We’re Just Glad We Aren’t Turkeys…

White alpaca 4

This alpaca greeted me at the Latimer Quilt Center near Tillamook, Oregon. She had just been through a downpour.


I got us a bit lost yesterday and was grumpy. I zigged when I should have zagged. Peggy and I had been visiting the Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream factory and I had made a left turn onto a country road instead of a right.

“I think you need to go right,” Peggy had suggested as I drove on, thinking I knew where I was going. Teach me. We had continued down the country road, far past where I realized that Peggy was correct, when we saw a sign to the Latimer Quilt Center.

“Oh, I want to go there!” Peggy said eagerly. “Not me,” I’d replied, still grouchy. Whoops. I was thinking it was getting late and we still had to drive into Tillamook and shop at Safeway before returning to Rockaway Beach. And I was thinking we’d be driving home after dark on a stormy night along the coast. I was thinking wrong.

I spotted the alpacas as we drove into the quilting museum. “I’ll see you inside,” my buddy had noted, realizing that I could not resist the charming four-legged sweater factories.

“Oh, you poor fellows,” I had declared when I got closer, barely able to speak I was laughing so hard. A downpour had just passed and they were drenched, the epitome of a bad-hair day. I think one of then mumbled, “We’re just glad we aren’t turkeys.”

Actually, they had a spacious shed they could have hidden out in if they had chosen. Maybe their Andean DNA insisted on them being out in the cold and wet. Anyway, here they are looking half drowned…

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This gal was definitely having a bad hair day!

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As I watched, she worked on lunch.

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I think that this fellow took umbrage at my laughter…

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Eyed me suspiciously…

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And gave me a squinty look.

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Meanwhile, the cutie shown at the top of the post happily rested on the soaking wet ground.

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Provided a profile shot…

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And looked pretty!


The alpacas, Peggy and I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

PS… I found the quilting museum quite interesting and took this photo of a quilt featuring a lighthouse as a lead in to my next post where Peggy and I will visit the rugged Cape Meares and the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Lighthouse quilt from the Latimer Quilt Center





41 thoughts on “We’re Just Glad We Aren’t Turkeys…

    • I wanted to take one home with me, Evelyne. 🙂 Thanksgiving was great. We ate at a small restaurant called Grumpy’s and the owner, an older woman who was a true Oregon character, kept coming by to urge us to eat our veggies and clean our plate. I left much more stuffed than the turkey. Thanks so much. –Curt

  1. Curt, that was a bad hair day!! 😀 I’m laughing out loud at these drenched alpacas… they look so sorry for themselves and meanwhile cutie is quite serene and happy! Love the quilt, glorious colours and design!

    • I’m saving all of my Alpaca photos, Annika. They will be my go to therapy if I am feeling down or grumpy! Wasn’t the quilt neat. The whole art has changed. There is a museum in Paducah, Kentucky that features some of the best in the world. Amazing.
      Peggy is quite the quilter and we have some beautiful ones around our house, as well. –Curt

  2. Alpacas are so funny. They look like they thought you were maybe the animal in the zoo – and one all covered up oddly – with not enough sense to enjoy the free shower.
    Quilting has become high level art craftsmanship. Shows are quite amazing. (My mom did the old fashioned hand sown/ hand quilted-by-a-group kind. Have a closet of then hanging and stored – to use lightly sometimes. We have one quilt handed down from the republic of TX days. Such tiny stitches – and before electric lights. Log cabins and old fashion ways. Hardy folks…and if you’ve ever stayed in an ancient log cabin – in the cold rain seeping in, you wonder if modern people would fare as well as the older crowd did.)

    • I like your zoo analogy, Phil. It may well have been what they were thinking!
      I agree on quilting. It definitely isn’t our grandmother or great grandmother’s style, although those quilts also had their charm and skill. You mentioned the challenges of quilting in a cold drafty cabin. Now add half of dozen or more lids! Peggy has become a quilter and is enjoying it a lot. When I do my post on the quilt shop, I’ll add a photo of one of hers. Finally, as I mentioned to Lexi, Paducah, Kentucky has a wonderful quilt museum that features many modern masterpieces that show just how far quilting has become. -Curt

    • The quilting shop/museum was quite interesting, Lexi. I will post more photos on a future blog. If you ever get down to Paducah, Kentucky, be sure to stop by their quilting museum there. It is an incredible display of the beautiful art created in modern quilting. –Curt

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