Whirlwind Missions

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Mothers Day! Bike! 5.9.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:43 pm  

I thought this was supa coo.


I actually had a person say that God would protect them from Covid AND have a carry permit for a gun.


I liked this quote.


Beautiful day!

I had a great talk with my Mom for Mother’s Day! Actually, we talk at least once a week. I was asking her about her relatives and where they grew up. She said they had a ranch above Rio Frio.

Recorded an episode of Verbal Surgery called, “Blank Page.” So good. Uploaded it to my Mac.

Rode my bike 10.26 miles. I’ve been taking it easy to let my arm heal.


I’ve been enjoying playing the Last of Us 2.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Grandgirls! Doggie Park! Sleep Over! 7.5-8.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:26 pm  

I was told as a youngster that holding my breath would keep me from being stung by bees and wasps. Now I know there is science behind it. I was told they thought you were dead and wouldn’t sting a corpse.

Studied. What else is new?

I wasn’t sure of the exact definition.

Picked up the girls on Friday after having Thursday off.

We stopped and got fruit and corn on the way home. Happy face!

After breakfast, we had Brown Cows and Ice Cream Sandwiches.


My wisteria seems to be doing well. These are the new plants.

Cleaned and refilled my hummingbird feeders. I’ve only had two sightings. I hope they’re coming by and I’ve just not seen them.

Also filled feeders and cleaned the bird baths.

I planted my Mother’s Day rose bush.

I took the grandgirls to Metro Diner for lunch. That’s a big burger. Penelope ate about 2/3s of it!

Mailed my tax return signature page in.

I emailed our tax guy about Ashley and Miles return. Then it came in today.

I liked the sound of this.

K and I took the girls to the Doggie Park.

Went by to visit with Kathy’s sister Ann and see her dogs.

I fixed us smores after eating pizza.

Then baths and bed!

The next morning I blew the driveway.

One of the last things I do before the girls leave is to clean the house and put all their toys away for a few days. Helps lessen the clutter in our rooms.

Swept the kitchen and laundry area.

Vacuumed the house.


Blew off and washed the deck. The vivid filter makes it look a lot redder than it is.

Cleaned the glass doors.

Released Verbal Surgery “Pain and Gain.” So good.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Spanish! Podcast! Rest! 5.6.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:58 pm  

Two 100% night’s sleep in a row. Never seen that before that I remember.

I thought this was funny.

We went to Fernbank Museum last week. They had an exhibit on the Mayan culture. I did some research on where that was. Primarily Guatemala. There is research saying that the Mayans crossed the Gulf of Mexico and went from Florida into Georgia and that some stone mounds here are very similar to the ones the Mayans built. Including the winding snake iconography.

These are quotes from Luise Calment who died at 124.

Fabulous weather.

Sí, Señor!


When I got to my recording spot at Stone Mountain, I saw a huge Oak tree had been blown over.

I really enjoy poetry, but I wasn’t digging the two sets of daily poems I was receiving, Turns out the poems I’ve memorized are on a lot of “Best Poetry” lists.

Recorded an episode of Verbal Surgery called “Lost and Around.” Excellent.

Called my Mom. For some reason, she didn’t hear me when I was leaving a message.

Miles watched the girls today. I enjoyed a restful time.

Had fun playing Last of Us 2. Such an intense story. Wow.

I was planning on biking today, but my right hand and forearm is still having issues with pins and needles sensations. I decided I should let it rest. I’ll be back on the bike soon enough!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

PE! Bank! New PA! Azalea! 5.5.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:53 pm  


I’m looking forward to getting on the bike more this month.

Español cada dia.

I’ve had a change of strategy on Duolingo. Instead of going through all 9 units in Level 1, I’m choosing to go up each lesson to the 5th level in every Unit. I’ve done all the first five units up to level 5. Now I’ll work on doing that for Unit 6.


My bird feeder was on the ground this morning. My guess is a raccoon climbed the wire and broke it. I put everything back together again.

Cloudy, but no rain. We got 5″ in the last two days!


Went to the bank on the way home from Global Mall. As you’ll read later, I went by the bank to deposit more money this evening!

Another 2.5″ of rain yesterday.

I put my new PA through its paces. Tested every input to make sure it functions. I’m really only going to use the one XLR channel with my two wireless mics as well as the Bluetooth mode to talk with my phone. It sounded really good.

I scrubbed and put this old backpack in the wash. I’m planning on using it for mic cables and miscellaneous gear. I like to have it together and protected.

I got the girls doing karaoke. They had a blast.

Interesting caterpillars.

Love my girls!

They always like to cook me things with play dough.

I knew the boxes would be a big hit. Now that I was sure that the PA worked, I could let them have fun.

I was glad that Kathy got to spend some time with them today. They’ve had a great time with the doctor set I got last week.

Paid bills. That includes a $2,000 check to pay down my Master Card bill. I still haven’t been completely reimbursed for some expenses correctly with our payroll company.

Checked on the kids at the mission. They are still doing testing and all the kids are required for now to leave their computers at the school. So that means not much homework for a big. I still enjoy talking to them.

Ashley got home a bit early. Always fun to see her. I pumped up their basketball.

Went by my office to check the mail and water my ficus. Also added some more topsoil.

Deposited checks at the bank on the way home.

Gassed up the car. Checked fluids.

Edited our latest donor list. One of the letters kept bouncing. I decided enough was enough and deleted that donor from our list.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

PE! Taco Veloz! Plaza Fiesta! Podcast! 5.4.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:02 pm  

This is good news.


Ni loca!


This morning, I got to my car and although the carabiner was attached to my belt loop, the key ring was gone! That’s not zesty. Checked the bed first, then pants, then car, then my recliner chair, and EUREKA my hand felt glasses.

I pulled them up and they were the ones that Kathy has been missing for weeks if not months!

Then I checked the other side and found my key ring. Amen!

Just a few minutes late for when I usually get there, still early.

It has really been raining! We had 3.5″ yesterday.

Penelope and I ate fried eggs and toast. Everly went for Special K cereal.

There was a time, before that pandemic that I wouldn’t know how to fry ad egg. Or just cook in general.

I actually had two Walmart orders today. Normally, their system lets it add on to the previous order. Today, I had to start a separate list. No big deal. I just let the guys at Walmart know to look for two orders.

While they play, I study Spanish. I do a lot of things out loud. They don’t seem to mind it.

I set up a little play station for the girls in our car porch.

Blew the area before we left on Safari.

I put the bike rack back on my car. The rear lift gate doesn’t work well anyway. I was planning on putting a new bike for Penelope on it. Usually, the Perimeter Goodwill has quite a selection of bikes and toys. Today, hardly anything. I was really shocked.

Mileage log. Getting back to normal, slowly.

Cloudy and rainy all day long. Sometimes, it was really coming down!

We went to Goodwill first. It was quite a drive and the girls were very good.

We did find a couple of “soft” toys and a two “hard toys.” Even THAT distinction has to be taken account when working with the girls.

Then to Plaza Fiesta! Man! it’s been a long time since we’ve gone through that! We were hoping the big inside playground would be open. Alas, no.

Went for cupcakes and chocolate cake. One of the best slices of Hershey’s chocolate cake I’ve ever had. The girls enjoyed their treats, too.

We got a couple of books at the walk in library at Plaza Fiesta.

Lots of photo ops.

Amazon delivered the new sound system today. Our old PA wasn’t working properly. Kept shorting out the main volume knob. This new one cost only $150 and should really help the ministry. I always follow Amazon reviews.

I really love all this PA stuff.

Amazon also delivered my new shoes! I get a new pair about every two years. The tread gets worn smooth and then they’re a slipping hazard. My old pair will serve as my biking and yard work shoes. I was amazed at how well I kept my old pair looking. I regularly scrubbed them with Ajax and kept them white. But not like this!

This is actually a learning time clock. If you push it’s left foot, it’ll tell you the time. Everly picked it out.

Got the groceries.

Released a new edition of Verbal Surgery “Attention Intention.” It’s an instant classic!

I have this little joker that I put on my Mac to remind me that today Verbal Surgery is due.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Thunderstorms! J to LT! 5.3.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:41 pm  

I was reading about dialects this morning and did some study on Jamaican pidgin English.

Rainy with thunderstorms all day long. We’ve had 3.5″ of rain so far today.


New week with a new group of 30 people in Duolingo. I’ve been #1 twice at the very beginning of the competition. Funny.

I usually do two lessons and two stories. Takes me about thirty minutes. I also do reading and listening drills with the TV and Audible.

I’m still trying to figure this Y or J sound thing.

Jesse and I had a fun and delicious lunch at El Torreros. On the way out, I saw this scene with two screwdrivers. I had just watched the Mitchells vs the Machines where having screwdrivers was a key part of the movie. Funny how stuff shows up.

Ordered groceries to pick up tomorrow.

The major parts of the storm may miss us this evening.

Have enjoyed playing Last of Us 2. It’s a very interesting and well written video game.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Anthony! Principles You! Last of Us 2! 5.2.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:02 pm  

I enjoyed studying this morning.

I read this on Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools newsletter. Pretty much everything he puts value into, I do or at least check out thoroughly.

I like the sound of this. This is the next step, convincing people to get it.

I thought this was a good test and the results seem accurate.

I also installed this on my Mac Air and ran it.

Nothing too bad was wrong. Amen. No malware. Just some programs that I don’t use that much on my laptop.

Studied. Of course.

Today was my best friend’s birthday, Anthony Jacquin! What fun we’ve had together.

Just cloudy at our house.

Checked on some packages I’m expecting.

Here are the results from the tests I took.

I’ve become fascinated with Barred Owls recently. We have a pair near our house, although my crows do not like them at all.

Jesse’s car had an issue where you couldn’t turn the key in the ignition. Did some research and it worked like a charm.

Ordered groceries.

Sometimes I have to do some research on the game I’m playing.

Today in Last of Us 2, they went on a trip to the Dinosaur Park in Wyoming for her birthday. It had been shut down for years.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Calls! Bike! 5.1.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:57 pm  

I’m playing a video game called Last of Us 2. Some of the puzzles are pretty hard.


Office work. Edited the current donor list. We have supporters die from time to time. Their children rarely want to keep the tradition going.

I had a great talk with my friend Caruso in Italy. He’s always fun.

In this shot, I’m showing him my Canon camera Elph 360.

A friend of mine’s grandmother is fighting cancer. I made her a recording and today left her a voice mail.

Good talk with my Mom.

And my buddy Anthony.

Beautiful day.

I did figure this problem out.

Lovely bike ride.

Rode 5.93 miles. I’m trying to take it easy while my arm heals. Some exercise is good for injuries.

There’s a surprising amount of upper body work out in biking.

Every evening, I upload all the pictures I took with my Canon camera onto my iPhone. Then I upload everything on my phone to my Mac. Then upload to my Smugmug server. At that point, those images could be seen from any spot on the globe with internet.

Uploaded a new edition of Verbal Surgery “Off/On.”

Friday, April 30, 2021

Grandgirls! Building! 4.30.2

Tim A. Cummins @ 5:57 pm  

A couple of friends of mine were talking about Sammy Davis, Jr. I liked this shot.

I remember having this system.


Looking forward to having my Mom in town. Sorry to hear that she’s dealing with shingles right now. Lord, heal my Mom and help her not scratch.

Estudio Español.

Love my girls!


They had Lucky Charms cereal this morning. Cereal gamefied.

Everly came to sit with me and eventually just closed her eyes and took a nap.

Penelope came over but never took a nap.

They enjoyed making things from play dough. Mainly food stuff.

They also like these building blocks. This is a potty. Plus.

I trimmed this last week. Now I’m repotting.


It was great to have the girls this week. I’ll see them again on Tuesday morning bright and early!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Grandgirls! Newsletters! Mission! 4.29.21

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:31 pm  

Studied Spanish. Por que no?

Interesting what I see.

Picked up my girls!

They make some cool stuff.

Trimmed bangs today.

After I trimmed their hair, I left the clippings near the seed for the birds to use in their nests. It’s very soft and warm.

Ordered groceries. The system had trouble later in the day.

The girls helped me do the labels.

Folded and stuffed and into the mail stream.

They enjoy playing with the sprinkler in the drive way. It wasn’t very sunny so they didn’t do it very long.

I made brownies after they had lunch.

I got the confirmation, but the rest of the communication from Walmart was zero.

I helped the kids with their homework.

Checked on Walmart for my groceries. I never did get a text or email confirmation about my order. I tried calling them. Finally, I was able to get through to a human who told me that my order was indeed ready but that they had had a lot of problems with their system.

Picked up the mail. Processed the checks. Deposited into Bank of America. Amen.

Got the groceries.

Put the dried dog food I use for the raccoons into my storage trash can.

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