Angela Shelton’s birthday party, and in the closet with HouseTalkN

It’s my birthday week! I can post if I wanna.

Wow, what a week! I postponed Q and A Day on my blog to have it on instead. She had questions for me, so it was only fitting. The only problem was that neither of us knuckleheads could figure out how to record each other at the same time.

It took us longer than expected to get it together. Finally we came up with a way – and just maybe it’s hilarious.

HouseTalkN Interviews Angela Shelton


Happy 40th birthday Angela

For my birthday party, I did not want presents. I wanted performances!
The request was for anything having to do with 40 years on Earth, or me, or how you felt about me, or anything having to do with me. Well…  it was my birthday!!
The party was HILARIOUS! And those of you who sent things in via email and Facebook made my day (and week) too. Thank you so much. Here are what some people did in person and some sent in.

Here are some highlights of 1972:

The 1st time ever I saw your face by Roberta flack was the top hit for 1972. Although the song My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry was a #1 hit in early December. Carly Simon was born.Did you know she was born to a publisher?!

The Godfather was the #1 movie and  All in the Family was the top t.v. show.

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company recalled 3 million cans of Coke because some of the aluminum lids were found to be contaminated.

The Winter Olympics are held in Sapporo, Japan.

Angela Shelton was born on December 5, 1972. American screenwriter, actress, and film producer.

Song Dedications

Friends of mine at the party rewrote the lyrics to Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’.

She’s a good girl
Loves her cosmic Mama
Loves Emma and Norma too
She’s a funny girl
crazy ’bout Tilda
Loves writing and Karl too…
It’s a farm day
living on Turkey Hill
there’s beavers running through the yard
and if she had her way she’d have a barn
far away from Paris and Milan…
Public Speaking is a forte
and an f-bomb she’ll never shy away
make sure to bring a GONG
and unleash your inner goddess
and in the bad times – cut them all away
all her friends come in from out west
from lala land, Rosie and Oprah are still the best
You met Karl when you were a teen
Now that you’re together – you’re living the dream…

HAHAHAHAHAHA – I was literally rolling and chocking from laughter at that one.

Then Came Adele…

My besties did this one and had me rolling.

Someone Like You

I heard that you’re settled down

That you found that boy and you’re married now.

I heard that your dreams came true

Guess he gave you things we didn’t give to you.

Old friend, sometimes you sound high!

Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

We love to turn up out of the blue invited

We couldn’t stay away, we couldn’t fight it

We hoped you see our face and be reminded

 that for us, we ain’t yet forty…

Even though we’ll always be younger than you

We wish nothing but the best for you two

Tell us, we beg

What senior discounts you get!

Sometimes it sucks to be old, but in you kick ass instead!

Sometimes it sucks to be old, but in you kick ass instead!

You know how the time flies

Only yesterday was the times of our lives

We met at Sundance,

With all those crazy pants

Bound by the surprise of our glory days.

We love to turn up out of the blue invited

We couldn’t stay away, we couldn’t fight it

We hoped you’d see our faces and be reminded

 that for us, we ain’t yet forty!

Even though we’ll always be younger than you

We wish nothing but the best for you two

Tell us, we beg

What senior discounts you get!

Sometimes it sucks to be old, but in you kick ass instead!

Sometimes it sucks to be old, but in you kick ass instead!

Nothing compares

    To how we met

Regrets and mistakes, ex-lovers we shared!

Who would have known how bittersweet Boloni tastes?

Even though we’ll always be younger than you

We wish nothing but the best for you two

Tell us, we beg

What senior discounts you get!

Sometimes it sucks to be old, but  you kick ass instead!

Sometimes it sucks to be old, but  you kick ass instead!

That one had me howling and crying at the same time.

Things to Remember

People will forget what you said,people will forget what you did,but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelo

“I must say that That is exactly true when I think of you Angela, you have a way of making people feel special and powerful and sure of themselves. What a gift that is to have and to share! Enjoy your 40′s they are amazing!”

40 is the other f word.

“Life gets better and better and better.”

“We shed skin, like a snake, and that old skin is really part of the old programming from the folks and the teachers of yesteryear…”

You’ll Get CRS

At work they called it CRS disease, as in “Can’t Remember Shit.”

“The best thing about losing your memory is that you meet new people every day and you can hide your own Easter eggs.”

So, we lose our minds, but we find our funny bones.

We aren’t perfect, but we don’t give a crap.

An old Irish proverb says,  “The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.” That’s what I wish for you this year.

I am living the dream and it sure is fun.

Thank you so much for being a part of my life.

Are You What You Eat?

Do you think about what you eat before you eat it. On that note, do you think before you speak?

I try to do both. But sometimes put my foot into my mouth.

Sometimes I’m late to the party too, like I was for Pish Posh’s challenge.

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I read Pish Posh’s blog, but sometimes I don’t read the posts on the same day they come out. So, I came in on week 4 of her 8 week challenge. Oops! It was a challenge to lose weight so if I wanted to lose 10 pounds, I only had to lose 5, right? Since they were halfway done with the challenge. Say yes.

Well, Pish Posh got mad at the fact that there were others who were not on time to post. Jeez! She must be a teacher or something. Yes, she is an English Professor actually. (Read what she thought about my book!)

So, she presented a new challenge:

Go Vegan One Day This Week

I can do that. This was more than a week ago by the way, and my husband cooked!

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Stuffed Peppers with rice, mushrooms, onions, and garlic over a bed of rice with roasted beets. 

Did it!

Are You What You Eat?

Am I a stuffed pepper?

Have you tried to go vegan? It is much more difficult than you think.

First of all, we went to get Morning Star Farms fake ground beef to stuff these peppers with BUT they had egg whites in it. There were not ‘vegan’ ones available. So we scratched that idea and used rice and mushrooms instead.

We got soy cheese to avoid an animal product BUT soy makes me wheeze like crazy. Did you know soy processed in this country creates MSG naturally and if you have allergies or asthma like I do – you will wheeze in moments after eating it. Try it. It’s annoying.

So, soy or breathing? I choose to breathe.

Eat Vegan All Day?

I kind of skimped on that one. I had coffee – black. Black = blech for me! I had a slice or fried polenta – and didn’t take a picture. icon sad Are You What You Eat?

That polenta was my breakfast and lunch since I was engrossed in writing and didn’t look up from my coffee mug until after noon.

Dinner was 7pm and I stuffed myself in stuffed peppers. So, did I really eat vegan ALL day? Kinda…

BUT I did get in on Pish Posh’s Challenge.  I adore my blogger friends and want to say involved as much as I can. Even though I might be a little late – like a week or so – I’m still thinking of you, still reading your blogs and still contemplating what I eat.

Have you gone vegan all day?

Do share what you eat in the comments.


For those interested in that yummy stuffed pepper my husband made for this challenge here goes:

He made rice in the rice cooker with vegetable broth instead of water. Before he put the rice in the rice cooker, he fried it in a pan with veggie oil to get it a tad toasted. He’s clever.

As the rice was cooking, he cleaned and cut beets into chunks, covered them with veggie oil, added garlic slices and put them in the oven to roast at 350, uncovered in a glass pan.

As the rice and beets cooked, he roasted garlic and onions with the mushrooms and salt and pepper in a skillet.

Once the rice was done, he combined it with the mushroom concoction and stuffed gorgeous large green peppers. He placed them upright into a square glass pan so they were all resting against each other and would not fall over. He covered the tops with cheese and baked it in the oven with the beets – same temp. It was about 45 min. He said if he had to do it over, he would cook them an hour to make them softer.

As they cooked me made a wine, soy, ginger sauce to pour over the top. The sauce was the real kicker!


How’s Your Beaver Doing?

I love getting questions like this!

Q and A Day: How Is Your Beaver Doing?

Actually, my little beaver has expanded greatly – I’m guessing there are about eight living down there now.

Every time we drive down the hill to see how their 9 PONDS are getting bigger and wider – I think to myself that I should do a blog update about them. So, I’m glad you asked!

Here’s a little history of our beaver population!

They showed up. They built a home. They expanded. Now – They are taking control of the wood.

Private Property? Beavers Don’t Think So

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The Beavers Have Taken Down the Woods

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These Beavers Don’t Mess Around

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Look at the Beaver Teeth Marks!

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These Beavers Are Messy

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The Beaver Getaway Path

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We’re Working on a Beaver Deceiver

We want to keep our beavers safe – and maybe protect a tree or two! We love watching what they’ve done with the place. Outside of eating all of our aspens, they really are fun to watch and have brought in so many new species of birds. We spotted some fish in a couple of their ponds too. Nature amazes me.

In order for us all to live happily ever after together – we’ve got to build a beaver deceiver!  I know, on one of the last beaver updates, I had talked to the beaver expert – Heidi at Worth a Dam - who told us to do it a long time ago. Oops. We had no idea beavers are this fast!

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Beaver Solutions has a great DVD

We meant to build this contraption ages ago but we’ve been busy getting married, adding onto our house, getting a puppy, writing books – yes, my husband has a book series too, but WOW, you turn around and WHAM – there goes your aspen trees and here comes more beavers. Did I mention that they’re breeding?

Thanks for asking about my beaver.  I will get to your other questions next Tuesday! Thanks for asking them. Use the anonymous pop up thingy in the lower right to ask me anything or the Contact Page. 

I’ll keep you updated on how the beaver deceiver goes.