So I Took a Month off from Blogging

Shoveling Snow

Stuff to Do When You’re Stuck at Home

  • February 08, 2021
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Right now the snow is coming down in large, heavy feathers, burying my car even more. But I can’t be bothered, I’ve got stuff to do. Free stuff. Fun stuff!

Do you have a library card? Public libraries in the U.S. also have access to Mango, a free language-learning database. They offer 70-plus languages to dip into. I had completely forgotten about this until a friend mentioned that she was learning Scottish-Gaelic through them.

To find them, log on to your library and type Mango in the search line and follow the instructions to get into the program. (If I give you the direct link to the Mango site it will make you pay.)

Interested in what other countries are saying or singing? Try Radio Garden for a list of free stations to listen to. This link will take you to a radio station in Milan, Italy, so just use the search line to find which country or city you want to hear. And may I say how grateful I am for the search line? You can also click on any of the dots on the map but my sense of geography is pretty bad.

I’ve long used the wonderful videos on YouTube for learning new skills. My go-to easy hat instructions on a circle loom can be found here: How to Loom Knit a Hat which is for complete beginners. There are others as well, but if you’re interested in trying out the soothing skill of loom knitting, this is an excellent place to start. Inexpensive circle looms can be bought online at Michael’s and Amazon.

What have you been doing or learning lately?


Photo by Rainer Bleek on Unsplash






  • Lydia • February 8, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Radio Garden sounds so interesting!

  • J. M. Levinton • February 8, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    It really is. I’ve been playing around with different countries and having a good time with the music.

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