October 25

4 Faves – Version 32.0

Posted by lori . 10 Comments


Perfect Meatloaf Pan Set

I wanted to try this for a long time, but didn’t want to order it.  Finally, I found it in the “As Seen On TV” section at my local CVS.  I love it!  The pan is very sturdy, and it does exactly what it says it does.  Your meatloaf bakes beautifully, and it’s a breeze to remove from the pan.  A bonus…it’s good for cooking more than meatloaf.

Martha Stewart Crafts

Martha is just too cool.  I love her crafting products and tools.  They work well and the off-white color of her crafting tools just does something for me.

Stevie Nicks

I fell in love with Stevie Nicks, her songs and her voice when I bought Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album (yes, I said album) when I was a teenager.  I continue to love her music, to this day.  Stevie released her first CD in 10 years in May of 2011, In Your Dreams.


I’m a sucker for a new bookmark.  They’re fun, cute, pretty and practical.  They’re also a great way to capture a memory.  I often pick up one when I’m on a trip.  What better way to keep track of your “place” in a book than with a beautiful bookmark.

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Lilac (WW Line)

September 20, 1995-October 24, 2011

Many of you know that my favorite blog is Tales and Tails.  Yesterday, Lilac went across The Bridge.  This beautiful grande dame of Greyhounds was 16 years old.  Lilac will always have a special place in my heart.  Tales and Tails inspired me to start blogging, and Lilac inspired me to look at my “older” years with spunk and liveliness.  I’ve laughed a lot over Lilac’s spirit and antics, and I’ve shed tears now that she has passed on.  Carrie’s tribute to Lilac is so beautiful and speaks to why we share such a special bond with our pets.  Here is one of my favorite posts about how Lilac came to join the Houndstooth gang.  You will be missed, Miss Lilac, but never forgotten, and you’ll always be a favorite of mine.

The End of the Race

Quick as lightning we sped ’round the track
paws thundering heavily to stay with the pack.
To the finish we flew, exhausted and spent
straining for the mark, our heads downward bent.

We ran for the love and the thrill of the chase;
for the pride and the joy we felt when we raced.
Surrounded by friends all rooing and playing,
we knew at some point that we wouldn’t be staying.

Still fleet and quite nimble, those days long are past.
We now enjoy romps and runs through the grass,
to the arms of our loved ones waiting there crouched,
or to our favorite spot on the end of the couch.

And when our time comes, we’ll face it with pride
by the side of our loved ones, their tears trying to hide.
They gave us their love and we gave it right back.
Now we await their arrival at the end of the track.

For the race now is over.  The hard work is done.
We’ll walk ‘cross the bridge when we again see the one
whose arms we remember down low in a crouch
calling our names as we wiggle about.

Happily we’ll run and leap into those arms.
We’ll cuddle and roo as they keep us from harm.
Then we’ll both leave together and head on our way,
to spend the rest of forever enjoying a new day.

 Author Unknown (from Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan – Memorial Page)


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10 Responses to " 4 Faves – Version 32.0"

  • Declan says:

    I only knew Lilac for a short while but I will miss her too!

    Deccy x

  • claire says:

    This is a wonderful list 🙂 Sorry about Lilac. Hugs!

  • houndstooth says:

    Oh gosh, I’d forgotten about that post when she first came home, and I couldn’t think straight to look through for some of my favorites. Another of my favorite Lilac posts is an early one I did about the crime scene left after she broke a toenail. She was not always easy to live with, but she always made life more interesting and entertaining! It’s heartening to know that others will miss her like I do. That poem is beautiful and started the waterworks for me again. Thank you!

    And I have got to get one of those meatloaf pans! That’s genius!

    • lori says:

      One of my favorite parts of your tribute to Lilac was where you spoke to how she changed you. They are angels on earth…even if they act like little devils in the process.

  • Kari says:

    The meatloaf pan – I love making meatloaf – I even sneak turkey meat in it and no one can tell the diffrence 🙂 I will have to look for this at my CVS – I do hate that the meatloaf just cooks and soaks in all that fat.

    Bookmarks – haha that is awesome you collect those. I collect cake stands 🙂 I know weird…its my thing 🙂

    Yes I was very sad to read about Miss Lilac, they were our first greyhound blog a long time ago that we started to follow. She was a lady with a bit of spunk and reminded me of Fred and his drama sometimes 🙂 RIP sweet gal.

    • lori says:

      The Perfect Meatloaf pan is really cool. I also saw it at Target, so I’m sure it will be everywhere that has an “As Seen On TV” section.

      Hmmm…cake stand collection must mean that you’re a baker. Yum.

      We will sure miss our Miss Lilac stories. She was one of a kind.

  • Kat says:

    Ack! Thought I was done crying for Lilac…but the poem you shared was beautiful. Thanks!

  • Patty says:

    I have been wanting that meatloaf pan and so glad to hear from someone who has it.

    I am also very sad that Miss Lilac has left us. She was a girl who knew what she wanted and when she wanted it. She will definitely be missed and never forgotten.

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