My grandma had mad skills. At one point, I actually got really mad at myself for not learning, but she lived thousands of miles away, and I didn't really have the opportunity. So, now I am trying to learn from books and blogs and wishing she were here.
Grandma and PopPop always had a huge garden. It seemed huge to me as a little girl, anyway. Grandma canned tomato sauce and made yummy pickles. She could also sew, although I certainly didn't appreciate the (sorry, Grandma) very ugly bathing suits she made us out of upholstery fabric after about the age of 4. She had killer recipes for Polish and German foods.
She and PopPop were so frugal that they only needed the trash pickup half the time offered by their municipality. Well, actually, we got that one covered - we only have to haul to the dump about every other month and we recycle and compost like nuts....
I fear I will never learn to sew, but I am a fair hand at baking and I am determined to get this canning stuff down. I still wish Grandma were here, though.