Whirlwind Missions

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Jesse! Mission! Rockbridge! 5.8.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:49 pm  

Sleep!

Brain Training!

Español!

Fun lunch with Jesse! We ate one of the new vegetarian “Impossible Burgers.” It was excellent.


Prep for my trip to Canada includes studying what the weather is going to be like. Cold.

Went to the church to pick up a couple of my shirts to wear for the conference.


Also checked the mail while I was there.

Went to the mission to help the kids with their homework. And of course to get some loving from the Grandgirls!


Research for my flight on Thursday.

After Azalea, I went to Rockbridge BC to speak to their Youth Group. Fun! I talked to them about the difference between Works and Grace religion and gave them my Four Secrets of Life presentation.

Last minute prep for my trip.

My brain gets super revved up for these trips, especially when I’m getting up earlier than normal, around 7:00 am.

Admin duties now.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Jacquins! Gifts! Mission! Girls! 5.7.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:48 pm  

Sleep!

I continue Brain Training. On a roll.

Released Verbal Surgery -659- “Trust in the Wind.”

The hard times help us progress! Click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server.

Link on Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Although I have not been able to become completely aware that I’m dreaming when I’m dreaming, (a state called Lucid Dreaming), I have in the last month recorded over 100 of my dreams which has been absolutely fascinating. I’ll keep trying to crack this awareness barrier, but I’m not obsessed with it. I just find it fun to see what goes on when I’m sleeping.

Had fun conversations with Freddy and his son, and my best friend, Anthony Jacquin today. Really looking forward to seeing them in Toronto on Thursday!


While I was at Evergreen Lakes, I saw a family of geese mowing the lawn.

Ate huevos rancheros at Taco Veloz today.


I studied Spanish while I waited for my food. Makes sense.



Also read more of the 4 Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferris.

Enjoyed helping the kids with their homework.

And of course hanging out with the ever delightful grandgirls.
Penelope wanted to show me her new winter coat. Beauty!

I took the girls to Walmart to get shoes. While we were there I saw my good friend Tabias. He lost his Mom recently. Love that guy!

Went to Plaza Fiesta to check on a t-shirt of Anthony. Saw these creepy dolls heads while I was there.

Picked up checks from FBC Doraville and deposited them at the bank.

I also went to China Town to talk to my friend who runs the bookstore there. I told her about the teams coming. She said that my wife had talked about our schedule to her already. I said, “That’s not my wife, that’s my daughter.” She was astonished. I said, “Her husband looks like a male model. Certainly not like me!” She said, “Then you have grandchildren?” “Two of the best!” She just shook her head. Not the first time that’s happened. It always weirds me out.

Beautiful colored clouds.

I’m going to let Ash & Miles use my car while I’m in Canada. I’ll ride the MARTA to the airport. It’ll help them out since the Jesse’s old car, the Nissan Altima (which had nearly 300,000 miles!) finally died. It certainly helped our families out a LOT!

Gassed up my car.

Took the trash/recycle out.

Paid off my Mastercard bill. I always feel proud when I can say I have zero debt.

Admin duties now.
I’ll spend some time wrapping stuff in a moment.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Bob, Ann & Katie! 5.6.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:55 pm  

Very stressful day today.

Tried my best to help some dear friends. I gave it my best effort. Sometimes we don’t get the results that we want, or that we think is needed.

But we can’t worry about what we can’t do, we just do everything we can do. Leave the rest to the Lord.

During some of the times I was waiting, I worked on Spanish.

The new moon.

Perhaps a day for new beginnings in a very difficult, some would say, “No Win” situation.

Admin duties now. Exhausted.

I was glad that I’ve spent as much time as I have Brain Training.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Coins! Candy! Bike! 5.5.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:39 pm  

I overslept this morning. Happens. Didn’t make Church.

Brain Training and Español.

My coffee maker wasn’t acting right this morning. Had to go get my kahawa from QT.

Later this afternoon, I completely cleaned it out and discovered a tea bag that was clogging the drain into the heater part. Fixed!

Went to a coin show in Marietta to get some ancient coins for my friends in Canada. It wasn’t this show, but you get the idea!

I’m reading Tim Ferris’ book “4 Hour Work Week.” Some interesting points.

One of the interesting ideas he posits is that the opposite of happiness is boredom. Viktor Frankl said a similar thing.

After the coin show, I went to Sabor do Brazil. Got to practice a little Portuguese.

I like to take lots of small gifts for the people that I’ll get to meet in Toronto. One of my favorites is candy from different countries. I’ll wrap up pieces individually and give them to people I like. On this trip, I’ll also have small pieces of zebra skin, small meteorites and red thread from the Holy Land. People are astonished by stuff like that!

Went by FBC Doraville to check on the mail.

Also took a quick stop at Hoa Da to see my friend Dr. Nguyen. We’ll be bringing teams over there soon!

To the bank to deposit checks. Amen!

Walmart for groceries.

There were three cop cars to cover this accident. How does someone run into a big yellow pole? Ay, caramba!

I decided to learn the Hebrew version of our alphabet! Right to left.

Went for a 14.85 mile bike ride. Not sure why it gives me different distances when I ride almost exactly the same trail! I went slower on purpose today. When your heart rate is slower, you burn fat, but it’s not a cardio workout.

I’ve really enjoyed my bike. So much better for me than running.

I told Ashley I was, “half up.”

Had fun this evening coloring this picture.

Watered my green friends. My plants are really flowering!



Admin duties now.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Podcast! Rain! Bike! Email! 4.4.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:14 pm  

May the FOURTH be with you! Woot!

Sleep!

Brain Training!
Español!

I’ve started subscribing to Dulingo PLUS. It lets me test out of each of the categories which lets me make much faster progress in the lower levels. Duolingo just added nearly 60 start from zero levels which are easy for me. So instead of having to do four separate lessons I do one test and move onto the next material.

Getting ready for my trip to Toronto! I leave on Thursday. Woot! I’m going to a conference where Anthony Jacquin and his dad Freddy will be teaching. It’ll be very informative and a lot of fun. Anthony is my best friend. We stay in regular contact.

I recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Inquiriam.” Asking questions is an important skill!

While I was at my recording spot it just poured down!

Finished reading What Doesn’t Kill Us by Scott Carney. It’s based on the “Iceman” Wim Hof. I found it absolutely fascinating! I took a short break from writing this blog to search Scott’s contact info. Just sent him an email. I like to reach out to people when I like their work!

I’m fascinated by my birthday. July 12th has MANY famous people’s start! Julius Caesar is one! Whenever I get to a museum that has a section on Rome, I always look for everything I can about him. Here is a 3D picture based on his sculptures and paintings. Pretty cool!

As I mentioned earlier, I’m on Safari to Toronto on Thursday. Part of my research is the weather. I thought it was interesting all the places that I’ve been that I keep track of.

Went for a 15.03 mile bike ride. It’s starting to warm up. I got pretty sweaty!

I stopped at the park to refill my water bottle. A small shaft of sunlight was lighting up the water meter. Everything else was in complete shade. It reminded me of churches where at certain times of the year a picture or holy place will be lit up.

Tremendous rainstorm, but didn’t generate that much water, less than 1/2″.

I was pretty surprised how fast the roads dried up. Glad I got my exercise in!
After I got home, I took my bike rack off my car and also pumped up the tires on my bike. The tires were about twenty pounds low. My guess is I didn’t really look at what the PSI rating was on the tires, I just squeezed them! They are rated from 40-65 PSI. I filled them both to 50 PSI.

Got a shower (still doing cold showers! It’ll be a month on Friday. I’ve gotten to really enjoy them. Crazy, eh?) then worked on an email to my subscriber list. The last month, I’ve started to really accelerate that. One week is my newsletter. This week is Ashley’s newsletter. Next week will be a couple of links to my podcast, Verbal Surgery, and the last week will be a chapter from my new book, Story Tim. I have over 900 people on that list.

Admin duties now.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Grandgirls! Bike! 5.3.19 Podcast!

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:56 pm  

Sleep!

Normally, I practice Brain Training and Español in the morning. I slept too late and chose to be on time to help Ashley with the Grandgirls! I caught up on Spanish this afternoon while the girls were napping.



The girls are always so much fun!

Took them for lunch to the Downwind restaurant at PDK airport. Then to the park to watch the planes!

Penelope was making a tire angel. The black stuff is shredded tires. Man, did she ever get dirty!

It’s a fun little park.

I was shocked by how intrepid Everly is. She climbed straight up this ladder!

Everly is heavenly.

After Ashley came home to be with the grandgirls, I went to FBC Doraville to check on the mail.

I agree!

Went to Aztec Cycles to pick up my bike, “Black Beauty.”

I got the bottom bracket replaced. It rode great!

I also got new handle grips. My old ones were completely worn out.

I still cover them with terry cloth. I like the feel better than the rubber. Especially when my hands get really sweaty.
Bringing her back home!

Definitely the best bike I’ve every owned. She’s slightly smaller than Jesse’s bike that I rode the last couple of days.

Rode 15.07 miles today.

I love that it stays light so long.

Please! Although “my” road is normally the sidewalk. The cars just don’t seem to be paying enough attention.

The clouds are starting to billow!


I listened to a lot of Spanish radio today.

It’s starting to get warm, which means that at the close of every day I use hand sanitizer to kill all the germs on my hat band.

That keeps my forehead smelling fresh!

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -658- “8 Tracks and Faxes!”

How does technology affect you? Accelerate the positive! Click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to my server.

Link on Facebook.

Also shared it several times on Twitter.

And with my family text thread.

Admin duties now.

I’ll do at least two sessions with the Muse this evening before I go to sleep.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Grandgirls! Mission! Bike! 5.2.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:59 pm  

Sleep!

Brain Training!


Español!

This struck me as weird.

Had a good lunch with Jesse!
Then to the mission to help the kids!

Not much homework. Nearly the end of the year!
The Grandgirls and Allison and Kayla and I went on Safari around the apartment complex saying “Hi” to the other kids.


Did some climbing.

Strong!

Biked 12.85 miles this evening.

Admin duties now.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Podcast! Newsletter! Mission! Bike! 5.1.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:30 pm  

Sleep! You can see I’m up for about an hour between 3:00am and 4:00am. Powerful prayer time for me.

Brain Training. Keep on, keeping on.

Español!


My longest streak was when I was studying Portuguese: 282.
Still doing research of my heart monitor and what heart rate I should be going at. Sometimes I really work hard, which is a cardio workout. Other times I don’t push so hard which burns fat.


Anthony had been at the funeral of his Mom’s older brother today. He read a poem.

Recorded an episode of Verbal Surgery called, “Leap Fog.” Good one!

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

I always try to get interesting stamps. The kids enjoy looking at the “stickers.”

Went by FBC Doraville to check on the mail and pick up Ashley’s newsletter.


I took over watching the Grandgirls at about 3pm. That gave Kathy a chance to beat the traffic going home.

Helped the kids with their homework.

Also worked on labeling the envelopes. The kids enjoy helping.


Remember having to do stuff like this?

I got some digging toys at the Dollar Tree yesterday. The kids had fun making mud pies.

Got the letters in the mail under the 5:00pm deadline! Yeah! I don’t really get too uptight about it. I always say, “The world’s not going to end if they’re a couple of days late.”

I always bring a couple of dozen doughnuts after we’ve finished that chore. Everyone gets a doughnut, but the kids that help get to choose what kind they want and I go get ’em!

I probably get a least seven different types!
I went by Rockbridge BC to talk to the chairman of my board, Pastor Bill Cordrey. I dropped off a check for my mileage reimbursement. I’m getting ready to pay off my Master Card bill and need all those checks!

I got gas on the way home at the Speedway on 29/Harmony Grove. That’s about .15 cents cheaper than any other place I see in the ATL.

One of my duties is to keep Ashley’s vacuum cleaner in good working order. Takes me about ten minutes to blow it out and wash all the filters. Then it really works great! Having all the tools nearby really speeds up the job.

Astonishing how gross this stuff was before I got after them.

Caught and released squirrel #56 today. I don’t think it will ever end.

I used Kathy/Jesse’s bike today for my ride. This is a road bike as opposed to mine which is a hybrid mountain/road bike. My bike has about double the thickness wheels but not as thick as a pure mountain bike. I went up everything and never had to leave third gear. Astonishing.

She didn’t like riding on the sidewalks, though. No problem for my bike. But on the road, I was going almost as fast as cars.
To give you an idea, I have to bike about 4 miles in order to burn off the ONE doughnut I ate. Ay, caramba.

Admin duties now.

Watched some of the Bob Barr testimony before Congress today. He’s a cool customer for sure.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Grandgirls! Mission! 4.30.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:32 pm  

I’m enjoying reading this book on Lucid Dreaming.

Sleep!

Brain Training!


I got this new bird feeder for our bathroom window.

Español!

Transported Squirrel #55.

I took my bike in to be worked on. The bottom bracket was worn out. I’ve had this bike for at least 15 years, so I guess that’s not bad!

These guys do great work!

Great time with the Grandgirls today! They are so much fun! Everly reminds me of me.

Penelope is so groovy, baby.

Typical overdoer. Gotta love the Dollar Tree!

Helped the kids with their homework.

Everly was living large.

Penelope got a medical kit. She was being the patient here.

Everyone got into the digging toys.


She was tuckered out.

Hilarious.

Penelope fell asleep about an hour and a half later.

Deposited checks on the way home.

Mileage.


Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery -657- “The Write Thing!”

Edit yourself with these simple tips! And feel good, NOW!

Click on the title and GROOVE!

Uploaded to server. Link on Facebook.

Admin duties now.

I will work on my calendar for next month in a few minutes.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Groceries! Bike! Girls! 4.29.19

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:50 pm  

I’m trying some interesting methods to generate lucid dreaming. Part of that is spending some time awake about 4.5 hours after I first go to sleep. The brain goes into REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep about every 1.5 hours. You are generating an Alpha rhythm then. The longest time periods when you are dreaming is early in the morning right before you wake up. You can see the areas when I’m dreaming around 5:30am, 7:00am and around 8:20am. My sleep quality does go down a bit. It’s actually pretty common for me to wake up around 4:30am anyway. I normally spend at least thirty minutes in prayer then.

Did some Brain Training and studied Español.






Added the episode “Plant Yourself” to my podcasts ready to release. I’m nine weeks ahead now.

I got a sticker out of the palm of my hand this morning. That gunky looking stuff is alcohol cleaner to keep the site antiseptic. Normally, I let it go a few days. It’s easier to get out then.

I redid the wrapping of this extension cord. Kathy had left it a total mess. It’s easy to do. I’m super disciplined about how I leave cords. My Papaw always told me, “Careful use gives long use.”

Had a fun talk with my buddy Anthony this afternoon. He hurt his back. Had a good prayer time with him.

Some interesting sections from one of the books I’m reading called, “What Doesn’t Kill Us.”



Got the groceries.

I put my windmills back outside. I use this set up to determine wind direction. The top one is pointed North.

I use these to determine wind velocity. Of course, I have apps that tell me exactly how fast the wind speed is. But this is an easy visual way to see it.

I went for a 12.21 mile bike ride. My goal is at least ten miles or an hour plus every day. When the weather is this nice and I don’t get a chance to work out, I get frustrated.

The cranks on my bike seem to be wobbly. I’m taking it in to my bike guru to have him take a look. I watched some videos on the problem on YouTube last night. I did what they said, but it still seemed loose. They were pretty scary talking about what could happen of it came off!

Fortunately, I have Jesse/Kathy’s bike to ride. They never use it and I got it completely tuned up. It’s ready to go! That makes it easier for me to give mine up. I can take a couple of weeks to get back!

Every two weeks, I’ve been sending an email to what I call the Research List. It’s about 650 Youth Directors that haven’t worked with us YET! I’m doing a series on how to grow their youth group.

Also includes a button to press to see what we offer for their group’s mission trip. Research says that people have to have at least eight interactions before they have even a chance to remember you.
Admin duties now.

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