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Catchment boundary

Some important aspects of the landscape are invisible to most of us. This farm is not terribly far from a major border between catchment basins. Behind me is the Tennessee River Valley—that water flows into the Mississippi River, while the south side, this side, flows into the Coosa and then the Alabama. Both end up in the Gulf, albeit via different routes. Not readily apparent while touring the countryside.

Basil volunteers

At home, we found the wee basil plants—”regular” Genovese and Thai—are doing well. They need water, but some are already going to seed. Gotta snip those when I water!


Perhaps the biggest news: we do not have to wait in line to vote in person tomorrow; our absentee ballots did indeed arrive while we were gone (they should have come before we left; love bureaucracy 😉 ).


  1. kayak woman says:

    I read jcb first and (even though I know he is not a sloppy writer) I wondered at “ballot” not being followed by “application”. Important distinction here in the Great Lake State as I’m sure you know. But you do have an election and I’m glad you don’t have to vote in person. Quite some arguments about absentee/mail-in voting here in this house divided 😉

  2. Sammy says:

    I would rather vote in person. Not always possible. And these are not normal times in more than one way.

  3. kayak woman says:

    Me too, especially since I walk by my polling place EVERY morning anyway, but I’m gonna vote absentee the next 2 elections and then we’ll see where we are. I was REALLY nervous voting in person for our March 12(?) primary but hadn’t thought ahead to get an absentee ballot.

    Disheartened to see the mess at many polling places in Georgia today.

  4. Sammy says:

    Yeah, it’s bad. We drove by two polling places on the way home from dropping our absentee ballots, and the line at each was at least a half-mile, stretched a bit by social distancing, but not a full six feet between parties. Not safe; not good.

  5. Pooh says:

    I worked the polls on Missouri’s presidential primary on March 10, after voting absentee in person at a satellite site. I voted absentee by mail in April for the municipal election and did not work the polls.
    I will vote absentee by mail in August for the state primary, and will not work. We will see about how things are in St. Louis County for the November election. If Covid-19 is not in a second (third?) wave, I would like to work the polls, as it is such a big election.

    Missouri sent every registered voter who was 65 or older absentee ballot APPLICATIONS for all 3 elections: April, August and November. They do not need to be notarized for reason of illness.

    Absentee ballots are checked multiple ways, including checking the signature on the envelope and the signature on file from when you registered.