Whirlwind Missions

Friday, December 7, 2018

3,500! Jon! Girls! 12.8.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:03 pm  

Today marks my 3,500th blog post! I started with the encouragement of Ian North. In those days I had to explain what a “blog” was! That it was short for “WeB Log!” Isn’t that something!?

I’ve released over 600 episodes of Verbal Surgery, over 600 videos on YouTube, and over 300,000 pictures on Smugmug! That’s a whole lotta Mr. Tim! JACK! Good times!

Studied Spanish last night and this morning. That’s not unusual!


Radio Garden for listening to Madrid.

I still learn words every day that I hear or read.

One of the challenges is MULTIPLE meanings for the same word. Like “sale.”




Over 50 different flavors for the word!

Went to visit my friend Jon Paul this morning. He got tied up getting meds for his wife, Linda. It was great catching up with her! I’ll see Jon next week.

One of my resolutions is to start regular meetings with people that mean something to me. If I don’t set up a time, they don’t happen!

Released Verbal Surgery -616- “Turn Key.”

Make yourself even better and feel good, NOW! Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook.

Deposited checks for the ministry. Amen!

Jesse wants to start lifting weights again. I had the girls illustrate just how big this bar is!


Took the girls to eat at Taco Veloz. Anthony Bourdain’s favorite place in the ATL!

I’m always trying to teach her words in Spanish.

Love this baby!

Although she’s not really a “baby” any more!

Looking forward to this tomorrow! I’ve picked up some of my favorite pieces from this place!

My new process of learning Spanish involves listening to one of my best friends, Tito Ruiz, preaching! He’s the only pastor I know that preaches in English and immediately translates into Spanish. GREAT sermons and a super way to pick up language. I translate what he’s saying while he’s preaching then repeat how he translates it.

Great to pick up Bible vocabulary.

Saw this on the way home. Looks like my kinda guy.

One of my favorite apps for sure! Get it!

At least an hour of this every day.

With the advice of Tito, I got this Kindle version this evening. I’m really looking forward to using it at church.

I’d been trying to get an app. This will work better.

Admin duties now.

3,501 tonight!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Girls! Bank! Mission! 12.5-6-18

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:02 pm  

Wednesday I studied Spanish.

I produced our newsletter and sent it to our friend Joel Harrison at the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association.

Deposited checks at the bank.

Helped the kids at the mission.

After the mission, I took the girls home with me to spend the night.

After they went to sleep, I worked on Spanish some more.

I got maybe five hours of sleep. Better than normal. Glad they were healthy and not coughing a lot.
This morning, I met up with Ashley for breakfast, then went to the bank to have a meeting with Bill and Piper Cordrey. We added Piper to our signature card for our account at Whirlwind Missions.

Got gas. Can’t remember the last time it was under $2.00.

Came home for a brief rest, then went to the mission to help the kids.

Classic “bunny ear” humor.

Got the mail at the church.

Also dropped off my orange maracas to our storage room.

Now I feel it’s safe!

I went to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody on the way home. I was a big Queen fan, so I really enjoyed the movie.

Tried to get onto the Secretary of State for Georgia’s corporation web site to change names for our officers, log in problems prevented it. Probably because our account was up to date for this year already.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Verbal Surgery! Mission! Test! 12.4.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:50 pm  

I love this poster that Ashley created for our Christmas party!

Listened to radio from Madrid,Spain on Radio Garden for over an hour last night.

Had a fun conversation with my buddy Anthony today. He had to hold the phone pretty close so he could hear me. Nice shot of the top of his head.

Studied Spanish.


After talking with Anthony about the Big 5 Assessment test, I was intrigued and invested in it, too. The results weren’t very surprising, yet still interesting.















I released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -615-
“Second Place.”

Who are you focused on? How do you make your relationships better? Just click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook.

I recorded “Time Lyin'” this morning. That means I’m nearly three weeks ahead of schedule. Which tends to confirm the Big 5 results.

I voted in the runoff for the Secretary of State in Georgia. I actually had to go to two places since the first location I went to only handled advance voting. I feel so strongly about this election that I took the other twenty minutes to vote at the other location. It was still super fast.

Went by the church to check the mail.

To the mission to help the kids.





I had fun talking with my pal Tito Ruiz last night. I got the app for his church so that I can start listening to his sermons which are particularly useful to me, because he preaches in English then translates into Spanish. I translate into Spanish as he’s talking then I have the opportunity to see how close I was to how HE translates. I’ll spend hours with this in the future. Used it for nearly an hour just today!

My friend Anthony has been in Peru teaching a course in Lima. He bought an Inca mask. I showed him mine from when I was there.


I spent about thirty minutes this evening updating material to my Twitter feed, which is my version of Sermon Notes.

Admin duties now.

I’ll also study more and probably play some God of War.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Board Meeting! 12.3.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:06 pm  

Listened to Radio SER till around midnight last night.

Studied Spanish this morning.

Enjoyed lunch with the children and girls!




Great chat with my buddy, Anthony, who is in Peru right now.

Got my tickets for Todd Rundgren for next April. This will be great!

Had a good time at the mission with the kids.


I LOVE this baby!

Gorgeous sunset.

Went by Walmart to pick up some goodies for the board members.

Excellent Board Meeting this evening. GREAT to see my friends again. Many positive things discussed. New President of our Board, Bill Cordrey did a wonderful job.

Admin duties now.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Westside! Bike! 12.2.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:10 pm  

Studied Spanish this morning.

Turned in November mileage. Less than normal due to road trip and bad weather.

Went to Westside BC this morning.

Very mild today.

Brother Roger came back to lead the music this morning. Since I had seen him, he’d performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Wow.

Pastor Ben spoke on the Gift of Jesus.

Here’s what the theme for the next month or so is. The Great Commission.

After church, I went to Eastside Medical Center to see my friend Joyce. She’s doing better! Thank you, Lord!

My cholestrol was high so I’m back to eating at home and staying away from fried stuff. Although I do sneak some potato chips from time to time. I won’t be buying them in the future!
Went for a bike ride today. I’m trying to take it easy since I’m coming off of a long lapse due to being sick. I listened to Radio Garden from Madrid most of the time.

I liked the sound of this.

I actually saw two dead snakes in the road today. Neither were venomous.

Possible meteorite?

Watered my plants.

I’ve moved most of my carnivores outside. They need a dormant period. I have them in a clear plastic box. I move them back inside if gets under freezing.

Cleaned the birdbaths and filled feeders.

Rained about 2″ last two days.

I’m enjoying the God of War game. Norse based mythology. Incredible graphics.

Cleaned my fish tank.

Took Kathy’s truck to get worked on at T and G.

Admin duties now.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Girls! 11.31-12.1.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:02 pm  

Studied Spanish Friday and Saturday. Using Radio Garden, Clozemaster and Duolingo in particular. These little dots represent internet radio stations. One of them that I listen to regularly is called Cadena Ser. it is in the center of that circle which is located in Madrid, Spain.





I talked to my good friend Carl Barrington about the Coue method. Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “Every day in every way I am getting better and better?” Powerful stuff!

Ashley brought the girls over around 1pm on Friday afternoon. Penelope was asleep at the time.

Everly and I were downstairs playing with bubbles until she woke up about thirty minutes later.

Then we went to the “doggie park.”

A front was blowing through. I loved the high level clouds.

Everly loves the swings!

We had fun on the see-saws too!

Wore Everly out!

Came home for supper and bath time. They went to sleep around 9:30pm. They were up quite a bit, especially Everly who had kind of a bad cough. I got about six hours, maybe.

I beat Horizon Zero Dawn last night. What a great game. I’m playing “God of War” now. Graphics are amazing.

Enjoyed our time together Saturday morning. Ashley picked them up around 11:30am.

Rested. Then went to Walmart for groceries. Whenever I’m in line anywhere, I pull out my phone and do some Clozemaster Spanish.

Studied more Spanish. Listened to Madrid radio.

Admin duties now.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Carl! Azalea! 11.29.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:34 pm  

Studied Spanish this morning.



Also the written Hebrew.

Had a great lunch with my dear friend Carl Barrington. He’s always a blessing!

Went by the church to check the mail.

To the mission to help the kids.

Love my girls!


Not a lot of homework today. Just enough to keep us busy.
Listened to Radio Garden Madrid on the way home.
Took the garbage/recycle out.

Enjoyed playing some Horizon Zero Dawn.
Got my lab results back from my physical. My cholesterol is high again. Not surprising since I eat pretty much whatever I want, except no meat. I’ll get serious about it again.
Admin duties now.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Language! Girls! Podcast! 11.28.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:49 pm  

Super cold last night. Got down into mid 20s.

Woke up early and listened/studied Spanish.






I’m still keeping up with Hebrew, in particular the writing part.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Think First.”

Went to Walmart to pick up a few things. Mainly coffee supplies!

Saw this bumper sticker I liked.

I had a slow leak in my back tire that I got fixed today.

Ashley wasn’t feeling well today, so we didn’t have the mission. Doesn’t make sense to expose all those kids to germs. I checked the mail at the office then took her a burrito and some Tylenol. Took the kids out for a couple of hours to Plaza Fiesta to let her rest.



Everything becomes a playground.

I thought it was kind of sad that at Plaza Fiesta all the dolls were of white kids.

Long ride home every night. I’m figuring out a few short cuts with Mr. Google showing me the main way. He never has me drive through parking lots, or around and back through intersections. I’ve discovered a couple of time savers in the last few days IF he takes me that direction.

When I go home by Harmony Grove, I stop at the new Racetrack gas station. Cheapest around.

Blew the leaves off the driveway and garage when I got home. That always makes Kathy happy.

Played some Horizon Zero Dawn. Perhaps one of the very best video games I’ve ever experienced. Wow.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Penelope! THREE! Verbal Surgery! 11.27.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:54 pm  

Studied Spanish this morning. Por supesto!

Penelope turns THREE! WOOT!

Released Verbal Surgery -613- “IlluMEnation”

Just click on the link and get illumined!

Uploaded the episode to my server.

Link on Facebook. I’m glad to be back. I missed hearing from my friends and seeing blasts from the past.

Also did a “Live Shot” on Facebook on the episode. Fun!

Played some Horizon Zero Dawn. What a beautiful game.

Got birthday supplies from the Dollar Tree. Lots of toys plus balloons.

Got the newsletters from the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association.

Wrapped the gifts for Penelope while I was waiting to pick up pizza for the party.


I did four bags full.

I’ve been listening to a LOT of Radio Garden from Madrid. I hear about this team ALL the time. I need to start watching stuff about them.

We had SO much fun at Penelope’s party. She is so loved.




The kids enjoyed the pizza and cake!

Time passes fast!



She was serous about the gift opening.

Beautiful trees today!

Picked up the mail at the church.

Long drive back home. Listened to a lot of Cadena SER.

Ashley and I got the newsletters folded up and stuffed. Got them in the mail stream.

Admin duties now.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Labels! Info! Azalea! Birthday Prep! 11.26.18

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:27 pm  

Printed the labels for our newsletter.

Got all the materials we needed together.

Studied Spanish early this morning.



Spent over an hour listening to Spanish radio from Madrid. Did exceptionally well.

I had my pillow cases cleaned. Put them all back on.

Repaired some holes in my comforter and in my pajamas.

Found a tape dispenser and tape roll for K.

Spent over an hour talking to Xfinity about internet charges. Seems like we have the best deal, even though it’s expensive. I can’t do business without it!

Also talked to my mortgage guys today. I’m on an accelerated program to pay my house off. I’ll be 67 when it’s paid off. September 2025 will be a big day for me.

Recorded a new podcast! PROvict! The opposite of Convict! It’s a good one!

I’m a big hand washer. I’ve seen this poster many times reminding employees to wash their hands. I think it’s some of the creepiest hand art ever.

I put all my Venus fly Traps outside. They’re supposed to have a dormant period. I got a clear plastic box so that they can get sunlight.

I wrote to Predatory Plants to ask them what I should do with the Sundews and Pitcher Plants.


I did the grocery shopping. I always like looking at marketing slogans.


Went to the Post Office to get stamps for the newsletter.

I continue to listen to Radio Garden from Madrid, Spain. I’ve been hearing this word a lot lately.

I got some glue for my mailbox. It’s come loose. I think glue will be the right approach.

We got our Christmas tree up today! Thanks, Jesse!

Went by FBC Doraville to check on the mail.

To the mission to help the kids with their homework and do the labels for the newsletter.

Penelope turns THREE tomorrow! What a blessing she is!

Everly is heavenly.

Went to Walmart again today. This time for supplies for Penelope’s party tomorrow. I may have overdone it. Naw.

Enjoyed playing Horizon Zero Dawn.
Admin duties now.
I’m back on Facebook. I was off all social media for two weeks. I’m limiting my time now that I’m back.

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