Whirlwind Missions

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Westside! Cherry Trees! Yard Work! 3.31.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:22 pm  

Brain Training!

Studied Spanish!

Hebrew! Just doing it on the Sabbath has really helped me remember all the letters.

Westside BC!

Pastor Ben spoke on the importance of Calvary. Amen! When I was in Israel, I wanted to go see Golgotha, the place of the skull. Wasn’t allowed to. It’s now a Muslim cemetery.

Planted my two cherry blossom trees. It was hard work. Digging the holes!

Quite a lot of rocks.


I filled the hole with high quality garden soil.

My procedure was add soil. Water it and tamp it down with my hand. Then add another layer. That keeps air from getting trapped in the soil. At least that how my Mom taught me to do it!

Then I cover it with the soil from the hole. I try to build a small area around it to hold water.

Then I rake the rest of it evenly in the yard and take out the rocks and weeds.

And water it down thoroughly to even it out.

Very happy with the new additions! I planted them further back from the road than I did with the Pink Magnolias and Gardenias. They need more space. Don’t want them crowding into the road.

My azaleas have been spectacular this year.

While I had the hose out, I washed the pollen off the side of the house and in the garage area.

Part of the challenge was to stretch my hose all the way and twist it so that it lays flat again. It gets kinks otherwise.

Also rinsed off the pollen from the driveway.

Scrubbed the garage floor once I rinsed it out.

Ton of pollen.

Looks great! I’ll work on the first mowing of the season this week. Mulching those leaves will reduce them to soil soon.

Then got my Gorilla Cart out and hauled sticks and big limbs to my recycling area in my back yard.

Lots of movement!

Over 3.5 hours in all.

These old shoes will be retired soon as I get new ones and the ones I wear now will become my work shoes.

Admin duties now.

Since starting the Sleep Cycle app, one thing I’ve noticed is that no matter when I go to sleep, I still wake up around 8:00 am. I may doze after that but not always likely. So in order to really get the rest I need, I should go to sleep earlier, like 10:30pm at the latest. I also found that it takes normally about thirty minutes for me to go sleep after I turn my lights out.

It’s all about learning!


Saturday, March 30, 2019

N. Gwinnett Church! BHFM! Missions! 3.30.19 Bike! Tree!

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:17 pm  

Practiced Brain Training this morning.

Had a great time with our team from N. Gwinnett Church! Love those guys! “Launch yourself!”

On Safari to the Buford Highway Farmers Market!

Then to Cumberland Court and New Peachtree apartments!

Never too much Ashley! We missed the girls but gave me more Daddy/Daughter time! Woot!

Besides checking on the teams, we also cleaned up all our gear from the Fellowship Hall as well as checked on new tires for her truck. We’ll plan on getting those on Monday.

Came home and gassed up Kathy’s truck. It was super low on oil, not even on the stick! Added more in a hurry.

Gas has gone up a lot recently.

We are getting Kathy’s bike set up for Jesse to ride. It’s a really nice bike. I think he’ll enjoy riding it.

The new poem I’m working on.

I made a copy of it and study while I’m riding. Did 10.44 miles today.

I’m in good shape. It actually gets kind of hard to keep my heart rate over 110bpm.

Lots of beauty to see!

As I was looking at where I want to plant the Cherry Blossom tree, I decided to get one more! Here are some of the full grown ones in my neighborhood.

After riding, I got the groceries. I wonder if you don’t stink when you wear these clothes?

My little tree enjoyed the drive! I’ll plant the two new additions to my yard tomorrow.

Admin duties now.

I will edit the video I shot next! Busy day!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Podcast! Girls! Cherry Tree! 3.29.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:27 pm  

I’m getting back in the habit of practicing brain training in the morning and in the evening. Helps me be more focused and calm.

I don’t always do as well as I’d like, but that’s why I practice!

But going from my normal extra-exuberant self to dead calm is a skill worth developing.
I also continue to study Spanish.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -648- “Line in the AND”

How you describe yourself changes you! Click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook!

I just now put the link on my Twitter feed. Something I’ve never done before! The Mac makes it easy to do. Just a matter of organizing and creating a habit of doing it.

I’m also ramping up my email lists. I got a clear word from the Lord about all the work I’d done collecting and putting those lists together. “Son, you’ve done all the mining, it’s time to start getting the jewels.” It’s true. I worked so hard collecting those email addresses and then did basically nothing with them. That is going to change!

Had a fabulous time with the Grand-girls! Lunch at Taco Veloz.

Penelope was getting a little too enthusiastic painting her face with ketchup. LOL.

Next stop was Walmart for some new shoes for Penelope. While I was there, we checked out the flowering trees. I’ve really loved my Pink Magnolias! I got three of them a couple of years ago. I picked up a Flowering Cherry tree today! Even as I’m looking at this I may go back and get another one tomorrow. They are just SO beautiful! And the others I planted, including the Gardenias have really brought be tremendous happiness. For $29 I think that’s super cheap.

We had fun with the sprinkler on my back deck. I liked this shot of the sun through the trees.

I let them take a hot bath to warm back up! Then outside for some swinging and fruit, or what I call, “Food by God.”

Then to the Doggie Park!

I pushed them several hundred times and then handed them over to Miles’ dad, Jim! He’s a terrific guy and the girls love him. But, not as much as me! I have to be kind of tricky when I leave or Everly will throw a huge fit and try to break my heart. She gets really upset even if Ashley is there! But if she’s being swung, she’s so happy she doesn’t notice my disappearance. I even kind of snuck through he bushes to ensure it. I’m so crazy sometimes. Ok, most of the time.
Tim Ferris has a great blog that I enjoy. Here’s a part of it.

Admin duties now and to sleep very soon.

I have a new app called Sleep Cycle which tracks my sleeping. I’m interested in getting a data base of it going. I invested a few dollars a month to upgrade it so now it talks with my Runkeeper app. I want to see the correlation between exercise and deep sleep. It also tracks snoring. I snored for about five minutes last night. It even records it to let me listen. Wild.

I’m looking forward to my team tomorrow. Just reviewed the names with the pictures. All this memorizing that I’m doing is making be better and better at it. I just glanced at the twenty names and almost got them all the second time around. Wow.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Bank! Podcast! Bike! Mission! 3.28.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:43 pm  

I finished setting up my new savings account! I put almost all the money I got from the government after paying off my credit card bill into that account.

I continue to study Spanish daily.

Verified that our kids at the mission have next week off. We’ll still be doing some things over there during the holidays.

Last night, I set up my Apple Health account.

Also put all my health related apps to talk to that one location. That includes my blood pressure app, Runkeeper, and Muse for brain training. I also added a new app that will monitor my sleep cycles. I tried it last night but it didn’t work. I’m going to use the accelerometer rather than the microphone this evening.
Here is my resting heart beat this morning.

Brain training.

Reading Atomic Habits.

I’m always looking for new Bible Verses that strike me to memorize. I had TWO this morning from my One Year Bible (which I’ve read thirty times!)

I recorded a new podcast of Verbal Surgery called, “The Big Want.”
Then talked with my buddy, Anthony Jacquin who currently is in Brazil.

During our chat, he mentioned another friend of ours Michelange, who I also had a great discussion with. He lives in Paris! Love this technology!

Rode my bike 8.44 miles.

Fantastic weather. I call it “Nakuru weather” from when I used to live in the Rift Valley of Kenya.
My azaleas are gorgeous!

Since getting all my health related apps talking with each other now via Apple Health, I’ve started taking more data.
This is my heart rate after climbing the steepest hill on my route.

After biking, showering and eating some fruit, I headed to FBC Doraville to check our mail.

It was so nice outside that I moved the chairs and table to help the kids.

I enjoyed supper with the girls at Taco Veloz after working with the kids. They make me SO HAPPY!

Listened to Spanish radio on the way home.

Did some research for Kathy about a new lung doctor to go to who is on our insurance list.
Also created two email campaigns for the nearly 1,000 people on our list who have worked with us during the Summers. There were more people, but that limit keeps us using the Mail Chimp app for free.

I created another campaign to go out to the Youth Directors who have worked with us in the last several years.

Busy and productive evening. As most of them are!

Admin duties now.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Podcast! Bike! Mission! Newsletters! 3.27.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:56 pm  

Read more of Atomic Habits. Good stuff!


Practiced brain training!

Another app I use called “Muse Monitor” actually gives real time visual feedback on each of the major brain wave types. Incredible.

I got my tax return money from the government today. Set up a savings account to store that money in a place that will be harder to spend!

Working with my friends Fred and Jouvens to get them connected in Haiti. They both will benefit from knowing each other!

Went to the Post Office to get stamps for the newsletter.

Later this afternoon, I taught the kids what these birds are called.

Most of you will know the Cardinal and the Blue Jay. Know the other two? Top left is the Carolina Chickadee and the bottom left is the Red Bellied Woodpecker. (I know it has a red head! But the Red Headed Woodpecker’s head is ENTIRELY red!)

Went to Walmart for groceries.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called, “Bad Views.”

Talked to my buddy Anthony who is currently in Brazil.

We are setting up ways for people to donate to Whirlwind Missions. Ashley had Pay Pal ready to go. Today she also figured out Venmo, which is apparently another really big way people transfer money to each other. I’m working on releasing emails regularly to our list of followers which is over 700 people!

Went for a 6.81 mile bike ride.

Absolutely gorgeous azaleas this year!

I have an app on my phone that can measure heart rate. It’s pretty good. Still figuring it out.

After getting home and taking a shower, I called my buddy Marcus and talked to him on the way to the mission.

Also listened to radio from Madrid, Spain. It’s my default listening tool for Spanish. I continue to improve!

Absolutely light-speed Spanish.
Went by the church to check on the mail and pick up our newsletters. We are back to doing two duplex pages. The church has a contract with the photocopy company and never use their b/w copies. So I figured, why not?

The kids helped us work on labeling and getting the newsletters ready to mail.

I let Penelope help me for the first time today. She did pretty well!
Got them in the mail!

After getting the homework done, we then chow down on donuts!

Then dancing time!

Working on other projects this evening including the email to the supporter group. I plan on doing a weekly version of that. If you’re interested in getting that, email me at whirlwindtim@gmail.com.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Podcast! Bike! Anthony! Azalea! Horses! Bill! 3.26.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:39 pm  

Studied Espanol. It’s a way of life. Habitual learning = life-long growth.

Brain training. My best yet. I did five minutes. Then did this five minutes.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -647- “What is the Future?”

What we tell ourselves will happen is a total fiction! Click on the title and GROOVE!

Put the episode on my server.

Link on Facebook.

My Azaleas are looking beautiful!

I recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Coming Unplugged” then had a nice chat with my buddy, Anthony.

Prayed for the people that I talked with last Sunday and invited to church.

I biked 9.08 miles this afternoon before going to the mission.

I went through all my memory verses as well as poetry. Then listened to Spanish radio from Madrid.

I listened to Tito Ruiz’ sermon called “Son of God” in Spanish/English on the way to Azalea. I was actually there that Sunday with one of our teams!

I helped the kids with their homework then went outside to play with them as we waited for the horses to arrive!

They brought the full-size horses today!

Unbridled Joy has been a fantastic partner. Ashley loves working there!

Fancy bows!

Big hit!

Then had a fun supper with my brother-in-law Bill Doverspike. He’s one of my favorite people and part of this year’s Contact Resolution. We ate at Taco Veloz along with our special guest, Penelope!

Then went on Safari to China Town.

Listened to more radio from Madrid on the way home.

Admin duties now.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Chip! Girls! Azalea! 3.25.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:44 pm  

Read Atomic Habits.

Heard of the Big Five? It was an interesting test to take.

Studied Spanish.

Brain training.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called, “Five More Minutes.” It’s a good one! While I was at the lake, a gust of wind released a giant cloud of pollen. Wow!

I had lunch with my good friend Chip Sweeney today. We go back to the very beginnings of my ministry here in the ATL. That’s when I worked for the Chamblee Doraville Ministry Center, before there even was a Whirlwind Missions!

Went by FBC Doraville to pick up the mail and deliver my part of the monthly newsletter.

I watched the girls while Ashley did some office work. Always a blessing! We enjoyed the “Airplane Park” today.

It got a little chilly. The only extra cover I had was a big t-shirt.


The grand girls and I went to Walmart to pick up some treats. I also got some extra keys made.

They wanted to try the little buggy.

Helped the kids at the mission with their homework.

Everly didn’t know I was taking a picture in the last shot! This one is more like her!

She’s showing you her M&M.

POURED down rain! YOW!

Penelope loves her new umbrella!

Cleaned and returned one of the coolers to our storage closet.

Also put in Ashley’s piece of the newsletter. It’s good!
Listened to Spanish radio on the way home and practiced my poetry.

Gassed up the car. Prices keep bouncing up and down. Weird.

You can see the pollen!
Worked on and released my first email to our big list of potential youth groups. Not bad for a first try!

Not sure why it says, (copy 1). Oh, well. Like I said, it’s a learning experience.

Admin duties now.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Westside Outreach! Bike! Ann/Bob! 3.24.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:52 pm  

Studied Spanish.

Practiced brain wave control with the Muse.

I had a chat with Jouvens in Haiti about Fred Sorrells. Gave him some contact information.

Also talked with Jesse about taxes.

Went to Westside this morning.

As a church, we went out to knock on doors and invite people to our Easter service and free lunch on the 21st. I was uncomfortable with that strategy. I always prefer a neutral location to knocking on someone’s door. So I went to Walmart instead. I also think just handing out a little card that looks like a ticket is better than handing out literature. Mainly because it looks too much like Jehovah’s Witness to me. I told our Pastor I only do what I’m comfortable doing, and what I personally wouldn’t mind someone doing to me.

My goal was twenty people. I worked for about 1.5 hours and contacted and invited 68 people, which I thought was pretty good.

I basically did more than the rest of the church combined. I wasn’t surprised by that.
A friend of Jesse’s gave us a Roomba. It’s been very efficient. Somehow it lost its front wheel. I got spares today.

Came home to eat some fruit. Then went out for a 9.52 mile bike ride.

Gorgeous day!

I took a break from my ride and went over to Bob and Ann Mitchell’s house for their big 40th Anniversary Party!

Bob has cancer. The pictures I’m showing here are old. It was sad to see him in bad shape. Father, help heal him!

After about an hour or so, I got back on my bike.


Listened to Spanish Radio for the last part of my ride.

So beautiful!

Watered my indoor garden

After my shower, I cleaned my fish tank.
Also looked into the the donations given through the North American Mission Board.

I’ll be starting on my newsletter article as well us updating donor addresses this evening.

Admin duties now.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Bike! Grandgirls! Captain Marvel! 3.22-23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:51 pm  

Whenever I watch the grand girls it always seems like one long day. So the blog reflects that!

Friday, I practiced with the Muse.

Studied Spanish.

Although I’ve gotten all the categories to Level One, I’m now working through them all into Level Two. Duolingo added about forty categories as well as going through the 4th level. When you get to the higher levels there are also more sections in each. Working 15 minutes a day will probably take years to completely master. There are 109 categories in all! I have quite a few of them at level three. Those were the original categories. Spanish is one of the most popular of the languages Duolingo teaches.

Released Verbal Surgery -646- “Slippery Friction.”

Progress! Click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook.

Practiced my Hebrew letters. I’ve been doing that every Sabbath.

The Azaleas are looking like they are ready to pop!

Recorded “Trust in the Wind.” It’s a new favorite. I’m about six weeks ahead for releasing new episodes.

Went for a 15.84 mile bike ride.

Gorgeous Spring day!

Once I got home, I put some new screws into our mail box. It was getting kind of wobbly.

I picked up the girls from Miles and Ashley at Northlake Mall, which is a good half way spot. We walked around the fair there and had supper at Chic-fil-a.

Went to watch Ashley play baseball at Kelley Cofer Park. Her game started later than we thought, so I went on home with the girls.

We were just in time to see the ISS fly over head when we got home!

It marked my 45th sighting!

It’s always a great time to spend the night with the girls! They are such a huge blessing and are only getting better. SO glad that Penelope was feeling better!

We went to sleep about 10:30 pm. They woke up several times during the night, but we slept in until about 9:30 am. So I consider that really good!

Saturday morning!

Penelope ate really well. Especially the egg and cheese.

We spent about three hours at the park. Everly loves to swing!

One of the families was having a birthday party. Penelope always expects cake! I had to explain to them my predicament that even if we weren’t invited she expects a treat. They shared their cupcakes. P wasn’t particularly impressed. She’s so funny sometimes.
“I know they have cake, PopPop!”
“Baby, I’m telling you, all they had was cupcakes and cut apples and some grapes.”
She couldn’t believe they had a birthday, and sang the birthday song without cake.
They really only eat the icing anyway.

Everly couldn’t ask, but she could hold out her hand and look sweet. Pretty much always works.

Lots of fun stuff to play with.

Cool planes today. Awesome contrails. Atmosphere has to be perfect to see two perfect contrails.

Set of fighter jets!

We came home from the park and played with Playdoh until Dad got there.

After the grandgirls were gone, I studied Spanish.

Had a nap.

J and I went to see Captain Marvel. We both really liked it.

Thanos is in for some serious trouble now!
Picked up some groceries.

Came home to put them up and catch up on admin duties.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bill! Bike! Batting! Mission! 3.21.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:16 pm  

I studied Espanol around 3:30am. Didn’t sleep that great last night.

Called Bill Cordrey this morning. He’s the President of the Board for Whirlwind Missions. He is one of the Pastors at Rockbridge BC. He certainly helped me feel better. Sometimes I just need someone to talk with. I need that a lot, but normally just do that with a tape deck.

I’m trying to get back into having some quiet time with the Muse. Helps me to quieten my brain.

Biked 10.44 miles. It was very windy and kind of chilly.

I ordered a bike seat for Kathy’s bike which Jesse is going to start using. We are getting it tweaked up and ready to go. I took the seat over for them to install when they do the rest of the stuff.

It’s one of the few bike shops left. They are super busy right now tuning up a lot of bikes.

Deposited checks. Thank you, Lord!

Called Mr. Richard to check on getting some new tires on Ashley’s truck.

We distributed the fruit bags that I got from Rockbridge Baptist Church last night. They were very popular!

We gave Ashley some more batting practice today. Her first game is Friday night!

Flower girl!

Reading Atomic Habits.

I sent a small gift to one of our supporters in Mississippi–he’s a fan of Major Grey’s Chutney. Doubt they have that anywhere in the whole state!
Admin duties now.

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