Joan and I are both semi-retired professionals-- Joan is a psycho-therapist and I am an ESL and English teacher. We are avid vegetable and flower gardeners and this little 4-acre "homestead" gets sun all day (in fact, the passive solar heat keeps the house warm in winter without much help from the oil furnace), so it's a great place to garden. Our hill top has lots of walking and hiking trails, and although it's too hilly for us to bike, "real" bikers like the elevation. we feed the birds in all 4 seasons, so our feeders on the deck are always busy. We do a lot of cooking, and we often have guests for dinner. I also preserve foodstuffs every summer: sweet and sour pickles, hot pickled peppers, tomatoes and tomato soup, jams and jellies, and we try to fill the freezer with fresh produce and a small quantity of grass-fed meat. We have 3 sons and one daughter-in-law (so far) between us and 2 young grandsons--they live in other places, but they love to visit. We resolved to share the beauty of our location and our home when we moved here, so having guests helps to fulfill that pledge.