Mrs. Abstract and I just returned home for a 3-day restful sojourn in the north of us. We stayed at the Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California. Mrs. Abstract was in the ER Monday night. It turned out to be only a mild health problem.

We left in the rain and returned home in the rain. The drive was along the coast and beautiful. The ocean was not covered by clouds and the rain was intermittent.

We didn’t go anyplace else.Just the 2 of us.It rained and hailed while we were up there.

Mrs. Abstract is a mermaid. She swam in the sea water pool.We read, ate, and rest. Just the two of us.

The Inn offers massage, meditation seminars, cooking and art classes.

The restaurant, Ravens, in the Inn is a plant-based restaurant. Every day we ate vegetarian food with no dairy, eggs or seafoods and of course no meat.

We did wine tasting in one winery on the way up. We passed by 3 wineries for wine tasting on the way back.

The short trip was to celebrate my birthday.






places and what we did

Today we drove to Cavallo Point’s Murray Circle Restaurant in Sausalito to meet Mrs.Abstract’s goddaughter and her husband who are visiting from Michigan. We have not seen them for many years since we moved to California. They are on business-vacation time.

Then one hour later our daughter, whose birthday is today, and her husband joined us.


Afterwards, friends of ours invited us to joined them for wine tasting at a winery in Carneros, (southern part of Napa) where they are wine club members.


Mrs. Abstract enjoyed being out after her total hip replacement surgery 3 weeks ago.

Yesterday and today were warm days after about 10 days of rain.

Today is like St. Patrick’s Day.Every thing is green.

note:photos taken through a cell phone camera.


What is man?


“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and


(Psalm 8, King James Bible)



(photos: Mrs. Abstract celebrated her birthday yesterday)




Mrs. Abstract and I attended the graduation of one of our parish priests who graduated from Dominican University with a degree of Master of Science in School Education and Counseling Psychology.




Afterwards we went to celebrate the 3rd birthday  of our friends’ grandson.  

Later in the evening we went to dinner with our friends to a nice Thai Restaurant in Lafayette, east of San Francisco.

photo (top): of a bell found with the terra cotta warriors.

photo (below): cut-out like of how a dragon may look when etched in bells, wine vessels or armour.