I have been enjoying visiting blogs and decided to start my own, even though I don't know what I am doing or if anyone will even be interested in reading what I have to say. I am a 50 year old management consultant who has been married to the the love of my life for 30 years and have two grown daughters and a son-in-law who we are very proud of. We are blessed to live in Scottsdale Arizona and are enjoying getting out and experiencing it in our RV! Thanks for stopping by our blog and please consider joining us, who knows where we will go...Kevin & Tracy.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Haste Makes Waste!

My Mom always told me that haste makes waste and she sure was right.  The last time we were camping, I decided to get ahead of packing up to leave on Sunday, by putting up the awning. I had a flight to North Carolina on Sunday afternoon for business, so I was somewhat out of my routine of packing up Sunday morning, which didn't help the situation.

So, I had dinner on the BBQ and knew that I only had a few minutes to put up the awning.  So I went through the process and realized that I had forgotten to drop the upper arms of the awning to the closed position and I had already started the process of retracting the awning.  Needless to say, the arms were stuck in the up position and I couldn't get them down.  That was haste makes waste error number 1.

Haste makes waste error number 2, which I know better than to do, was to grab my hammer and attempt to force the arms down.  Well as many of you already know, that doesn't work.  So at that very moment, I had visions of not being able to get the awning up, having to drive the rig home with the awning partially out and ultimately missing my afternoon flight to North Carolina.

At that high point of frustration, I looked down and realized that I could detach the outside arms of the awning and possibly retract the upper arms once the pressure was off of them.  I enlisted the help of my wife Tracy and my daughter Sarah to help hold the arms as I released them.  Once released, the pressure was off, the upper arms slid right into place (not quite as smoothly now because of my use of the hammer) and I was able to completely retract the awning. All was well once again.  

As I stood back and took a sip from my glass of wine, I felt really stupid and could hear my Mom's voice saying, remember, haste makes waste.  She was always right!

Just then I realized that I had dinner on the BBQ, luckily it was only partially overdone.  

I hope your week doesn't include any haste or waste, thanks for stopping by, get out and vote if you haven't already done so and please join me in keeping those people in the storm affected areas in your thoughts and prayers!

All's Well That Ends Well!


  1. We had a haste makes waste moment ourselves today. We slept in a Walmart last night, and took off this morning without plugging back in our trailer lights. Oops..no brake lights, nothing. Had to pull over and plug em back in. Never do that again!

  2. My mom had that saying too...and my dad always said, "If it doesn't work just get a bigger hammer." He was only joking!! Glad you got the awning in without too much trouble.

  3. When we don't use things for quite some time it leaves us. I couldn't remember how to work my awning wither. Some one just happen to come along and see my empty look. LOl

  4. We all make mistakes somewhere along the way and we have done our share too.
    At least you got dinner and a glass of wine.