By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 1/24/2021
Occurred: 8/29/2009
Topics/Keywords: #Mesa #Arizona #Autobiography #9526E.NatalAve.
Milestone: #Residence
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Despite my concern that I would never be able to own a house…I bought a house.

For whatever reason, I have always had this idea in my head that home ownership is a scam. Nevertheless, Michael really wanted to own a house. As did everyone else in the family. Now, it did turn out I was right—I wound up losing the house. Still, it was fun while it lasted.

The New House

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 8/29/2009
Topics: #NatalAvenue #Mesa #Arizona Page Views: 3269
Blog Entry posted August 29, 2009

We'll…ahem…looks like we've gone and done it. We put an offer on a house, and it's been accepted. It'll take a month or two before we can actually move in. But arguments over wall colors among all concerned parties have already begun, with even ten-year-old Zachary expressing an opinion ("I like brown.")

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Moving Boxes

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/26/2009
Topics: #Humor #Moving #NatalAvenuehouse Page Views: 5268
We surround ourselves with an impenetrable wall of moving boxes.

The date for our move into our new home is fast approaching…even though we aren't certain what that date is. But it'll probably be either next weekend or the one after. And so, we are packing. I've filled four or five boxes already. Jenny and Zach, together, have packed maybe ten. And Michael has packed about 200.

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A Moving Story

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/13/2009
Topics: #NatalAvenueHouse #Metaphysics #Spirituality #2012 Page Views: 4659
Moving into our new house!

Those of us who are aware of the changes the New Age brings us have already noted extreme alterations in our feelings, habits, and lifestyles. Of course, all these things happen in the course of things anyway; but in this time they are happening at an accelerated and exaggerated pace. As a practical example, there's Our New House.

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By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/31/2009
Topics: #Halloween Page Views: 4803
Halloween in our neighborhood.

Zach chose and bought his costume weeks ago, but couldn't wait to play with it and so managed to lose most of the pieces. So he put together…something…non-descript, but definitely a costume. His friend Lane came over to spend the festivities with Zach, wearing a slightly more recognizable outfit.

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By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/23/2009
Topics: #ENatalAvenue #Mesa #Arizona #NewHouse Page Views: 4747
In which we FINALLY see some of the rooms of our new home!

It was just a few months ago that I posted photos of the interior of our new house. Of course, that was before we moved in, and before we repainted (the previous owners seem to have been inordinately fond of dark brown walls). Although the place is still not 100% ready for prime time, a few rooms are web-worthy and so, without further ado, I am happy to present them to you.

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Our Kitchen

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/1/2010
Topics: #HomeImprovements Page Views: 4730
In which we install new lighting in our kitchen.

Regular readers may recall we moved into a new house…our own house…in October. I've been posting photos of its rooms as we make changes. This weekend we had our friend Greg come over to help put in some new kitchen lights, as well as a few other things.

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DVD Case

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/2/2010
Topics: #DVDCase #HomeImprovements Page Views: 4793
I show off our brand new DVD case.

Visitors to our new house have been very kind not to look askance at the boxes of DVDs we have had stacked in our family room. I've been collecting DVDs for years, but of course such a collection is only useful if the DVDs in it can be easily accessed at will. In our old house, we had simply stored them alphabetically in a couple of bookcases. But I had a better solution in mind for the new house.

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More Home Improvements

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/22/2010
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Michael adds a few more touches to our decor.

While Jenny, Zach and I were camping, Michael (in between bouts of studying) was adding to the appeal of our mansion, with a little table and a fully-loaded china cabinet.

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A Nicer Kitchen

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/25/2010
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Blog Entry posted March 25, 2010, in which we get a new stover and refrigerator.

When we first moved into the New House, we found kitchen appliances in the stainless steel decor that so many people like. Well, except for the refrigerator, which didn't exist; the previous owners apparently loved it so much they took it with them to Minnesota or wherever the heck they moved to. Which meant that the day we moved in, I had to buy a refrigerator even though I had just spent my last penny on the down payment. But I did, from a guy who advertised on Craig's List. Sadly, the $250 unit I bought didn't work nearly as well in the house as it seemed to in the guy's yard. Thus, Tuesday, I bought a new refrigerator. And then, since I was in the Sears Outlet Store anyway, and had just saved $700 by buying a floor model, I went and bought a new stove, too.

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New Furnishings

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/28/2010
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Blog Entry posted March 28, 2010, in which we add to the family room, living room, and pool area.

Since I got back early from my camping trip, Michael suggested I pick up end tables and a coffee table for our still-sparsely-furnished living room. Then, we spent a couple of hours at the swap meet down the street, where Jenny bought new pool furniture. Finally, Jenny and Zach put up the family room curtains, which came with the house but I'd paid $90 to have dry cleaned. So, it's time for a few more house pictures.

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Clearing The Air

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 6/28/2010
Topics: #Toxins #NaturalHealth #EnvironmentalToxins Page Views: 5561
Blog Entry posted June 28, 2010, in which we change our home's air filters. Who says I don't blog EVERYTHING?!

Where do you breathe the most toxic air all day long? On the highway? In your office? Getting your nails done? Actually it might indeed be the nail salon, but few people have daily manicures. So the most dangerous place for you to breathe is actually your own home. And, as with all environmental toxins, no individual breath will kill you; it's the cumulative effects of millions of such breaths (plus other toxins) that result in what we call "aging" but is actually just reaction to a toxic body burden in the form of obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, wrinkled skin, and a host of other illnesses.

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Welcome Dish, Goodbye Cox

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 10/13/2010
Topics: #NatalAvenueHouse #DishNetwork Page Views: 4469
Blog Entry posted October 13, 2010, in which we switch from cable to satellite TV.

Today, we said "Hello!" to the Dish Network and "Goodbye!" to Cox cable. My friends are getting a lot of mileage over the unlikelihood of my ever saying goodbye to Cox and I didn't expect it either. My daughter, Jenny, instigated this by virtue of her being the one who pays the cable bill, as part of her contribution to household expenses. She discovered she could reduce our monthly payment by $50 by going with Dish and so, today, it happened.

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