcorn, turn out the lights, lock the doors and find a comfortable place to sit. Get ready to shiver, scream and cover your eyes.
This year's lineup includes Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Walking Dead (tv series), The Omen, The Amityville Horror, Alien, The Exorcist and several Stephen King thrillers...Cujo, Carrie, and Firestarter among them.
I was hoping
donna foerster: National Prescription Take Back Day - 10/22/16
- 10/08/16 03:15 PM
National Prescription Take Back Day - 10/22/16
When was the last time you checked your medicine cabinet, or under the sink, in the kitchen, on your nightstand...for prescription drugs that might be expired? Now is the time to do it! You can take your unused and expired prescription drugs to the Parker Police Department for disposal.* It's doesn't get much easier. You just drive up to the main entrance, drive through and drop off !
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016; 10am-2pm
Where: Parker Police Department, 18600 E. Lincoln Meadows Parkway, Parker, CO 80134
*CANNOT except: needles and sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/ radioactive substances, pressurized
donna foerster: 2016 Election Candidates Forum
- 10/08/16 01:45 PM
2016 Election Candidates Forum
Unsure of your voting strategy for the upcoming election? You may not have the opportunity to "rub elbows" with the Presidential and Vice Presidentials candidates. You CAN meet your local candidates! This is your opportunity to hear first hand the intentions of our potential elected officials.
Election Day 2016 is less than a month away. Be an informed voter. Mark your calendar and join your neighbors in Downtown Parker for the 2016 Election Candidates Forum.
What: Candidate Forum
When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016; 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Parker Arts, Culture & Events (PACE) Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Drive, Parker, CO 80138
Candidates include: Parker Mayor, Parker
donna foerster: National Vodka Day
- 10/04/16 12:42 PM
National Vodka Day
It seems we have quite a few unusual "holidays" to celebrate. I just came across, National Vodka Day. It's October 4th. I have no idea why. When I googled National Vodka Day I found a great website, but they didn't have any idea either!
According to the website, there are over 100 different flavors of vodka including some savory and some sweet. I think I would like Root Beer, Espresso or Fluffed Marshmellow, but not so sure about Bacon or Smoked Salmon.
According to PartyExcuses.com, October 4th is Cinnamon Roll Day, World Animal Day, Golf Lovers Day, Toot Your Own Flute
donna foerster: Remodeling Your Home: Enjoy It Yourself!
- 09/28/16 03:43 PM
Enjoy It Yourself!
How old is your home? 10 years? 15? Older? Are there things in your home that are outdated, or maybe there isn't enough living space? Do you have adequate outdoor space for entertaining in the summer? If you convert an extra bedroom in to a home office do you run out of guest space?
When someone thinks about selling their home, they start to think about the things that the buyer for their home might want...granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a finished basement, a trex deck. Maybe new exterior or interior paint.
Here's my question. Why not get those projects done BEFORE
donna foerster: Don't Be Random
- 09/28/16 03:33 PM
Don't Be Random
You've seen the bumper sticker, "practice random acts of kindness". That's great. Spreading kindness is never a bad thing. What I'm suggesting is to be "intentional" about it, not random. Make up your mind to go out and do good deeds.
All too often we get wrapped up in ourselves, what we're doing, where we're going. Slow down. Notice those around you who might be in need of a kindness. It doesn't need to be anything huge. It can be as simple as holding the door open, thanking the clerk when he/she hands you your change, giving up your seat
donna foerster: Living/Aging Well in Douglas County: Seniors' Council October 2016 Mtg
- 09/28/16 02:13 PM
Living/Aging Well in Douglas County: Seniors' Council October 2016 Mtg
Douglas County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country when it comes to folks 60 and older. What's the best way to be prepared for this growth explosion? Education and communication and that's what the Douglas County Seniors' Council is all about.
Please join us for our next monthly meeting. We meet on the first Thursday of every month (except for July and August). Our meeting venues vary from month to month, but they are always in Dougals County. (This allows for residents across the county from Deckers to Larkspur
donna foerster: Sunday Musings
- 09/24/16 06:48 PM
I find I'm getting better at hiding things from myself. Are you good at that? I think where I put it makes sense, but it must only make sense in that one moment and never again.
Have you ever gone looking for one thing and found something else? That's how we found our GPS that had been missing for 3 or 4 years!
Did you ever notice that when you open up all the windows in your home that it starts to rain?
When do you remember you left cash in the pants pocket? When you find $20 in the clothes dryer after
donna foerster: What did you do today? I moved the library!
- 09/24/16 05:25 PM
What did you do today? I moved the library!
About a month ago, Rich and I registered to be part of the bookworm. What's that you ask? I long line of humans (the library guestimated about 1200 people registered) to pass books from the old library to the new library (a little bit less than a mile apart).
At 10:00 am, we started passing 21 books. Why 21? To represent the age of the old library which opened in 1995. Among the books were: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
donna foerster: Walk the Talk!
- 09/22/16 07:13 PM
Walk the Talk!
Earlier this week, I reblogged a post by Marte Cliff entitled, What's the most impressive thing you can put in a mailbox? Answer: A handwritten thank you note. She even provided some suggestioned "situations" that would warrant a thank you note. Very helpful.
I think this is an important activity, but do I do it on a regular basis? Answer: No. Time to practice what I preach, or "walk the talk".
Last Saturday I walked in the Denver Walk to End Alzheimer's. This is an annual event and one I've participated in since 1999! This year I raised more than $1000 for the
donna foerster: What Makes You Happy?
- 09/13/16 07:49 PM
What Makes You Happy?
If you've been reading my blog the last few weeks you know I've been spending some time on Pinterest. I recently came across a list that piqued my curiosity, 20 FREE Things to do to Make You Happy. Here are my top FIVE favorites.
Take a Hike
I find that going for a walk with someone, or by myself is refreshing. It's a great opportunity to clear my head. I always feel somewhat "lighter" after a walk (I don't hike!).
Watch a Movie
I love watching movie marathons on tv with my hubby. We get some snacks and get comfortable on the
donna foerster: Senior Law & Safety Summit 2016
- 09/10/16 05:20 PM
Senior Law & Safety Summit 2016
The 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office presents this educational program the focuses on topics pertaining to legal, safety and fraud awareness issues in later life. The event will include sponsor booths, workshops, access to Medicare counselors, a FREE copy of the 2016 Senior Law Handbook and the opportunity for a private consultation with an attorney (first come, first served).
What: Senior Law & Safety Summit
When: Friday, October 14, 2016; from 8:00 am to 1:35 pm
Where: Charles Schwab & Co. Events Center in Lone Tree
Parking: Designated parking for this event located directly west of Cabela's. From I25, go
donna foerster: A Stroll in the Gardens
- 09/10/16 03:19 PM
A Stroll in the Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens had a FREE Day for folks 50 and older yesterday, so we took advantage of the lovely weather and the beautiful "park". Once you get through the entry gate, a volunteer offers you a map. This is highly recommended. The Gardens are located on 24 acres and you can very easily get yourself lost!
We were interested in flowers, shubbery and landscaping ideas that we could use in our front and back yards. Of course we were also admiring anything that was pretty! We were very surprised to find a flowering plant with the
donna foerster: Moving Forward
- 09/08/16 08:58 PM
We can't rewrite the past. The best we can do is learn from it. We must then go forward.
There are times in my life when I feel like I've stalled. That I'm standing still. I spend too much time on one thing, over thinking, over planning. Meanwhile nothing is happening. I'm stuck. This can happen with something simple such as a writing a blog post, or something much bigger such as personalizing our website. I tend to over think just about everything.
When this happens, I'm reminded of a phrase that I first heard from a colleague. I'm not sure if
donna foerster: Parker, Colorado: Library Grand Opening 2016
- 09/08/16 08:00 PM
Parker, Colorado: Library Grand Opening 2016
On August 31st, the Parker Library closed in preparation for the big move to the new location across from Town Hall. The new building will be ready for it's official "unvailing" and Grand Opening in a few weeks. What's planned for the celebration? The day will begin at 9:00 am.
When: Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am - 5:00p
Where: Douglas County Libraries, Parker location, 20105 East Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138
You can be a part of Parker history! Sign up to be part of the human bookworm that will move books from the old library to the new library,
donna foerster: Town of Parker Photo Contest for 2017 Calendar!
- 09/06/16 04:34 PM
Town of Parker Photo Contest for 2017 Calendar!
Would you like to have your photo included in the 2017 Town Parker Calendar and 2016 Annual Report? You might be the winning photographer! Last year's calendar and report included photos of wildlife, scenes from parks and trails, extreme weather, Parker Days, art around town, fireworks, historic sites and sunsets. What do all the photos have in common? They pull at your heart strings and remind you of what Parker is all about.
Here are some other ideas for your photos: local businesses and people, local events and celebrations, the view from our backyard. Just
donna foerster: How Do You Define Success?
- 09/03/16 03:36 PM
How Do You Define Success?
I asked this question in the Q&A section earlier today. Several of the answers were similar. Seems many of us define success individually, meaning that success is not the same for everyone. For many success is defined by achievement, generally of one's goals.
While spending a bit of time on Pinterest I came across several quotes that "define" success.
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." -Unknown
"Failure is not the opposite of success. It is part of success." -Unknown
"Success is ot the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love wha tyou are doing,