I found a new passion--family history. It took a few months to find my relatives up through my great-grandparents on all 4 sides.
In the process of this search, I discovered that I'm at least 15/16th Russian heritage, and I know almost nothing about the culture or why my family immigrated in the 1880s.
Doing a little history research, I've found that it's quite possible that my family came to America to escape the pogroms that were happening in and around Russia at the time. I do have a small quilt that was literally cut, possibly from wall brackets, so I know that at least one family left in a hurry.
I've also done a little cultural research. OK, food recipes. :-) It's been yummy fun.
Research done, it's time once again to focus on my health and on my writing.
Hopefully, some of what I've learned will translate into better writing.