Whirlwind Missions

Monday, January 18, 2021

Podcast! Car! 1.18.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:14 pm  

Read an article this morning and wasn’t sure of the meaning.

Studied Spanish. I’m going back to studying every lesson. There is a lot of vocabulary I need to work with more extensively. I usually can test out of the five lessons, but it’s not really benefiting me to do that.

Brain training. Did well today. Very focused.

Spot the Station!

I went by the library to drop off books. We’ll get new ones soon.

I went to my sister-in-law’s house to drive Jesse’s car. Fired straight up and ran great.

Also helped put some lightbulbs in around Ann’s house.

Also working on getting her garage door openers fixed.

While I was driving Jesse’s car, I stopped at Advance Auto Parts to pick up some Penzoil 5/30 and a convex mirror.

Kathy knocked Jesse’s mirror off one time when she was backing up. I put it back together with tape, but over time it doesn’t work very well. With that mirror, I can now see the blindspot.

A friend of mine needed to do some recording in her car and around the house. I helped her get a bendable tripod and a holder for her phone. I have absolutely loved this tripod.

Ann gave me a few of the old iPhones she had laying around. J and I are going to try and get them going. I’m specifically thinking about Everly. Get a really heavy duty OtterBox case to protect it. She can play some learning games on it.

Cleaned and refilled birdbaths and feeders.

Spent time with Jesse on the old iPhones. Also looked at some unemployment money paper work. This covid stuff has really hit businesses hard.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Calls! ISS! 1.17.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:12 pm  

A friend has a new balloon.



I recorded “Explosion and Erosion” yesterday. Copied it onto my Mac this morning.

I have about a month’s worth of material “in the can” ready to go.

Spent a lot of time on the phone today. Enjoyed talking with my Mom. It’s her 85 birthday today! January 17th was also Ben Franklin’s birthday, so TWO of my heroes born on the same day. Amen.

Good talk with my buddy Anthony.

Looking into this. I have a lot of stuff still in my library I haven’t listened to yet.

I saw the ISS for the 66th time this evening.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Podcast! Anthony! Tire! 1.16.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:06 pm  

Studied Spanish.

As I’ve mentioned before, Duolingo continues to put out new lessons. Even though I’m working through Level 5, I still have to do the Level 1 lessons when they first appear on the course.

It’s easy for me, even though it would be pretty hard for most people.

I released an episode of Verbal Surgery called, “Seek Light.”/a>


Cloudy and cold.

Had a fun talk with my buddy, Anthony.

Picked up some Vietnamese sandwiches from Pho 24.

While I was there I saw a truck with these decals. Liked it.

I have a gauge in my car that reports when there is a tire with low pressure. I figured out which one it was. Super slow leak, but it was down to about 20 lbs. I’m pretty sure it was the problem the first time I got it checked and we couldn’t find anything wrong. We were probably checking the wrong tire! He topped off all the tires before I left, so it might have taken this long to finally become apparent.

I have a small air compressor for exactly this type of problem. A terrific investment for less that $20. That and a hide a key are two necessities imho.

I took it to my tire guy in Chamblee.

The culprit.

Went by my office to check the mail.

Went to the bank to deposit the check, but the whole system was powered down. Went to another ATM but there was a huge line so I blew it off. A $50 check is not going to make or break us for a day.

Beautiful evening.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Grandgirls! Stone Mountain! 1.16.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 12:31 pm  

Cold day that turned nice!

Always great to be with my girls!

We had fun playing restaurant and research facility. Everly created a vaccine for the infrovirus. Whatever that is.

Penelope helped me set up the squirrel trap. We use bird seed for bait.

Up the Sky Rail for our morning safari.

Beautiful clouds.

I couldn’t get over how circular this hole was on the mountain top.

Studied Spanish.

They’ve added a lot of new categories, so you start back at level zero. I’ve gone back to testing out of the level until it gets harder.


I took the grandgirls over to Miles’ parent’s house to spend the night. Miles and Ashley are working on Saturday.
We enjoyed watching Frozen 2 together before they left.

Picked up the groceries before I came home.

I liked this quote.

A friend sent me these from Hawaii.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Grandgirls! Spanish! 1.14.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:48 pm  

I like this quote.

Mandatory masks on airplanes.

Stimulus package.



Love my girls!

Ordered groceries.

Vacuumed the house.

Studied Spanish.

Duolingo is rapidly adding to their Spanish course. Recently, they added another three sets of 25 lessons. Each lesson has five levels. Hundreds more! But they always start back at Level 1. So I’m working through some of them more rapidly. It really is a lot of fun to struggle just enough to make progress.

Went to Azalea to take the girls home. None of the mission kids have homework right now. School is out for MLK day.

Next stop to my office to check for mail. Watered and sprayed my ficus. We’ve been together a long time. I almost killed her once by leaving her outside during a cold snap. I’ll never take her outside again.

On the way home there was a 18 wheeler accident.

Beautiful lighting.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Grandgirls! Nail Salon! Mission! 1.13.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:47 pm  

Here’s a list of the consequences of Trump’s actions with the Capital riot.

Never heard of “freezing fog.”

Always great to see all my girls!

Got my W2 today. Step one.

We worked on writing Penelope’s name with upper and lower case letters. Plus her address.

We also pick one random page from our big book of exercises. She picked “Which one is shorter?”

I opened up Pop Pop’s Nail Salon today.

Studied Spanish.

Helped the kids at the mission. I go through the messages from the teachers to the parents so the kids can explain it to their moms and dads.

After we finished the homework, I took the girls to their friend’s house to play.

Went to my office to check the mail, process what came in and then deposit it at the bank.

Another old soldier goes to be with the Lord. She was helpful when we got married. Betty also supported our ministry financially.

Transported another squirrel. That’s six this week. Took this one to Azalea.

Gassed up the car. Checked and added oil.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Grandgirls! Mission! Bank! 1.12.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:21 pm  

Another cold day. It’s winter. What do you expect?

Great to see Ashley!

Penelope works a little every day.

Everly has such a fertile imagination. She’s definitely the more maternal of the two.

I liked this picture Penelope drew for me. Has a lot of energy.

We were playing with tape. My buddy, Anthony tapes his mouth shut at night to force nose breathing.

They like playing where they are a restaurant. Penelope and
I had a grand time using the blue tube as the intercom when I ordered. It was wonderful to see her deal with all the twists and turns I put in my order. Super funny.

Bird in a squirrel trap. He’s not heavy enough to spring the trap.

I thought this book was cute.

Studied Spanish.

Girls getting exercise. It was really muddy out there.

Penelope knocked Everly over by accident. She took a face plant right into the mud. Bahd luck. I took them both and got them straight into a warm bath. I scrubbed on their shoes and her sweater and put them in front of a fan.

It was cold for tutoring. May have been the record for holding it outside.

Checked the mail at my office.

Prepared all the checks for deposit and went to the bank.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Calls! Squirrel! 1.11.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:48 pm  

Enjoyed watching John Wick 3 and Tenet last night.

Such never before seen history in the making.

Weather expected this evening.

Studied Spanish.

Brain training.

I spent a couple of hours talking to friends. Paul in Nigeria, Chris in Minnesota and Anthony in the UK.

Did more research on Health Savings Accounts. I asked our health insurance agent if it was ok to just have one account that more than one person could use. Like “Cummins Family.”

This is the fifth squirrel I’ve caught in the last three days. Normally, I don’t catch any during the winter. I don’t even have to put the trap out. Last week, I saw four at one time. That alarmed me, especially when I see them eating from the bird feeders.
I drop them off in different locations.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Calls! Podcasts 1.9-10.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 5:54 pm  

More consequences for Trump.

Sat/Sun I studied Spanish and did my brain training.

Beautiful day Sunday.

I recorded and dubbed off two podcasts this weekend.

Had a fun chat with my Mom yesterday and Anthony today.


Light freeze on birdbath.

Transported one squirrel on Saturday and one today.

Big dog hanging almost outside the truck.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Grandgirls! Party! 1.8.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:22 pm  

More reporting on the riots in DC. What Trump might try, who knows?

FBI trying to track these hoodlums down.

Not great weather.

On our ride home, we greet animals we see in Swahili. Wasn’t sure the word for “monkey.”

We got an ice cream cake. Fun to have a party. We were celebrating Mom’s birthday.

Transported a squirrel.

Thai food for lunch.

Vacuumed the house.

Studied Spanish.

We had fun playing with Legos.

Different characters.

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