Photo Hunt: Important

The topic this week is Important and what could be more important than the woman I accompanied way up North! She’d have to be darned important to make me leave the sun and fun of home (ha!), friends & family, job, pension fund, medical insurance, driver’s license, native country, etc. I love this photo I took of her during our first winter. I’m adding another pic to contextualize this one.

My wife

One of the many reasons she is important to me is her work ethic. She “works hard for her money” (as she sings probably once every day of her life!) She works hard for her friends and family and takes her commitments seriously — almost as seriously as she takes her responsibility to entertain everyone.

The photo below has always reminded me of that American painting with the farmer and his wife leaning on shovels (spades? hoes?).

Julie after shoveling the driveway in 40 below zero temperatures

This was taken soon after we’d moved up North. We had a very long driveway and a little pick up with no ooomph to fight the snow drifts. You can’t see the amount of snow that she has moved at this angle, but to the right of the photo is an alley length driveway with the snow piled on the other side. The extreme temperatures were a new experience for us and she is buried under layers of clothing to endure the -40C temps we were experiencing at the time, though it doesn’t show in this pic. We learned so much about being prepared that first year, and were a little astonished that with all of our preparatory research for the move, we still weren’t cognizant of all the necessities of country living.

If you look closely, you can see Muk patiently waiting for her to continue making piles for her to claim in the game of queen of the mountain she and Tora used to play.

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~ by byrningbunny on January 19, 2008.

7 Responses to “Photo Hunt: Important”

  1. Gosh… look at the amount of snow all over. I can imagine how much of shoveling you will need to do often. For me, I am a sunny and beach person. I prefer suntan rather than frost bites 😛

    Mine are up…
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    Have a nice weekend!

  2. To me that photo says, It’s important to be warm in cold weather! hehe great entry! 🙂

  3. We’re going though a cold winter here in Tokyo. Great spin on the theme you have there.

    Mines up too.

  4. Brrrrr – it looks cold but I’m sure the importance of the relationship keeps things warm within always — great photos!

  5. omg she looks FROZEN!!!

  6. She was frozen, but she was a good sport. We spent the day taking turns with the shovel and the warm clothes.

  7. sure looks frozen. Well, haven’t seen snow in my life yet. Hope to next time.

    ps : sorry for the late visit 😛

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