Glad to hear that you’ve settled in and are keen on your writing, with an actual project in mind.
I have three potential pieces I’d like to write, and can’t decide. None of them has swept me away, yet.
Mum’s condition has improved to the point where I might be able to do some fieldwork this coming summer. When I had to move in, she couldn’t sleep and could hardly walk (spinal stenosis) and couldn’t use her right arm at all (torn and inflamed rotator cuff). Her combined arthritis and lupus were really wracking her strength and ability to do basic stuff, like picking up a mug of coffee or open a jar.
She had a laminectomy for the spinal problem and has had two rotator cuff surgeries, which have helped: she can drive and use her right arm somewhat. She’s also worked hard with physical therapy and exercise. The biggest obstacle might be her anxiety at being alone so far from help, which I share.
I’m going to try to line up local support for her, and strategic family visits. If I don’t do the work for which I prepared, and love, I’m not sure how long I can take it here.