Sunday, May 31, 2009

Weekend Shopping

Chattuchuk or the Weekend Market is one of my favorite places to shop! So many little stalls; so many things to buy. These pics were taken by my daughter a few weeks ago on one of our shopping expeditions. 8000 stalls of everything imaginable - old, new, clothes, purses, shoes, silk, food, pets, handicrafts, furniture, beads, musical instruments, home decor, plants, etc. It's fun just to wander around! You never know what you'll find!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rings for Cocktails

Big cocktail rings are popping up all over. What a fun fashion statement to make!  If you prefer unique, handmade pieces - check out Etsy for some great, large rings to wear to your next soiree or to wear just for fun.

Click on the ring to visit the shop where it can be purchased. The rings featured here are available on Etsy at these shops: Kate's Jewelry, Heatherly Designs, Jet Flair, Deanna Burasco, Mike and Mary, Jewelry by Vera Vague, Charmedlets, and Vie Moderne. 

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Sandwich Generation

    It's been awhile since I last updated. I went to NY to help my elderly parents for a few weeks.  They have had a tough time for the past couple of months - health wise. It was good that I was able to see them as they are doing so much better now. I also had a chance to visit my in-laws who also continue to live independently.
    I guess I am beginning to join the 20 million Americans that are a part of the Sandwich Generation; now caring for elderly parents and children.  I realize that I am slightly more fortunate than most at this time - my parents and in-laws are still self-sufficient and able to live independently in their own homes, and my children are young adults with college degrees, beginning to make their own lives. 
      Having lived in Asia for many years, it is apparent that the care of the elderly is built into the family structure and culture. It all makes sense.  Unfortunately, we are half-way around the world from our families.
     This is a touching video clip about a family caring for their elderly father - In researching on-line, I found this helpful article by Money magazine for surviving the "mid-life tug-of-war."  It has links to many valuable resources and services to help you through what can be an intensely stressful period of life. For those of you who have been through this or are living through this now- you have my sincere admiration!