Whirlwind Missions

Friday, December 31, 2021

Podcast! Research! Anthony! 12.31.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:46 pm  

The horse before the cart.

Fascinated by this.

Tru dat.



Here are the accessories I’m getting for my drone. Case, sd card, extra battery, leg extensions.


I got a new app for identifying and help figure out problems with plants.


It was really foggy this morning.

Great to talk with my buddy, Anthony!



I brought this pineapple plant to my house from Ashley’s.

I sent information to a church in Alabama who will be having their mission conference soon.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Watching the Show.” Downloaded it to my Mac.

Deposited checks.

The county has dug this section of sidewalk up at least three times. There’s a water pipe under it that keeps leaking.

They repaired this part again too.

Rained about 3.15″ yesterday.

I downloaded some new apps related to my drone. I’m a weather guy so I like this extra info.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Grandgirls! K! Goodwill! Mall! Plaza Fiesta! 12.30.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 5:05 pm  

I’ve been flying drones for nearly ten years! It’s a fun hobby. The new drone I just purchased, the DJI Mini SE, will take my flying experience to another level. As well as photography! Literally! (And aren’t you glad when someone uses the word, “literally” correctly?)

One of the best things about this little drone is that it is under 250 gms which means it doesn’t have to be licensed.

There still are a lot of rules to abide by.

It rained all day long. Really heavy at times. Super mild.



In the back of Global Mall there is a covered entrance, Ashley drops the girls and their seats off where they can keep dry.

K and I took the girls to Waffle House for breakfast.

Went to Goodwill.

Walked around in REI. I thought this was funny.

K liked the books. E the maps.

Then on to Perimeter Mall.

They thought the sinks were cool.

We never put money in these things.

It’s great for their imaginations.

We had a good walk.

Next stop, Plaza Fiesta! When we got there there were hardly any kids. It was really raining outside. We left because it started to fill up. The girls get hurt when there are bigger kids playing.

Everly wanted to see the dresses.

Mommy and daughter dresses.


I couldn’t believe this was out in the open left unguarded.

There was a HUGE line waiting to get free Covid tests. This is at Plaza Fiesta, but there have been similar lines near my house in Stone Mountain.

It really rained.

I finally figured out what these words meant.

Heard those words while I was listening to Book 5.

I picked up the newsletters from my office. Took them home and collated/stuffed the envelopes. Then took them to the PO to mail.

Some big limbs fell in my yard. They had lichens on them which I thought were lovely.

Went by Kroger to pick up meds for J.

Saw this little sticker.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Grandgirls! Goodwill! Labels! Podcast! 12.29.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:32 pm  



Most of the day.

Waffle House with the girlies.


We saw K right before she went to work.



There’s a big competition on Duolingo right now. I’m right at the top. Highest in the hardest.



I always enjoy having Penelope read to me.

Chalk was a big hit today.

Ice cream cone!

We finished the labels for the newsletters.

Post Office to get stamps.

Goodwill! Our favorite rainy day spot along with Dollar Tree.

They have fun playing with their new stuff.

I’m getting a camera drone. I’ve been flying drones since 2010 with the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. I’m getting the DJI Mini SE. It has a three axis gimbal for super smooth video and just flies great. I wanted a drone I could shoot video with.

I ordered all the gear last night. I’ve been watching tutorials on the drone and setting up my account.

Took the girls home. Played some Hide and Seek, Operation and Rattlesnake Jake.

Talked to kids at the mission. I decided to do the Christmas Party 2 on the first day back to school. That way I’ll see all the kids.

Picked up groceries.

Released Verbal Surgery -907- “The Dark and Delight 2.

I actually came up with the same title back in June. Whenever I repeat a title by mistake (out of over 900 episodes I’ve only done that a handful of times) I just add “2.”

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Grandgirls! K! Anniversary! Stone Mountain! Newsletters!

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:07 pm  

Forwarded this to Ashley. She told me it should be set up for auto update.


So mild!

Global Mall with my girls!

Kathy and I have been married 36 years ago today! Sounds like a lot. And we’re packed a lot of excitement in it!

She met us at Waffle House.


The girls are so artistic. Amen.


HUGE line waiting to get a Covid test or shot.

I took the girls to Stone Mountain. I noticed this tortoise in the road. We stopped and put him in a safe location.

We have “super tickets” so it’s easy for us to go and visit all the attractions at Stone Mountain.

They like the simple stuff like jumping from rock to rock about the best.

It’s such a cool place. I come here several times a week.

We always enjoy the train ride.

Putt Putt.

We had a good lunch.

So beautiful.

I thought this was funny. They love unicorns so much.

Harry! It’s exciting to find yourself understanding bigger and bigger chunks of the story.

I’ll pick up groceries tomorrow on the way home.

Went by my office to pick up the mail.

Wrote and produced my newsletter.

Put gas in the car and checked the levels.

Printed out the labels for the newsletter.

Downloaded the latest edition of Verbal Surgery onto my Mac.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Spanish! Podcast! 1.27.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:41 pm  

I thought these were good ideas.

That’s a lot with not much.



Dreary but not particularly wet. Maybe for the week to come.

Ordered groceries.

Cleaned the floors.

Put the vacuum cleaner back together.

Mas Harry.

Restful day.

Practiced with my drone.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery.

Played some Horizon Zero Dawn.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Calls! Podcast! Drone! 12.26.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:17 pm  

The James Webb Space telescope blasted off on Christmas Day. I enjoyed watching video of the launch and the explanations as to what the plan is.

Our last view of the telescope.

Had to look up this word.

Firefly was one of my favorite shows. I had no idea they showed the series out of order.

Looks about right.

I enjoyed this video about a woman who folds paper. Incredible.





Went to Stone Mountain to record an episode of Verbal Surgery.

Talked with my Mom.

Flew my drone.
Stone Mountain Drone Flight

Came home and vacuumed the house.

Paid bills.

Watered my plants.

Ordered a new belt holder for my iPhone. The old one wasn’t closing very well.

Also ordered some silicon sealant for my bathroom.

Cleaned the vacuum out. If it’s clean it works great. Full? Not so much.

Cleaned and filled the bird baths and feeders.

Can you see the plastic can nearly the middle of this picture by the fence? It had some peanut butter left in it. Some raccoon probably tried to carry it off. It was almost utterly cleaned out.

Released Verbal Surgery -906- “IDK.”

Feel the freedom of not knowing with “IDK.”

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas! Drone! 12.25.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:25 pm  


This is big. Hope it works!

Mas y mas.


I added two new editions of Verbal Surgery to my Mac. I’ll release a new episode tomorrow.

It was an incredibly mild day. Warming trend to come.

Great chat with my buddy Anthony. I always enjoy that.

I flew my drone today. Shot some video with it. Not the greatest quality but still a fun viewpoint. It was very windy.


When I heard the word “Ojalà” I thought it sounded like the Arabic word “Inshalla,” which literally means “If Allah wills.” I looked this up this morning.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Grandgirls! Kendall Family Christmas! 12.24.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:34 pm  

I’m glad that my Mom came early to celebrate Christmas with us. This could have been really bad.




Mild today.

Went to Stone Mountain to record an episode of Verbal Surgery called “Climb A Cactus.”


GREAT to have our family together!

Fun time!

Such a blessing to have family close by and that the other grandparents live only a few minutes away.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

K! Grandgirls! Doggie Park! 12.23.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:57 pm  

It was my brother-in-law’s birthday! The girls and I left him a voicemail.

I want to see both of these movies.

It was cold this morning.



Got Ash and her family a new toaster.

Beautiful full sun moon this morning.

Deposited checks.

Doggie Park.


Came home for nap time. Shadow puppets.

Little sweethearts have to get up so early every morning. I always feel the day has been a success if I can get them to eat something healthy and take a nap.


I enjoy helping Penelope read. I usually give her a small chocolate when she’s done good work. I give them chocolate regardless, honestly.

I love Dr. Seuss.

I wrapped a bunch of Christmas presents.

I had some peanut butter left in this jar. I left it outside to see what the animals would do with it.

Picked up my groceries.

The loaders at Walmart smashed a bottle of pickle relish putting it into my car. He replaced it.


For years, I’ve dumped a bunch of food right in front of the red light. Now I’ve started making a wider pattern. I think that will force them to stay longer because there is a much wider area with food available.

The mammals can’t see this red light.

I got a new little raccoon for my tree. I think they’re cute.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Grandgirls! Goodwill! Chamblee Park! 12.22.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:42 pm  

It’s all perspective.


Mighty cold. And even colder tonight! I brought my carnivorous plants in for the next few nights.

I was pretty sure I knew what this meant, but always good to check.

Definitely didn’t know what this meant.

Love my girls!

Took the grandgirls across the street from Global Mall to Waffle House. They were glad to see me.

I let them play on the rocks for a bit. Too cold to stay out for more than just a couple of minutes.

Beautiful colors in the clouds this morning.

You can see the waning moon in the next couple of pictures.

Went to the Goodwill in Lawrenceville to get more toys for the kids that didn’t get to come to the party on Sunday.

Un dia mas!

Ordered groceries.

Spent time reading with Penelope. I really enjoy it.

Pealed off all the stickers and cut the tags off of the toys we bought for our follow up party.

They took about a two hour nap.

Hot and Cold for lunch.

She wanted to give me a chocolate kiss. I passed.

They helped me carry the trashcans back up the hill to our house. They really do like helping when they can.

We picked up Jessi from work and brought her home.

Then back to Chamblee and went to a park.


Took the girls home. Cold wind. Not a kid outside. That’s rare.

Traffic was jammed up on 78 coming home to Stone Mountain. There was a FIVE car collision blocking the middle lane. Super dangerous with not a cop in sight.

I finally called 911. Got through to the Gwinnett County Police and was put on hold for over five minutes and told them what I’d seen. I was promptly transferred to Dekalb County 911. Another five or six minute wait. Told them what I had seen. I was shocked that NO ONE had reported the situation to the cops. Surely those five cars stuck in the middle of a fast highway thought maybe the police were needed. Or perhaps the hundreds of other cars that had passed the situation. It really shows just how different I am than the majority of people.

Worked on repairing a dinosaur stuffy of Penelope’s.

I fixed one of Everly’s toys with three LR44 batteries. Minnie Mouse microphone.

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