Whirlwind Missions

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Anthony! Newsletter! Podcast! 12.31.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:02 pm  



Took my carnivorous plants back outside since the freeze is over.

Foggy morning!

Great chat with my buddy Anthony. We hadn’t been in touch in a couple of weeks. Both been so busy.

Ordered some freeze covers for the outside faucets. I improvised a solution but prefer something that’s easier to put on and take off.

Beautiful day.

Went to Stone Mountain to write my newsletter and record an episode of Verbal Surgery.

Beautiful evening.

Foggy night.

Pretty sure I’ll be in the Top 3 this week. That’s my usual goal.

Friday, December 30, 2022

Grandgirls! Evergreen! German Bakery! Yellow River! 12.30.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 5:22 pm  

I did research on parks near Chamblee. Dunwoody has a lot too!



Waffle House!

Went to Walmart to pick up a few things.

Evergreen for the pool.

German Bakery!

Art and lemon squares.

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary to pet bunnies.

Miles picked up the girls while we were at YRWS. He hadn’t seen it since the big remodel with the new owners. Way better now.

Good walk. And lemurs!

After I’m finished with the girls for the week, I clean out my back seat and put the girl’s seats in the trunk.

Hung up all the wet stuff.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Grandgirls! Ponce City Market! PF Park! 12.29.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:19 pm  



Had to shift some money around from savings to cover this.

The neon dry erase crayons were a big hit.

Cool clouds.

Good talk with my Mom and the girls.

My coffee cup fell out of the car yesterday. I had to smooth out the lip with a lighter.

Beautiful sunrise.

Great to be warmer!

We had a fun safari to the Ponce City Market today.

Really cool toy store called the Wren’s Nest.

The girls enjoyed the old displays the best.

Love ’em!

We liked these old switches. The PCM used to be a Sears back in the 40s.

Cool mock up of the area.

We ate lunch, I didn’t really like my veggie burger. Everything seemed overpriced.

We got sundaes at DQ then went to a little park near Plaza Fiesta. I’d never been to that one. They ran and climbed hard for over 1.5 hours. Wow.

Had a fun talk with my buddy Bob Burns in Scotland while the girls played.

Came home to rest and work on the computer.

Checked the mail before I came home.

I’ve been getting a short nap in the afternoon. Didn’t today. Tired.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Anniversary! Grandgirls! Parks! Plaza Fiesta! 12.28.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:17 pm  

Happy Anniversary of 37 years to my wife Kathy! It’s been a fun ride!

So tired of the super cold weather.



Penelope lost her front tooth!

It was still 27 degrees this morning when I got to the mission. I talked to the grandgirls about temperatures related to water/ice. Then showed them pictures of frost bite. Gross.

We ate breakfast at Taco Veloz. It was delicious. They always eat well.

Duncan doughnuts for dessert. I spoke some Bangla to the ladies who work there. They gave us everything for free!

Penelope’s new skateboard had a ding on it. I got some color pencils and made the torn off paper blend in, then put tape on it to make it look shiny again. She was happy with how it turned out.

We went to Plaza Fiesta after doughnuts.

Then Cheswick park.

And Village Park.

Dropped off the old CPAP machine at the FedEx place to send back to Phillips to be refurbished. The office was at the PDK airport campus.

Then back home to rest. The girls were pooped. Everly slept over and hour until her Dad got home and I left. She always cries when I leave.

“I don’t want you to go, Pop Pop!” She’s fine five minutes later.

Stopped on the way home to pick up a cheese and mushroom pizza at Lil Caesars. A Muslim man was having his prayer time while I waited.

Listened to radio from Madrid.

Even though my back is still bothering me, I blew the leaves out of the garage and off most of the driveway.

Glad to FINALLY stop having to drip the pipes all the time!

Everly’s present had been opened and returned to Walmart. It was missing the crayons. I ordered more for her to use with her gift.

I’m taking the girls on Marta to downtown Atlanta tomorrow. Should be fun although we had a bad experience on the train last time we went. Crazy guy scared them.

Just keep going!

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Grandgirls! K! Perimeter Mall! Podcast! 12.27.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:45 pm  

My Mom flies Southwest regularly. They’re normally really good. Hate to see this.

Always studying. I practice reading in Spanish and learn new words.

Light dusting of snow last night. Didn’t have any trouble driving this morning.



I liked Everly’s art on the scratch pads with rainbow colors.

Glad to have Kathy with me today along with the grandgirls. Her work place had a pipe that burst and closed for the day. We had the slowest service in Waffle House ever.

We stopped by Ashley’s work at Briggs Optical to let K see her place. Then to Perimeter Mall. Always cool stuff to see.

Outside of Anthropologie we practiced letter sounds and spelled some words. All those education classes I took the last two days really influenced me.

We had fun looking at the clothes.

And playing in the toy cars.

We walked 1.87 miles in the mall. My back was really hurting by the end of that. I felt really good this morning. Definitely over did it.


Went to my office to pick up checks. There were a lot! PTL. Processed them, then deposited them on the way home.

Gassed up my car and checked the levels.

Beautiful moon and sunset.

I packed Kathy’s old CPAP machine up to send it back to Phillips to refurbish for another person who needs it.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “New Old.” Groovy!

I put some water in the bowl for the animals. The frozen lump I dumped out last night was still there.

This guy Jim I’m competing with this week is out of this world good. He must be answering questions at light speed.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Cold! Christmas! Testing! Plants! 12.25-26.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:58 pm  

I thought this was interesting.

I’m so glad that all the freezing weather didn’t have ice involved. Can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a place like this!

I liked this book and Barker’s weekly newsletter.

Christmas Eve is way more important to our family than the actual Christmas Day. I spent most of the last two days studying and taking classes to help Kathy in her Day Care Job. I’m good at taking tests. I completed five separate courses. I liked them because it helps me with the kids at the mission and the grandgirls.

It’s been super cold this last week. Yow!

Always studying. Came in #5 last week. Lots of motivated students.



Watered my plants. The repotting and fertilizing is having a great effect, especially on my African Violets. There were a couple I thought were just about to die.

Little warmer today.

Usually by the second day I can pretty much tell how the league is going to be because I can see the history of each player. Jim has over a million points and has come in the first three students 98 times. Sure enough, by the end of the day he was almost to 5,000 points. That’s a lot of correct answers!

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Christmas Eve! 12.24.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:39 pm  

Last night was the coldest it’s ever been in my room. And I had the heater on! Yow!

There was ice on the inside of the glass where the condensation froze.



We had a fun time with the family and had my Mom on FaceTime. Amen!

Helped Kathy with her testing for work.

Just keep going.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Cold! Back! Español! 12.23.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:50 pm  

Super cold!

My back is still bothering me. Trying to rest a lot.



I usually sit outside on the porch when I study. Decided against that this morning.

Enjoyed playing Battlefront II and watching Star Wars Rebels.

Worked hard, but have a lot of competition this week. I don’t get up tight about it.

Expecting an even colder night this evening. Yow!

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Español! Podcast! Pipes!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:35 pm  


Crazy. Don’t see myself trusting self-driving cars anytime soon.

Wowzers weather!

Ordered groceries.


Ashley came by with the girls to pick up some gifts. I was studying/walking and missed them. Bahd luck.


With the freezing weather I worked on prepping the house. This morning I unhooked the garden hoses.

Walked 1.27 miles.


Listened to Spanish Radio.

Picked up my groceries.

While I was at Walmart, I went to the hardware department and got some foam stripping to wrap the two outdoor faucets. I had to improvise a solution because everything was pretty much sold out. I wasn’t planning on doing that but I got an email from Georgia Power saying with this hard freeze it’d be a good idea. I used foam weather stripping. Cut pieces and put them on, then wrapped them with plastic bags and taped them securely. Should be just fine.

I had to do it in the dark, but I had my headlight from my Amazon jungle trip so it was easy to see.

Released an episode of Verbal Surgery called “Manual Focus.” Excellent.

I recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery this afternoon called “Habitual Discipline.” Downloaded it from my recorder onto my Mac.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Grandgirls! WH! Skating! Library! 12.21.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:03 pm  

We are getting ready to get hit with some REALLY cold weather. Wow!


They are currently making a new version of this movie. Part of it is in Doraville. It’s been cool to see the crew wandering around the FBC Doraville campus.

Did well at Battle Front II last night.


I’ve been getting to the mission about an hour early so I can work on Spanish.

I made a calendar for the girls today so they could see what’s on the agenda. Helps them know what’s going on when. I didn’t really fill in the details, just the days and who’s watching them.

Waffle House.

Skating at FBCD.

The movie crew had a lot of cheesecake left over. We enjoyed that!

Chamblee Library.

They’d never held a newspaper.

They’ve enjoyed the art supplies.

We both crashed out. Not Penelope!

Spanish radio.

Checked the mail at my office.

I thought this was funny.

Ordered groceries. I’ll pick them up tomorrow.

Really tough competition this week. Normally, my score would be way ahead of the rest of the students.

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