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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.

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Chris J. BookTree (609 Market St.)

Your bookstore, BookTree is open. (609 Market St.). If you want to take this opportunity to read some good books, happy to help you find them. We're taking many pre-cautions (wiping down surfaces several times per day, we have hand sanitizers etc etc.). We are also limiting how many people are in the store at one time. If we have 8 people in the store, the front doors will be locked with a sign on the door and you might have to wait 10 minutes (though it's rare we have that many in the store all at once). If a family comes in and goes to our kid's room I'll request others wait (or get permission) before entering that part of the store. We can order books for you. We have gift certificates (and happy to mail them). Store hours are on our Facebook Page and Website Page. All events, gatherings, book club meetings have been cancelled until further notice. We might offer delivery in the future (if you are within an approximate 5 mile radius of the store) -- but not yet. You can order books, pay over the phone, call the store when you arrive and I'll bring them out to you and put them in the trunk of your car. Often there is parking in front of the store. There's a red zone less than a block away you can 'stand in' for a few minutes. Call only during business hours 425-7719 or email and include your phone number for a call back. Many people have been doing a wonderful job supporting small independent businesses (including BookTree) in our community. Wonderful. Thank YOU. It's needed and greatly appreciated. Updates will be on the website blog and facebook page too. Thanks for spreading the word. Best email: booktreekirkland1@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/BookTreeBookstore/

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