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  • Josefina would visit me on the island for 5 weeks at a time. There is a worn path in the area that she would create her oil paintings while looking out the window. She loved it here but she can no longer travel the distance. Our cabin next door is full of her artwork. We had prints made of her Rooster series and placed some of her art in a Gallery on the island.

    At times it was hard to pull her away from painting, she just didn’t want to leave the house. One day she agreed to go on an adventure with me. I asked her to join me for a travel scene in a video project for a friend. There was one problem, my husband had borrowed my car and I was stuck with his clunker truck. We use his truck to haul our trash weekly.

    It had been years since I had driven with a clutch. We live at the base of a very steep hill. In the audio you can hear my grandmother’s struggle to put her seat belt on because my dog was in the way.

    No one could have prepared me for her reaction to stalling on the hill. I could not stop laughing. Somewhere along the line you can hear me asking her to hold my camcorder but she holds it to look in the viewfinder. You will hear her comments about watching the little lady (the hula dancer). Focusing on the hula dancer made the video unusable for what I needed. However, watching the hula dancer dancing frantically was rather funny with her comments in the background.

    The video can be seen on YouTube. I placed it on YouTube years ago for our family to share (It’s called Driving with Josefina by Katchina5)

    As I have said before Josefina has a very thick accent; we love it. We are proud of all that she has accomplished in life. Many people think that she is an uneducated immigrant but she is an intelligent woman. She would never have become a successful dress designer to the Latin culture of the Hollywood Stars. Sometimes the Latin connection could be through marriage. We had many big named stars walking through her design studio.

    One last note, Josefina is 94 years old. I spoke with her today and she was busy painting another masterpiece.

    Posted January 8, 2013
    Photo taken October 23, 2007 by Audrey B - Josefina wearing a sombrero, just for fun. At the Rosita Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
    Photo 2 - Josefina with Audrey signing one of her Giclee prints April 2, 2005 visiting the Island
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