Whirlwind Missions

Monday, August 31, 2020

Anthony! Curry! Bike! 8.31.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:33 pm  

I studied Spanish this morning and did my brain training this evening.

The flowers continue to grow which is cool.

I had a good time at Stone Mountain. Had a great chat with my buddy Anthony.

I see this gaggle of geese that’s hanging out in our neighborhood now. That’s always fun.

I was in cooking curry mode. I was ready to get the potatoes going and I saw that they had gone bad. So I had to go by the grocery store and get some more.

Chopped them up, made the masala, and cooked the curry. It was excellent.

It was a hot day. I don’t recall many days where the humidity is 100% like it was earlier today. When I rode my bike, it only “felt like a sauna.”

I rode my bike 9.88 miles. It was a hard ride in that heat.

I saw this hornet on the pavement. I’ve never seen anything like it. I wondered if it was one of those murder hornets!

Rained about a half inch yesterday.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “ER.” It’s excellent.

Looking forward to having the grand girls with me tomorrow.

Tim A. Cummins
Timacummins@ Twitter & Facebook
VerbalSurgery.com. Podcasts

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Videos! Podcast! Bike! 8.30.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:06 pm  

One of the apps I use every day is called Sleep Cycle. It tracks the amount of sleep I get every night. It’s funny because it can be a placebo or a nocebo. If I sleep and it says I only got five hours of sleep it seems like I’ll immediately get tired! It’s rare for me to get 100% like I did last night.

I studied Spanish and did my brain training.

I also watched some of my telenovela in Spanish called La Reina del Sur.

I went to Stone Mountain to do some recording. Recorded a new podcast Verbal Surgery. “Ladder Truck” has some fun stories!

Also did a series of videos for friends as well as a promo video for a conference that I’ll be doing over the Internet for my Brazilian fans. Hundreds of people participate in that so it’s a lot of fun.

Had a good talk with Anthony and some friends of his and his family.

The flowers continue to grow. I wish the grandgirls could see them live but taking pictures is a good substitute.

I rode my bike 15.24 miles.

My weather app said it felt like 99°. Even on a bike it was hot and I sweated a lot.

I went through all of my scripture memory and poems that I know. It usually takes a little over an hour to do all that quotation.

I pumped my bike tires up before I left.

I had a dream last night about finding two baby copperhead snakes. I had the girls and some kids from school and I made sure they were safe. It was interesting because a possum was attacking the copperhead and eating it. Possums are immune to snake venom as long as the snake’s not super big. I saw a snake today on my ride that looked almost exactly like this one, but it’s not a copperhead.

The last few times I’ve ridden my bike I’ve seen photographs on the ground although most of them we’re upside down. Today, I flipped them over and took a series of pictures. It was interesting to see snap shots of someone’s life that for some reason had been discarded.

Beautiful clouds today.

I got home just as the rain started.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Podcast! Groceries! Bike! 8.29.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:12 pm  

Studied Spanish and did my brain training.

Read some Stoic material.

Ordered and picked up groceries.

The seeds that the girls and I planted started to sprout.

Had a good talk with my buddy Anthony.

Rode my bike 15.30 miles.

Listened to radio from Madrid.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery call “Pay Intention.” Productive day.

Tim A. Cummins
Timacummins@ Twitter & Facebook
VerbalSurgery.com. Podcasts

Friday, August 28, 2020

Grandgirls! Chores! Bike! 7.28.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:02 pm  

Rained nearly .5″ last night.

Have a good day with the grand girls! Fun to see Ashley this morning.

Picked them up at Global Mall.

Got some gas on the way home.

Vacuumed the house.

The girls helped me clean the birdfeeders and put fresh nectar out for the hummingbirds.

Broke my longest streak on Duolingo. I’m at 283 days today.

Flower seeds started to grow. Look forward to seeing how they’ll do.

Rode my bike 5.92 miles.

Listened to radio from Madrid and Harry Potter in Spanish. It’s sprinkled on me the entire way so I just had a short ride.

Tim A. Cummins
Timacummins@ Twitter & Facebook
VerbalSurgery.com. Podcasts

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Grandgirls! Stone Mountain! Mission! 8.27.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:57 pm  

Enjoyed watching a helicopter drop off a big container.

Picked up the grand girls at Global Mall and saw Ashley.

The girls are such good helpers. Penelope helped me mail a package.

Nothing sprouting in our flower seeds so far.

My gardenias are flowering. That’s always good.

I got the girls a set of Picasso Tiles. They’re enjoying making stuff with that.

Penelope helped me make breakfast. Grits and toast.

We stopped off at a construction site and I explained to them how they were building a parking garage by putting together these huge pieces of concrete. It was like those construction tiles.

We went to Stone Mountain today. We put some pennies on the railroad ties.

Walked about a third of the way up.

Had a break and enjoyed the beautiful weather and ate some chocolate chip cookies that we made. We walked about a mile in all.

Penelope enjoyed showing me some of the toys that she made from the new construction set.

On the way to the mission the traffic was bad. We were first one in line that got stopped so had a good view at the tow truck hauling the car out of the ditch.

Penelope helped me get the envelopes ready to mail. She is an excellent helper.

Had a big group of kids and adults who needed help at the mission. I’m being very strict about everyone wearing masks. They’re not really used to doing that. It’s a struggle at times.

Today I tied my all-time record on Duolingo of 282 days straight.

The last time I got that I was two years ago when I was studying Portuguese. I was actually in Rio de Janeiro in the streak broke. That was because the Wi-Fi field in the house that we were staying at went out.

I am speaking Spanish a lot at the mission. Several of the children and the parents speak little or no English so it’s good practice for me and makes me feel proud of the progress that I’ve made.

Got all the newsletters in the mail.

Studied Spanish this evening and did my brain training.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery today called, “To See or Not To See.”

It’s excellent.

Did my brain training.

Tim A. Cummins
Timacummins@ Twitter & Facebook
VerbalSurgery.com. Podcasts

It’s all about our perspective!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Grandgirls! Flowers! Workbooks! Mission After-School! 8.26.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:40 pm  

Met Ashley at Global Mall.

Great day with the grand girls!

We had our cooking class.

Planted our flower seeds.

Taught the girls how to use a pencil sharpener.

Spent time on the workbooks.

After our school day, I take them home and get them to take a nap.

We had our first day of the after school program at Azalea. Very different since it was all digital. Handed out masks and made sure everyone was super careful.

All our work will be outside.Not sure how everybody will handle it when it starts getting cold. We will do what we gotta do. Not going be inside with a bunch of kids. It’s just not safe.

Got groceries on the way home.

Also picked up and dropped off the second page for newsletters.

Did the last of the labels tonight. Will collate the newsletters tomorrow and get it in the mail.

Still need to do my brain training and study Spanish.

Rained over an inch yesterday.

Lots of mushrooms around!

Fantastic lichens.

Invited to speak at another major online Hypno conference in November. Should be fun!

Tim A. Cummins
Timacummins@ Twitter & Facebook
VerbalSurgery.com. Podcasts

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Grandgirls! Schoolwork! Mission Wifi! 8.25.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:59 pm  

I studied poetry on the way to pick up the grand girls. Some of the over forty pieces I know.

Met Ashley at Global Mall and got the girls.

We are preparing for a flower planting project.

We had fun with clay this morning. Penelope made a hammerhead shark.

We had some practice sorting by colors and counting.

They helped me clean the glass doors.

Got rid of some cobwebs around the house.

Did some workbook time. Penelope is a lefty. I’m doing research of things that can help her learn writing more easily.

For a treat we made chocolate chip cookies. They seemed to really enjoy those. The helped me in every aspect of cooking.

Listened to Marcus Aurelius.

Took them home and put them down for a nap.

Went around the mission to see how far the Wi-Fi would reach. We’re planning on doing the after school program outside.

Studied Spanish.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Insurance! Newsletter! Bike! 8.24.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:36 pm  

Studied Spanish and did my brain training.

Rainy day today.

I got the insurance claim started to see if they’ll help with repairing my roof. Hope that works out.

Went to Stone Mountain and had a good talk with my buddy Anthony in the UK.

I wrote my newsletter while at the mountain. Although my hand is a lot better and I can type better I still prefer using talk to text.

Went to the post office to get stamps.

I’m enjoying my new phone holder. It works a lot better than my old one.

I saw an interesting license plate looked like it was from Japan.

Rained over an inch and a half yesterday.

Rode my bike 8.75 miles.

Listened to Marcus Aurelius and to Harry Potter in Spanish.

Cut my ride short because it looked like I was going to get rained on.

Came home and produced my newsletter.

Worked on labeling the envelopes.

I ran out of ink so I wasn’t able to print the address labels. I’ll get those from Ashley tomorrow. Put an order in for more ink.

I started watching a new Telenovela called ”La Reina del Sur.” I’ve enjoyed it so far. Looks like a lot of it was shot in Spain.

Tim A. Cummins
Timacummins@ Twitter & Facebook
VerbalSurgery.com. Podcasts

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Podcast! Calls! Bike! 8.23.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:41 pm  

Studied Spanish and did my brain training.

Had a good talk with my brother-in-law Bill and my Mom today.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Riding the Breaks.” It’s a good one.

Listened to Marcus Aurelius.

Also listened to radio from Madrid.

Rode my bike 9.81 miles.


Listened to Harry Potter in Spanish as well as more radio from Madrid.

I didn’t ride as long as normal because I had a problem with my water bottle carrier and had to fix it again. So that gave me a late start.

Tim A. Cummins
Timacummins@ Twitter & Facebook
VerbalSurgery.com. Podcasts

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Grandgirls! Overnight! Bill! Bike! 8.21-22.20

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:52 pm  

Friday, I picked up the girls at Global Mall.

Enjoyed seeing Ashley.

On the way home, we got gasoline for the car.

I showed the girls the new workbooks I got them. I call them “Gamebooks.” They enjoyed working on those.

We had fun with play dough as well.

It was a rainy day.

Ordered groceries.

We went outside when it stopped raining to do bubbles.

Later that day, I worked on Everly‘s foot that got a little cut on it. Hydrogen peroxide plus antibiotic salve plus a Band-Aid plus a sock and she was OK.

Heavy thunderstorms through the ATL.

They went to sleep about 9:30. I actually has good night’s sleep last night which was shocking.

I liked this article.

Saturday morning I showed them what a sticker burr was. A lot of times I’ll call them a little sticker burr.

Also told them the story about when I used to do spearfishing in the river in Georgetown, Texas.

We worked some more on the letters, shapes and holding pencils. Penelope is making good progress on all that.

After that, I took them to the other set of grandparents to enjoy them.

I got a new holder for my phone for my car. I wore the other one out it was hard to get it to hold it in place.

Went to Rock Bridge Baptist Church.

Met up with the President of my board. He got some masks for us to use with the kids at the mission.

Also listened to Marcus Aurelius on the way home.

I got home and my little school seemed sad and empty.

Got the groceries. I’ve been cleaning them off with a bleach solution before I bought them in the house. Jesse and I discussed it and decided it really wasn’t worth the extra effort. The latest research has shown that the covid virus doesn’t stay on surfaces like they first were saying. Hard to contract like that.

I studied Spanish. I continue to make progress on that.

I rode my bike 15.25 miles.

Saw some interesting mushrooms because it’s been raining a lot.

Beautiful full sun crescent moon.

Interesting clouds.

Listened to Marcus Aurelius as well as to Radio for Madrid.

Also went over all the poetry that I know. Takes about an hour to quote.

Still need to do my brain training.

Tim A. Cummins
Timacummins@ Twitter & Facebook
VerbalSurgery.com. Podcasts

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