donna foerster: My FIRST OFFICIAL ActiveRain Meetup - 12/05/13 07:58 PM
My FIRST OFFICIAL ActiveRain Meetup
Believe it or not, I have NEVER attended an OFFICIAL ActiveRain meetup! I've been a member for 4+ years and in all that time, I've NEVER made it to an OFFICAL ActiveRain meetup. Oh, I've met people in the Rain. Joni Staples will tell you, I'm queen of the Onesy, Twosy meetups.
I've had the good fortune to meet Paula Bradfield and Joan Cox, Chris Ann Cleland, Dawn Fabiszak, Debb Janes, Kerry Klun, Anna Banana Krutchen, Debbie Laity (briefly at the CAR Convention), Jennifer Prestwich, Teral McDowell and Joni Staples (and a few others who aren't active in AR these days).
donna foerster: Featured Single Family HUD Home: Castle Rock, Colorado: December 2013 - 12/04/13 08:20 PM
Featured Single Family HUD Home: Castle Rock, Colorado: December 2013
We regularly feature HUD Homes. On some occasions it will be information about purchasing HUD homes (see the links at the end of this post). Other times we will feature available HUD homes in Douglas and the surrounding counties.
This week's featured Single Family HUD Home is located in Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information about Douglas County, please visit the Douglas County official website and/or visit the Douglas County Relocation website. For information about the Town of Castle Rock, please visit the town's official website.
Car Storage: 2-Car, attached
Lot Size: 7492
Year Built: 1985
donna foerster: Holiday Things to do in Parker, CO: Visit with Santa - 12/01/13 07:07 PM
Holiday Things to do in Parker, CO: Visit with Santa
Didn't write your letter to Santa with your wish list? That's ok! Stop by the PACE Center and visit with Jolly Old St. Nick in person! Remember, he knows if you've been naughty or nice!
Bring your own camera (or smartphone) and take a photo with Santa, or if you visit on Saturday, December 7th, you can have a complimentary 5x7 professional photograph (available for pick up at a later date).
What: Visit with Santa Claus
When: Saturdays in December (12/7, 12/14 and 12/21), 5-9pm
donna foerster: Parker Chamber of Commerce: December Featured Ambassador of the Month - 11/30/13 01:56 PM
Parker Chamber of Commerce: December Featured Ambassador of the Month
After 20+ years in Corporate America, Donna began her real estate career in 2004. She immediately coupled with her husband and together they formed The Foerster Team with Keller Williams Realty.
In early 2012, The Foerster Team changed companies and joined Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, a smaller boutique firm based in Parker.
Donna is a Senior Housing Professional, servicing the population that is living and aging well in Douglas and the surrounding counties. She wants to be more than a Realtor, she wants to be a resource for
donna foerster: Dinners with Donna: Crockpot Baked Bean Side Dish - 11/24/13 02:32 PM
Dinners with Donna: Crockpot Baked Beans Side Dish
It's been quite a while since I've shared a recipe! A week ago we were invited to a potluck lunch. The host was planning to make pulled pork sandwiches. What would be a good compliment, I thought to myself?
Many had signed up for salads and desserts. I thought a while and decided baked beans would be good, but how would I "jazz" them up? Then I remembered, a friend had a good recipe, so of course, I asked if I could have it!
I purchased the ingredients on Friday and
donna foerster: Thank You For The Full Tank Of Gas - 11/21/13 09:32 AM
Thankful Thursday: Thank You For The Full Tank Of Gas
Yesterday was a lovely day. Sunny and in the 50s. Today there is snow on the ground and it's currently 14 degrees. High today will be in the low 20s. I'm traffic is moving slow. (I haven't been out of the house...yet.)
Last night we went across town to have dinner with some friends we haven't seen in a few months. On the way there, Rich commented we would need to stop on the way back to get gas (he was driving my car). Sure enough, on the way home we
donna foerster: I Am Thankful for Valerie Zinger - 11/13/13 08:08 AM
I Am Thankful for Valerie Zinger
Valerie has a knack for bringing order to chaos. Recently she's written a few posts about decluttering your home and utlimately, your life. I love these posts. They motivate me to start making changes one step at a time.
Step one...shoes! I went through my boxes and boxes of shoes and decided that some needed to go in the trash and a few pairs will be donated. That was easy!
Step two...socks! Seems a logical next step! I found that I had several pairs of pantyhose and some trouser socks that I haven't worn
donna foerster: I Am Thankful for Joni Staples - 11/04/13 08:15 PM
I Am Thankful for Joni Staples
Joni is hosting a non-typical ActiveRain challenge. What do I mean by that? No points. She is challenging us to ready our hearts for the coming holidays. To ready ourselves to be open and thankful.
I participated in this challenge last year and I had a lot of fun with it. I used the alphabet to identify all of the wonderful things that I was thankful for.
This challenge will work hand-in-hand with the November Cloudburst challenge (30 posts in 30 days). It will be easy to come up with daily topics. I just
donna foerster: Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear A Tale... - 10/31/13 08:43 PM
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale.
A tale of a fateful trip.
You know the words, don't you? You watched the show. You know the people...Gilligan, the Skipper too, the millionaire and his wife, the movie star, the professor and Marianne...here on Gilligan's Island. So we weren't on an island, but we could have been! We were volunteering for a family friendly Halloween event hosted by our Rotary Club.
...if not for the courage of the fearless crew,
the Minnow would be lost!
Our costumes would have worked better inside. We spent most of the
donna foerster: Things to do at Tagawa Gardens: November 2013 - 10/25/13 05:06 PM
Things to do at Tagawa Gardens: November 2013
There are quite a few events on the Tagawa Gardens schedule for November 2013. Learn how to make homemade gifts for the upcoming holidays or purchase something at Grandmother's House Holiday Boutique! Get some decorating ideas and recipes for entertaining.
Get out your calendar and save the dates for November 2013 classes and events at Tagawa Gardens, one of Colorado's largest garden centers! Tagawa Gardens is THE place to visit to learn, have fun and shop for all your landscaping and gardening needs! There is something for everyone, kids and adults alike! (Some classes
donna foerster: Castle Pines Market Report: January-July 2013 - 10/25/13 04:32 PM
Castle Pines Village Market Report: January-July 2013
Castle Pines Village is a gated, custom home community at an elevation of 6,000-6,500 feet. Most of the homes are less than 20 years old. Many are less than 10 years. Builders include Joyce Homes, Bainbridge, and Toll Brothers.
Most of the homes average 3-5 bedrooms, 2000-5000 square feet and feature full, garden level or walk-out basements, some finished. Lot sizes vary throughout the neighborhood.
Although the average sold price is relatively unchanged, the median price shows an increase over the same time period last year. The average price per sqft also shows
donna foerster: Declutter: Give Those Shoes The Boot - 10/21/13 12:27 PM
The seasons are changing and it's the perfect time (in my humble opinion) to sort through our closets. I spent a bit of time on Saturday moving my summer clothes to the back of the closet and my fall/winter clothes to the front. I also found some items that will be donated and some that frankly just needed to go to the trash pile.
I also took this opportunity to sort through my shoes. I found at least one pair that I forgot I had! That tells me, I have TOO many shoes! I have a pair of sneakers I've
donna foerster: Heritage Eagle Bend Market Report: January-July 2013 - 10/12/13 02:02 PM
Heritage Eagle Bend Market Report: January-July 2013
Heritage Eagle Bend is an Age Restriced community of 1400+ residences located in Aurora, Colorado.
Built between 2000 and 2008, the home styles vary~ranch style single family, duplexes and townhomes. Floorplans range in size from 1174-2653 square feet. Most of the homes are 2-4 bedrooms and 2-4 bathrooms.
The community offers a full compliment of amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, library, ballroom, tennis courts, golfing and bocce ball!
Single Family Homes in Heritage Eagle Bend
Properties (Single Family) currently Active on the market: 17
Properties (Single Family) currently Under Contract: 4
donna foerster: Halloween Happenings Around Town: Trick or Treat Street 2013 - 10/12/13 01:23 PM
Halloween Happenings Around Town: Trick or Treat Street 2013
For me, Halloween is the start of the "Holiday Season". The weather is starting to turn cooler. Folks are spending more time indoors. It's one last "hurrah" before we all start to huddle inside to keep warm.
Do you have little ones in your family? A fun way to enjoy Halloween could include a trip to the Children's Museum of Denver for Trick or Treat Street!
What: Trick or Treat Street 2013
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 25th-27th, 9am-7:30pm
Where: Children's Museum of Denver
donna foerster: Halloween Happenings Around Town: Trick or Treat OFF the Street 2013 - 10/12/13 12:05 PM
Halloween Happenings Around Town: Trick or Treat OFF the Street 2013
In Colorado, you never know what type of weather we might have for Halloween. Trick or Treat OFF the Street at the Wildlife Experience provides a safe, fun, INDOOR, family friendly Halloween event!
Ghouls, goblins and children of ALL ages are invited to spend the day at the Wildlife Experience for their Halloween Spook-tacular!
What: Trick or Treat OFF the Street 2013
When: Saturday, October 26th, 9am-7pm
Where: Wildlife Experience
~Haunted Hike through Ghoul-ology
~Collect treats from
donna foerster: Halloween Happenings Around Town: Boo at the Zoo 2013 - 10/12/13 11:29 AM
Halloween Happenings Around Town: Boo at the Zoo 2013
Visiting the Denver Zoo any time of year is a fun family event. The zoo offers so many animal exhibits and learning experiences for everyone. Throughout the year, the zoo hosts events and programs for the community.
This Halloween, the Denver Zoo welcomes you to the 29th annual Boo at the Zoo! Gather your family, friends and neighbors and plan an all day "adventure"! Be sure to wear your costume and enjoy the "spirit" of the celebration!
What: Boo at the Zoo
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th
donna foerster: Halloween Happenings Around Town: Bug-A-Boo 2013 - 10/07/13 10:19 AM
Halloween Happenings Around Town: Bug-A-Boo 2013
Fall is upon us, pumpkins are everywhere and Halloween is just around the corner! Trick or treating in costume or attending a costume party is a great way to enjoy Halloween. Why not trick or treat indoors at a party? The best of both worlds!
This family friendly event is hosted by the Butterfly Pavilion. Plan to come early and spend the day enjoying the "creepy crawly activities" and enjoy some of the exhibits.
When: Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th from 9am-5pm
Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Avenue, Westminster,
donna foerster: Got Snow? We Do! - 10/04/13 08:17 AM
Got Snow? We Do!
They have been talking about it all week. Warning us of cold temps and possible snow. How could that be? It's been in the high 70s and low 80s all week.
My poor cosmos are feeling the weight of the snow! Thankfully the roads are warm enough from a week of much warmer temps that the snow isn't sticking.
After 20+ years in Colorado, you'd think I would learn. We go from Summer directly to Winter. Fall only lasts a few days. Time to put away the shorts
donna foerster: An October Challenge: Who Would You Like To Meet Live And In Person? - 09/30/13 06:48 PM
An October Challenge: Who Would You Like To Meet Live And In Person?
Have you been hiding behind your computer? Writing your posts and commenting but never reaching out to your fellow members? Maybe you've just been lurking, reading posts but not commenting or posting or putting yourself out there.
Maybe you've been brave enough to send an email or pick up the phone and you've had a conversation with another Rainer, but you've never met anyone face to face.
Perhaps you've had the chance to actually meet a member who lives in your community or state. Or you've been
donna foerster: I've Always Loved Florida - 09/27/13 08:45 PM
I've Always Loved Florida
My Grandparents and my Godparents moved to Florida when I was very young. Soon after my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins moved there too. My family stayed in New York.
I remember going to Florida for visits (some times driving and some times flying) and of course, going to Disney World for family vacations. I have fond memories of time with my cousins, Mickey and Minnie and the beautiful beaches. So I've had a love for Florida for many years.
It's been several years since I've visited my family in Florida, however through the wonders of