Whirlwind Missions

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Candy Throw! TX Prep! Mission! 10.31.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:21 pm  

Studied languages. Making real progress. I can especially tell when I’m listening to Radio Garden from Spain at full speed.

Got the Muse out to do some brain training this morning. I’m going to start doing it again for at least 5 minutes a day.

This borders on overkill, right?

Neighborhood geese out for a stroll. They often block traffic and everyone just chills. Groovy.

Recorded a new podcast. I shoot for two a week. “Flex Tape” is a great episode.

Went to Walmart to get candy for the kids. Spent $80. Glad I did, we had a LOT of kids (and parents!) this evening.

Got checked in for my flight to Austin tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing my people and going to Waco to do the NoZe Brotherhood thing.

Besides my normal language study, I realized that I can translate ANY text into the original Hebrew (or GREEK!) with apps I have on my phone. They give a pronunciation guide! I already have 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 roughed in. I know all the words in Hebrew now. I work on smoothness of execution and making sure I know what every word means in English next. It will become part of my regularly quoted material. After I’ve said it a few hundred times it gets really easy!

Dropped off materials we used on Sunday at the church. I’d left some extra stuff in Ashley’s car, which isn’t good with the girls!

Had a great group of kids join in on the Great Candy Throw! This was just some of them!

The parents didn’t get in the picture, but believe me, they were heavily involved. LOL!
Penelope hanging out.

LOVE my girls!

It’s such a blessing to see them regularly!
Some of the kids didn’t get as much candy. You have to be aggressive! Elver shared his. I appreciated his attitude.

Got gas on the way home. Speedway is a new place and has the lowest prices in the ATL that I’ve seen.

Put the final touches on packing. Did a weigh in. Under 40 pounds, although I’ll add bathroom stuff tomorrow which includes my One Year Bible. Not much more weight. I’ll return at least 10 pounds lighter when I leave gifts!

Perhaps the biggest change for my packing includes my “new” laptop! This is the first time that my office is fully portable in over a decade. I’m so glad that Jesse was able to work his magic on Ashley’s old laptop. Apple said it would cost around $800 plus to fix. Their geniuses aren’t as smart as my genius! Jesse FTW!

The only thing I do with my old PC is the newsletter and my twitter feed. I use a mouse for that stuff. Everything else has been transitioned to my Mac Air. I just use a touch pad on my Mac. Maybe one day I’ll do that stuff on it, too.

Admin duties now.

Looking forward to my trip.

I’ll work on more language stuff this evening before I crash.

I’ll shoot for heading to Ashley’s house around 10:00 am. I normally like to be at least 2 hours early. Plus, it’ll take an hour to get to the airport from Chamblee. I’ll save at least $50 on parking by not driving my car there. No big deal for a two hour train ride back and forth which will cost me $5.00.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Podcast! Mission! Newsletters! Shirt! 10.30.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:04 pm  

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -605- “Manner Your Mind.”

Organize your brain and feel good, NOW! Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Studied languages last night and early this morning.

I listen to Radio Garden and take notes of words I’m not sure of.

Different keyboards.

Different apps.

Good ol’ dry erase boards.

Got groceries at Walmart. I like the sound of these.

While I was outside cleaning the bird feeders, I noticed this branch that had fallen with polypores and lichen. Beauty.

Organized my annual physical for Jesse and me.

Decided to go back to drinking and making coffee rather than tea. Been about six months.

Why pay QT? Plus it keeps me away from ice cream temptation.

Started research for who might help us with our newsletter, if the new guy at the Atlanta Baptist Association doesn’t want to help us. Mountain Park fBC has been a big supporters of ours over the years.

Stopped at the AMBA office to pick up the newsletters and talk with my friend Joel Harrison who is retiring at the end of the year. He’ll help me make a transition with the new director so I can ask him about supporting our ministry through printing the newsletter. That made me feel good.

Went to FBC Doraville to pick up the mail.

The kids at the mission helped me stuff the envelopes so I could get them in the mail.

Enjoyed working at the mission. LOVE my girls!

Everly is getting more beautiful every day. Penelope was sleeping for most of my mission time.

I asked the kids, “Serious question. Are you dressing up for halloween?”
If they said, “Yes.” Then I’d ask them, “Are you coming as Mr. Tim?”
They’d stare at me and then say, “No.” And I’d laugh and laugh. One kid said she was considering it. LOL. I crack myself up.

I took the girls out to eat at Taco Veloz after we finished the homework time.

It was a beautiful sunset this evening. Penelope said, “Let’s sit here and watch it.” She’s so awesome.

I got a cool electric shirt, but it was too small for Americans. The made in China stuff tends to be that way. So I transferred the electronics and velcro to another shirt.

Included a little pocket for the charger.

I thought that project would take about 15 minutes. Closer to an hour. But turned out really cool. It’s sound activated. Lights up when it’s loud. It’ll light up a LOT around me!

Paid bills. Glad it’s cooling off. AC bill was crazy this year.

Packing for Texas.

Admin duties now. Then more language work.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Carl! Shopping! Mission! 10.29.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:59 pm  

Studied languages this morning.

Full sun moon. My Indian name.

Had a fun lunch with my buddy, Carl Barrington. Can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of us!

Studied Spanish radio with Radio Garden. I take down and translate phrases I’m not sure about.

Went to the US Post to pick up stamps for the newsletters.

Walmart for small envelopes.

Brought my ficus tree inside. Getting cold!

Supplies back to our closet at the church.

To the Maomi book store to pick up a brush and calligraphy paper for a friend studying Chinese.

Picked up doughnuts for the kids.

Mailed the package to my buddy.

Went to the mission to help the kids. Love hanging out with my girls!


Jesse came to help!

The kids helped me put the labels on the envelopes, then I gave them doughnuts!

Dropped off stuff from Ashley’s to SVDP. Great ministry!

Listened to more radio on the way home.
Posted a new episode of Verbal Surgery.
More language and admin duties now.
Update the newsletter donor list.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

One Heart! Fish! Plants! 10.28.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:35 pm  

Had nearly 1.5″ of rain recently.

Ashley, the girls, Kathy and I went to One Heart church this morning!

I liked this stained glass.

We talked to the Young Adults class. Fun group!

Great to have the kids with us at church.

I liked the theme.

We always get a warm reception from the pastors!

Wore Everly out. So beautiful. So glad Kathy decided to come. She’s always a big help!

They had a lunch for us. The kids helped serve, then sang.

Dropped Kathy back home, then went to the retirement party for our friend Joel Harrison at Smokerise Baptist Church.

He’s been a big supporter of ours with the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association. They have printed our newsletters (in full color) for years. THANKS!

Watered my plants. I’ve moved all my plants indoors now.

Cleaned my fish tank.

Studied languages. I think I’m proudest of the progress I’m making in Hebrew. It’s definitely the hardest. I use Duolingo, ClozeMaster, WriteIt!, Quizlet, Radio Garden, as well as a good ol’ dry erase marker board!

Super glued my glasses again. They look kind of sloppy but work just fine.

Enjoyed playing Spider-Man.

Admin duties now.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Girls to Goodwill! Setup! 10.26.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:58 pm  

Studied languages!

Great to have the girls come for a visit.

Everly was crashed when she came over.

We had fun at Goodwill, which is our favorite rainy day option. Super chill place with lots of fun stuff to play with.

I’m always looking for drums for our Golden Box of Jams for the teams.

I liked this sculpture.

Everly liked my coffee cup. She spent a lot of time sniffing it.

There were only a couple of drops left in it.
She thought this mask was fun.

After I took the girls home, I went to FBC Doraville to set up for The Show. We have a small group of ladies who are coming to go on Safari with us.

Got gas on the way home. Pretty cheap at this place in Lawrenceville.

I listened to Radio Garden from Spain and went through all my memory verses including my new piece from 1Chronicles 29:10-13 in Hebrew.

Admin duties now. Then more language study.

I’ll try to go to sleep early in anticipation of the team tomorrow. Even earlier wake up on Sunday, when we have another missions conference to go to at One Heart Church.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Girls! Mission! 10.25.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:22 pm  

Studied languages this morning. Surprised?

The girls came over to visit. Everly wanted to make sure I had all the shoes I needed. By the time she was finished, I had a pile of them!

Such a blessing!

Ashley had some boxes waiting for her, including Penelope’s hot dog halloween outfit!

Went to the church to check the mail.

Beautiful leaves already!

Helped the kids at the mission.

Dividing decimals by whole numbers. Using models.

I listen to Radio Garden on the way home. I focus on a talk radio station in Spain called Cardena SER.

Today, I took down some phrases I wasn’t sure about.

Deposited checks on the way home.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery! Yeah, baby! With all that’s going on in the world, it’s good to keep a level head. Focus with Verbal Surgery -604-

“Mellow Drama”

Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook.

Got more dry erase markers to help at the mission. Kids love them! Me, too!

Admin duties now.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Languages! Jesse’s Birthday! 10.24.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:56 pm  

I stay up late working on Hebrew and listening to Spanish radio. This is Hebrew for welcoming someone to your home.

Worked on Duolingo Spanish/Swahili/Hebrew today.

Jesse’s birthday today! GREAT to spend time with him!

Good birthday cake, too! Tiramisu!

Focusing on Hebrew letters and their “vowels” called Nikud.

As if it wasn’t hard enough!
I try to use the material aimed for kids.

Several of the letters change their sounds depending on the nikud.

Or if they’re at the end of the word.

I’m getting close to beating the Spider-man game. It’s been a lot of fun. Way better than I was anticipating. I’ve been playing only Star Wars for over two years.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sickish! Languages! J! Vote! 10.23.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:10 pm  

Still not feeling great. Slept nearly 12 hours last night. Wow.

Studied languages this morning.

Practicing verb forms.

Ate lunch with Jesse. It’s his birthday tomorrow!

Then did the early voting thing. Total time was about 15 minutes!

I like that it’s in Spanish as well.

I normally meet with my friend Carl Barrington today. Cancelled that meeting as well as the mission. I don’t like sick people being around me, why should I expose them?

Admin duties now.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sickish! Languages! Shopping! Podcast! 10.22.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:01 pm  

Had a hard time going to sleep last night. Not getting enough exercise, but feeling too weak to do it. Up till after 2am.

Still not feeling great. Maybe a tad better. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Rested all weekend. Decided I’d give myself one more day and see how I feel.

Studied Spanish, Swahili and Hebrew this morning. I do about 15 minutes each. More on Hebrew memorizing scripture in the evenings and reviewing Spanish verbs in the evenings, too.

Got the groceries. I’m still enjoying my bags. They are way better than the plastic ones and better for the environment.

Recorded a new podcast late this afternoon. At least I look like I’m feeling well!

That always helps me feel better. The sun was fantastic shining through upper level stratus clouds. Creates a rainbow effect. It’s always the same distance from the sun. If you stretch out your arms and hold your hand out the distance from the sun from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your little finger is where the rainbow will be. I’ve seen it completely encircle the sun in the right conditions.

Played some Spider-man.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery-603- “Leisure Measure.”

Get more done and feel good, NOW! Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server.

Link on Facebook.

Put the files on my Mac.

I try to stay at least two weeks ahead. My goal is record twice each week. That way, if I don’t feel well or get too swamped, I have stuff in the can.

Admin duties now.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Better! Resting! Walk! J! 10.21.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:32 pm  

I’m feeling a little better today, but still actively resting!

Studied languages.

Hebrew is definitely the hardest. They all seem that way when I first start!

Got a new bluetooth speaker that runs on AC power. Sounds great. I use it for white noise and Radio Garden broadcasts with my iPhone.

Went for a short 1.41 mile walk with Kathy and Jesse. It was good to get out of the house.


Afterwards, K and I went to QT got treats and coffee. Then to the Dollar Tree to get birthday decorations for Jesse. We’ve been playing a lot of Spider-Man, so I got him that theme for birthday stuff. He got a kick out of it.

They didn’t have an 8 so I got him two 4s. I laughed and laughed.

Watched him play Spider-Man on my PS4. Fun!

Watered my plants. Always like to spend time with my green friends!

Admin duties now.

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