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,
donna foerster: Things To Do in Parker, CO: Parker Oktoberfest 2016
- 09/03/16 01:09 PM
Things To Do in Parker, CO: Parker Oktoberfest 2016
Have you ever wondered why Oktoberfest is in September? I have! Here's the short answer:
Oktoberfest began in Munich, Germay on October 12, 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. It became an annual event. Since the weather in October can be miserably cold, the celebration was moved to September! Makes sense to me!
Founded and hosted by the CACC (Council of Arts, Science and Culture) formerly the PAC (Parker Arts Council) and presented by Erdinger Weissbrau, the authentic German brewing company, the 11 Annual Parker Oktoberfest promises to bring
donna foerster: Parker, Colorado: September 2016 Community Calendar
- 09/03/16 12:38 PM
Parker, Colorado: September 2016 Community Calendar
What's happening in Parker, Colorado is September? Town meetings, education, celebrations and fundraising, networking, festivals, concerts, recreation and the grand opening of the new library. There's no shortage of activities! Get involved in the community and plan on attending the events that fit your personal schedule.
Celebrations, Festivals, Concerts and Fundraising:
>Friday, September 16 thru Sunday, September 18; times vary
>O'Brien Park, 10975 Victorian Drive
>For more information, visit www.ParkerOktoberfest.com or call 303.261.8059.
Hot Rods and Heroes Gala
>Saturday, September 17, 5-9pm
>Vehicle Vault Museum, 18301 Lincoln Meadows Pkwy
>Cocktails, dinner, live auction, music and entertainment
>$75 or $115 VIP
>For additional information, please visit www.HealingWarriors.org or call
donna foerster: Parker, Colorado: This Town LOVES Its Residents
- 08/28/16 09:17 PM
Parker, Colorado: This Town LOVES Its Residents
If you ask 10 different people, "What do you LOVE about where you live?" you will likely get varying answers. Location. School district. Amenities. Home values.
Most of the folks that live in Parker will tell you it's the small town feel. I've written blog posts before about the reasons folks love to live here, interesting facts, my top 10 things I love. In this post I want to share something that is very important to me and makes Parker special.
This Town LOVES Its Residents
What leads me to this conclusion?
I've been a part of several meetings
donna foerster: Serendipity Sunday: Art in the Park
- 08/28/16 07:54 PM
Serendipity Sunday: Art in the Park
On Friday night we noticed tents going up in the park in Downtown Parker. What was that about, we wondered. Well this morning we found out the answer. Celebrating 15 years of fine art, the Parker Arts Guild was hosting Art in the Park. An exhibition of local artisans in the categories of paint, photography, glass, wood, metal, jewelryy, pottery and more! Admission was free, parking was free and the weather was lovely...no rain (while we were there) and mild temperatures.
We strolled along and admired all the artwork. We made one purchase at the very end
donna foerster: Motivational Monday: Determination and Satisfaction
- 08/28/16 07:29 PM
Motivational Monday: Determination and Satisfaction
I've started "playing" on Pinterest again. I've got to be careful and bide my time so it doesn't become a time vampire. Does anyone else have that challenge? Anyhoo, I was scrolling along looking for quotes that resonated with me. I came across this...
"Wake up with DETERMINATION. Go to bed with SATISFACTION."
This is my happy place. To wake up in the morning, determined to make a difference, to have a good day, to be successful, to be kind, to manage my health.
And my goal every night is to go to bed satisifed in the knowledge that I
donna foerster: Resources in Douglas County: First Call Program
- 08/28/16 06:55 PM
Resources in Douglas County: First Call Program
Do you have a need, but you are not sure who to call? Perhaps you need transportation from your home to the doctor's office. Maybe you've just returned home after surgery and you need some modifications to your home. Who do you call??
If you live in Douglas County or you are inquiring on behalf of someone who lives in Douglas Couny, pick up the phone and call First Call Information at 303.660.7519. This Referral and Assistance program has trained staff and volunteers that can direct you to the service or resource that will meet your needs.
donna foerster: Things To Do in Parker, CO: All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
- 08/28/16 05:03 PM
Things To Do in Parker, CO: All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
Breakfast might be my favorite meal of the day. If you want to get your day started right, you need to have a good, hearty breakfast. (At least that's my humble opinion!) The Parker Senior Center will be hosting a fundraiser that will fill your tummy with good eats.
Be sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss the opportunity to enjoy Flippin Flapjacks fantastic pancakes and the chance to support the Parker Senior Center.
What: All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
When: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 8 - 10 am
donna foerster: Throwback Thursday: Men at Work
- 08/25/16 11:42 AM
Throwback Thursday: Men at Work
I shared this photo a few years back when it was originally taken. Our son (on the ladder) and his family had just moved in to a new house and they were hanging curtains in their family room. Grandpa (in the background) and our youngest (at the time) grandson lent a helping hand.
Three generations of "Men at Work". Never saw it before (in our family) and will probably never see it again! It's a cherished memory!
Throwback Thursday: Men at Work
donna foerster: Do You Have a Bee in Your Bonnet?
- 08/23/16 12:26 PM
Do You Have a Bee in Your Bonnet?
Every once in a while I get an idea in my head and I have to act on it right then and there. It doesn't matter if it wasn't planned for that day, or any day for that matter. It doesn't matter that I have other things I should be doing. I just get this idea and I need to do it NOW!
I'm having one of those moments. I just decided that I need to clean out the filing cabinet where we store our office supplies. You know the stuff I'm talking about...staples, binder
donna foerster: Serendipity Sunday: Happy Memories
- 08/21/16 03:55 PM
Serendipity Sunday: Happy Memories
I've been scrolling through some old posts and I came across one from September of 2010, Sweet Childhood Memories. (Maybe you commented on it! LOL!) It was fun to remember great times and to share the with you. I thought I would think back once again to some fond memories of my teenage years in New Jersey. (My mom, sister and her family live there still.)
Here are the top FIVE!
5. Going roller skating with a group of girlfiends. Dad would drop us off and then pick us up later.
4. Attending the monthly school dance. Girls huddled on one side