Paul's Birthday Christmas 2009

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart

Paul Turned 65 Today!

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The day began with a brisk walk around the neighborhood with Vicky and Sue. Keeping healthy!

We then went to Disneyland stopping by Catal for breakfast and a drinkie poo!   Then to Disneyland proper for a trip on the Storybook Land boats.  Sue bought Paul a beautiful Mickey Mouse watch,

We came home and got changed so we could go to Roger's Gardens to visit their beautiful Christmas displays.

Afterwards we went to the Five Crowns to have a birthday dinner celebration with family and friends.

Morning Walk

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Time for our morning wake-up walk

Did You Know? - Walking (also called ambulation) is one of the main gaits of locomotion among legged animals, and is typically slower than running and other gaits. Walking is defined by an 'inverted pendulum' gait in which the body vaults over the stiff limb or limbs with each step. This applies regardless of the number of limbs - even arthropods with 6, eight or more limbs.

In humans and other bipeds, walking is generally distinguished from running in that only one foot at a time leaves contact with the ground and there is a period of double-support. In contrast, running begins when both feet are off the ground with each step. (This distinction has the status of a formal requirement in competitive walking events, resulting in disqualification at the Olympic level.)

Sustained walking sessions for a minimum period of thirty to sixty minutes a day, five days a week, with the correct walking posture, reduces health risks and has various overall health benefits, such as reducing the chances of cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, anxiety and depression. Life expectancy is also increased even for individuals suffering from obesity or high blood pressure. Walking also increases bone health, especially strengthening the hip bone, and lowering the more harmful bad low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and raises the more useful good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol

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The sun is coming up and we are chugging right along

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In infamous Rossmoor spider catches a few winks

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It is definitely fall

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Santa's elves out for a stroll....

Off To Downtown Disney's Catal Restaurant For Breakfast

Paul discovers that his camera has no battery so these are taken with the Palm Pre cell phone.

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The birthday boy

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A warm 67 degree day in the OC

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Catal is a beautiful resturant

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Together

A Short Walk To Disneyland

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12:15 and we are ready for a walk

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The castle was beautiful

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We love Storybook Land

Did you know? - Storybook Land Canal Boats is an attraction located at the Disneyland and Disneyland Paris theme parks. Passengers embark on a leisurely-paced outdoor boat ride through a winding canal featuring settings from Disney animated films recreated in miniature. The Disneyland version was one of the original attractions when the park opened on July 17, 1955, although the miniature buildings and landscaping were not added until the following year.

The ride's concept dates back to Walt Disney's plans for a small park across the street from his Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. This modestly-scaled, never-built amusement park was to include a gravity flow canal boat ride among its attractions.

When plans for the much grander Disneyland were being made, there was to be a "Lilliputianland", inspired by Madurodam, a miniature city in the Netherlands that Disney once visited. However, the technology did not yet exist for creating the miniature animated figures that were to inhabit the "Lilliputian" village, so the canal ride opened under the name Canal Boats of the World. It was intended to be a journey past miniature recreations of the great landmarks of the world, but time and money prevented its completion. The ride was plagued by other problems. The outboard motors were prone to overheating, often forcing the boats to be pulled by hand, and because the attraction opened with little landscaping, it earned the nickname among park executives as "The Mud Bank Ride".

After only two months of operation, the Canal Boats closed on September 16, 1955 while Storybook Land was constructed and the muddy banks were landscaped with miniature plants, including a bonsai tree planted by Walt Disney himself. The idea of having Monstro the whale consume the canal boats came from a never-implemented concept for a "Monstro the Whale" ride, in which small boats were to be swallowed by Monstro and hurtled down a watery path into a pond below.

The attraction was re-opened on June 16, 1956 under the new name Storybook Land Canal Boats. Over the years there have been many scenes added and removed from the attraction. Most notably, the Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin appeared where the miniature Toad Hall previously stood for a major refurbishment done in 1994. However, Toad Hall returned the following year in another location.

Paul turns 65

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Someone is decorated for Christmas

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The adventure begins

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Obama turned the Turkeys loose... Pelosi and Ried

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Big Thunder Ranch

Did you know? - The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou when wild in North America, is an Arctic and Subarctic-dwelling deer, widespread and numerous across the Arctic and Subarctic.

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Vegetables are now entering Frontierland!

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Teresa and Georgia find us at the park!

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