Whirlwind Missions

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Portuguese! Podcast! Deck Prep! Bike! Patreon! Painting! 9.30.17

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:06 pm  

Studied Portuguese future conditionals this morning.

Still learning every day!

Enjoyed recording a new podcast this morning!

LOVED this one called “Time Lying and MEmories.” It’ll release soon! Verbal Surgery -499-. Wow! That’s a lot of recording!

Spent time working on my Patreon page.

Ever heard of that? I am an early adopter. Believe it or not, at one time I was in the top 1,000 people on Twitter! I had a blog before people even knew what a “blog” was. I had to explain it’s a “WeB Log.”

Patreon is a subscription service where people can sponsor creative people. I’ll be offering special editions of my podcast as well as one on one coaching. All as a way to make some extra income.

I’ve been working on FaceBook. My goal is to hit the 5,000 friend mark. I’m over 3,600 now. I had 1,986 downloads of my podcast this month. SO close to 2K! All this social media is part of my strategy to raise support. We had over $1,000 given because of email and FB requests. First time we’ve ever tried!

Prepped my deck for a second coat. Washed it off.
Scrubbed it with a broom.
Then let it dry.
Watered my plants outside.
Cleaned off my outdoor furniture. I’ll spray paint them tomorrow.

Blew my garage and driveway.


Went to Lowes to buy a few little supplies I needed including a new ballast for a light for one of my aquariums.

Paid bills.

Rode my bike 15.50 miles.

During my ride, I took a short break to pick up trash on the side of the road. Hate litter!

Looked better! It was everywhere! Second time I’ve cleaned this stretch lately.

Came home and painted the deck for the second time. Might as well. Had nearly a whole gallon left!

I love mushrooms.


I’ve never seen black mushrooms before.

Cool colors.

Watered my plants in my front and side yards.

I usually refill my hummingbird feeders on Saturdays. They all had plenty left. Only one reason for that. They’ve headed back to Texas. Believe it or not, they may go all the way to Costa Rica during the Winter! I’ll miss them. I leave those feeders up the whole year. I’m hoping I may see some other species come through on the way South.
Very productive day.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Penelope! Podcast! Groceries! Train! Azalea! 9.29.17

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:47 pm  

Penelope spent the fourth night in a row with us last night. She just keeps getting better.

This morning we picked up breakfast at McDonalds and went to the park for a picnic. She enjoyed playing with the other kids there.



I released a maximum chillage edition of Verbal Surgery -492- “Vacation Station” today. Fun!
Uploaded to my server and link on FaceBook.

While Penelope took a nap, I did the banking and grocery shopping.
Picked up the faceplates for the switch and plugs we were missing.
This Santa looked a little tan to me.

After I finished getting the groceries, I came home and took Penelope for her first train ride.
She LOVED it!

Then over to Azalea to take her back to her Mom and Dad. :( The longer I keep her, the less I want to take her back. Silly Grand Dad.
It’s always fun to see the Bengali ladies fawning over Ashley. It was their first time to see Everly!

She’s SO beautiful. Just a perfect baby!

What a marvelous family!

I’m thinking about getting some shoes like these.

Came home to study Portuguese.

Admin duties now. Looking forward to resting, although I really feel pretty good!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Labels! Newsletters! Penelope! Tabias!

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:29 pm  

Got the labels together for my newsletter this morning. Had everything I needed in a box. Except for stamps.

Went to the Post Office to get stamps. Penelope was pretty active there. Lots of stuff interested her.

Took her to Stone Mountain to see the train. Sadly, it wasn’t running. She wasn’t happy about that!

Later that day, I gave her a box to pretend to be a train in.

Enjoyed walking in the water at Stone Mountain Village. She liked the sand.


I wear her out on Safari.

Went to the bank to deposit money. Thank you, Jesus SO MUCH!

Finally got a chance to study Portuguese.


Lotsa days.
Went to the Atlanta Baptist Association to pick up the Newsletters.
The kids helped me get them all together. We had some comfusion on the project with the little kids. Took us a while to figure out what had happened. No big deal.
Got them all in the mail!
WONDERFUL to see my friend Tabias Echols today! One of my original youth group from twenty years ago! He came by to check on Ashley and baby Everly. He was a huge help to me this afternoon!
Big crowd with my “curb side service.”

Penelope’s favorite video is of her dancing. I love this frame from the video where she’s looking at me. She is SO beautiful! It has been a wonderful four days for me basking in her magnificence!

PLUS a new baby to fall in love with! Yeah, baby! Literally!

Didn’t get home till nearly 8pm. Lots of homework today.

Cleaned Penelope and got her to bed.

Admin duties now.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Portuguese! Editing! Penelope! ISS #30!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:36 pm  

I studied Portuguese this morning. Working on Science terms and Future Conditionals.




I’m using this life like doll to teach Penelope some new behaviors.

I put food on the doll’s hand and Penelope almost immediately eats it up.

Also working on tooth brushing.


Filled up my car with gas and got K lunch.
I tried to rest, but never could fall asleep. I never sleep that well at night when Penelope sleeps over. She was actually good last night. But I woke up at 3am and couldn’t sleep for about an hour. Studied Portuguese.

Went for a 15.49 mile bike ride while Penelope took a nap.

Took her to Stone Mountain to enjoy the pool.

The lake was beautiful. Penelope calls this the pool, too. Although she said “lake” for the first time this evening. She’s SO smart!
I spotted the International Space Station for the 30th time this evening! WOOT!

We had a good FaceTime with Ashley, Miles and Everly. I wasn’t up to having Penelope run up and down the hall ways again. We’ll try tomorrow. I figure if we go in the morning it’ll probably be ok.

Still need to get her cleaned up and read her some books.

Labor of love.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kathy! Penelope! Everly!

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:35 am  

Monday early I took Kathy to Dr. Pat to get some help with her pain levels.

I recorded my Intro Video on Patreon.

Monday I picked up Penelope from Azalea to take care of her while Ashley and Miles went to the doctor. He told Ashley that he thought she should have a C section. There is a “1/4 chance that Everly will get a broken shoulder and that you will have trouble getting past 8cm.”

With news like that, it wasn’t a hard decision to go with the surgery.

I took Penelope to the pool on Monday. Had a delightful time in perfect weather.

Had a 10.98 mile bike ride while Penelope slept.

Studied Portuguese and wrote my newsletter.

Released a new version of Verbal Surgery -491- “PurifI” is awesome. Use your filters!

Started making a list and dossier of my new friends from Brazil.

She spent the night Monday night. The plan was to have the C section at 11:30 am on Tuesday.

The procedure went perfectly! Everly is SO BEAUTIFUL!



THANK YOU, LORD for taking care of my little girl as she had a brand new baby! Thanks for all the people who prayed for Ashley and EVERLY!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Editing! Portuguese! Westside! Meds! Plants! Bike! 9.24.17

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:22 pm  

Saturday evening I uploaded the pictures I shot for the N. Gwinnett Church team. Also edited and uploaded the video I shot. And sent their leader links to all the media!

I posted a need to our subdivision’s Facebook Page: Scarlett Woods Neighbors about needing our gutters cleaned.

Sunday morning on the way to church, I talked with a landscaping crew that works for my neighbor, Ms. Shirley. I spoke only Spanish to him and explained I needed my gutters cleaned. He told me he’d take a look. When I got home from church, he’d done the job! I told him I had other neighbors that needed work, too. I was impressed by his initiative. Don’t even know what it will cost.

Studied Portuguese this morning. I’m working on the subjunctive tense. Reminds me of French.


Went to Westside BC this morning.

Pastor Ben spoke from Nehemiah on being a good leader. I’ve enjoyed wailing away on the djembe for the music. People seem to like it. Definitely adds something. I like the djembe because it’s from Kenya!

Came home to eat a salad.

Washed windows.

Blew the garage area.
Sorted Kathy’s meds.

Cleaned my corner area. Sorted and labeled all the pill bottles. It gets really confusing fast. I have had to create a system and stick with it.

Also sorted my vitamins. I also take a low dose aspirin every day.

Fixed one of Penelope’s bears. Had a couple of holes in it.


Threw out a bunch of plastic jugs and lids and Amazon boxes into the recycle.

Cleaned and refilled my hummingbird feeders. I have four. Takes me about fifteen minutes to do the whole process. Worth the time. Love those little guys!

Dug holes and planted my Elaeagnus shrub that Miles gave me last year and two other succulents.



I used to keep a lot of my cacti collection outside once it got warm. That was a mistake. Most of them died or got eaten. Saddens me. Live and learn!

I brought back two as very small pups from mother plants from Tybee Island, GA. They’ve gotten a lot bigger over the last couple of years! This is the variegated version. I have another slightly bigger just green one. Can’t remember what they’re called. I asked for an ID on Facebook. I have some plant experts as friends!

I also got a new water gun for my new hose. The last one didn’t last but a few weeks. I’ve had one like this before. It did really well. We’ll see!

Went for a 15.40 mile bike ride. Rode like the wind, baby!

The 29th time for me to “Spot the Station!”

iPhone doesn’t do too well with photography in this case.
Here’s a list of the last times!

Admin duties now.

I have a super early morning tomorrow. Need to take Kathy to the doctor. She is suffering. She can’t sit in the car. I have to drive and she kind of lays on her stomach in the back seat. Sad. We have to be at the doctor’s by 7:30am.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Portuguese! N. Gwinnett Church! Clarkston! Missions! Azalea!

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:06 pm  

Studied Portuguese! Surprised?

Got bills in the mail.
Met up with my team from N. Gwinnett Church in Clarkston! Took them to one of the markets and to the mosque.

Also showed them the Buddhas in the back yard of the Buddhist Temple.

Went to Al Madina for lunch.
Great food!



We had a visitor today as well. Megan wants to be a Journeyman with the IMB. I’m trying to help her get some experience.

Took the team over to the missions in Chamblee.





Megan is interested in Chinese culture, so I took her over to Chinatown.

And to the Buford Highway Farmers Market.

Got a call from Ashley while I was showing Megan around that the Comcast guy was there and having some problems. I went straight over to help.

Took some time but got it all squared away. We had to move a bunch of stuff out of our upstairs neighbor’s closet in order to repair the wires which apparently had been cut. I’m sure they didn’t realize that the wires were being used!

Penelope loves to play with her little girls.

Went to Lowes to pick up some supplies for the mission. I needed to get the face plates back on the switches and plugs in Ashley’s house. Dangerous!


Also got some supplies to repot my little ficus tree.

Took a while to get customer service to figure out the gift cards I had. Still worth it!

Put the face plates on with the help of Ashley and Miles.

I still have to go get a couple more face plates. I figured I’d miss a couple, which I did. Almost always happens.

Went to the church to repot my Ficus tree.

Got her in a new pot. It’s not much bigger, but hopefully it won’t tip over any more.
Home now working on admin duties.
Editing video.
Long day. Didn’t get home to after 8pm.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Portuguese! Podcast! Shopping! Patreon! Bike!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:30 pm  

Continued studying Portuguese! Every morning a little more!


I decide to see just how much was left in the DuoLingo language tree.

To my surprise, if I continue on my current pace, I will finish Portuguese in 37 days! Wow!

Since I will be going to the UK in just thirty days, I will probably try and accelerate my pace slightly. Maybe three lessons a day rather than two.

Recorded a new podcast! LOVE this edition called “PurifI!”

I spoke to my friend Amit in the UK right before I recorded it. I was pretty pent up after our conversation. He’s having some stress with his parents. Pretty familiar story. Still made me sad.

Then to the pharmacy to pick up meds for Jesse.
Went to Walmart to do the grocery shopping. Mainly went to pick up a new battery for Kathy’s blood sugar machine.
Seems like mainly fruit, salad and cereal. Pretty much all I eat.

Went by my treasurer Jon Paul’s house to turn in the financial report that Ashley does.
Jon came to my house right before I went for a bike ride. GREAT to talk with him.

Spent a couple of hours working on my Patreon page. Patreon is a program where people can sponsor you to receive your work. I will be doing special editions of Verbal Surgery including short videos and some coaching for a fee every month.


I still need to decide how much to charge and finish a couple of sections of the site.
At this point in my life, I need to monetize everything I do to some degree. I love what I do, might as well get paid for it. Today I record what will be episode -497-. Incredible.

Over 50 countries have downloaded my podcasts.

Top countries? USA, China, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Russia, Ireland, France, Spain, Iran, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, S. Africa, Taiwan, India, Israel and Brazil!

Talked with my insurance man about health insurance for 2018. My policy will end after this year since BCBS will no longer offer ACA programs in GA.

Went for a 15.44 mile bike ride.
Felt good.

Been watching Jack Whitehall and Travels with My Father on Netflix. Pretty funny.

Admin duties now.

Looking forward to a team tomorrow in Clarkston!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Podcast! APJK! Mission!

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:48 pm  

Mais portugues hoje! Certo!

Released a new podcast this morning! Although Verbal Surgery -490- “Bag of Doom” sounds like one big downer, it’s actually quite uplifting! Just click on the title and GROOVE!
Uploaded to server.

Link on fFacebook.

Recorded a new edition of Verbal Surgery this morning! Called “ValYOU” Another winner for the books!
Enjoyed having my WHOLE family together this morning! Just gets better.

Went to the mission to work with the kids. Went early so I could watch Penelope while Ashley and Miles went to the doctor to check on the baby’s progress! Everly will be here soon! But not today!
Penelope loves sitting on this little black bulldog.
I think it’s terrific when kids help the younger kids. Way to go Juan!
On the way back and forth to Chamblee (which takes about an hour and a half) I work on Portuguese. I’m trying something different these days. I set the playback to 75% speed (which is not really much slower) and then try and repeat every sentence they say at full speed. It’s been a challenge and also helps my comprehension.

It’s also amazing how much better my Spanish gets after studying her sister language! Double blessings!

Got home from the mission too late to ride my bike. Looking forward to some longer rides soon.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Portuguese! Podcast! Physical Therapy! Mission! Meet Up!

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:19 pm  

Eu estudo Portugues hoje!

Minha vida e uma aventura!

Muitas dias!

Recorded a new podcast! A surprisingly upbeat edition called “Bag of Doom!” It’ll release tomorrow!

I have seven “in the can” right now. My goal was six extra to cover my time in the UK.
I mainly record a lot when I’m super stressed out or depressed.
Makes me feel better!

Took Kathy to her first day of physical therapy. I’m optimistic that it will help her.

They did an evaluation of range of movement.


The kicking her leg forward hurt the worst.

Then she taught Kathy a couple of exercises.

Got home and after a quick lunch went for a bike ride.

I saw this copperhead in the road.

It reminded me of a joke I saw. What is the definition of the emergency vehicle that picks up people after they’ve been run over by a steamroller?

A flatulance. Ark, ark, ark.

Short bike ride. I wanted to go at least 30 minutes. My goal is 150 minutes a week. I usually go way over that.

Got hot again today.
Later, my car said it was 94 degrees! Ouch!

Room full of kids!

I’ve been continuing my “curb side service” so I can help the children and watch Penelope.

She always wants “OUTSIDE!” That’s where all her friends are.

She loves playing in the dirt.

The kids spent a lot of time pushing each other around in the various vehicles. Of course Penelope starts all the activities! She’s the team leader and she’s not even TWO!

She’ll say, “MINE!” and the kids just give in. Hilarious really.

The maintenance guys put in the new accordian door to close off the front room from the rest of the house. Gives Miles more privacy.

Ashley added a Pay Pal button to a post on Facebook this afternoon. We had $179 donated in just a couple of hours. AMEN!

Went to a meet up this evening in Little 5 Points. Didn’t work out. I thought it might be a good place to meet people to talk about my hypnosis practice. Just wasn’t what I was expecting. Only way to find out is to go!

Spent good evening with Kathy when I got home talking about her PT work that day.

Admin duties now.

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