Move-in day was loooooooong. Drove to ALA, closed on the farm, moved two SUV-loads full of stuff into the house, picked out paint colors at Lowe’s (in case you’re curious: kitchen will be “coriander,” bedrooms “hemp rope,” the great room will soon be “zen garden sand,” the dining room takes on a “brick hearth” look, and all trim will have the essence of a “waning moon”). Then we spent almost $500 at Wal-Mart buying STUFF. Took a long sunset walk around the property so Mike could show me all (and I do mean all) the property markers with their metal stakes and bright pink plastic ribbons. Lola and Linus romped wildly through the pastures like miniature horses and little Ellie the teacup Yorkie kept getting lost in the tall grass, picking up briars and burrs along the way. It was a happy day. And the best part of all? We fell fast asleep under a dark sky blanketed by stars, listening to a frog serenade from the pond.