number one reason I would never homeschool… out of a list of 87 reasons…

the farmer and I would have no peaceful lunch dates anymore…

(#2 was the fact that I would kill my children… murder them… if they couldn’t get to me first)

this is no criticism of homeschooling by any means…  there are so many reasons people homeschool (I’ve never contemplated them but I’m sure there are reasons)… and I truly admire anyone that can have their children around them all the time and not hurt them…

but after the packing of lunches, waking teenagers up, making breakfast, doing hair, organizing the days schedule culminates in the glorious moment the yellow school bus arrives to take the children away from me for 7 magical hours…  I almost cry I am so happy… I leisurely pour a cup of coffee and begin the daily routine in blissful silence…

so what if it’s not all that glamorous of a life?   so what if I make the same beds, clean the same toilets and sinks and vacuum the front entryway for the millionth time…

I am alone… with my thoughts or someone else’s playing to me over a podcast on my phone…

the day usually involves getting food out for either lunch or supper or both…  perhaps the weekly chore of making buns…

there is always bookwork to be done and a workout to fit in…

but it’s hard to explain what the quietness of a farm house is like…  there will only be one to two vehicles drive past my yard all morning… both are my neighbours…

the dogs have their routine of eating and then going for their 45 minute morning stroll…

this morning there was a fog outside and it felt cold and dark like the winter here usually does…  you feel like you are allowed to slow down…  because you know that with spring it will be busy again and you will wish that you had slowed down even more in the winter months…

I put a chicken in the sink with water to defrost for later and then got out my weathered soup pot…

tomatoes were getting overripe on the counter and I thought that when the farmer returns around noon I would have a nice bowl of tomato soup for him…

I turned on a podcast and listened as I threw very basic ingredients into a pot…  knowing that the farmer would love the smell when he walks into the house…

after the puree and straining of the soup, almond milk was added and it was all set to eat…

the farmer will get home with the mail for me to sort…  he will on a good day jump on the tread climber… and then we eat…  today will be this creamy delicious soup…

when I met the farmer, 18 years ago, I found a boy that wanted to farm and take care of me…  and I in turn decided at a young age that I wanted to take care of him…  

I realize that some might think I have wasted my life…  staying home and making soup…  not accomplishing a whole lot…

and there are some days where I wonder if there is more I could or should be doing…  other than taking care of the farmer, his farm and his children…

and then I think of our lunch dates…  and wonder what would happen if we didn’t get to have them anymore???

so I keep finding ways to enjoy my quiet farm life here in the winter…  because I have a list of values that my actions need to eventually line up with…  and one of the values is spending quality time eating with the farmer…

tomato almond milk soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp red chile flakes
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon leaves
  • 4 cups (or more) chopped tomatoes
  • 4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 cup almond milk (Silk Almond)
  • cracked black pepper to taste

Directions:

  • heat olive oil in soup pot over medium heat
  • saute the onions with 1 tsp salt
  • add the garlic, bay leaves, red chile flakes and tarragon
  • saute 5 more minutes
  • coarsely chop fresh tomatoes
  • add to the soup pot with remaining 1 tsp salt and cook for 10 minutes
  • add stock and bring to a boil
  • reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes
  • remove bay leaves
  • puree the soup
  • strain if you would like no pulp in your soup and return to pot
  • whisk in the almond milk
  • reheat to a simmer
  • before serving, sprinkle with cracked black pepper