We like to pretend we are homesteaders. In 2007 we purchased 40 acres and a marginal house at the end of a two-mile dirt road and named it the Lazy E (if an “E” (Eileen) is lazy and leans over, it becomes a “W” (Walter)). Although we both work full-time and spend a lot of time away from the farm, we like to think of ourselves as living the rural, farm life. Since purchasing the farm, we have completely renovated the house, expanded the orchard (not difficult since we started with one pear tree), developed some hiking trails around the property, built a chicken house (small) and developed a new breed of tick. We have grand plans involving aesthetics, infrastructure and sustainability, but most evenings we have just enough steam to pour a glass of wine and walk around the field.