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Bloganuary: My Missing Skills

Wow! This could be a very long list, but I’ll keep to the bare basics.

Oops – completely twisted Time to start over.
  • I wish I knew how to do all the things that I do know how to do only better! I get to a certain point of expertise and quit, move on to the next interest and do the same. When I go back to the first everyone else has improved so much, and I’m 20 years behind.
  • For example, I’d sure like to write fiction better than I do.
  • Better cook
  • Better photographer
  • Better quilter
  • Better knitter
  • More artistic
  • Better gardener
  • Better poet
  • Better organizer
  • Better planner
  • More musical
  • More thrifty
  • I’d love to be more athletic and less of a klutz.
  • I’d like to learn to crochet.
  • I’d like to learn to draw and to paint.
My favorite piece that didn’t make it to the quilt top. All-licks, pronounced Alex, wouldn’t stay OFF the bed. He weighed 45 pounds and was the reason we needed a king-sized bed.
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  1. Hobbies are so much fun and with 1000s to choose from, we have a long list to try to accomplish a handful! I agree with Janis’ comment about learning to play an instrument in elementary school. My mom didn’t encourage me, oh well. You do have a great list of things you feel you could be better at, but you are very accomplished already in many of those, Marsha!

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    • Thank you so much, my friend. You should hear me on the piano. I thought I could play well by osmosis. My mom was a pianist and all I had to do was imbibe her talent. It didn’t work that way. No matter how hard I practiced, it came out like I keyboard – one note forward, erase and two notes back. 🙂

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  2. There are things I can do that I’d like to do better, like you – I’d like to speak better German for instance, and to speak more than a few words of Italian. But top of my list would be being able to sing, which I can’t do at all! I can hear it’s all wrong, so I can’t be tone deaf, but I just can’t make my voice go where I know it should be!

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    • Ah, Sarah, me too. I wish I could sing again. With all the things that happened to me this summer, my voice has a new range of about 2 notes and those are not pretty. I have no breath control. It is a sad state of affairs. I am actually able to sing a tad better than I could two months ago, but I was down to a 0-note range at that point. To think I could almost reach 3 octaves when vocalized with my mom when I was a teenager – so debilitating! I wish you the best in learning to sing. It brought me a lot of joy but I didn’t appreciate what I had until I lost it completely.

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  3. If I were to do such a list for myself, I’d have many of the same items on it. No matter how hard I’d try, though, I’d like to be a better singer. My wife will tell you that after 50 years+, there’s been no improvement.

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  4. We always want to be better at things and I have a long list too. Yet I am happy with the things I can do. We can’t be experts at everything 🙂 I am excellent in relaxing!

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  5. I think I’d have a fairly long list too. I feel that I’m pretty good at some things but not great at many. I wish I had taken up the violin when I was offered the chance in 6th grade (apparently my ability to discern individual tones was especially good). I also wish I was better at learning languages.

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    • Amen to both of those. I was going to take violin in 5th grade. Dad said no way he was going to listen to my screeching and squeaking. I speak three languages poorly, English, Spanish and French.





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