Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The Life of Hadey

(Hadriana in the spotlight!)

(Danger sign at Cawfields Quarry...where the quarry mining cut off Hadrian's Wall beside Milecastle 42.)

I confess! I've now got my mojo back. What on earth does "mojo" mean?

According to it means:

1. Self-confidence, Self-assuredness. As in basis for belief in ones self in a situation. Esp. In context of contest or display of skill such as sexual advances or going into battle.
2. Good luck fetish / charm to bolster confidence.
3. ability to bounce back from a debilitating trauma and negative attitude

I'll definitely go for all those particular going into battle(!) and point 3...ability to bounce back from a debilitating trauma and negative attitude.

Last year (2009) was most definitely our "annus horribilis"...a very rum they say. A very kind priest, who was staying at the B&B, uttered a few prayers for us. Those prayers must have worked because 2010 is turning out to be a super year!

I could give you a list of things that did not go well for us but I guess...what the heck....that's just life! You have to take it on the chin. Given how bad things actually were at one point it all made me surprisingly chipper. It forced me to wake up and smell the coffee. I've decided that I enjoy being me and loving all the people who surround me. I've largely forsaken loving things. I like Yann Martel (The Life of Pi author)'s attitude that it is only that which can easily be put in a rucksack that is truly worth treasuring.

The B&B is going so well that we have been booked out since the beginning of the season. And that 90% occupancy figure is still keeping strong. Long may it continue!

We are building up our stock and getting our reputation known. We feel that we are putting down some long lasting roots and slowly, slowly, slowly becoming part of the community furniture. It will take some time purely because that's how it is in the countryside.

I stress less about Stuff now. The Egyptians have a good word for it "malesh" which equates to "Let it be" : Amen to that! We'll get there in the end...The small Haltwhistle house is still on the market but I think...fine. We are lucky having two houses. Everything will sort itself out in due course. No sweat.

These are the good things about becoming older = growing up but staying young (in outlook). Learning to enjoy the moment (she writes with the sun beaming down outside). Trying to become wise. Being more patient with oneself and others. In a word (or rather three): Enjoying Being Alive.


the fly in the web said...

Yes, enjoy being alive!
So good that things have turned round for you!

French Fancy said...

Oh Hade I was smiling as I read this. I am so happy that things are going better - in the midst of worry and stress it is sometimes hard to believe that things will ever change - but they do, everything does. And this time for the better.

Great photo btw. You remind me of one of Princess Diana's sisters - I don't know their names but you really do have a resemblance.

lakeviewer said...

I'm in total agreement. Amen!

Dan said...

Glad that things have picked up for you1

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Yet again a cracking positive post. You deserve all good things that come to you!

Anonymous said...

That is very positive - and malesh seems a good way of approaching life. Good for you, and good luck with everything.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Lovely, lovely post!! And here's to Enjoying Being Alive. Amen to that. So glad that this year is going better and that you can accept the bad bits of last year with such 'malesh'! (reckon that its not a verb but excuse the grammar...)xxx

Maggie May said...

I could relate to much of what you said.
I think I must be getting my mojo back too, especially Nos 1& 3.

Glad your business is doing well.

I have just written a post on putting down roots as well.

I watched the programme about the headless soldiers (your last post) and found it incredibly sad, especially the man with the heavy rings on his ankles and the tiger's victim.

Maggie X

Nuts in May

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Great post Hadriana and it is good to hear that things are going well for you now. Life can be a challenge and you do have to face it - as you say - take it on the chin, it's the only way. You do relaxed in your lovely photo. Hugs - A x

Mickle in NZ said...

It is so good to read how well everything is going for you this year. Hooray to the B and B occupancy rate. I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face for you.

Meanwhile Zebbycat has just started snoring. Ah, well - it means my rescue cat is feeling very safe and secure to be sleeping so deeply.

I hope the season continues to do so well and your littlies have a glorious summer with their Mum and Dad.

Sending care and many huggles for you and your family, Michelle xxx

Troy said...

That's a very uplifting post. And great news that the B&B is going so well. That priest could make a living out of saying prayers.

Nota Bene said...

Keep feeding the mojo....

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi guys,

I'll reply individually v. soon. Had a meeting at Vindolanda regarding new season on Thursday and today there's the archaeology forum at Hexham all day. Must dash! Thank you all for your super comments. :)

Mark said...

Well now I know what mojo means too.

Glad you've got yours back.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi there,

Sorry that I have not been back to reply more fully. Events just seem to be catching up more and more! Will be back soon. Promise! Hadriana

Suburbia said...

Such a simple thing but so difficult to remember...

Enjoy being alive :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

I am so glad that things are picking up for you.

Gill in Canada

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Thank you, Fly!

FF: one of Princess Di's sisters? Which one? I'll take that as a compliment knowing how much you like Princess Di. :)

Thank you, Lakeviewer

Thanks, Dan!

GOK: Thanks a bunch, Ken!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Alienne: malesh it is...also like some other arabic terms like "Good Morning with Honey" "Good Morning with Light"..."Sabal Nur!"

LWM: Had a moment to pop over to yours and I am so with you on the guilt factor. Squillions of guilt for not visiting other people's blogs like I should....

Maggie: So glad you are getting your mojo back too. (Huge smile and grin and massive hug to you, Maggie. SO pleased for you!)

Yes: the gladiator stuff was not nice. It was 'orrible.

SJA: that old adage...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger...!

A big thank you too for your lovely words to: Mickle and Zebbycat, Troy, NB, Mark, Suburbia and Gill.

Really do appreciate you popping by. One of these days I'm going make it all up to you by leaving loads of comments....all nice ones of course.......over at yours! ;)