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Kindness is Contagious

I recently received this email from Victoria & Mark Fanning, owners of Crown Linen Designs. Donate $99 before April 5th and receive a $50 Crown Linen gift card (free contact-free delivery too!).   What a clever idea to accelerate giving to a local cause that is helping our local healthcare teams stay strong as they fight COVID-19... here is their note... thx for being awesome, Kirkland.

As you may be aware, over the last two weeks, The Herbfarm in Woodinville has been delivering free, delicious and nutritious meals nightly to medical teams at our local hospitals.  Thanks to all of you who have already supported this effort!

Clearly, these health care heroes are on the front line of this pandemic.  We just can't do enough for them right now.  

To date,The Herbfarm has delivered over 2,065 meals to Evergreen, Overlake, Virginia Mason, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, UW and other local hospitals.  They are adding new hospitals next week and hope to continue this effort as long as needed. 

Not only are these heroes thrilled with a dinner from The Herbfarm, they always comment on how much the community support means to them.  

Can you believe it?  They give thanks for what others are doing!   It is the embodiment, not only of heroism, but grace - beyond inspiring. 

Also inspiring is the commitment of owners Ron Zimmerman and Carrie Van Dyck and Chef Chris Weber and The Herbfarm team to make this happen.  I honestly don't know when they sleep!  

To fund this endeavor a Gofundme campaign has raised about $80K to date but we want to keep this effort going as long as there is a need.  

Here's a link where you can learn more:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/meal-delivery-puget-sound-covid-19-hospital-staff

A Patreon site has also been set up for those who are able to make recurring donations:

https://www.patreon.com/theherbfarm

If you are considering contributing, Crown Linen Designs in Kirkland (906 Market Street) is offering a $50.00 gift card for every $99.00 you donate between now and April 5.  You can order online and we will deliver it for free (and contact free) anywhere in King County within 2 business days. 

Here's what you do if you you're interested: 

Make a contribution of $99 or more on the Gofundmesite and include your name. 

Always have the last digit of your contribution be be a "9" so we will know who you are.  Every $99 dollars earns you another $50 gift certificate!

Visit us online at www.crownlinendesigns.com and find what you like.  The offer applies to our entire line of apparel, bedding, tabletop and gifts including sale items.

Email us at www.retail@crownlinendesigns.com and let us know what you would like to purchase and we will contact you to arrange delivery. 

Please contact me at this email, at mark@crownlinendesigns.com or on my cell (425) 864-0921 if you would like more info.  

Thanks for anything you can do.  I promise - it really is making a difference - and we really can't do enough for these heroes.

With deepest wishes for health for you and your loved ones. 

Victoria & Mark Fanning

Crown Linen Designs

906 Market Street

Kirkland, WA 98033

Main: 425-406-8975

PS - Feel free to forward this email and offer to your friends and promote it on your social media. Anything you can do to get the word out is greatly appreciated. 


Blue Ribbons for Hope

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Have you noticed blue ribbons around many of our trees in Kirkland?  Special thanks to Tricia LaVoice for spearheading this effort to show people that a simple gesture can help people feel not-so-alone during this COVID-19 outbreak.  This is especially meaningful for many of our seniors that are feeling frightened and isolated, but can  now look out their window in their nursing homes and know their community is thinking of them. 

Tricia has wrapped over 150 trees so far!  There are currently 11 nursing homes that are impacted by the virus in King County and she is focusing on using safe distancing measures while single-handedly and methodically getting to each of their trees with her ribbons of hope.   This angelic lady has also adorned the trees on Park Lane, Lake St and Market St to represent the connection of  the Kirkland Life Care Center to its city and our hearts.  Tricia told me, "it's just my little part that I can do" and it would be great if others across the country also recognized their local nursing homes and how much meaning this can have for those residents.  Just today as she was checking on the ribbons at Life Care, someone pulled up and asked if she was taking them down.  "No, I'm just fixing them up" Tricia said, and the person thanked her for keeping them there as her mom really appreciates looking at them out her window.  

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"I wanted to share love, not fear, and this community has always been so nice and has really stepped up their game to be friendly, sweet, and supportive while still respecting the boundaries that we need to have right now."  Tricia mentioned the awesomeness (is that a word?) of Kirkland Life Care and the outpouring of support they are receiving , but to remember that there are many other nursing homes and care facilities where our elder population are feeling scared and alone.

How can we help her?    She's also running low on silk flowers and ribbon, so email her if you have some for a 'no contact' pickup or need a delivery address for an online order. If you have blue ribbon,  you can also put some around your own trees in your yard to show your support.  Like her FB page here.

 


What's Your New Normal?

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Things are changing at a rapid rate, so it's tough to keep track of what is or isn't okay in Kirkland these days.  Staying home mostly? Yes, that's okay because it sounds like more cases of asymptomatic transmission are popping up and we are unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to others.   But the amount of food I am eating while chillaxing in my house? That's not okay.  And now that the kids are out of school for 6 weeks I'm pretty sure we may all lose our minds, but we're determined to do this for the good of everybody.  This is not a drill.  This is for real, friends, let's follow the guidelines we've been given by our state and federal government.  If we can't manage to keep ourselves out of populated public spaces,  the likely next step is that they  will do it for us.   So let's impress and air on the side of caution.

That being said, you don't have to barricade yourself in your house with your 600 rolls of TP (still don't understand that, this isn't dysentery).  I have seen many heartfelt community efforts on the Be Neighborly Facebook page of people offering to do errands and food shopping for the higher risk citizens that shouldn't be out and about.  There was also a food sign-up (not making food, buying food)  for Kirkland Life Care residents and workers. You may want to donate gift cards to Nourishing Networks or donate/volunteer through the Lake WA School Foundation's Pantry Packs program, so those local kids that have food needs are being served.  Buy gift cards to local restaurants and businesses to help see them through this tough time. Or a free idea.. you could give blood.

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I really appreciate the innovation coming from some of our local businesses.  Times are changing so let's get creative, right?  DERU Market now uses their parking area as a drive-thru for pickups and will be open 7 days/wk and doing deliveries.  Lake St Diamond Company  sent an email saying they are implementing 'teleconsults' via text, email or zoom in addition to store sanitizing and social distancing. Comcast announced it would offer free public wi-fi hotspots throughout the country during this pandemic.  Some places are understanding of the required slow-down and are suspending operations, such as Lynn's Bistro until 3/30, Lakehouse in Bellevue, and I'm sure many more to come in future days.  The ski runs are closing gyms are talking about putting workouts online for their clients to do while they are staying home.  Holly Smith of just announced "At Home with Cafe Juanita" so you can order and pickup on certain days/times through their virtual store.  I know the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce is working really hard to help support our local businesses through these tough times.  Are you friends with the Kirkland Blog on Facebook? I'm going to start doing snapshots of local business owners and ways you can still get their products/food. Shoutout to Asher Goods  and their Opening Day tees is up there right now. 

Our family has been talking about how we want to structure our days, reiterating to our teens that we can't sleep in until noon every day.  Steve is re-organizing his entire closet at this very moment and I have a feeling the garage is next.  Good news, the weather is great for a few days so get outside.  We're so lucky to have the Cross Kirkland Corridor and amazing parks for walks.   At our house, we were thinking about having a few 'no tech' days where we put our phones down completely (gasp!). The slow down of everything can more easily allow for a 'fun' experiment like that.  This seems like a perfect time to take a Masterclass online with a famous expert in their field.  Wordscape is a very dangerously addictive word app you might like.  Or maybe we can invent something- like some hand sanitizer that smells like orange blossoms and simultaneously moisturizes my chapped over-washed hands?  Feel free to share your ideas of how to use our down time wisely.


Can You Loan Me $65 for Some Hand Sanitizer?

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With our amazing community of people, charming downtown and phenomenal sweeping lake views, who would have ever thought that Kirkland, "Washing-hands-a-ton" would make global news for being the US epicenter for COVID-19? But here we are.  It looks like we may not make the  "Best Places to Live" list again this year, but that's the least of our problems.  Lucky for you, I'm not the news, so instead of throwing a bunch of up to the minute statistics  at you and current local advisories, I thought I would try to keep it light and look at the bright side, because sometimes we need that.  Especially w some kids home from school and spouses working from home and 2 rolls of toilet paper left. 

Here are some of my random observations and not-always-particularly-wise tips on how to look at the bright side:

  • I'm so proud-you guys are eating your fruits and veggies! Nice work, Kirkland. Of course the TP, hand sanitizer and water are depleted from all of the stores, but I was really impressed to know that you realize the importance of fresh produce for your overall health and have decided to also clear out most of the hardy greens and fresh fruits.  A+ people.  I've noticed a post that Met Market was cleared out of kombucha, artisan breads and black truffle burrata.  Aren't we fancy!
  • A few weeks ago I was looking for face masks online  and came to realize some of them were being shipped from China.  I could have COVID-19 delivered straight to my front door? How's that for irony?   
  • I'm worried for our local businesses that have seen a tremendous downturn in the past month.  It's good that you're staying safe and following guidelines to minimize the potential spread, but maybe we can do some online ordering to help keep them afloat? By the way, WowWow Lemonade has permanently closed their Kirkland location.  And there is a Grand Opening event this weekend for Mr. Wish at 320 4th St (next to the Shell on Central Way) and they are excited to be here with their freshly brewed fruit tea, smoothies, bubble tea and milk tea.  Here's their flyer for a "buy one get one free" event 3/9-3/10.
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  • We all know how to wash our hands while singing happy birthday now. It's easier than chewing gum and tapping your head.  And I mean REALLY wash our hands, nothing like pre-Corona hand washing. We are paying extra attention to fingertips, thumbs, that meaty blob under your pinkies and the back of your hands.  And using the paper towel or an elbow to turn the water off when done drying.  And then there's Ellen's way
  • Handshaking is so 2019.  Hugs? Don't you dare. It's a foot-shake now folks, and here's how you do it.  
  • On the upside, traffic is non-existent. And I went to the gym yesterday and rolled right in to my favorite parking spot, used my sleeve to open the doors and wiped down everything before and after I used it.  I appreciate that the staff is visibly wiping down equipment and doorways/knobs constantly.  But I was mostly by myself (with my new haircut), as you can see by the sea of empty treadmills. Good news: The lake is flat and I just got word that a boat is de-winterized so my future workouts may be waterskiing- especially since it's a gloved sport and I'm hoping COVID-19 can't sustain the 48 degree water temp like my drysuit can.  
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  • Airfare is cheap.  I just got an email from Alaska about flights starting at $20 one way.  In case you're plotting an escape...
  • Or-stay! This is a great time to organize at home! Before the stir-crazy part sets in, I'm thinking I can clean up some crap piles of paper from my office and re-arrange some furniture to keep things exciting around here. 
  • Teach your kids negotiating skills by bartering for in-demand quarantine supplies.  I'll trade you 3 rolls of toilet paper for that hand sanitizer?  In a pinch, you can make your own hand sanitizer.   My dad texted to let me know there's a way to make sanitizer with vodka.  But I would never waste perfectly good vodka that way. I still have some olives around here somewhere and I could just as easily start my cleansing on the interior. 
  • One silver lining of having  Kirkland unwilling land in the national news is the re-connections that it has sparked.  My mom heard from a friend she hasn't spoken to in 20 years.  I'm getting Facebook messages from friends all over the country checking in.
  • Feel free to share your upside stories and advice for this not-so-awesome time in Kirkland.  It's kind of a nice break from the news. :-)