Whirlwind Missions

Monday, November 23, 2020

Podcast! Anthony! Mom! Avengers! 11.23.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:38 pm  

Woke up and saw a note from my buddy Anthony to give a PDF that he’d written the once over. I took care of it immediately.

I’m looking forward to checking these out.

Studied Spanish.

Heard back about my roof check. Amen.

Always trying to keep all the plans in order.

Still hard to believe the roof is done.

Having issues with my outside weather station. My base station is no longer talking to the outside sensor. I bought a new sensor and the base still does not see a signal. Double bummer.

Recorded an episode of Verbal Surgery called, “Sticky Remains.”

Weird how things will just pop into my mind.

I always have a case for my case.

The roots are buckling this asphalt.

Great talk with Anthony. Always a blessing.

Then with my Mom. Yeah, for that!

Beautiful day.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Grandgirls! Anthony! Yard Work! 11.22.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:16 pm  

The girls and I slept in till around 8:00 AM.

We did some school work. Letters and sounds.

I redid the bird feeders and baths. Raked sone leaves. Unkinked my water hose.

Made some potatoes and eggs for lunch.
Had a nice nap. Needed it. Had a lot of interrupted sleep.
Studied Spanish.

The roofers filled the dumper up. They did a nice job. I still need to get up top and shoot some final pictures.

Watered my inside garden. Lots more since the winter plants came in.

Had a great talk with my buddy Anthony.

Worked on eliminating some files on my Mac Air.

Cleaned my stairs.

Watching the Avengers Infinity War.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Grandgirls! Roof! Doggie Park! Stn Mtn Lights! 11.21.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:06 pm  

Studied Spanish!

Released Verbal Surgery “Seek and Hide.”

The men finished up my roof.

They put a new type of ridge on the roof.

They also replaced a board that another contractor had just patched up. I’ll come back and paint that soon.

We parked all the cars on the street.

Picked up the groceries.

Took the girls out for doughnuts. Sad to see this.

I took the girls to Stone Mountain but it was so crushingly crowded we didn’t stay. Penelope was super sad about it. I got the doughnuts at Dunkin Doughnuts then went to the Doggie Park.

They got pretty dirty.

Great examples of zipper clouds.

They had torn or moved this big house by the doggie park. That’s where the girls were playing in the dirt pile.

Beautiful sunset and nature.

Replaced the batteries in the girl’s toothbrushes.

After we got cleaned up, we went to Stone Mountain to see the lights. We just walk around the outside of the display.

I like to set my camera on long shutter exposure and move the camera while I’m taking the picture for some interesting effects.

The grandgirls spent the night with me last night. We finally went to sleep after reading at least ten books and telling stories around 9:30pm.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Grandgirls! Library! Roof Repair! 11.20.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:09 pm  

I’m having trouble uploading pictures from my iPhone to my Mac or to Smugmug. Not sure what the problem is. Finally got it working the next day.

I enjoyed having the grandgirls with me. Picked them up at Global Mall.

We went to the library to pick up more books.

Inside of a fire ant nest.

Then to the park nearby.

They are making great progress on my roof. They got the old shingles off. With the plywood bare it was easy to see where the branches had torn through the roof. They replaced all those areas with fresh plywood.

Put a new type of roof felt. Started putting the new shingles on. My guess is they’ll have everything done tomorrow.

I read the girls books that we’d just gotten, then had a nap with them for about an hour. They slept over two hours.

Miles came and got them. I’ll see them again tomorrow when they come over. We hope to have a big time at Stone Mountain tomorrow. Including the sky rail. Not sure if Penelope really wants to do that or not. We’ll see . . .

Ordered groceries.

Studied Spanish. 365 day streak!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Grandgirls! Cold Weather Gear! 11.19.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:09 pm  

Cold morning!

We did a recon of Global Mall seeing if perhaps the Shiv Mandir had moved to another spot in the mall. Alas, no. We still like to shoot pictures in front of their wall.

The trailer for dumping the shingles for our roof job came this morning.

It would be what we would call a “roof tearoff.”
The girls liked it.

Always great to see Ashley!

I pulled out the hats and gloves.

We came back to the mission around 4:30 PM.

Helped kids with their homework.

I teach them from scratch a lot.

Studied Spanish.

Always excitement in the air when spotting the International Space Station is afoot!

Deposited checks. Thank you, Lord. We need it.

Gassed up my car.

I’ve started getting in the habit of washing the windshield and checking the oil levels every time I get gas.

Went to my office to check the mail.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Grandgirls! Haircuts! Mission! 11.18.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:01 pm  

Cold this morning, although it warmed up nicely.

Got to Global Mall right at 8:01 AM.

Ashley wanted the Christmas tree we had stored. Gave it to her this morning.

Never too much Ashley. I really miss hanging out with her more.

Got the word from my roofer.

Set up an appointment to get the grandgirl’s hair cut.

Overall I thought it was a very positive experience.

They were enjoying playing a game where they had a menu and then would get the corresponding “dish.” It was very interesting.

Climbed up on the roof to get a sample of photos from the shingles.

My roofer wanted to know what color to get.
The dumper is expected to arrive at my house tomorrow. Then they’ll actually start roofing Friday.

I piled up leaves for the grandgirls.

Got to the Cookie Cutter place around 11:45 AM. They liked picking the car they rode in. I liked having the entire shop to ourselves and it being completely clean. She checked our temperatures before letting us stay.

We wore masks except for when they were getting their haircuts.

Her hair was a real mess.

We’re going to have to start braiding it most of the time. She actually wants short hair. I think that’s in part to Ashley cutting her hair. Ashley’s looks great!

It’s quite an endeavor to get it done. I think it was really worth the money to go where it’s a super kid friendly environment.

Xy did a great job with the girls. Penelope’s hair took some extra work to get untangled. She had to put a lot of product in the hair to get it to loose. Penelope never batted an eye. I think it was how Xy was holding her hair. Didn’t look like there was any pressure on Penelope’s scalp at all.

We picked up Thai food on the way home. Cashew Tofu and Sweet and Sour Chicken. They love the sweet chili sauce on the salad, too.

Studied Spanish.

I tried to get them to take a nap to no avail.

Went on back to the mission. I helped the kids and watched the girls on their bike and trike.

It’s a very rich environment.

She’s so beautiful. She deserves a nice haircut.

Mailed a package to my nephew and his wife who are expecting a baby.


Girls finished out the day digging.

Just released an episode of Verbal Surgery “Graveyard Circus.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Grandgirls! Leaves! Mission! ISS! Planets! 11.17.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:39 pm  

Cold day.

Made it to Global Mall in great time.

I liked this logo.

Always great to see Ashley!

Studied Spanish.

I’m still working very aggressively on the physical therapy for my hand. Not only do I do exercises, I also practice words that require a lot of dexterity in my little finger, which actually does a LOT in typing. So it ends up looking like this:

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The girls had a great time with the leaves.

I had a good study time with Penelope. The could read all these letters no problem.

She was doing great with the “at” words like bat, cat, fat, sat, rat . . .
That’s a really critical piece of knowledge.

Got them raking leaves, too.

They both have some great imaginations.

Penelope took a nap with me. She was out, baby.

Everly was about asleep when I put them in the car. I play this. It’s so soothing and sleep inducing.

Helped the kids with their homework. They were complaining about the cold. I told them to go get more clothes on. It’s a work in progress.

Penelope wrote this.


Saw the International Space Station for the 63rd time this evening.

I also saw three planets for sure and probably two others. Jupiter and Saturn were together. Mars was super red. Uranus and Neptune I think I saw but they’re so faint it’s hard for me to be certain.

Went by my office to check the mail.

This bulb in my lamp burned out.

It’s a weird size. Always a hassle to get a replacement.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Health Insurance! Jesse’s Car! 11.16.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 5:37 pm  

Studied Spanish.

Beautiful weather.

Jesse and I talked with our Health Insurance agent, Tim Deter. He’s great!

Took about an hour and a half to get everything squared away for our whole family.

We got a cheaper plan and will add to our HSA about $200/month to cover the gigantic deductible and out of pocket expenses for specialists if we need them.

We park Jesse’s car at Kathy’s sister’s house. Every month, I go by, jump it off and drive it for about twenty minutes.

We were stopped when I took the picture!

Sent a text to my roofer to see if we can get the work on my roof knocked out.

Sent him a picture so he could remember my place. I love all this technology!

Went to Walmart to pick up my groceries.

After using curbside service, going inside seems silly. Although I do go inside on special occasions, like buying shoes.
Jesse wants to paint her office. I went through my tools to make sure she has what she needs.

Ashley bent her car key last week. I figured out a way to fix it with a vice I have and two silver dollars. They’re not actually silver!

I tried glueing Kathy’s carpal tunnel wrist bands. Just doesn’t work.

My weather station is not functioning properly. I need a new outside sensor, which I ordered today.

Put the latest edition of Verbal Surgery on my Mac.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Calls! Podcast!

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:22 pm  

Studied Spanish.

Did my brain training.

Paid bills.

Ordered groceries.

Lovely day.

I had a fun talk with my buddy Joe Dickey. I shared this song with him and told him about the Pink Magnolia that had been cut down and made me so sad.

This breaks my heart.

I also told him he would like this band.

Joe is a real guitar guy. He wanted to see my SG. He remembered it from the old days when we used to jam.

Had a great talk with my best friend, Anthony Jacquin. Always interesting. We discussed a friend of his from Nigeria that he thought I could have a positive influence on. Paul quickly gave me a call after Anthony said he should speak to me.

I enjoyed my conversation with Paul very much.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Podcast! Blowing! 11.14.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:56 pm  

Last night, I did some algebra. I was surprised I couldn’t do better.

Had fun last night looking through some old pictures.

I like to do detailed inspection of the objects on my desk.

Clean teeth.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -807- “Instant Me.”

Beautiful day.

Listened to Harry Potter in Spanish.

Studied Spanish.

Recorded “Seek and Hide” and put it on my computer.

Did more algebra.

Checked my carnivorous plants outside. They are in a dormant mode now. I bring them in if it gets too low in the thirties.

I guess I was at the right spot.

Blew the driveway and the deck.

Had a great talk with my lifelong friend Joe Dickie last night. He lives in Austin and is helping take care of his 90 year old mother. We grew up together in Kenya. It’s rare I get to talk with people who know me from that long ago.

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