|No redness in those eyes today! Another blingy cap!|
When I was young I always blamed it on swimming in lakes and keeping my eyes open underwater--that was probably true back then. One summer when Darcy was around 10 or 11, he and I drove up to Casper to visit Carla, Jim and the boys. Apparently the cottonwoods were in full blowing cotton. I got a terrible infection and could barely open my eyes especially outside in the sunshine. I wore contacts at the time and didn't have any glasses with me. We went to the movies one night (I think it was the first Pirates of the Caribbean) and I had to hold my hands over my eyes and peek through the cracks of my fingers! The next day I went to the Emergency Room at the hospital. (Don't even get me started on Casper's Urgent Care places that won't take Medicare patients even if they choose to pay for the visit.) The Dr. prescribed the "magic eye drops" that cure the condition in less than 4 days usually. He also told me to continue putting allergy eye drops in my eyes as long as allergy season lasted and to do it every year.
The drops were slow to work and it took all 4 days to get better so Darcy and I got to extend our stay because I could not see to drive! The sun was just too blinding. When my eyes got better we had an adventure on our drive home but that is another story.
|This was taken in Lake Charles, LA when Bob, Carla and I went to the casino there in March. Another story! I couldn't resist posting such a pretty picture taken from our room.|
By the time we got here a week or 2 later, the infection had returned for a third time due to the cottonwoods now in full glory here! This has been unheard of for me! It is July for heavens sake! I certainly hope I have seen the last of this infection. I am diligently putting allergy eye drops in my eyes every day! When Bob went to get his driver's license the other day, he could barely see the letters in the eye exam box. His eyes were all mattered up so I gave him a dose of allergy eye drops and it did clear them up enough to read the letters.
|A couple views of the cleaning apron I designed and made|
Here is the promised recipe. Mom used to make these but most of my memories of Pickled Eggs come from our visits to Pennsylvania in the summers up in the Laural Highlands. My mother's family came from Connellsville, PA at the foot of the mountains. Several of my aunts and uncles had summer cabins up in the mountains and we spent many wonderful summers visiting there. One of the favorite places to go eat was a family style restaurant called Mom's. There were always beautiful red pickled eggs on the table as part of the meal. They really are wonderful. I never was too fond of just hard boiled eggs but these are different and delicious. Nowadays They are a summer standard at the Manville cabin.
Pickled Eggs and Beets
A Good Pennsylvania Dutch
1 Cup vinegar-I use apple cider vinegar
1/2 Cup water
1 Cup beet juice
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp pickling spice
15 or so hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 onion sliced
Pinch of salt
2 cans of beets - sliced, quartered or whole-you can also use fresh ones and cook , peel and quarter them. Save the cooking liquid to use in the recipe.
Boil all ingredients together except eggs, onion, and beets for 5 minutes. Layer eggs, beets and onions in a large jar. Pour hot liquid over to cover. Add more water or beet juice to cover everything. Refrigerate. The longer they wait the better they are! We usually try to wait a couple days but a week is better. The color and flavor soaks into the white all the way to the yolk. Very tasty. They keep a long time just like pickles.
|Yum! The eggs and beets are ready!|