I owe my marriage to 90s hard rock

anniversary 10th

I owe my marriage to 90s hard rock – in 1998 or so my brother and I got an electric guitar for Christmas. Yes we shared it.  I knew we were getting a guitar for Christmas when I heard Smoke on the Water being plucked out from the closet where Mom was keeping gifts before the big day.  We had a Metallica tab songbook and lots of sheets we’d printed off the internet, the internet being brand new to us at the time.  I was tackling Stairway to Heaven, The Ocean, and more.  We knew we needed help to get to Kirk Hammett or Jimmy Page level so we called someone we knew who played guitar, Nick.  He would come over and listen to us play from our tablature.  My brother’s skills really improved when he used his ear to find Jimi Hendrix songs…I stuck with chords and strumming.  We also got a drumset and both tried to learn that but in time I realized my talents were at the piano.  We were asked to provide special music for church; I would play piano and Nick and my brother would play guitars…little did the church know they were once listening to a Metallica ballad.

Fast forward to 1999 Nick and I began dating and the rest is history.  Our shared love of hard rock and music in general brought us together.  We were married in 2005 and today marks 10 years of happy marriage and music.

Hippie Bohemian and Prairie Vintage Dresses

So busy this summer with the best vintage dresses – 60s 70s and 80s here to represent the hippie/boho/prairie era.  Every other era and style in my shop.  All sizes!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/soulrust

Vintage – Better than costume

Vintage - Better than Costume
This Halloween, why not skip the cheap flimsy store bought costume and opt instead for something quality, such as a vintage dress? It will retain its value for decades to come as long as you care for it and keep it safe. A vintage dress or other piece of clothing can be worn at any time, so it goes above and beyond costume. I have over 1,000 options for you to peruse: https://www.etsy.com/shop/soulrust

Plated – Delicious Deliveries

Spicy Braised Okra with Polenta

Find your favorite flavors here: https://www.plated.com
ust wanted to write up a positive review for this great meals at home company – they have really ignited my desire to create new, interesting meals.  I am not a master chef by any stretch of the imagination, not even a hobby cook, but Plated has inspired me greatly.  Using their service is easy – go to their link and find the menu – there you will find options for the current week.  Do notice you can also check out upcoming weeks by changing the delivery date.  You must order four meals at a time.  You can pay $15 per plate or choose membership and pay $12 per plate.  Pretty inexpensive considering the ingredients will be shipped to you at no extra and each dinner goes a bit beyond one meal, they are very hearty.  These are real time savers, you don’t have to shop, all ingredients are in the right portions, a detailed recipe card is included.

This was very satisfying #platedpics charred eggplant with tahini & quinoa tabbouleh

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Charred Eggplant with Tahini and Quinoa Tabbouleh

#platedpics Fried green tomatoes with sweet tea dressing – omg so tasty will be wanting this again. Easy to cook too.

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My Favorite so far:  Fried Green Tomatoes with Sweet Tea Vinaigrette

Plated polenta cakes with fava bean & pea salad #platedpics

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Polenta Cakes with Fava Bean and Pea Salad

Plated – fattoush salad #platedpics

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Fattoush Salad with Seared Haloumi

Piano Practice

“Softly and Tenderly” – Will L Thompson Arr by Brian Buda
July 2014 Bear gives it two paws up

“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” Indian folk melody
Arranged by Brian Buda
July 2014 A small audience – Tumbler and Spindle by the window, Baby and Bean on the couch

“Be Still, My Soul” – Jean Sibelius Arranged by Brian Buda
November 2013 My hair looks so neat, didn’t like the length at the time…

“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending” – Anna Laura Page
July 2014 My piano cat Bear usually sits on the bench while I play…

Bismarck ND Garden Walk 2014

Garden Walk - Bismarck ND

See also https://vintagesoulrust.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/bismarck-nd-garden-walk/  and  https://vintagesoulrust.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/bismarck-garden-walk-continued/
This is my 3rd year I have enjoyed the Theo Art School Garden Walk in Bismarck. It was a rather hot day for the walk but I don’t think anyone enjoying the gardens minded. I didn’t take a lot of pictures but each garden was unique and worth exploring. Very well done!