Whirlwind Missions

Monday, May 22, 2017

Podcasts! Rain! Newsletter! Labels!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:29 pm  

I woke up and studied to keep my daily streak going!

Duolingo tracks when you need to review. It shows more or less strength bars. Interesting methodology.

This morning I recorded TWO new podcasts!

I love to hear myself talk. Yeah, baby!

These will be released in a couple of weeks. I’m on target for having 10-12 “in the can” for release during June and July.

I will release one new one Tuesday and Friday. Then probably only on Fridays during the Summer.

Rainy day today. I recorded in my car in the garage.

I wrote and produced my newsletter.

Spent some extra time studying Portuguese.

No exercise because of the rain. Can’t ride a bike when it’s wet!

Printed up the labels.

Talked with Jesse about getting stuff out of the mission for the team coming to live there for a week. They are currently taking out the carpet and putting down tile. That’ll be a LOT cleaner!

Admin duties now.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Portuguese! FBC Doraville! Pressure Washing! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:34 pm  

Rained over 3.5″ yesterday and this morning. Wow!

Studied Portuguese this morning. Working on the conversations.

And verb forms.

Also read some of the “How Emotions are Made” book. Excellent.

Kathy and I met up with Ashley and Penelope at FBC Doraville for their missions fair and joint worship service.




Fun crowd!

I watched Penelope for the last part of the service.

Enjoyed speaking Spanish with friends from El Calvario church.

Came home to rest.

Studied some more Portuguese.

This coming week we won’t be having the mission. Nothing going on. So I’ll focus on studying and recording. Ashley and I also have a meeting with the group that distributes the flyers for tourists at hotels to see about generating more cash flow for our families.

Taught Jesse how to use the pressure washer. We went to Lowes to get a part that we couldn’t find.

Went for an 11.02 mile bike ride. Felt good.

Enjoyed good conversation with Jesse while I cooked my supper. I cut up squash and microwaved it. Yum. Also bought some frozen chicken strips that I heat up and put with my salad. Little more protein is good for me.

Admin duties now.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Podcast! Portuguese! Penelope!

Tim A. Cummins @ 1:26 pm  

I start out every morning with prayer.

And Portuguese!

Great Friday morning: RECORDING! Astonishing how much I love to hear myself talk!

I transferred the files from my Sony PCM-M10 recorder to my computer. And release Verbal Surgery -455- “Minimum Underdrive!” Simple ideas. Continual progress. MASSIVE RESULTS! Just click on the title and GROOVE!.

I listen to this while I’m in the car. I’m practicing producing the sound of the language. I’ve found I have to smile and work my lips more in order to get the correct intonation.

I’ve been reading “Emotions: the Secret Life of the Brain” by Lisa Barrett. Here’s a screen shot.

Ashley brought Penelope over around 2pm. We kept her over night. Always a blessing!

When she rests, I study.

On Safari!

We took her for some country cooking at M&J!

Went to the park to let her explore all the climbing stuff. We go at night when it’s cooler.



She slept pretty well. I let her take too long a nap (About three hours!). She woke up at 2am and stayed up till about 4:30am. I’m firm with her about going back to sleep, but she can really get upset. If I give in at that point, I’ve just taught her to keep doing it. We watched some King Julien on Netflix. I found out that it can do Brazilian Portuguese subtitles which also helps me learn.

We got up around 8:30am. Kathy watched her while I went back to bed. Feel great after another couple of hours of rest. Thanks, K!

Catching up on my admin duties now.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Podcast! Matthew! Mission! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:59 pm  

Woke up and studied Portuguese. Learn, baby, Learn!

Continued my goal of daily recording! Love this episode of Verbal Surgery called “IN Joy.” Released soon! I love where I record. Beauty!

Had a very powerful discussion and prayer time with my friend Matthew Haley. He is facing amputation of his foot.

Went to Walmart to pick up supplies. Fresh corn was .25 a piece. Sweet old lady told me to “wrap it in a dishtowel unshucked and cook for 3 minutes.” Man, was she right. Delicious!

Healthy and cheap.

I thought this looked cool!

Went to FBC Doraville to set up our exhibit for the missions fair there this Sunday.

Then to the mission. Some of the kids helped my move the tables and chairs out of the front room. We plan on redoing the flooring there.

Actually went to Walmart twice today, although one in Stone Mountain and the other in Chamblee. Picked up a few things for Jesse.

Been listening to this while on the road. It’s been very good, but not very long.

Went for a 10.88 mile bike ride. I keep developing new routes. Love my bike! It’s about ten years old now. Much higher quality than you can buy now.

I forgot to turn Runkeeper back on during one of my water breaks. I actually went 2.02 miles farther than it says.

Sunset was beautiful.

This was weird to me.

And so was this.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Podcast! Stone Mountain! Mission! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:07 pm  

First thing I do is study Portuguese. Get that out of the way. I spend at least 10 minutes a day.


This morning I recorded a new podcast! Anther one in the vault for later!

This one is called “The Call of Beauty.”

Went to Stone Mountain to check on advertising options.

Ashley and I are thinking about leading tours in the International Village for secular people to in order to raise more funds. We are creating a brochure to put in those racks you see at hotels.

Went through the process of figuring out more of Kathy’s medical bills.

Takes forever to get straight answers on this stuff. The people who handle her CPAP machine suggested I, “Call Blue Cross Blue Shield and ask them about this.”

I just laughed. I tried that last year was on the phone for HOURS and would suddenly get disconnected. HORRIBLE customer service.

Finished the job of running the ethernet cable at my house. I had to get a splitter and 10 foot length of cord to hook everything up.

I am FINALLY getting the speeds I’ve been paying for. So that’s good. I cut my Comcast service way back.

Under unusual stress. Whirlwind has about $2,000 in the bank currently That’s really scary and just puts a dark cloud over me. Sucks. We are looking for ways to cut back. It’s always healthy to really look at what we absolutely have to have. Still sad when we have to close down missions because of lack of support or no volunteers.

Picked up Ashley and Penelope and worked at the mission. This may be our last week. Kids just hardly have any homework.


The girls are SO beautiful!

Can’t wait to meet Evie! Ashley is in fantastic shape. She has really watched her sugar and been exercising a lot.

I’ve almost lost 20 pounds. I eat salad, fruit and exercise every day. Feel a lot better and helps to eliminate stress and discouragement which I’ve had a lot of lately.

Looking forward to the Summer!

Got home and rode my bike 10.44 miles.

She’s been the best bike I’ve ever owned. Had her over 10 years now. She’s never been ridden like this before!

Loved the art at Evergreen Hotel where I went this morning.

The clouds were fantastic.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Podcast! Bennett! Mission! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:42 pm  

Studied Portuguese with Duolingo’s bots.

Recorded a new podcast this morning, continuing my goal with a daily show to save for the Summer. It may be the most powerful edition I’ve ever recorded called “Doors.” Will release next week.

I published Verbal Surgery -454- “Live Live.” A terrific show on living in the present rather than focusing on the past/future. Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server.

Link on Facebook.

Went to Ashley’s house to pick her and Penelope up for lunch with our partner Bennett Eckandem.

We talked about what was going on in Clarkston and how we should approach our relationship with NAMB about it. Not easy to bring up negative facts. As my wife said, “They don’t want to hear it.” It regards another ministry that is working at the church.

Did the shopping at Walmart. I’m eating mostly fruit and salad, so I have to get fresh stuff every couple of days.

Also got a new bulb for her wax tart warmer.

Went with Ashley to work at the mission with the kids.

Had a great talk with the new manager of Azalea.

Helped one of the Bengali young men to do his Spanish homework. I’m still WAY better at Spanish than Portuguese, but I’m making progress!

Came home to ride 6.55 miles on my bike. Super hard route. It’s great to see physical progress, too.

I have to dry out my sweaty helmet.

I ate my fruit and salad and watched CNN. Unbelievable what Trump has done. Firing Comey is going to come back to haunt him.

I found my mysteriously disappearing hat/flashlight. When I took it off after running the wires, I put it straight back in my suitcase. Exactly where it should have been. The Father gave me a picture of where it was while I was praying this morning.

I’ve been waking up at 4:30am and usually pray at least an hour or more. Nearly two hours this morning.

I’ve wondered why I haven’t had Spot the Station alerts. Apparently, NASA had sent me an email asking me to reconfirm that I wanted to get notified. Back on target!

Admin duties now.

Poster on the wall at Al Madina.

Crazy Oreo marketing.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Podcast! Ethernet! Mission! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:09 pm  

Studied Portuguese this morning! 31 day streak! Yeah, baby!

Added material to my Twitter feed. They are my version of sermon notes!

Had to change the password for my WordPress account. Massive hacker attempt last night on the WordPress servers.

I continue to push forward recording every day.

I will start to release new episodes on Tues/Fridays. My goal is to have eight episodes so I can release one a week starting in June.

Jesse helped me run Ethernet cable to our offices in my house.

Had to go to Lowe’s to pick up a drill bit big enough for the cable to go through.


The wifi just wasn’t cutting it. Drilled holes.

Took Kathy and Jesse out to eat.

Jesse helped me run cable.

Put the cable up through the floor to the computers.

Astonishing speeds! We would be lucky to get 20mb download speed. I tested it at over 360mb! WHAT?!

I was lucky to get 15mb on my PS4. Look at it now!

Well worth the trouble. I seem to have lost a hat and my flashlight somewhere during the procedure. Bizarre that we couldn’t find it. While I was looking for my hat, I found the little cart I used to carry my bags at the airport. Perfect for when we go to conferences!

Hard to see with the black background of the chair.

Went to Azalea to help the kids with their homework.

Came home to bike 10.38 miles. Pushing hard.

Admin duties now.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Westside! Mother’s Day! Marietta!

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:27 am  

Sunday, my blog on WordPress was under attack by hackers, so I couldn’t get on to update info until Monday.

Sunday morning I started out my day studying Portuguese! I continue to make progress.

Went to Westside Baptist Church.

It’s Brother Roger’s last few weeks with us. He’s retiring. He’ll be missed.

Pastor Ben spoke on the importance of Mothers! True dat!


He talked to the kids on watching out what you look at on your phone.

I brought home grilled chicken for Kathy and I to eat. We watched some TV together.

Cleaned my staircase.

Then I went on Safari to Marietta to visit the Gem and Mineral show. On my way there, I talked to my Mom in Texas. What a blessing!

There are a lot of vendors at the show.

I love the beauty of nature! Art by God!









So fragile!

Meteorites! One of my favorites!

I thought this was very unusual. Grape agates from Indonesia.

I got these two tiny pieces for $1!

I have fun seeing the fossils.

Triceratops!

Dino eggs! I got a couple of shell fragments for Jesse and a friend of his.

This triangular knife was featured in one of my favorite video games: Uncharted 2!

The story takes place in Nepal where this is from. It’s called an Elephant Knife.

Then went to the Square in downtown Marietta. It’s great to see new things. Beautiful art!








I used to have one of these! Loved it! Mobile music!

The story of one lost shiny black shoe.

Came home and brought subs to K and J. Jesse and I had a great conversation about the future of his business.

Rode 10.49 miles in 48 minutes. Feeling great! Up, up and away!

Updated my Facebook feed and added photos to my Smugmug account. Couldn’t access my blog.

Went to sleep early. As usual, I listened to a Portuguese tape for thirty minutes before going to sleep.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Podcast! Cleaning! Penelope! Ghost!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:47 pm  

Had about 1/4″ of rain yesterday.

This morning I recorded! I’m working on adding at least eight episodes to a collection for June and July when I don’t have a chance to yell at a tape deck.

This edition is called “Minimum Underdrive!” Soon to be released!

It was beautiful at Evergreen Lake.

Watered my plants. I keep bringing more inside. They just get beat up outside.

Of course the orchids are inside plants.

After recording I did the shopping. Decided to try Folgers rather than the brand I’ve been buying from Amazon. Just to see if I can taste a difference. My guess is probably not. We’ll see!

Cleaned the house for a couple of hours.

Vacuumed.

Mopped the kitchen. I like the Swiffer!

I immediately dry the floor with a towel after cleaning. Otherwise it’s a slippery danger!

Swept downstairs.

And my zebra rug.

And the other rugs.

And outside on my outdoor carpet.

Mopped there, too!

My room seems nice and clean and shiny.

I had planned on repairing a small crack on one of my exterior walls. Now that it’s warm, the crack has closed and the sealant I put in the winter has actually squeezed out. Interesting!

Cleaned my fish tank. It’ll look crystal clear once the debris has settled.

Watched Penelope for a few hours. She’s always so awesome and makes me feel good at a deep level. I sure need that!

We played with big bubbles. I’m trying to teach her “Bubble Juggling” with my hand held fans.

Also been teaching her how to use the microphone. I have a Shure SM58 hooked up to a little Fender amp. She seems to be a natural!

Went out and ate “real food.” I’ve been living on salads and fruit for a while now. I still eat some eggs or a a sandwich for protein. Had some steak and fish this evening. But still mainly vegetables. I thought it was interesting at Golden Corral how ever food had the calories per portion. Never noticed that before.

Treated myself to a movie tonight. Been looking forward to “Ghost in the Shell.”

Very interesting movie. Kind of a blend between Blade Runner, the Matrix and Equilibrium. I found it especially fascinating since reading an article on Neuralink that Elon Musk is creating. Click on the title to take you to the article!

I’ve been reading the book, “How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” Very interesting but puts into question the work of Paul Eckman. I’ve been a student of body language for years.

Admin duties now.

I liked this tree.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Podcast! O2! DVD! Comcast! Yard Work!

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:39 pm  

Recorded a new podcast! WOOT! I’m saving a series to release in June and July when I’m too busy and my voice is too worn out to record.

A terrific episode called “Live Live!” I haven’t released it, YET!

I’m shooting to record eight extra episodes in the next couple of weeks! We’ll see how it goes. So I have one “in the can!”

Took the Oxygen concentrator back to the Home Medical Services office. Kathy’s O2 levels were the same whether she used it or not. So why pay for it?


Rolled up all the O2 cable around the house for storage.

Ate a chicken salad salad for lunch. It was mighty good.

The aftermath of yesterday’s tree cutting.

Hooked up the DVD player for Kathy to watch.


Installed a new water bottle rack on my bike. The other broke last week.

Cleaned windows.

Worked for an hour with the Comcast tech at my house. We came to the conclusion that I really need to run ethernet cables rather than use the wifi. The signal is just too spotty. Not sure why sometimes it works great and other times not at all.

I have the cable coming. Hopefully, I can get that going this weekend.

Did a massive amount of yard work. Mowed the last half of the back yard.

I didn’t think it was going to be too hard a job. Turned out way worse. HUGE vines of Poison Ivy.

I cut one vine that was 2″ thick! Yow! I felt like I was working with a Black Mamba.

I dug up many more vines in other sections of the yard.

Half way through the job, I came inside and thoroughly washed my legs and arms with Comet.

I read that you have 15 minutes for the oils in the poison ivy to penetrate the skin. If you wash it off you may not be affected. I was around a lot of it. We’ll see.

Cut branches and small bushes.

Hauled logs, branches and vines.


It’s not good for the tree to have these lower branches. Plus no grass can grow in that extreme shade.

I forgot to turn Runkeeper on when I started. Should be completely filled up.

Finished just before it started raining.

I’m pretty tired and have a head ache. I guess from all the toxic dust and gas fumes.

Admin duties now.

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