And yet, as a talented and well-known tattoo artist (with five grown children - two biological) who now creates syrups for a local distillery, Gina understands the value of slowing down, doing things the old way, of allowing life to progress at its own pace.
Example: Every fall, she pulls out her Granny's Sweet Pickle recipe and begins the weeks-long process of turning time-limited, hard-to-find pickling cucumbers ("I can't grow them for the life of me," she says) into long-lasting jars of crisp goodness for family and friends.
This year, Gina was just about to brine when her husband, Mort, was diagnosed with Covid-19. They went into quarantine at their eclectic home in Missoula. A former Army engineer, Mort works with a local homeless shelter. He was sick in bed for days, but has since recovered and is again building motorbikes, creating metal sculptures, helping his community, and teasing his wife.