Whirlwind Missions

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Portuguese! Penelope! Yard Clean!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:06 pm  

Worked on Portuguese gerunds this morning.

Had such fun watching Penelope! Ashley and I took her to Walmart to buy her some new shoes and socks and do the grocery shopping.

Working on her colors.

What does “extra mild” even mean? Ketchup?
We got over 3″ of rain from the storm.
Raked all the limbs and most of the leaves off of the roof.

Never seen purple mycellium before.

Blew leaves off of the driveway.

Raked up branches and wheelbarrowed them to the compost pit.

The balloon I got for Penelope at the flower show at Stone Mountain made it through the storm. What?!

Raked the area near my door.

I actually worked for over an hour before I turned Run Keeper on.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Storm Damage! Portuguese! Podcast! Calls!

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:01 pm  

Studied Portuguese!

Kept getting “to arrive” and “to come back” mixed up. Grrr.

Lots of branches and leaf litter from the tropical storm yesterday.

Looked like the Fall, but with green leaves. Bizarre!

Had a couple of big trees fall over near our house.

Not much holding them up!

Recorded a new podcast! Had a good chat with my friend Anthony Jacquin in the UK.

Also helped Minhaz with his essay.

And talked with Mustak about storm damage.

I like lichens. They remind me of the rings of Saturn.

Did the shopping.

I thought this was funny.

I wish I could do this today. Too wet and no bike.

More study instead. Exercised my brain.

Called my bike guy to see about the status of repairs. Maybe done tomorrow.

Monday, September 11, 2017

STORM! Portuguese! Podcast! Cleaning!

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:22 pm  

Powerful storm generated by Irma blew through the ATL today!
I was out in it!

Recorded a new edition of Verbal Surgery
“I of the HurriCAN!”
My experiences working with powerful weather and how to change your mind to deal with problems!

Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server.

Link on Facebook.

Made it through the storm! Glad I redid the deck to make it waterproof!

Cleaned the house while I was stuck inside.

And the fish tank!

Studied Portuguese verbs. Needs constant refreshing.

Admin duties now.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Portuguese! Westside! Penelope! Bike! Azalea!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:32 pm  

Studied Portuguese this morning. Keep learning, brain!

Also focused on verb review.

Went to Westside BC.

I’ve enjoyed playing djembe for the music. Broke a couple of blood vessels in my fingers today. The price of enthusiasm.

Choir did a special.

Pastor Ben preached from Nehemiah and reminded us of 9/11.

Got a new 5 gallon bucket on the way home from church. Needed it to clean my fish tank. I mixed the three gallons of deck stain in the other bucket. Jesse didn’t think it was safe after I did that.

I enjoyed time with Penelope while the kids finished moving the last of their stuff from their old place.

I noticed some severe wear on the rear tire of my bike. Took it to the bike shop to be replaced. It needed a number of other tweaks too.
Preston said I needed one more piece near the gears, I believed he said it was the front fork. I’ve noticed it wasn’t always shifting smoothly into third. I left my bike there to get it finished.

I took Penelope to Evergreen at Stone Mountain. She likes the piano there.

Wail with it, darling!

I brought her back home to Azalea where Ashley and Miles now live! The place looks really cute. Hard to recognize it! Miles is a great dad! He was pushing her around the complex in her car.

Went over to FBC Doraville To drop off the supplies I used for the Equip Conference yesterday.

Filled my car up with gas on the way home.

I noticed an unusual car in my driveway when I got home. Turned out it was Lora, a friend that Kathy has mentored for over ten years! Glad to see she’s doing well!

Supposed to have heavy weather from Hurricane Irma tomorrow, which is now downgraded to a tropical storm.

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Tim A. Cummins @ 7:42 pm  

Early morning! Got up around 5:20am! Yow!

Made my way from Stone Mountain to FBC Jonesboro for the Equip conference.

Beautiful Full Sun Moon this morning!
FBC Jonesboro did a great job hosting the conference!
Over 300 people were there!

I enjoyed speaking to an enthusiastic group.

Came home in brutal traffic around 285. LOADED with cars from Florida. Who can blame them?

I thought the sticker was ironic. “Tropical Twisters.”

Came home to rest. Exhausted. I had to stop on the way home and take a nap on the side of the road. Better safe than sorry. The drivers today were especially erratic.

Studied Portuguese. Go, streak GO

I felt like this today.

Of course when I’m speaking I get super revved up!

Watered my plants.
No exercise today. Just standing and jumping around doing my presentation for two hours was enough!

Got to admit I’ve been sore since the painting and all the biking last two days.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Portuguese! Penelope! Stone Mountain! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:59 pm  

Portuguese! Surprised?

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery in the Brain Train tradition called “Vacation Station.” Lot of fun! Had a prayer time with my neighbor across the street from where I record. I’ve been praying for those ladies a lot lately. Good to make contact.

Released Verbal Surgery -487- “All Wrong Clocks!” A terrific episode on how to find happiness in your life.

Uploaded to server. Link on Facebook.
Fantastic time with Penelope today! Kathy is feeling better, too, but still can’t ride in the car comfortably.

I took Penelope over to McDonalds to play.
We enjoyed the ice cream!
We went to Stone Mountain. They had a Flower Show there. Of course we had to check that out.
I got her a balloon.
Interesting presentation with just a single cutting in bottles.
The special displays were cool, too.
I never see this carving in quite the same way since Charlottesville.
Pretty much the whole park was closed. But we still had fun. She was tuckered out afterwards!
Then fun with bubbles!
Interesting geometries.
The girls enjoyed the frozen treats I bought for the conference I’m teaching tomorrow at FBC Jonesboro.
Because of the conference, I have to get up super early, so I couldn’t watch Penelope this evening. I took her to Miles’ parent’s house! The other cousins met her there along with their dog, which Penelope loves! Good transition. I hate it when she’s sad when I leave. I’d much rather her be happy and me just exit stage left.

Came home to ride my bike 11.71 miles.
Watered my plants this evening. I found my bike glasses that were missing! I knew they were outside somewhere, but they were nearly invisible on the ground! All that looking for Dirty Money helped me spot them.
I like these better than my new ones. They’re thinner.

Trying to ramp down this evening. Need to try to go to sleep early. I’ll be waking up at 5:40am. I know a lot of people have to get up that early. It’s no big deal, I just expect a nap later!

I love teaching. I’ll do two sessions of Outreach Overdrive, and one session teaching Power Prayer, both are my passions!

Admin duties now.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Portuguese! Podcast! Deck! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:31 pm  

Studied Portuguese this morning! Go Brain, go!

Recorded a new podcast! WOOT! This is a great one called, “Guide LIONS!” It’ll release in a week or so!

Spent most of my day getting supplies, cleaning and painting my deck. It turned out really well. Glad to have Jesse’s help.

What I hate most about painting? I leave my phone in the house! I don’t want it anywhere near that stuff! And a part of me feels like if I didn’t take pictures of what happened, it didn’t!

But here’s the finished product!

Went for a 15.46 mile bike ride! I saw this fantastic mushroom while I was cruising! I don’t normally stop unless I see something really notable! Massive!

Long way.

Tired, but productive!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Equip Prep! Portuguese! Podcast! Slides! Mission!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:16 pm  

Spent time this morning analyzing the schedule for this weekend. I found out how many people will be in my three sessions. I’m not a big fan of the buffet approach. Seems like we are all in competition, but both of my sessions will be recorded, so that’s good!

Studied Portuguese! Pouco a pouco!

Also reviewed verb forms. Easy to let that slip away without constant review. Same for Bible verses!
Recorded a new edition of Verbal Surgery! That always makes me feel better. “Rah, Rah, RAW!” is super enthusiastic. I need to have an extra six on reserve for when I’m out of town in the UK in November.

Worked on my slide show for the Equip Conference this weekend. Wow! It turned out a lot harder than I thought it would be. I had the “hard part” done, I thought! Which was the creating and putting the slides in order.

For some reason the projector was taking the slides and putting them in another order. I finally figured out that numbering from 1-23 doesn’t work. It goes from 1 immediately to 11, then 12 until 19, then goes to 2! Jesse said the way I had them is called “natural order” In order to make the numerals work they have to be number 01, 02, 03 . . . .

I made it work by using letters instead. I talked to Jesse AFTER I’d figured out a way to make it work!
I also needed to practice with the hardware to make sure I completely understood how to use the project, the controller and how to set it up.

I left the projector out. I’ll set it up and practice a couple more times just to make sure I have it completely wired in.

I’m still deciding whether to use slides for my prayer session. I probably will use props instead. May I may work on that tomorrow.

Gassed up my car. Still high prices.
Worked with the kids at the mission.
We had a volunteer today, so that was helpful.

I spent most of my time wandering around following after Penelope. She LOVES it there! SO many kids to play with and they all adore her!

I took the Kendalls out for Taco Veloz.

Then we had the boys help move the furniture in! Many hands, little labor!

We always have treats to say “Thank you!”

I enjoyed talking with my friend Pat Young today. It’s his birthday.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Podcast! Portuguese! Equip! Mission! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:45 pm  

Worked on my presentation for the Equip conference Monday evening. Got the slides in order.

Saved the file as a PDF and put it on a flash drive.

Got the projector together with the power cord.

I will practice with the gear to make sure everything is working correctly.

Made a list of the things I still needed to get at the church.

Added tweets to my social media. My version of sermon notes.

I’m way ahead. I release five a day. They will run until January 3rd so far. I usually do about 17 days worth on a Sunday. So I keep getting further ahead. Although two of the last three weekends I’ve been speaking somewhere and didn’t add any material.

Studied Portuguese first thing this morning. Studying future tense.

Lots of days in a row!

Released a new edition of Verbal Surgery -486-“Falling in LIKE!”

Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server and link on Facebook!

You’ll Love it!!

Met with my friend John Cook this morning! Always a blessing!
Went to my storage closet at the church and to Walmart to pick up supplies for the Equip Conference.
To the mission to work with the kids!
GREAT to see my friend Johan today! He’s one of my original youth group from sixteen years ago! He’s back living at Azalea. Amen!
Went for a 6.88 mile bike ride.
Got some new glasses for riding. Still don’t know what I did with my other ones. These are completely clear.
Reminds me of me.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Portuguese! Penelope! 9.4.17

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:12 pm  

Studied Portugese this morning! Yeah!
Working on the future tense.

Paid all my bills. Filled out a form for serving on a jury.

Ashley brought Penelope over. Always great!

She loves my bubble machine!

We had fun walking her around the neighborhood.

Kathy and I took her to McDonalds. She ate well and enjoyed playing on their toys. A five year old boy named Ryan was SO glad that Penelope showed up. He was lonely. He took her under his wing and gave her the confidence to climb all the way to the very top of the play structure and slide down this three loop slide! Kathy and I were stunned by her intrepid spirit!

I tried to get her to take a nap, but she wasn’t buying it. After about thirty minutes, she jumped up and started playing on my electronic drum set!

Took her out to Stone Mountain to enjoy some fun.

She loves trains, so we were in the area whenever the train came by.

She really had fun climbing on the rocks.

I took Penelope swimming. The water was pretty cold, but we got used to it fast. There was NO ONE out in the pool. I was shocked by that. We had a private pool. Ashley and Miles had been working at Azalea getting the apartment ready to move in. She met us at the pool to pick up Penelope. “POP POP!!” She kept calling my name. She wasn’t happy to be saying goodbye! Me either! That’s why we have tomorrow!
I did the grocery shopping before I came home.

I liked this car!

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