Whirlwind Missions

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Dr. Strange! Podcast! Nana! Rain! 5.25.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:09 pm  

With the shooting in Uvalde, I thought it was a good idea to review exactly what the Second Amendment says. Seems to imply that this is for militia or military use.

One of my heroes.

Jessi and I had a fun time at this movie. Dr. Strange is my favorite Marvel character.


My gardenias are blooming. I thought K might like some in her bedroom.



Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called The Fear of Fear. Excellent.

After recording, I went for a walk and talked to my Mom.

Rained hard.

My mouth felt a bit better today. Didn’t hurt so much last night.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Bob! Anthony! Español! 5.24.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:29 pm  

Miles, Ashley and the grandgirls on Tybee Island. It’s our favorite beach spot. I sent them some pictures of my favorite spots. If you’re going that direction, check them out!

I thought this was cool.



Rained about 1″ yesterday.

Refilled my dog food supply for the raccoons and opossums.

Had a great chat with my buddy Bob Burns in Scotland. I’m glad he’s feeling better after his bout with Covid. Still having issues, unfortunately.

Always a hoot to talk with my friend Anthony.

Jessi and I hope to go see Dr. Strange tomorrow.

Transported a squirrel.

My jaw still hurts pretty badly from my extraction. Spent most of the day resting. I’m ok as long as the ibuprofen is working. Wears off, hurts, start again.

Monday, May 23, 2022

#1! Tooth! Hubcap! Groceries! 5.23.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:06 pm  

Rained last night and today. Not all that much.

Came in #1 in the Duolingo Diamond league last night. That’s always an accomplishment.

My Mom wanted to know what I drink in the mornings so she could have it when we go to Texas for ten days. A couple of heaping teaspoons of hot chocolate plus a teaspoon of instant coffee with a teaspoon of sugar. Makes twenty ounces.




Went to my dentist this morning to have him check on my extraction site.

My mouth has been really sore, especially in the jaw area. It feels like I have a bad earache most of the time. Dr. Jeon explained that that was completely normal. There are a large group of nerves that travel along the tooth line and up into the jaw where the ear is. It hurts up and down that area. It’s getting better, but it was still good to have him tell me that.

Unfortunately, the gums were still too swollen to put the crown in the back back on. I’ll have to wait for nearly two more weeks to check it out again. That will be a few days before going to Texas. I’ll go back on June 2nd.

The competition that I’m involved in this week is with a guy that has studied twenty-four different languages! I expect him to win the league challenge this week. I hope to come in second or third. It’s a competition where you the best students compete with the best so it always gets harder.

Dave scored exactly 10,000 XP today which is astonishing.


Not sure what this is, but I like it. The French words mean “To see, to say.”

Went by my office to check on the mail.

I’m always studying. I got the definition of fetid pretty close. I kept hearing the Spanish word “fetido” which I was sure was the same word. There are a tremendous amount of cognates in Spanish/English. The larger your vocabulary, the more words you can guess in the other Romantic languages.

Here’s another new one. Way more than one meaning.

Deposited checks.

I got my replacement hubcap in today. It’s a beauty, right? Solid metal.

Just keep going.

Picked up my groceries.

I slept great last night. Looking forward to that tonight.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Podcast! Plants! Hummingbirds! 5.22.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:31 pm  


Buckminster Fuller is my July 12th birthday buddy. Love his work.

Kevin Kelly is one of my heroes. If he says watch something, I normally do. I’ve already watched an episode of the YesTheory and really liked it. You will too.


Love this quote. I aim to do this with the kids at the mission and with the teams that I work with.

A terrific idea. What would you do if you only had a tiny bit of time left?

I love trees.

Seth Godin had a great blog post today.



This was such a great story about Beethoven.



The kids went to Tybee Island today. I thought it was interesting that I saw this article this morning.

While I was studying Spanish, I saw the mama hummingbird. I decided it was good to clean out and refill my feeders. Good thing I did since the sugar water had started to ferment. I forgot how fast that happened when it started getting warm.

Mix a 1/4 ratio, sugar to water.

Mix it up.

Refill and hung back up.

Refilled my jugs of water I use to stock the dog water bowl that the raccoons use. They make a mess pretty much every day. They like to soak the dry dog food I put out in the water before they eat it. It’s way easier to use a gallon of water than it is to get the water hose out.

Pulled the weeds out of my wisteria garden and watered the young plants.

Then watered the liriope that I planted last month.


Rain is on the way. I still watered my plants. Never know just how much rain they’ll actually get.

Watered my inside plants. So much beauty.

Can you believe the blue cactus?

Gassed up my car and checked the fluids.

Picked up some more Burt’s Bees chapstick.

Ordered my groceries. I’ll pick them up tomorrow evening.

Released Verbal Surgery -944- “Flag Wavers.” So good.

Recorded a new episode this afternoon called “Non-Visible.”

I went through my list and discovered I had two other episodes that I Hadn’t put in the line up for release. So I’m two weeks ahead of schedule, and seeing that the girls won’t be with me this week, my guess is that I’ll record at least three more. As my wife would say, “I live to hear myself talk.”

The episodes labeled as -999- were recorded before the pandemic and I’ve yet to release them either.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Español! Anthony! Key! Jaw! 5.21.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 6:33 pm  

This should be interesting.

A good reminder.


I seem to study way more depending on how tight the competition is in the league. I’ve been ahead by a pretty comfortable margin the whole week.


Slightly cooler than it has been.

One of my banana plants got knocked over. I put it back up, attached it to a pole and added some more soil to the top. So far it seems ok. Sure do love them.


This is on the 8th Unit.

Had a fun chat with my buddy Anthony. We’ve been out of touch a couple of weeks due to him teaching a conference last weekend.


Ashley got a new key for her car yesterday. I got her a large magnetic hide-a-key which unfortunately was still too small. I ordered one off of Amazon which is extra large.

Enjoying playing Horizon Forbidden West and resting.

My jaw where my tooth was extracted is still pretty sore. I’ve been taking an ibuprofen every five or six hours. The doctor said I could take 800mg at a time if I needed to. Taking way less than that.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Grandgirls! Car! Plaza Fiesta! 5.20.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:39 pm  

I was up around 5:30 AM studying Español.


Kathy and I drove to Azalea early this morning so I could get some work done on Ashley’s car. Had to get the VIN and car information from it.

I got two new front tires for her. The old ones were shot.


Also got a new toilet seat for the mission.

Ashley’s car key was also messed up. My mechanic recommended a key guy for me to use. Later today, he came by Azalea and got her a new one made.

I use my buddies at T&G a lot for information.

Talked to my Mom about what luggage we’ll be bringing to Texas.

I was in conversations with my tire guy, my key guy and my car guy today.

Great to be with my girls!

My tire guy has really been great for us. I scheduled a time and I was in and out with two new tires in less than thirty minutes. Amen.

Mr. Richard is a great guy.

After getting the new tires, we went to Plaza Fiesta to have some fun. The Kindergarten graduate!

This looks interesting. I reckon we’ll go to the exhibit. I’ll probably take J with us too.

Went by my office to check the mail and my ficus tree.

Harry on the way home.

Warm day. I tried to keep the girls inside as much as possible.

Went by my sister-in-law’s house this evening to help her with her phone.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Grandgirls! K! Class Party! 5.19.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:53 pm  


Español! I texted my buddy Tito after I read this.

My girls!


Everly’s chalk art. This is supposed to be a popsicle.

Hard news from one of my good buddies in Australia. Also heard that Anthony was exposed to Covid this last weekend. He’s ok. Hope he stays that way!

Everly and I picked up Kathy from work and went over to Huntley Hills for Penelope’s end of the year party. It was a big deal to her that we came.

Blue cupcake lips!

The girls like Happy Meals. I got the McDonald’s app yesterday. Tried it out today. You get free stuff with your order.

We’ve been dealing with gnats at the mission. Hate ’em. I got a can of bug spray. Incredible how happy it made me to spray them.


Checked the mail at my office.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Grandgirls! Evergreen! Bank! Podcast! 5.18.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:47 pm  

I was up at 5:30 AM studying Español. That wasn’t my goal, it’s just the way it worked out.


Perfect weather this morning, but got pretty hot this afternoon.

Went to Global Mall to pick up Everly since I didn’t need the pain meds that kept me from driving. Overall, my jaw and teeth feel pretty good. Still sore. I just take ibuprofen during the day.

Love my girls!


Deposited checks. Amen.

Fruit breakfast!

My trees are growing!

My Venus Fly Traps are blooming. Most of the time I don’t let them do that since the plants spend so much energy to flower. I just trim the flowering shoots off. This year I’m hoping to pollinate them with the other VFTs so that they’ll go to seed.

Everly and I went to Evergreen at Stone Mountain to enjoy the swimming pool for an hour. NAPA was having a conference, hence the old car. This time of year the place isn’t busy at all.

We went to the German Bakery for lunch. I cut stuff into really tiny pieces so I could chew it without interfering with my surgical site.

Everly was coloring and I started talking to her. She said, “Shhh. Can’t you see I’m trying to focus.” Hilarious.

I brought lemon squares home from the bakery for Penelope and K. P begged Kathy for hers which she gave to Penelope. Funny.

Penelope is into working on her 1st grade workbook I got her. We did about five pages together. Hope that can be a regular thing during the summer. School ends on Friday. I’ll pick her up at 11:30 AM and we’ll go do lunch together. Next week her family heads to Tybee. That’ll be fun. Then I have them for the rest of the Summer. The girls and Jessi and I will be taking a trip to Texas to see my family in June. K will be holding down the fort here.

The kids at the mission said that they had passed and would be going on to the next class in the fall. I was glad for them. I couple of them were real borderline cases.

I waited outside for about thirty minutes seeing if any of the kids needed help. I worked with Everly while we waited. Eventually, we just came on back in.

While I was with the grandgirls, we played lots of games including charades and hot potato with ZZ Top playing. It was fun.


Got the swim gear drying.

Released Verbal Surgery “Rehearsal Reversal.” this evening.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Grandgirls! Jessi! 5.17.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:53 pm  

Woke up early this morning super nauseated. Kept the fan on me and cooled off and felt better. Couldn’t go back to sleep for hours. I was SO glad that I’d asked Ashley to bring Everly over to my house. No way I could’ve driven over to Global Mall safely this morning.


This meant a lot to me this morning when I’m facing a $3,000 tooth repair.

I’ve been on a soft food and liquid diet. Apple sauce and banana smoothies with Kachava. Today Everly, Jessi and I went to El Torerros where we ate beans and rice with some eggs. It was easy to eat. No chips. Duh.

Everly was glad to see me. The feeling was mutual. She is such a sweetheart.


We picked up some beach toys and coloring books for the Kendall’s trip to Tybee Island next week.

It was great to have Jessi with us. The girls love her.

This seems like an invitation. Lots of construction going on across the street from Azalea.

We spotted this juvenile Red Tailed Hawk this afternoon. He definitely had his eye on something.

Another warm day, but with the low humidity it wasn’t bad.

None of the kids were out today at Azalea. No homework with just a few days left in the year. They’re all inside chilling I reckon.

Went by my office to check the mail.


A hubcap came off of the Mercury today. Need to see about getting some kind of replacement. There is a lock lug nut, so the wheel is still secure.

Did some research. Looks like it’s about $65 to replace it. Went ahead and ordered it. Stuff like that missing hub cap drives me crazy.

Dropped off a squirrel.

Gassed up my car and added some oil. Price really jumped up!

Watered my outdoor plants, in particular the liriope and wisteria that I planted a few weeks ago.

Also cleaned out and refilled bird baths.

I was glad I had some short naps this morning and this afternoon. I really was tired after not getting much sleep last night.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Eclipse! Extraction! 5.16.22

Tim A. Cummins @ 7:52 pm  

Big night last night with a total lunar eclipse! I was really tired and went to sleep at 10:00 PM. I told myself that if I woke up I’d go check it out. I popped awake at almost exactly midnight to go check it out.

I got this picture from NASA.

Did great on Duolingo. Came out #2 out of thirty people. The lady who beat me must have one of the highest point totals in all of Duolingo with over a million points.

Got bills in the mail.


I finally took off the blankets from my bed. Summertime is here!

When I was getting ready to study this morning, I spilled my coffee. Had to wash everything off.


Kathy is having trouble with the windows in her truck. We dropped her car off last night and I took her to work this morning.

While our cars were pulled out, I blew and cleaned our garage.

I’ve been a little nervous about my dental appointment today. I was supposed to have a root canal.

My dentist is the best I’ve ever had. He really is good. He cut the old crown off that had decay under it and cleaned it all up. Unfortunately, the damage was too bad to save the tooth so he had to pull it. That was quite an experience. Wow. Didn’t hurt, but there sure was a lot of pulling to get it out!

After the extraction, he put in material for a bone graft.

In five months, I’ll get a head CT scan to make sure everything is right for the implant. It’s going to cost around $3,000 for the total procedure. That’s a lot, but the procedure is quite complicated.

Highly recommend Dr. Jeon. He’s super good.

I called later to make sure that they were going to contact my dental insurance. I also have a discount plan. Need to see which one will save me the most money.

I’ve been going to him over a decade. I still call him my “new” dentist. I’m so grateful for his good work.

Stopped by Walgreens on my way home to pick up antibiotics and pain meds.

Warm today!

Just keep going.

Downloaded the episode of Verbal Surgery that I recorded yesterday onto my Mac.

My jaw feels pretty good. I took a pill a little while ago. Hopefully, I’ll sleep well. I’m not supposed to drive while on the pain medication. Ashley will bring Everly over to my house tomorrow morning. I’m not sure if I’ll have to be on the pain meds or not.

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