Spelling test at home

Mom helped Pickles with her spelling words last night and today, she will test her on those words. No breaks at this home school! Rufus will help by snoozing and not interrupting the test:)


Pickles and Mom are planting their spring garden tomorrow. They will plant tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, eggplant, and okra. Rufus loves to dig in the garden. No Rufus! No doggies allowed in the garden:)

Shaking and rolling

Bath time for Rufus went as expected. He got away just as his bath ended, shaking and rolling all around the yard. Fortunately, it was a warm and sunny afternoon so he dried on his own. Pickles was not able to catch him for a long time once he got away! 😂

Great escape?

The Pickerings usually take Rufus to the groomer to get his bath, but tomorrow they will attempt it on their own. Since Rufus doesn’t like baths, he may try to make the great escape. Stay tuned!


Pickles misses her best friend, Sarah, now that everyone is going to school at home during COVID 19. They are going to facetime later this afternoon. Perhaps Rufus will get to see Cookie, Sarah’s dog, as well. They are making the best out of our strange times!

Problem-solving showers

Anastasia found herself in a bit of a pickle yesterday and her magical, problem-solving showers began to fall. As she resolved her problem by listening to Patience, the fairy’s words of wisdom, she figured out what to do and resumed playing with Rufus!


Rufus is glad to have Anastasia at home these days even if she is studying. On sunny days, they get an hour off for lunch to play in the yard. Hurry up lunchtime, Rufus is ready to play fetch!

Home School

Pickles is settling in with homeschooling. She and Mom have worked out a good schedule that allows for studies and Mom’s work. It is a challenging time for everyone. We hope you can work out your new reality also. Stay safe!

Studying from home

Mom is working with Pickles on her spelling words and giving her math problems to do while students must study from home. Rufus is patiently snoozing by her side as she studies. At 3:30, it is playtime!