Whirlwind Missions

Monday, February 6, 2023

Español! Scan! Azalea! Mustak! 2.6.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:22 pm  

Wasn’t feeling great today. Scratchy throat, head ache and tired. Felt better by the end of the day.

Got some more solution for Jessi to take care of her nose.

Teaching Nana how Live Photos work.

Came in #2 last week.

J’s trackpad is on the way.

Had a talk with another tree guy this morning. Looks like he’s going to give us the best deal: $400 to take those three branches over the house down. He said he’d take the whole tree down for $1500. That seems really reasonable from what I’ve been quoted so far.



I’ve never seen anything like this Anna girl. By the end of the day she had earned 8,000 XP! That’s crazy!

Walked 1.26 miles while I studied.

Talked with my Mom. She’ll be coming into the ATL on Sunday. Amen! I sent her a screenshot of the schedule.

Gorgeous weather.

I’ve been walking consistently. Looking forward to the Spring when I can start biking again.

I went to my dentist to get a scan to see if my implant graft is doing well. So far so good! I’ll get the implant the end of February after my Mom leaves.

The object under my jaw is my necklace.

I showed the kids at the mission my scan. I told them that they had teeth inside their heads, which seems to me completely obvious. Many of the kids didn’t believe me! What?!

Had fun watching the girls dance.

I got Ashley and the girls a big Kit Kat for Valentines.

The construction across the street keeps moving on.

A couple of my kids from the old days came by to see me. Mustak and Niecy were doing great!

Listened to Spanish from Madrid.

Beautiful sunset.

Went by my office to check the mail and process checks. Went to the bank on the way home, but the ATM wasn’t accepting deposits at the time. I’ll do it tomorrow.

I don’t see me beating Anna this week. My goal is really to be in the top 3 or at least make 10,000XP a week.

Full moon through the trees.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Español! Bill, Debora and K! 2.5.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:44 pm  

Felt a little bit under the weather today. Kind of headachey and tired. Little bit stopped up this evening.

Jessi is having to use a nasal solution to keep her surgical site clean. Ordered more of the solution.

I read a super interesting article on the Dawn Redwood. It was a plant that they thought was extinct but was found in China! Seeds were shipped around the world to regrow the plant. I know I’ve seen the one at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, but I didn’t know what I was actually seeing!


Studied Español!

Beautiful weather today.

Paid bills.

Kathy and I had a fun four-hour lunch with her brother Bill and wife Debora.

Bill talked about Bosco chocolate syrup that his brother David likes.

I saw an Avanti car today. Cool looking. I wondered what the word meant.

We also discussed what “normal” body temperature is. Turns out to be more complicated than what I was taught.

Walked 1.29 miles while I studied.

Worked hard this week. Great competition.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Podcast! Stone Mountain! Calligraphy! 2.4.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:33 pm  

Glad I’m not on that mountain!

Good work this week.



Walked 1.29 miles while I studied.

Saw this card. I’m in the market for a tree guy. I just took a break from writing my blog and contacted them.

Listened to radio from Madrid.

Ate Mexican food with K and J.

I got my new Stone Mountain annual pass for the Annual Lunar Festival. I used it today to go up the sky rail.


Cool clouds.

Went to the Stone Mountain exhibit in the Confederate Hall at the base of the Walk Up trail.

Walked about half way up the mountain to take some pictures of some very old calligraphy I’m interested in. Plus this icon which is at the base of the mountain.

Went into the city of Stone Mountain. Apparently, there is a man who works at the Art Station who is Cherokee who might know something about the calligraphy.

Recorded a new episode of Verbal Surgery called, “Lead From the Front.” Downloaded it onto my Mac Air.

This has been back and forth all week.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Star Wars! Podcast! Comet! 2.3.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:07 pm  

I’m doing some research on estimates for taking down a couple of branches that are above my roof.


Yesterday, I made the payment to start our auto insurance with Progressive. Basically, I’m getting double the coverage for about half the price. This morning I called Geico and told them I’m not using them any more. They seemed sad. I’ve had that coverage over thirty years!

Studied Español and walked 1.28 miles.

Cold morning.

Had a nice chat with my brother.

I told him I was getting ready to eat Indian food. I shared some pictures of the buffet as well as the shopping center. It reminds me of growing up in Nairobi.

Went back by Progressive to pick up my driver’s license. They were making a photocopy of it and I forgot to get it back.

I saw a big military transport fly over while I was in the parking lot.

Mileage log.

Got a confirmation to get my scans done before getting the implant for my back molar.

After lunch, I went to the Exhibition Hub to see the Fans Strike Back Star Wars exhibition. It was cool.

The exhibition was fun, although about 80% of it was small models. I liked the life-size stuff way better. Plus, knowing that none of it was really from the movies made it not as cool. I’ve seen quite a few shows with replicas and I’m never as impressed as to think this was the “real thing.” Once, when I was in New York City, I saw some of the REAL objects from the movies including the costume for Darth Vader. The costumes were at the Hard Rock Cafe on Times Square.

Released Verbal Surgery “100%.” this evening.

Picked up my groceries.

Went out to Stone Mountain to try and spot the comet. It’s nearly a full moon now and it wasn’t visible. Plus it was super cold!

I did, however, see a string of at least forty of the Star Link satellites moving across the sky. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Español! Anthony! Azalea! 2.2.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 11:00 pm  

Europe weather today.


Español! Walked 1.26 miles while I studied.

Fun talk with my buddy, Anthony!

J and K went with me to Piccadilly and to see the family in Chamblee.

Went by the Progressive insurance office to see my agent John Thomas and finish up the paperwork. I’ll save about $1,000 a year and I’m going to get double the liability coverage. Can’t beat that!

Signed and got all the newsletters/tax letters in the mail. Always good to get that done.

Rainy day!

I still had a group of kids show up to get help with their homework.

J and I are working on liquidating the precious metals. Look like it’s at a high! That’s great news!

Got in touch with my coin guy.

Did some repair work on K’s pants and one of my map jackets.

J is getting her new Mac Mini M2 computer set up. Looking into trackpads.

Keeping the pressure on. With today’s progress I feel pretty good about coming in in the Top 3. My guess is I’ll get beat out for #1.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Español! Insurance! Bank! Azalea! 2.1.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 8:55 pm  

Did some research on the green comet last night.


Bad weather where my Mom lives in Texas. Chance of snow here on Friday.


Español! I spent extra time walking/studying today: 1.98 miles.

I’m a big Dali fan.

Talked with my Mom on the way into Chamblee to check how the weather was affecting her. She’s fine. Amen.

Mild here.

Called my dentist about the scans for the implant and when that can happen.

Listened to radio from Madrid.

Went by to talk to the Progressive car insurance guy. He was still crunching the numbers. Looks like I’m changing from Geico. I should be saving around $500!

Checked the mail at the office and processed checks.

I enjoy listening to Penelope read me books. We were studying about narwhals.

Helped the kids at the mission with their homework.

Deposited the checks I processed at my office.

Tough competition this week.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Jessi! ENT! Azalea! 1.31.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 10:11 pm  

I always appreciate hearing from listeners!

I thought this was a great shot of my nephew Jacob Cummins and his family.


Español! Walked 1.45 miles while I studied.

Jessi and I went to the ENT office to have the post-op with Dr. Hoddeson the surgeon who repaired the deviated septum in J’s nose.

Dr. Hoddeson removed the splints in J’s nose.

The report was very good and Jessi is already breathing way better. The doctor said she would continue to improve over the next few weeks as well!

Listened to radio from Madrid.

The apartment complex construction across from Azalea continues.

Penelope read a book to me about narwales. We listened to whale sounds afterwards.

I contacted my dentist’s office about finishing up my implant.

Helped the kids at the mission with their homework.

Went to my office to check the mail.

Ordered more nasal solution for J to keep the surgical site clean.

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

Gassed up my car and checked the fluids.

Took the garbage can to the street. The recycling only needs to be taken out every other week. The county is very strict as to what can be recycled.

Stuffed the newsletters and put stamps on the envelopes.

We still need to enclose the tax letters before we mail them. Everything else is ready to go. Ashley and I will work on printing the letters and putting them in the envelopes and getting them into the mail on Thursday. I already have the letters in alphabetical order.

Strong competition this week. There are two people in this group that have over 1,000,000 points and nearly a hundred Top Three places. They’re hard to beat. I will very likely come in third, which is fine with me.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Español! Rob! Insurance! AZ! 1.30.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:22 pm  

Finished #1 last week in the Duolingo Leagues. For years I thought that I was only competing against the Spanish students. Recently, I realized that that’s not the case, I’m competing against the best students of ALL the languages.

Tee hee.




Walked 1.10 miles while I studied.

Good talk with my Mom on the way into Chamblee.

Great lunch with my good friend Rob Martin. We go back a long way!

Met John Thomas today with Progressive Insurance. I’ve been with Geico for over two decades. Decided to see if I could get a better deal. Still crunching numbers.

I want to check on subscriptions to things.

Picked up, processed and deposited checks. Also picked up my newsletters while I was at my office.

Everly stepped on something sharp. She put a bandaid on it.

Helped the kids at the mission.

Listened to radio from Madrid on the way home.

Sent an email to my dentist about my implant.

I ordered paper and ink for the tax letters we need to print on Thursday. Taking some extra paper in that I had at my office.

Sent an email to Duolingo about a glitch I’m having.

Looks to be strong competition this week. Always makes me work harder.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Anthony! Newsletter! Plants! Podcast! 1.29.23

Tim A. Cummins @ 9:04 pm  



Went to Stone Mountain to record a couple of episodes of Anthony’s new podcast for his iLab channel. Always fun!

Walked .92 miles and studied Spanish.

Picked up my groceries.

Wrote my article for this month’s newsletter.

Cleaned my shoes.

Watered my plants.

Produced my newsletter.

Released a new episode of Verbal Surgery called “Vista View.” Excellent!

I reckon I’ll come in #1 this week.

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.

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