Whirlwind Missions

Saturday, January 28, 2023

J’s Mac Mini M2! Lunar Festival! 1.28.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:59 pm  


Walked 1.41 miles as I studied.

Cold morning.


I saw the most discrete undulatus clouds ever today. Incredible.

Ordered groceries.

Put some WD40 on the car door hinges.

Jessi got her new Mac Mini M2 in today. I helped her set it up. She needed to be careful because she had her surgery just yesterday! She’s not supposed to bend over or lift anything over ten pounds.

Went to the first New Year Lunar Festival ever at Stone Mountain this evening.

Seemed to be a big success. It was very colorful and I had a fun time. Going to one event costs $39. I got my Annual Pass for only $20 more. I think that’s a great deal. I will probably get the Grandgirls passes again this year. We made a lot of use of them last year, especially during the special events.

Walked .99 miles.

The Lunar Festival was very colorful.

Dance team from Laos.

Love the colored lights on the trees.

I have fun making swishy light patterns by moving the camera with a slow shutter speed. Beautiful! Groovy!

I begin to pull away.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Jessi’s Surgery! Español! 1.27.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:35 pm  

My credit card with the new expiration date came in yesterday. Last night, I spent time changing the card on Amazon.

We are excited about Jessi’s new computer coming in on Saturday!

Today was Jessi’s deviated septum surgery. The doctor said it was one of the worst he’d seen. We got up around 7:00 AM. I woke up around 5:30 AM and didn’t really go back to sleep. I studied some Spanish.

Cold morning.


We got to Eastside hospital at 8:24 AM.

After checking in and taking care of the financial and insurance information, a nurse took Jessi back to get her prepped.

K and I went to Golden Corral for lunch during Jessi’s surgery.

She did great!

We got her follow up appointment set for this coming Tuesday at 1PM.

This juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk was right outside my door.

After we got home, I studied Spanish and went for a 1.26 mile walk.

Went to Walgreens twice to pick up Jessi’s meds. I had to go back because there was a contraindication with two of the meds. The doctor explained what to do and we are following his orders.

Took a two hour nap after that. I was tired!

Having a strong week because of the competition.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Español! Grandgirls! JK! Azalea! 1.26.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:17 pm  

Great to see the new computer on the way for Jessi!


Walked 1.57 miles while I studied.


Finally got my new credit card in. My old one was getting ready to expire in just five days.

Now that I’ve got my new card, I plan on checking out if we can get a better deal with our car insurance.

It was a cold day. The wind made it bitter.

Jessi and Kathy went with me today. We had fun with the grandgirls.

Helped the kids at the mission with their homework. There was a LOT of work to do and the wind made it super cold.

I ended up with Penelope’s little twisty toy. She was sad about that.

Worked hard today. It’s been stiff competition this week. As I’ve said before, my goal is just to come in the top three and to score at least 10,000 xp a week.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Tire! Azalea! Tabias! M2! 1.25.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:32 pm  

Woke up to a completely flat tire, as expected.


Español! Walked 1.58 miles while I studied.

Pumped up my tire and took it to my tire guy in Chamblee.

They had to put a patch on the tire. That piece of metal had sliced the tire like a knife, so the usual plug approach wouldn’t work. I was still in and out of that place with a repaired tire in less than twenty minutes!

Had a good talk with my Mom.

A couple of beautiful oil spots on my walk.

Finally dropped off my bag of bags to be recycled.

Went to the bank to deposit checks which I had processed at my office.

It was cold helping the kids at the mission.

Tabias came by to visit me while I was helping the kids. He is a one of my original kids at Azalea. Twenty-six years ago now!

Never too much Ashley!

Listened to radio from Madrid on the way home.

The county is looking at adding speed bumps to our neighborhood.

Beautiful sunset!

This week Jessi gave me all her savings and rare coins to help with the family finances. K and I had been talking about investing in a new computer for her to work with. Apple just released their new M2 Mac mini. It is a real powerhouse for an unbelievable $599! J and I did research on it this evening and then I let her push the button on my phone to order it!

The competition is way harder this week. I would have been 4,000 points ahead of everyone with this score last week.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Anthony! Jon! Azalea! Tire! 1,000! 1.24.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:26 pm  

It was cold last night!



Walked 1.31 miles.

Took my carnivorous plants back outside.

My buddy Anthony had a health scare last week. All the tests came out ok! Sure was glad about that!

I enjoy seeing wildlife in our area. Sharp shinned hawk is one of my favorites.

Had a fun lunch with my buddy Jon Paul and K and J!

Did most of the labels on the newsletter envelopes and alphabetized them so we can insert the annual donation report for their taxes. I still need to buy stamps. We will finish this project next Thursday. I will write my newsletter this weekend and get it printed first of next week if all goes well!

Had a good group of kids at the mission. It was cold, but not nearly as cold as yesterday!

I finished up the homework for the day, said goodbye to my family and was turning the car around when I heard a bad sound, flat tire! Sure enough, it had gone flat while I was working with the kids. Unfortunately, my tire guy had closed just fifteen minutes earlier! Pumped the tire up and drove about half way home. Stopped to see how much pressure I’d lost, filled it back up and made it home safely. I’ll pump it back up tomorrow and follow the same procedure and take it to my tire guy to put a plug in it.

Gassed up my car and checked and added some oil.

While I got gas, I pumped up the tire for a third time then picked up my groceries. The second and third times it only took about ten minutes each because it hadn’t lost all that much air.

Got home and watered the plants in the living room and sun room areas.

It’s a big day for me! Today, I released the 1,000th episode of my podcast Verbal Surgery which began sixteen years ago! This one is entitled “The Answer.” It’s really good!

Lots of strong competition this week.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Español! Bradley & Ben! Labels! 1.23.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:33 pm  

As foretold, I dominated last week.



Walked 1.07 miles while I studied. Shorter walk because I met up with Bradley and Ben earlier than I expected.

It was cold today, especially with the wind!

I had a great time with my buddies from Birmingham, Alabama! Glad to see them again. They are from Christ Church. We had Indian food together and talked about the plans for the Spring and Summer teams.

Checked the mail at the office.

Penelope did great on her report card! No surprise there.

Ordered groceries.

Helped the kids at the mission. Man, it was really cold outside. I left at sunset.

Working on getting the tax letters ready for the donor letters going out soon. I printed up the labels and will alphabetize them. That makes it easy to find which newsletter goes with which donation letter.

I coordinated with Ashley about when everything needs to be done. We’ll have it printed on the first of February and have the letters ready to go and in the mail by February 2nd. That should be fine. I think the deadline for receiving the letter from most organizations is usually February 15th.

Cold night. I brought my carnivorous plants in.

K and J were raving about this bread they got from Walmart. I ordered some. I’ll pick up my grocery order tomorrow evening on the way home.

Leading the pack again this week.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Español! Walk! Plants! Bob! 1.22.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:32 pm  

Powerful thunderstorms rolled through last night around 4:30am. Woke me up.

Wikipedia on unexplained things.

Treating people like trees.



Walked 1.65 miles while I studied.

Nice talk with Ashley.

I’ve been listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young since David died. I was singing along with this today. I never knew all the words! The “we are billion year-old carbon” really got me.

Talked with my buddy Bob Burns in Scotland about music and life. Never too much Bob!

Interesting lichen on the way home.

I was planning on seeing the Lunar Festival at Stone Mountain, but it was closed because of weather. Figured.

Research on the coin show in Marietta.

Watered my indoor plants.

Rained 2.5″ over the last two nights.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Hawk! Hot and Cold! YRWS! 1.21.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:38 pm  

One of my favorite places on Earth. This saddens me.




This morning as I was studying Spanish, I watched a Sharp Shinned Hawk carry a dead squirrel to the tree across from me. Seconds later, two vultures sat in the tree nearby, my guess was hoping it would drop the squirrel. It didn’t.

Miles came over with the girls this morning to go out do eat at Hot and Cold and then a trip to the Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary. Fun!

While I was there I saw my friend Beth Gomes who is one of the Whirlwind Missions board members. We had a good chat.

Just keep going! I didn’t make my normal progress. Spent quality time with the family which always is a priority!

Watched the first episode of The Last of Us, one of my favorite video games ever and a super powerful show. Wow!

Friday, January 20, 2023

Español! Podcast! Bank! 1.20.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:01 pm  

My credit card expires at the end of the month. Called my credit union to find out when my new car will arrive. They assure me it will be soon.

Deposited a check to my personal account (I use the app for that) and checked on balances.

Processed checks and got them ready to deposit to the ministry account. I take paper checks and run them through the bank ATM.

New words.

Checked on weather for tomorrow.


Perfect weather.


Walked 1.87 miles while I studied.

Checked on my carnivorous plants outside.

Listened to radio from Spain.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “100%.”

Ate lunch at the German Bakery.

Filled up my tap water gallon jugs.

Cleaned all the bird baths and refilled with water and filled seed feeders.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Simple Thimbles.”

It still amazes me how this identical score could put me in third place last week when I totally dominate this week.

I haven’t been feeling super great. Tired a lot. Sleeping more.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Clouds! Español! Azalea! 1.19.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:20 pm  


Started out drizzly, turned out beautiful!

Jessi has her surgery on the 27th. This morning I made phone calls to her ENT doctor’s office scheduler as well as the Eastside Hospital to get all the pre-op work done. Everything looks green for go!

I got a letter from one of our faithful supporters this week. Gave him a call because he’d been in the hospital several times recently.

Español and 1.10 mile walk.

Listened to radio from Madrid.

I saw some very rare cloud formations this morning. They’re called Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds. They look like waves. I’ve only seen them twice in my whole life.

I liked the shadows on these boards.

Grandgirls had fun climbing a tree.

I bought pizza for the girls. Got an extra one to share with the mission kids.

Interesting shot of the sun.

The same time last week I had this same score and was in third place. This week I dominate. One would think I would coast with a lead this big. That’s not the way I operate. Nor do I push myself extra hard when I’m behind.

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