Whirlwind Missions

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Rest! Calls! Podcast! 2.20-21.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 4:01 pm  

Saturday I felt tired and sore. Took a rest day and didn’t even leave the house.

I liked this article I read by Kevin Kelly.

Studied Spanish both days.

I’ve been working through the stories. There are a LOT of them. It’s fun to practice the dialogs out loud.

Brain Training.

Good night’s sleep.


Left a VM for my friend Clinton. He called me this week wanting to talk.

Had a good talk with my Mom in Texas. She’s doing fine!

Full sun moon!

Recorded a new edition of Verbal Surgery called, “Seize it and Squeeze it.” Excellent!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Grandgirls! Goodwill! 2.19.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:21 am  

I read an interesting article about a woman who got in contact with her bullies. Most were really sad for what they had done.

Studied Spanish.

I have a wide variety of music that I share with the grandgirls. Todd Rundgren has been a favorite of mine for decades. They enjoyed listening to this song. Then I sent a text to my buddy, Dave Reiner who first introduced me to him back in Baylor.


Always great to have my girls around!

I woeker on getting tangles out of the girl’s hair for around an hour.

We had fun going to Goodwill. We always call it “God’s Will.”

I’m always finding interesting things.

We liked watching this.

Miles came to pick them up around 5:30pm. I won’t have them again till Tuesday. Miss them!

Played Far Cry 4 and watched Supernatural.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Grandgirls! Mission! 2.18.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:50 pm  

This video came up on my news feed. It was very helpful!

I’m enjoying playing the game Far Cry 4. My favorite part of the game is flying around in this little helicopter. So much fun! I let Penelope and Everly fly it around this afternoon.


Ordered some items for Jesse.

We listened to this song in Portuguese. It’s so beautiful.

These things were huge. Looked a little like cross planks for scaffolding.

LOVE my girls!

EVERYTHING is mobile now!

Studied Spanish.

I’m trying these stories now. Another tip I learned from that video.

Vacuumed the house.

Another 1″ of rain yesterday.

Everly and I were talking about eye color. We took some pictures and them zoomed them in.

My brand new hose nozzle is completely ruined. I reckon the ice storm messed up the seals. I got soaked. It was like leaking at every possible spot.

Everly was showing me how she can do the splits.

And how to meditate.

I’ve been going round and round about the HSA thing. Looks like I may be getting some help soon.

Penelope and I watched the live stream from NASA about the Mars rover Perseverance. We missed seeing the actual landing. We were in too much of a hurry to get ice cream!

Helped the kids at the mission with their homework. We were way busier than I thought we’d be today.

I gave away more gloves and hats. The blue gloves you can use on a touch screen!

Went to my office to check the mail and water my ficus.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Grandgirls! Doggie Park! Azalea! Podcast! 2.17.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:25 pm  

I updated our donor list with some new addresses from people who have given on line through Facebook.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -829- “Tunnel Light” to brighten your day! Click on the title and groove!

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

Studied Spanish.

Beautiful morning. GREAT to see some blue skies for a change.

The girls are always a delight.

I showed them the danger of “black ice.” I held their hands and let them slide around on this little patch and let them pretend they were skating.


Deposited checks.

Ordered groceries. Getting ready to go get them after I write the blog.

Checked and added some oil to Kathy’s truck.

Took the girls to the Doggie Park.

Took the girls home. We had chicken strips and ice cream.

The kids at the mission are going through MAP testing, so they don’t have much homework. I’m glad it was warmer today!

This car was at Azalea. Looks like they’d been on some icy roads with all that salt on it!

Went to my office to check the mail.

I saw this mushroom blooming on a tree in the church parking lot.

Had a good chat with my buddy Bennett Ekandem.

Did some research on this. I have a LOT to listen to.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Garden! Grandgirls! Freeze! 2.16.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:57 pm  

This was interesting. I asked one of my Brit friends if he thought this was true.

Watered my plants. I do the orchids weekly and the succulents bi-weekly. Isn’t it wonderful to see the flowers? I live in a greenhouse.

The San Pedro cactus had been growing up and just about broke off. I added a support to it. Should be fine now.

Super cold weather this morning. I was kind of worried about driving on it since we’ve had so much rain.

Got almost exactly 1″ yesterday.

Turned out most of it had dried out before I got on it.

These are my favorite places in the world.

I’ve known this song for over twenty years. This was the first time I realized there were Spanish words in it!

Studied Spanish.

Always great to see my girls! It was mighty cold out there! Windy, too!

Tiny ice crystals.

Everly had a big glob of gum in her hair. I got most of the hair out before I trimmed it. I kept asking her if she wanted to chew it. I asked Penelope the same. I crack myself up.

It was clearing off by the time I took them home. Still bitter. Felt like 21 degrees!

No after school program with those temperatures!

Gassed up my car and checked the oil.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Valentines! Kendalls! Calls! 2.14.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:42 pm  

Miles and Ashley went to a memorial for his friend Kevin last night while we watched the girls. They came to get them around 10:00am this morning.

Downloaded the recording I made yesterday onto my Mac.

Went to Stone Mountain to do some recording and make calls. The stand connected to my steering wheel holds my phone with the video camera. I have the phone in the center position when I’m recording Verbal Surgery and it’s set as a stop watch to let me know how long I’ve been recording.

I have the envelope in the window to control how much light comes in through the side window.

Had a great chat with my buddy Anthony.

Also talked with my Mom. Always a blessing.

As I was leaving Stone Mountain, I’ve noticed this tree that has a spiral burned into its’ bark. When I’ve seen that before it was because of a lightning strike.

Studied Spanish.

Watched the end of season 3 of Dusk til Dawn. It was an interesting show. It’s from a Tarentino screenplay so it had a lot of violence.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Podcast! Grandgirls! Sleepover! 2.13.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:30 pm  

Studied Spanish!

Brain Training.


Went to Stone Mountain to make calls. Cold weather.

I saw a deer near the gate.

I had a good time with my buddy Anthony.

I liked this poem that he sent me by David Whyte.

I’ve had this trap set for at least six months. This morning I saw it had caught a big rat. Gross. Glad it’s dead. I cleaned and set this and another trap with fresh bait.

Miles brought the girls over around 2pm. I kept them overnight while he and Ashley went to a memorial service for his friend Kevin.

We enjoyed ice cream.

Rained about .5″.

Caught and released squirrel #153.

The girls and I went to the Dollar Tree to buy some Valentines stuff with the money that my Mom sent them. They had a lot of fun with all the stuff they got. This was the first puzzle that Penelope had ever put together.

After dinner and a bath, we watched a movie, I told a couple of stories and we went to sleep.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Grandgirls! Goodwill! Podcast! 2.12.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 5:46 pm  

I liked this from Seth Godin’s blog this morning. He is the premier marketing guru in America. We have corresponded many times.

I got to Global Mall at my regular time around 8:00 AM. At about 8:15 AM, Ashley texted me saying that the girls had had her phone so her alarm didn’t wake her up. To speed things up, I came on into Chamblee to pick up the girls at her house. I shot Ashley screen grabs as I got closer.

Glad I was able to help.

After I picked them up, I took them by the new Doraville United Elementary School that is near the church. We watched them build it over the last year. Then went to Huntley Hills which is where Penelope will start school in August.


From Exodus 32/33.

From Matthew 33.

We went by my office to check the mail.

Ordered glue and some lights to help me see my driveway better at night.

Studied Spanish.

Didn’t know this Latin phrase.

Penelope having fun on the potty with her red dress.

Just kept getting colder and colder.

We went to Goodwill to look for jackets, red pants and toys. We hit the jackpot with Anna and Elsa dolls, which are Everly’s favorite.

We got a fun skateboard for Penelope, a scooter for Everly and a couple more toys for the dolls.

We got Valentine cards from Nana! They loved them.

Rained about .5″ yesterday.

Kathy ran into one of the posts that supports the garage. I got a heavy hammer to beat it back into place. I used another board to protect the beam. Got a level to make sure it was plumb.

Finally, got it close enough.

Miles came to pick them up around 4:00 PM.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -828- “Don’t Fix Me.”

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Grandgirls! Hats and Gloves! Azalea! 2.11.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:07 pm  

Foggiest morning we’ve had in a while and it lasted pretty much all day!

Love my girls!

My friend Selma Blackmon was so kind to buy gloves and hats for the kids! They need them!

The girls have enjoyed playing with their new dolls. They had a doll hotel today.

Studied Spanish.


Cleaned and refilled my birdbaths and feeders. The hose nozzle broke today. Got another one with my grocery pick up this evening.

From time to time I have to stretch out my hose and take the twist out of it. It’s really big and super heavy duty. It has a lifetime warranty, IF you can keep up with the receipt!

Everly helped me with the chores. K and Penelope watched us for a while. Penelope came to help soon after. I never try to lure them away from their grandmother. They spend almost all their time with me.

Ordered my groceries. Unusual to be able to pick it up the same day. Usually, I pick it up the following day.

Did some research on the Missionary Care Center at FBC Atlanta. We will probably go over there next week.

Helped the kids with their homework.

I pretty much learn something new every day. I had just the broadest of ideas about the constitution, how it was written and how our nation was formed. The fourth grade version is pretty concise and straight forward.

I let the girls look through the hats and gloves. They were thrilled.

I fed the girls supper at their house after I finished the homework. Miles was conked out. Didn’t have the heart to wake him up.

Went by my office to check the mail.

Picked up the groceries.

Came home and got a squirrel I’d caught. Dropped it off and returned home to put up the groceries.

Ordered new CPAP straps for K.

I’ve further modified this little memory foam cushion that came from a mouse pad.

I just ordered some serious glue to make it permanent. I’ve been using double sided tape and it’s just not doing the job. Plus, when it was bigger my elbow would hit it and make it tilt forward or back which would mess up the tape. Gorilla glue will do the trick. I hope.

Replaced a night light bulb.

Seems like there’s always some little thing that needs glue, or tightening down, or something just to keep it workin better.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Grandgirls! Doggie Park! Ann! Azalea! 2.10.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:21 pm  

I thought this was kind of funny.

There were areas on my trip where there was thick fog. I always find it interesting.

This is currently one of the girl’s favorite songs.

Love these little sweethearts. Everly was already in her seat.


Deposited checks. Had to go to two ATM to get them all in the system.

Went to the Doggie Park to play. Perfect weather.

While we were there, I got a text from Kathy that said that her sister Ann had lost one of her dogs. The girls weren’t thrilled about leaving the park, but they came with a pretty good attitude. By the time we got there, both dogs were home. Glad to see that.

The girls talk about getting a pet regularly. I’m always negative about it. They can’t have a pet where they live. Ann’s dogs are just the right size for the girls to have fun and not be knocked over.

Ann isn’t doing well physically. When I got to her house, she was on the floor and couldn’t get up. There was no way I could lift her up. So I started rearranging furniture so that she could make up up to her couch. It looks super weird, but at least now she’s not trapped on the floor until help comes. She had just called the fire department to help her get up and then sadly, she fell again.

Since the girls were playing and having fun, I went ahead and cleaned her living room and kitchen. The dogs had pooped and pissed and the place really smelled pretty bad. Swept and mopped. Sanitized as best I could.

I also got her computer working. I found the charger.

She banged the front of her car and loosened the bumper. I managed to get it back into place. Needs a real mechanic to take a look at it, but at least it’s drivable.

Tax season.

Incredibly beautiful day!

I will take the girls soon to First Baptist Atlanta to see about clothes. I always like to have more clothes for them to choose from. They are really growing super fast.

Helped the kids with their homework.

Ann gave the girls some dolls.

I always love the light streaming from the clouds.

Studied Spanish.

I heart sunsets.

Gassed up my car. $2.29 this evening. Checked oil. Cleaned windshield inside and out.

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