Posts Tagged ‘Hayward’

Signs of Wisconsin

Friday, July 5th, 2013

My favorite of all the signs I saw in Hayward. “I love you Grandpa Bob” by Charlie


Sign in the window at Sophie’s Dog Bakery and Boutique in Downtown Hayward:  “Pet Parking – Leave Your Pet Here While You Shop Locally.”  How sweet is that??


Also at Sophie’s Dog Bakery and Boutique:  “Attention All Dogs – If you see something you like, just pee on it.  Then Mom and Dad will have to buy it for you.”  Haha!  We should have this sign.  True story – If pets pee on toys, we wash them and use them for the boarding pets to play with.IMG_1510Sign at Northwoods Craft and Variety in Downtown Hayward – “Work hard and be nice.”
IMG_1516Sign at Walmart in Hayward – “We are proud to say that customers have had a safe shopping experience for 2 days.”

“Caution:  Contents Hot.”  Great ice cream made on site at West Dairy in Downtown Hayward.


Cow-Shaped Cheese!  In Wisconsin!  Awesome.

Sign in the River Deck Restaurant at Lumberjack Village – “Think deeply; Speak gently; Love much; Laugh a lot; Work hard; Give freely and be kind.”

IMG_1841Hayward Wisconsin, we like how you think.

(Not) Gardening in Wisconsin

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

During our recent stay in Hayward Wisconsin, I was beyond walking distance to my front yard, backyard or church garden.  So I pulled all of the weeds out of the container in the yard of the cabin where we were staying and planted impatiens.


They did great.


On a slightly saner level, I also bought a boxwood basil plant, which I had never even heard of and thought was super cute.


And a lemon thyme plant.  I grow a lemon thyme plant every year because I think it smells like lemonade.


Sara made sure the herbs stayed watered all week.  I love that person.


When I got the lemon thyme plant, I hand pruned it a bit and put the extra in with the impatiens in the container in the yard.  The thyme took root and grew around the flowers.  I can’t even explain how happy that made me.


I also enjoyed the other flowers and plants we discovered…This one was in the yard of the cabin.


This was a wildflower in the side yard of the cabin. Does anyone know what it is? Very pretty!


There were beautiful container gardens and hanging flower pots EVERYWHERE in downtown Hayward…




These flowers below were at Lumberjack Village. The container is a hollowed log – so pretty!


This hanging basket was also at Lumberjack Village.


Flowers near the entrance of Famous Dave’s…


This white flower was in the container at Famous Dave’s.


Another pretty flower in the same container. I also do not know this one!


We saw these beautiful plants in a National Forest near Hayward…







These tiny flowers – each was smaller than a dime – were growing near the Round Lake Marina.  I almost missed them!


We rode  home with the basil and thyme and left the impatiens in the container at the cabin.

In my head, when the next visitors or the owner see the impatiens, they will jump like Charlie Brown did when he saw his newly redecorated Christmas tree and then break out in joyous song.

I hope at the very least they think “Well, that’s pretty,” or “What an odd thing for a visitor to do,” or something like that.







The Nelson Family Vacation

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Every other year, the Nelson family – my parents, my two brothers and their families and our family – goes on vacation together.

This year’s group:

Mom and Dad

Brother Bill, Cara, Charlie and Baby-to-Be

Brother Dave, Sara and Olive

Russ, me, Amanda and Abby

We have been to Turks and Caicos for Bill and Cara’s wedding, Breckenridge two years ago and Round Lake near Hayward Wisconsin this summer.  My family (the Nelson AND the Finch sides!) is my very favorite thing in the whole world.  The time we spend together is the most fun time I can imagine.

I hardly ever cry on the Nelson family trips, except when we pack up the Legos and I say goodbye to Bill and Cara and Charlie, and Charlie and I take our separate coloring books and separate Sharpies and go our separate ways.

The rest of us caravan back to Omaha to our homes and pets and gardens, and that part is not sad.

So here is the happiest part, the vacation itself where we are all together.  This post will be long because my family is awesome and SO good looking.  I apologize in advance for their awesomeness and good looks.  If you are not Mom or Dad, feel free to speed scroll!


Dave had these coasters custom made for each of us.  See what I mean about my family being awesome?  Wait, it gets better.  On the left is the family of origin of Sara (Bromley), on the top, Russ (Finch), on the right, Cara (Wood).  The three dots under “Nelson” (headed by Mom and Dad) represent the three Nelson kids.   The symbol under the line is a combination of Native American symbols for water and tent or temporary housing (symbolizing vacation) and the group of triangles symbolizes community.

IMG_1473All week I set my drink NEXT to my coaster because I did not want it to get stained!

IMG_1779This was the sign over the front door.

IMG_1456Cabin from the backyard – no we were not “camping,” thank goodness!


View of the main room from the upper story. And also, Russ.

IMG_1481Russ and Abby headed right out to fish!

IMG_1485Abby held an umbrella over Uncle Bill while he cleaned fish for dinner.

IMG_1496Sunday was Dad’s Birthday AND Father’s Day! Happy Birthday Dad! Happy Father’s Day! Not a bad double holiday, huh?

IMG_1497Olive working on her juice mustache…


IMG_1501I brought one of those Mindware coloring books I obsess about. I could not believe how focused Charlie was when he was coloring! And how good at details he is! That was a very fun thing to do together all week.

IMG_1523Olive says that if you are creative, you get the best seat at the party every time!


Amanda did not mind a bit. She was pretty comfy too.

IMG_1528Amanda and Abby making a surprise birthday cake for Grandpa which was also a surprise Father’s Day cake for Grandpa, Dad, Uncle Bill and Uncle Dave

IMG_1529Beautiful and delicious!


Charlie and Olive spending time with Grandpa and Grandma

IMG_1583Abby waiting for Uncle Bill and Daddy to get back from boating on Round Lake

IMG_1587Russ, Amanda and Abby

IMG_1590Olive and Dave

IMG_1619Charlie showing me his participation certificate at the Lumberjack show.  He hand sawed a log with help from the lumberjacks.  The world champion of going-across-logs-in-water and the third fastest log chopper in the world were there. Neat to see, but how great is Charlie??  (SO great!)


Abby driving a boat for the first time

IMG_1631Amanda driving the boat for the first time

IMG_1644Here is our destination – the original Famous Dave’s Restaurant! How cool is it that we got there by boat??

IMG_1649Amanda and Abby at sunset outside of Famous Dave’s

IMG_1651Russ, Amanda, (Bear) and Abby outside of Famous Dave’s

IMG_1657Cara, Mom, Dad, Olive (head of the table behind the paper towel holder!), Dave, Sara and Bill inside of Famous Dave’s

IMG_1659Amanda and Russ

IMG_1660…and Amanda and Russ

IMG_1662Abby at Famous Dave’s with our family in the background – what a nice looking background, huh? And a cute kid!

IMG_1667Bill, Charlie and Dad outside of Famous Dave’s with their matching Lumberjack hats

IMG_1672Getting back on the boat after Famous Dave’s to head back to the cabin

IMG_1678Goodbye Famous Dave’s!

IMG_1745Charlie tries his first S’more. It is good. Mom (Cara), Dad (Bill) and Uncle Dave are standing by to encourage and assist.

IMG_1786Charlie and Olive work on counting together.

IMG_1788Charlie works on some art.

IMG_1826(Bear), Amanda, Charlie and Abby at Round Lake Marina

IMG_1834We only had a couple downpours. Um, rain? This is where Mom and I like to sit…


Lunch and the show were so fun at Lumberjack Village that we went back another time for dinner. The team was SO nice, and the food was SO good! I made Amanda, Russ and Abby stand in the rain for this picture.

IMG_1848Amanda and Abby inside the River Deck Restaurant at Lumberjack Village – the place was so pretty! We were one of two families there. The chef came out to see how we liked our food. (Very much)


At the River Deck Restaurant at Lumberjack Village – Abby, Bill, Charlie, Mom, Dave, Olive, Sara, Cara, Dad, Amanda and Russ

Those are my pictures! What a fun week!

Thank you Cindy for telling Dad what a neat town Hayward is!

Thank you Joni for the use of your beautiful cabin!

Thank you Kylah for taking such great care of Max the Cat, Joy the Puppy and Noodle the Poodle!

Thank you Mom and Dad for such a great trip!

Thank you Hayward for welcoming us and showing us around and moving all the tables together for us every time we walked in a restaurant door!  We think you are great. It was very nice to meet you!

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