I posted last week about the progress Chris and I feel we've made on the road to self-sufficiency. We are always learning, and yet there are so many skills we both still want to learn. We've only just begun our journey along this particular path, to be sure.
When Everett at Living a Simple Life posted the other day a list of things he wished he could do, and then tagged me as one of the bloggers he invited to do the same, I thought why not? It would be fun to make my own list of skills I'd like to learn or improve upon, either now or some time in the future.
To begin, I really need to improve my skills in gardening. My vegetable garden was mostly a failure this year, so I guess I could say I have no skill at all in this area yet. Next year though, I'm going to try something slightly easier and try growing herbs in our small backyard--for both medicinal and culinary use.
Which brings me to my next point--I want to learn a lot more about herbs and their uses. I've been fascinated by herbs since I was a girl and always wanted a pungently scented herb garden of my own, but for some reason I never got around to it. I would even like to learn how to create my own herbal salves, teas and tinctures.
Although I have done some simple canning this year, I know very little about food preservation and I would love to learn more and do more. Someday, I want to learn how to create a real root cellar.
I do have basic breakmaking skills, but I have yet to try my hand at sourdough and I've been meaning to for so long.
I want to learn how to raise chickens and goats, but these are things I can't try for now, being in the city.
I believe that a family being able to create their own entertainment is a valuable self-sufficiency skill. With this in mind, I really want to brush up my musical skills. I used to be proficient at the piano many years ago, but no more. And I have a violin in my upstairs closet that has been gathering dust for years too.
My sewing skills are still fairly weak, I need to learn so much more. Particularly, I am very interested in quilting and I hope to start my first project very soon (just gathering the scraps needed!).
I see so many bloggers posting pictures of knitted hats or mittens they apparently whipped up in no time...I don't know how they do it because I am all thumbs when it comes to knitting and the patterns look like ancient Greek to me. I'm sure if I stick at it though I'll figure it out eventually.
I used to draw constantly--in fact, my husband and I met in highschool art class. I'd love to get back into sketching and perhaps even improve on my previous skills. What would really thrill me, is to make my own gardening journals and draw in my own illustrations of the different herbs I've grown. Yes, I know, I'm geeky. :)
I have also been interested in soap making and candle making for some time. I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to those or not! There just aren't enough hours in a day...
One last thing--I'd love to be able to identify more wild plants, and especially to identify edible plants. In general, I'd like to learn some basic wilderness survival skills since I know virtually nothing along those lines at the moment, and hey, you never know... I think this upcoming winter will be a good one for me to do a lot of reading, and work on what skills I may. Looking over the list, I have so much still to learn...it makes me happy to think about it, because I know that whatever happens in my life, I will never be bored.
Dear readers, please leave a comment telling me what skills you would like to learn, or better yet, post a list on your blog. :)