What Summer Should Look Like

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.  – John Lubbock

Drop by drop

Ready or not, here it comes

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Welcome it with open arms and a wide smile

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Sunset on the prairie

Stop to notice its beauty and be still

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Taste its sweetness

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A Young Entrepreneur on a Hot Day at Portland State

Make each day count

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Fog at the beach 4

Frolic, dance, and use your outside voice

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Limbo Cheater

Play and make up your own rules

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Don’t miss a sunset and be grateful for each day

Go barefoot. Laugh as if your life depended on it. Sip lemonade. Go to the fishing hole. Enjoy the feeling of sand between your toes.  LIVE.

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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Summer PSA

The stark realization has hit: It’s already mid-July and the incredible summer days and nights we dream of most of the year are quickly passing us by.

GASP. I know.

So consider this a little Public Service Announcement from your friendly neighborhood Grass Stain Guru


Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. No more excuses. And seriously, the air conditioning will be waiting for you…and will feel even better when you go outside and get your play on!

  1. Catch fireflies
  2. Run through the sprinkler or have a wet sponge fight
  3. Roast the perfect marshmallow or challenge yourself to come up with a gourmet s’more recipe
  4. Head to a nearby fishing hole.  Take a child who has never had the opportunity and watch their eyes light up.
  5. Try geocaching
  6. Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
  7. Camp. Backyard, tree house or nearby county or state park — it doesn’t matter as long as you sleep outside
  8. Eat a popsicle under a shade tree and play The Cloud Game
  9. Find a nearby trail and hike when the sun is not too high — early in the morning or at dusk
  10. _________________ (Use your imagination and share in the comments section! What’s your #10?) :-)

When September comes and the kids head back to school and the summer light starts to fade, you will have such fond memories of time spent in the pursuit of play — and making the most of this gorgeous planet that we call home.

Trust me — this fact will make you happy. The end.

Don’t miss out. Mother Nature has something great waiting for you…

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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Feeling Grateful: 10 Summer Memories to Cherish

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” ~ Celia Thaxter

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TGSG Note:  As readers of this blog will know, I am a HUGE fan of summer. In fact, I love it so much that I truly struggle with the changing of the seasons. It’s not that I don’t like fall per say. I mean I get it —  it’s colorful and beautiful in its own right. But the coming of fall means that I have to say goodbye to summer for so long, and all the rich and wonderful bits of magic and play that only summer can bring. Heavy sigh. 

I originally post this two years ago, and if anything, I mean it more today than I did then. Like a child getting out of school for break, summer will always hold a magical place in my heart. ~ Bethe


As summer draws to an end, I can’t help but be a little sad. I am a sunshine girl –  a true lover of summer and spring. As much as I love Mother Nature, I am not fond of her winter dress nearly as much.


When I read this beautiful quote, I decided that this year, instead of being sad to see summer go, I would be grateful and give thanks to summer — celebrate its glory and let that celebration and those memories keep me warm in the cold days ahead.

10 Grateful Summer Thoughts:

  1. The bright burst of summer colors everywhere the eye goes
  2. Glorious sunsets, striped candy-colors of orange, pink, and purple
  3. Warm summer rains, just made for puddle jumping
  4. Walking barefoot through the grass, in the sand, and across warm sidewalks
  5. Picnics and paddle boats
  6. Orange popsicles enjoyed on a walk-about
  7. Stargazing on warm nights
  8. Dangling my feet off the dock
  9. Cookouts and volleyball games with friends
  10. Bright blue skies and seemingly impossible puffy white clouds. Skies so welcoming, you can hardly believe your luck at being alive and having such a day given to you.

Surely, these thoughts and sense of joy will keep me warm this winter.

What are some of the things you are grateful for about summer? I would love to have you share them in the comments section.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have some late summer fun to go enjoy. Get it before it’s gone, folks!

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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