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Allergies . . . no fun!

November 29th, 2013 Comments off

Greyson Levy


Young Greyson Levy, a friend’s son, bares his back to show the results of allergy shots.  He will probably have to take shots, as his mother Jen does.  

from webMd:

Allergy testing involves having a skin or blood test to find out what substance, orallergen, may trigger an allergic response in a person. Skin tests are usually done because they are rapid, reliable, and generally less expensive than blood tests, but either type of test may be used.

Skin tests

A small amount of a suspected allergen is placed on or below the skin to see if a reaction develops. There are three types of skin tests:

  • Skin prick test. This test is done by placing a drop of a solution containing a possible allergen on the skin, and a series of scratches or needle pricks allows the solution to enter the skin. If the skin develops a red, raised itchy area (called a wheal), it usually means that the person is allergic to that allergen. This is called a positive reaction.
  • Intradermal test. During this test, a small amount of the allergen solution is injected into the skin. An intradermal allergy test may be done when a substance does not cause a reaction in the skin prick test but is still suspected as an allergen for that person. The intradermal test is more sensitive than the skin prick test but is more often positive in people who do not have symptoms to that allergen (false-positive test results).
  • Skin patch test. For a skin patch test, the allergen solution is placed on a pad that is taped to the skin for 24 to 72 hours. This test is used to detect a skin allergy called contact dermatitis.

Blood test

Allergy blood tests look for substances in the blood called antibodies. Blood tests are not as sensitive as skin tests but are often used for people who are not able to have skin tests.

Judy Elliott Growing Gardens – Weird but Clever -Actually it is pretty cool.

November 29th, 2013 Comments off

judy Elliott growing gardens

This year, Thanksgiving + Hanukkah equals something very rare: Thanksgivukkah

November 28th, 2013 1 comment

November 11


The Kansas City Star

Somebody call Adam Sandler. We need another Hanukkah song.This year, thanks to an extremely rare convergence, Thanksgiving (Nov. 28) falls during the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. Some are calling it “Hanu-giving.” Others prefer “Thanksgivukkah.”

Hit it, Adam.

“Tell your Aunt Viv-ica … Here comes Thanks-givukkah!”


From a purely numerical standpoint it’s a pretty big deal. Math geeks say the last time it happened — at least since President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday — was 1888. And by one calculation it won’t happen again for another — hold onto your latkes — 79,000 years.

Seventy-nine-thousand, forty-three years, to be exact. But who’s counting?


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Santana Piano Movers – A Family Connection

November 26th, 2013 Comments off


 The Founder of this excellent company is Joel Santana, pictured on the left, the father of my future daughter-in-law, Alicia Santana.  Tivo Santana, eldest son, is the president. (pictured below)

From their website:1453489_178204059044131_1814090624_n

Santana Piano Movers (a subsidiary of J&P Corporation) is a family owned business built from the ground up in 1993. Drawing on our founder’s 30 plus years of experience, our highly skilled movers have the knowledge and expertise necessary to handle moves of varying degrees of difficulty. Based in Lynwood, CA, to conveniently serve all of our California destinations, we’ve built a stellar reputation for quality care and professional service. Santana Piano Movers is bonded and insured.

Piano Moving
Santana Piano Movers is one of the largest piano moving companies in Southern California. Equipped with a fleet of bobtail trucks, ranging in size from 18 to 24ft, we are able to transport up to 18 grand pianos in a single truck. We hand-craft and custom build much of our equipment to accommodate the delicate nature of the pianos we transport.Tivo

Piano Storage
With a warehouse of over 18,000 sq. ft., Santana Piano Movers provides a secure storage space that is adjacent to the main office and is monitored by cameras 24 hours a day. Two expansive areas are used to house a large quantity of units for manufacturers and dealers, while separate smaller climate-controlled rooms are used to safeguard personal units for individual customers.    
Tivo Santana, President

  (323) 569-1022  ·  11350 Wright Rd., Lynwood, CA 90262

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‘For All We Know’ . . . 20 Year old Karen Carpenter

November 25th, 2013 Comments off

“Just Being Jana”

November 25th, 2013 Comments off

JanaRan into a friend of mine that had an allergic reaction to some sunscreen. Had no idea she was allergic to it until it was too late. Made me think about the day we discovered Mike was allergic to aloe vera. He had come home from fishing with a bad sunburn so we lathered him up with it. When it set him on fire we discovered aloe is not his friend. From then on we were diligent in watching for everything that had aloe in it. And…It was truly an unfortunate accident when he discovered that Charmin makes a toilet paper with aloe in it….Truly unfortunate.

Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and

 If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out her new book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.


Zayd Nagy has only been in the world for two months, but parents Maja and Steve says he has everything under control.

November 24th, 2013 Comments off


To God Be The Glory . . . Marilyn McCoo . . . ‘My Tribute’

November 24th, 2013 Comments off

Pastor Rick’s Sunday Study

November 24th, 2013 Comments off

Hello Friends, Our lesson today is an exciting one.  Jesus walks on water and Peter  joins him.

Matthew 14:22-33 (New Living Translation)

. . . Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home.  After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.
Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.  About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.  
When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said.“Take courage. I am here!”Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

When Peter was allowed to walk on water to get to Jesus, he did it!  That is, of course, until he took his eyes off the Lord and let fear set in.  That’s when he began to go under.

Most of us wouldn’t have had the nerve to even think about taking that first step outside the boat, so we have to hand it to Peter for being as courageous as he was.

The message for us is pretty obvious.  Keep your eyes on the Lord and he will allow you to do some awesome things. Don’t give in to  fear and doubt, but trust in the God.

See you soon, Pastor Rick

Paul’s words to Timothy, and to us. Quote it often and believe it to be true. Let it sustain you through the ups and downs of this life.

November 24th, 2013 Comments off

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