In case you doubted E.B. White's genius (and I know you're WAY too smart for that) consider this bit of brilliance, courtesy of The Writer's Almanac:
"Just to live in the country is a full-time job. You don't have to do anything. The idle pursuit of making a living is pushed to one side, where it belongs, in favor of living itself, a task of such immediacy, variety, beauty, and excitement that one is powerless to resist its wild embrace."
No way I could have said it as well, let alone better, for heaven's sake.