Kubota RTV with Mimi Avocado logo on it
Kubota RTV with Mimi Avocado logo on it

It’s a New Year for Mimi Avocado


Kubota RTV with Mimi Avocado logo

MImi Avocado Mobile

It’s a brand new year and I’m so glad to reconnect with all of you!  When I  wrote my last post in May of 2017,  I shared a wonderful video about how avocados grow, which was filmed on our ranch last March.  If you missed it, here it is:

I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be posting again until 2018.   If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter you have seen much of what I’ve been doing since last May.   I just haven’t been ready to get back to writing here on the blog until today.

me, my daughter and my mom

This photo was taken several years ago in Vermont. From left, Me, my daughter, and my mom

Last summer, after a long life very well lived,  my mother called late one Friday afternoon to tell me she was “checking out”.  At nearly 97 years old, she was ready.  Her caregivers and loved ones recognized the signs that her time was near.  Her body was tired and her spirit was ready to move on.  She was able to call each of her children, and not one of us could ask any more of her. No one knew how soon that time would come.  I planned to be with her in just a few days, but by the time I arrived, she was gone.

my mother

My mother with her Australian shepherd “Bear” ca. 2006

Understanding the inevitability of death,  and then realizing that your own loved one is not coming back are two different things. Each of us must accept our own reaction when the time comes.   I needed time to spend  in our family home in Vermont,  going through family photos,  discovering family history, and thinking about how to make some changes of my own that might balance the changes that happen outside of our control.  I’m still working on it.

maple leaf in autumn Vermont

So I stopped writing Mimi Avocado blog, and waited until I felt ready to write again.  I arrived back in California to welcome our second grandchild, a darling baby girl in September.   We flew back to Vermont in October  to gather with family and friends to celebrate my mother’s life.  November and December were a flurry of concerts, family gatherings, and playtimes with our grandson.  Somehow I managed to give a presentation  at the national conference for Les Dames d’Escoffier about avocado farming.

autumn in Vermont

I’m thankful to have been able to take time off when I needed it,  and grateful to all of you who are still here.  I plan to resume writing about life on our farm,  the amazing process of growing food,  sharing great recipes,  and telling stories about the places I visit.  I want to introduce you to people that I meet along the way,  and I hope you’ll share your experiences and stories with me too.



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  1. What a touching, reflective blog entry! I am glad you took the time to process and experience this big life transition fully, and to grow through it. Your mom was quite a special woman, and you are, too! Love and prayers.

  2. Welcome back! I love your new ride for the farm and thank you for sharing your journey with us. Looking forward to many more wonderful, heartfelt posts. MUCH love to you and your family.

  3. Losing a parent is such a difficult thing to process. I am glad that you were able to take the time you needed to reflect and process. Praying for peace and comfort as you move forward.

  4. Welcome back Meem! We missed you.
    Now I know you are just showing off your new wheels.
    That is a very fancy vehicle you have there!
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  5. Mimi, I was so glad to get this post in my email the other day! I am so sad for you at the passing of your mom. The passage of Time brings changes to us whether we want them or not. I look forward to more of your writing this year and the recipes you share. Don’t you love being a grandma? I sure do. I have a 6-year old granddaughter and a 10-year old grandson. They are such amazing people! Love your vehicle, bet it gets you around the ranch in comfortable style. I hope the weather extremes down in Southern California don’t cause damage to your precious trees. Spring is coming!

  6. Hello, Mimi! So glad to see you’re back at it. It’s so true what you said about grieving, and accepting your reactions to losing a loved one. It’s never easy. Much love to you, and can’t wait to read of all your adventures to come!

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