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Popular antihistamines may cause brain fog

Q. Over the past 30 years, I have taken Benadryl twice. Both times it caused me memory loss as a side effect. I had to look up phone numbers that I dialed daily. I wasn’t even sure what year it was. Thankfully, the problem only lasted for 24 hours.

Muzzy’s

Photo courtesy of Steven Sanford and Mike Schultz  The Muzzy Mansion, circa 1912. (Photo courtesy of Steven Sanford and Mike Schultz / The Spokesman-Review)
As if peering into a crystal ball, Steven Sanford scanned the downstairs foyer of the historic Spokane home he and partner Mike Schultz are painstakingly restoring. “You can imagine they had a few soirees here,” he said, eyes twinkling. Schultz smiled: “That’s when we wish the walls would talk.”

Grand gardens

A parade of fuzzy quail chicks, a newly fledged black capped chickadee and family of robins are among the summer residents in a Hayden Lake garden created by a retired veterinarian and his wife. The couple, Gary and Lucinda Ade, and six other gardeners will open their creations Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this year’s Coeur d’Alene Garden Club tour.

The wonders of Water

Azola Fairy Moss, frequently found in container gardens, acts as a natural water filter.
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Water – in oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds and small tabletop fountains – mesmerizes and calms us. "Water is captivating, we get lost in it," said Kathy Thompson, co-owner of Blue Iris Water Garden Nursery in Spokane Valley. "A water garden is probably one of the best ways to alleviate stress."

Garden a go-go


Nancy Santschi-Apodaca, her steel horse and Abracadabra Alacazam Garden will be part of the Spokane in Bloom Magical Mystery garden tour. 
 (Rajah Bose / The Spokesman-Review)
Seeing the vivid blooms, birds and greenery in Nancy Santschi-Apodaca's mature South Hill garden, it's hard to believe she had to lug old tires and debris from the place before turning the first spade of dirt. Formerly rental property, the cedar rancher and its sloped backyard had been neglected for 16 years before she purchased them, the Spokane native said.

We’re moving!

Change is a part of life. Everything evolves if it is around long enough. Almost three years ago I came on board as the staff writer for Home. Then, a year later, I moved up as editor.

Tiles take shape from unwanted glass


Jeff Hazen's recycled glass tiles were used to decorate the  Saranac Building in downtown Spokane.
 (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane resident Jeff Hazen makes jewelry – for floors and walls. In the garage of his South Hill home, the Gonzaga University employee crafts tiles out of recycled glass, creating unique pieces that have a translucent, liquid-like look that's vastly different from the mass-produced ceramic varieties available at big-box home improvement stores.

Birders let books be their guides


Ornithology books, field guides and binoculars are among the birdwatcher's staples.
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For every birdwatcher, regardless of experience, a field guide is the must-have item after a pair of binoculars. It's a reference you'll always want in the field. They are relatively small and cost between $10 and $20. With so many excellent guides available, choosing one is really a matter of preference.

Dust gives ride to snowflakes


Tiny snowflakes cling to a car window in Kenai, Alaska.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
As I write this, the garden is disappearing under yet another blanket of white. This time it looks like we won't see the garden again for a while. So what about that blanket of frozen water? Just how did all those snowflakes end up in your yard? "Snowflakes are not frozen water drops," says Robin Fox, a meteorologist with the Spokane National Weather Service Office. "They are ice crystals."

Pregnancy shouldn’t force cat out the door


There's no need to cast away a feline friend during pregnancy.
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Among the multitude of potential disasters that pregnant women get to worry about, toxoplasmosis is one of the biggies. Well-meaning relatives may advise women to either give away their cats or risk the life of the baby they're carrying. While it is important that pregnant women do everything possible to avoid this disease, getting rid of the cat is not the solution.

The Young family


Shane and Allison Young join their children Elexa, 3, top left, Ella, 6 months, right, Emilia, 5, bottom left, and Elliot, 8. The Youngs moved from Portland to their Coeur d'Alene home to be closer to family.
 (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Baby Ella was the tipping point. For years, Shane and Allison Young flirted with the idea of moving from Portland to Coeur d'Alene. When the couple learned they were expecting a fourth child, they decided it was time to commit.

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