Whirlwind Missions

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Grandgirls! Bank! Podcast! 4.13.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:02 pm  

Start of my week with the grandgirls. What a blessing!

We stopped on the way home for some nature observations. Turtles on a log and a magnolia flower.

Studied Spanish.

The girls helped me pump up the tires on my Gorilla Cart. We stopped by Ingles on the way home to pick up some distilled water as well as fruits and vegetables. The water was heavy so I used my cart. I’m always teaching them something useful, like how tires and compressors work.

And how much easier it is to use a cart rather than carry stuff!

I let the kids pick out the pieces of corn that we cooked.

My tax guy told me I needed a couple of documents to finish my taxes. Still working on it. Called Ameriprise today.

My azaleas have been stunning this year.

Another beautiful day.

I finally got Everly to let me trim her toe nails. That was a job!

They know the Tooth Fairy. I told them there was also a Toe Nail Fairy that left money under their pillow after they got their nails cut. The Toe Nail Fairy cut their nails when they were asleep. Everly’s response? “I’m afraid of the Toe Nail Fairy.” I told her that I was the Toe Nail Fairy. She was like, “What?!” The stuff I make up.

I bought this beautiful miniature orchid today when we got the fruit and vegetables. So beautiful!

The girls enjoy playing with Playdough. I liked this little man by Penelope.

Went to the mission to check on the kids. Hardly any homework these days, especially since most of my kids are going to physical school two days a week. I still go by all their apartments and check on them and see how everyone is doing.

Then to my office to check on the mail and my Ficus. Such an outpouring of love financially for the situations we have been facing: especially Covid and the septic tank repair.

Deposited checks.

Had a good chat with my treasurer Jon Paul. He’s been having a rough time physically lately.

Also called my Mom to check on her.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Fact Axe.” So good.

My poison ivy has still been bad. I’ve changed strategies now and instead of Aloe Vera I’m using Calamine lotion. Seems to be more effective.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Calls! Yard Work! 4.12.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:14 pm  

Studied Spanish, although not quite as much as normal.

Beautiful weather.

Brain training.


Still suffering with this poison ivy. This evening I tried calamine lotion rather than the aloe vera. The rash seemed to be healing, but also spreading to other areas. That’s not zesty.

Paid bills.

Talked with my tax guy. I need to get a one document as well as answer a couple more questions related to giving and the stimulus payments.

I’m still drying out the carpet. Most of the house is complete. I did extra on the living room so it was a bit wetter than the rest of the house.

I made a LOT of calls today.

Talked with Paul about mission work and helping folks get a job.

My Mom is dealing with some high blood pressure issues. Had a good talk with her.

Talked to my buddy Dan about doing an interview with him on his new podcast as well as being interviewed for his new book. I had some ideas about doing podcasts that I hope he’ll take to heart.

Talked with Anthony. He’s grieving over the loss of a close friend who was only 36!

I had a series of calls with buddies from Africa and Baylor. Started with my good friend Rollin Hooper who I grew up with in Kenya. Also good chat with my friend Eucled Moore, another MK. And Bob Hearn who I played soccer with at Baylor and worked together with in Houston.

Also got in touch with Doug Smith and Joe Dickey, other life long friends. I hope to talk with them soon.

Spent time doing yard work. Super hard. Involved mulching leaves which is no joke.

After mulching it looks almost like soil.

I watered it down to settle the dust and speed up the assimilation process.

Raking was also very hard. I broke my stiff rake.

I worked till after dark! Even raked the street. I got tired of seeing the leaf litter.

That was a LOT of work. Glad the hardest part is done. Still need to do more raking and edge the middle section as well as mow the other part of the front yard next to the driveway.

Then begins the BACK yard which will probably be a three day job. If I take my time I usually don’t hurt myself. I try not to do it for much more that an hour or so. Went over that today. Hope I’ll feel ok tomorrow!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Spanish! Carpet! Groceries! 4.11.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:29 pm  

Studied Spanish. Un poco cada día!

Brain training.

Beautiful day!


My poison ivy, continues to heal. I’m primarily using aloe vera to treat it. Plant based medicine vs plant based attack! Plus a cocoa butter lotion.

With the dry weather, I decided to work on cleaning the carpet. Hard job!

First, I do a deep scrub. I mix hot water with some Oxyclean and pour a pattern on the carpet. Then scrub it in with a stiff broom.

It looks way better after the deep scrub.

Then I go to Lowes to rent the Bissell carpet cleaner. It sprays product onto the carpet then vacuums it up. Or at least most of it.

I used my sister-in-law’s machine last time, but it didn’t get near the dirt out that this machine does. It looks pretty gross.

Finished product. I save about $100 and do a WAY better job than the “pros” do. Mainly because they don’t take the time (1.5 hours) to scrub it properly.

I picked up a lot of carpet fibers that get sucked up.

I didn’t even measure the scrubbing part! I know how long it took, however.

I worked on the carpet from about 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM without a break. The trip to Lowes to get the machine and then again to turn it in usually takes about 45 minutes in all, if not more.

Transported two squirrels today. Doubt it will ever end.

Picked up the groceries. It’s no big deal for me to go get it. It’s about a twenty minute job in all since I don’t have far to drive.

After I dropped off the second squirrel, I cleaned out the bird baths.

I really miss my hummingbirds. I hope they come soon.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Grandgirls! Stone Mountain Top! Sleep Over 4.8-10.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:25 am  

I thought this was interesting. This is what I’m using most of it for.

The girls and I look looking at new plants.

Always something new to learn!

Great to hear new music from Glass Animals.

It’s been mild.

K went with me to pick up the girls Thursday morning.


Studied Spanish all three days!

To Stone Mountain to play!

Wrote thank you notes.

Some of my new wysteria is doing pretty well. Others not so much.

Took my plants outside.

Redid my hummingbird feeders. Still haven’t seen any hummingbirds. Sad face.

Birdbaths are popular now.

I mowed for over an hour yesterday. It was super hard.

I forgot to turn Runkeeper on when I started.

Before sleep.


Got some rain. Not too heavy.

Playdough cafeteria.

Penelope and Everly’s art.

I like to help people get fresh water.

Everly got a booboo on her knee.

Had to put some tape on it.

The heating element for baking in my oven burned out. After watching a video on You Tube about it, I decided I could handle it. I ordered the replacement part about a week ago.

Turned off the breaker for the stove. Fortunately, it was actually labeled on the breaker box. I knew it’d be a 50 amp breaker, but there were multiple of those. Unscrewed the old element and held onto the wires with vice grips so they wouldn’t slip back into the insulation. That’s what those YouTube videos warn you about.

It was pretty easy to install, but I was still glad when it powered up the element so I could cook my brownies which were excellent.

I cancelled my Walmart+ account. I got a free two weeks which worked out perfectly for when I was in quarantine with Covid. I’d just as soon go pick it up as to feel bad for not tipping someone well.

Got a little over .5″ of rain today. After taking this picture, I completely cleaned out my rain gauge. Looks a lot better now.

Ashley picked up the girls around 3:15pm. We had a marvelous time together.

I vacuumed the house. I need to clean the carpet. Maybe Monday if it’s weather’s dry.

Released Verbal Surgery 843 “Problems and Soblems.” It’s all about how you describe what’s going on!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Grandgirls! Doggie Park! Azalea Easter! 4.7.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:48 pm  

Beautiful sunrise!

Studied Spanish.

Always great to see ALL my girls!

We enjoyed more watermelon this morning.

Got the tangles out of the girls’ hair and put pig tails in. I’m still learning how best to do that.

Seems like I get a little better each time.

We enjoyed opening the boxes from one of our supporters with the girls then went to the Doggie Park for some exercise.

I may try and get us involved with this.

Gorgeous weather.

Gassed up the car and checked the oil.

The radiator overfill tank looked empty. It was actually completely full!
Went to the office to check the mail and pick up the Easter eggs.

I told the Easter story to the kids at Azalea. Then we had the little kids pick up eggs. Later, Miles and I threw candy to the kids. I always do it after Easter because I literally get twice as much candy for the same price!

We had a lot of fun with a good group!

Listened to radio from Madrid on the way home along with Color of Magic in Spanish.

Fun day. Looking forward to going to bed early.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Grandgirls! Stone Mountain! Podcast! 4.6.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:28 pm  

I saw the International Space Station for the 69th time Monday night.

I liked this from Seth Godin’s blog this morning.

And this from the Art of Noticing blog.

I wish Auto correct would be better with stuff I do all the time like snd for and.

One of the best things about having been in quarantine for two weeks is that picking up the grandgirls is now done completely in the light. Beautiful sunrise.

Kathy rode with me this morning so she could say hi to Ashley.

We stopped at the grocery store to pick up some apples, watermelon and corn. Such a healthy breakfast!

I saw one of these while we were on the porch eating. A woodpecker as big as a crow!

The corn was super good.

An elderly lady at Walmart once told me how she cooked corn. Leave the husk on it, wrap it in a dry washrag and microwave for three minutes. Awesome!

Studied Spanish.


3/4″ of rain. Several days ago.

The flowers in my yard are magnificent. I need to mow to make the yard really pop. Just been too tired.

Kathy went with us to Stone Mountain. We bought her an annual pass (we call it a “super ticket”) for just a $25 more. Hopefully, she’ll go with us more.

We rode the train and did mini golf. After that we were pooped.

Sent my mileage log to Ashley.

We got ice cream on the way home. That was fun! The traffic to Azalea was absolutely brutal. Took over an hour. Usually less that twenty five minutes. And no faster alternate route!

We sang a lot of tunes to keep us occupied and happy!

Went by the office to pick up mail!

One of our partnering churches sent us $1,500 to help with the septic repairs. Amen!

Processed and deposited the checks.

Uploaded Verbal Surgery “Clogs and Logs” to my server and Facebook.

Had a good chat with my Mom on the way home. We’ve been talking a least an hour every day during the last two weeks of quarantine.

Tired. Still need to study Spanish a bit more before I go to sleep.

Yesterday, Baylor won the national championship for the NCAA in Basketball! Sic ’em, BEARS!

Monday, April 5, 2021

ISS! Covid! Podcast! Yard Work! 4.5.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:31 pm  

Sunday night I saw the International Space Station for the 68th time! A short viewing of only about three minutes. Tonight, I should also be able to see it.

Downloaded my recording of “You Beauty” onto my Mac.

Studied Spanish.

Had a good night’s sleep.


Paid bills, including a big payment towards my Mastercard bill.

I had planned on getting a second Covid test today.

When I went to talk to the medics they said a second test wasn’t necessary if I haven’t had fever for more than three days, which I haven’t. They also said that the test they gave would show positive for thirty days since first contracting the virus. I’ve had only fourteen days, so they didn’t think it would be worthwhile for me.

My poison ivy is a bit better. The aloe vera seems to be helping dry it out.

Beautiful day.

Went to Stone Mountain to record “Off/On,” a new episode of Verbal Surgery. Super good one.

I had a good chat with a friend of mine whose grandmother is going through chemo for her pancreas. Prayed for her.

I’m looking forward to seeing the grandgirls tomorrow. It’s Spring Break at Stone Mountain so everything should be open. We will probably go early so we can beat the lines. All of us have had covid so I’m not nearly as uptight about the crowds as I was before.

The dogwoods are gorgeous.

Came home to clean the garage, front porch and driveway. I blew it and then washed all the surfaces. It was a LOT of work, in particular because I’m still feeling kind of tired. That also included all the walls of the house in the area and the cars.

The final job was to drain the water hose and do the best I could to untwist it. Hard.

Looks way better.

Came inside, cleaned all my clothes and took a shower. I wore a mask to help with all that pollen affecting me.

Played some Last of Us Part 2.

I normally have been taking a nap in the afternoon. Didn’t today so I can go to sleep around 9pm. I’ll be getting up at 7:15 to pick up the girls tomorrow. I’m looking forward to having them, but my body still needs to rest.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter! Podcast! Calls! Poison Ivy! 4.4.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:22 pm  

I have two different Poem a Day subscriptions. I liked this one.

And these quotes.

Did you know this?

These look interesting.

Studied, you guessed it.


Been awhile since I’ve seen the ISS due to cloudiness.

Went to Stone Mountain. Recorded “You Beauty!”

Talked with my Mom and Anthony.

The baking element in my oven broke. Had to order another.

My poison ivy is better but still pretty painful. I’ve been putting aloe vera on it. Seems to be helping dry out the blisters.

Usually when I get it, it’s only a little bit like on my left arm.

Since I no longer am contagious with Covid, I don’t see the point of having my groceries delivered. It was helpful while we were sick.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Pollen! Calls! Baylor! 4.3.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:24 pm  

The pollen seems to be lessening. I’m seeing these pods on the ground now.

The wysteria that I transplanted is doing better.

The poison ivy that I got from digging up the wysteria also seems a bit better. I’ve been putting aloe vera on it today and it seems to be helping dry it out.

Talked with my Mom for a bit over two hours. Always great to catch up.

Had a quick chat with my buddy Anthony.

This sort of thing always makes me sad. Why cut down these magnificent trees?

Downloaded the edition of Verbal Surgery onto my Mac.


Studied Spanish.

Still wondering how the Summer will go. Teams are trying to figure out the Covid situation.

I enjoyed watching Baylor win their basketball game!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Podcast! Calls! Poison Ivy! 4.2.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:47 pm  

Studied Spanish! I do lessons and then listen to stories. I also listen to books on Audible as well as televnovelas on Netflix. Everything in Spanish.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Fear Patterns.” So good.


Had a great talk with my Mom.

Got a couple of packages from a supporter of ours for the grandgirls! Looking forward to seeing them on Tuesday.

I have had one of the worst cases of poison ivy ever. It’s mainly because I wasn’t aware I’d come into contact with it. Usually, I have a neutralizer that I wash myself in that takes care of the problem before it gets bad. The blisters are really pretty bad.

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