I figured out part of my problem.
The seat wasn’t always at the same height. Which makes a significant difference in perspective when using the cowling as a reference. Therefore every time I got into the aircraft, my perspective changed according to who had used the plane before me. I only noticed because whoever used it just before me had cranked the seat all the way to the floor. I now realize that the seat had been at slightly different heights each and every time I got in.
I think I will start raising the seat all the way then crank it down 5 turns, so that I ensure my perspective at the roundout is the same every flight.
Now it is just learning the finesse in control to be smooth.
I thank each and every one of you who commented or offered advice via Email. Your help and suggestions were invaluable and has helped immensely.