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.
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.”
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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