June 2013 Blog Update Comments28 Comments

sick-kitty

Apparently it’s been a while since I did a blog update post. Then again it’s rare for me to write more than a post or two of mine own in a week lately. Will I ever catch up on things?

First off, let’s get the condo buying update out of the way. Lots of you probably heard about the mess with the condo we were trying to buy. It seemed like we’d be able to get through it all with only having wasted a ton of time yet get the expenses recovered. That was too optimistic I guess.

After talking to a lawyer, he is recommending that we just move on and cut our losses. Yes it sounds like that biatch will get away with this crap without paying a dime. We thought we could take her to small claims court, but the lawyer thinks that will take more time than it is actually worth. Plus going that route we’d have to pay to get a court order to get back our deposit. What bullshit! Again the legal system fails to help the innocent.

On the bright side, we can finally move on and get back to looking at other condos. We can put this experience in the rearview mirror. Maybe we’ll find a better place and have a much smoother buying experience this time around. Lightning can’t strike twice, right? Well let’s not jinx this. I’ll keep my big mouth shut this time.

I forget if I ever mentioned this on here, but one of my cats (the anti-social one that looks like Sylvester) has had a string of medical problems lately. First he had pancreatitis which he seems to have recovered from, but that led to liver complications. I thought he was a princess before, but compared to his present needs, it’s no comparison at all. He won’t eat on own. He won’t drink water on his own. Lately he won’t even pee on his own. It’s like some test for actual parenthood. Twice a day I cram wet food into his mouth and try to prevent him spitting too much of it back on me. Then throughout the day I squirt water into his mouth with a syringe. Previously he’d puke some of the water up, but now he’s on anti-nausea medicine. The really fun part is how we had to learn how to press on his bladder to make him pee. From what the vet says, it takes some cats up to 2 months to recover from this kind of thing. It’s very frustrating to say the least.

I launched my blog theme late last month, but all the plans I’ve had for it have been on hold. There simply isn’t enough time lately when you factor in my sick cat, the condo issue, a longer commute to work and everything else. Hopefully I manage to find more time somehow and tackle some overdue projects. As much as I like the new blog theme, I know I need to do a lot more work to bring this blog to the level I envisioned. Anybody want an unpaid intern gig? ;)

Anyways, I could ramble on about more stuff going on these days, but that won’t help me catch up on anything. Enjoy your weekend.

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 14 Jun 2013
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28 thoughts on “June 2013 Blog Update

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Sorry to hear about the outcome from the lawyer, but at least you can move on now as you said. Sorry to hear about your cat as well. We had something similar with our cat several years ago but was much less mild, but still frustrating. Have a great weekend Jeremy!

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    1. Jeremy

      Yep it is frustrating. It just had to happen when I started to get busier with other stuff too. Having to tend to my cat so much on top of that is overwhelming.

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    1. Jeremy

      I agree it has been a rough few weeks. Everything seemed to be going well and then it all started falling apart. I think things are starting to turn around though.

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  2. Catherine

    I have a cat w/ ibs who goes through the same episodes. Have you tried injection anti nauseants? Works way hetter thsn oral also change his food. Any time lily pukes she will NOT eat the same food so we switch to anothrr gastro food unril she getts sick again then bavk again. Also ask about an appetite stimulant-usually works within 2 days. Good luck!

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    1. Jeremy

      No problem about the spelling lol. Thank you for the advice. I had been considering an appetite stimulant but for some reason the vet didn’t ever bring it up. He is almost out of anti-nausea pills. So an injection soon might be a good idea. We have been trying all kinds of different foods, but strangely it’s the forced water that makes him vomit and not the food.

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  3. Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

    My web person had a cat with kidney disease and for many months she syringed fed him every few hours, so I know it’s a lot of work and a labor of love. Maybe you can thin out the food with water instead of syringing it plain? Hopefully, the little guy feels better soon as it’s not fun having a sick cat.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks for the tip. I have tried mixing the food with water before putting in a syringe, but he tends to spit that out of his mouth more. He seems to do better with hand feeding him wet food and then squirting water in his mouth with a syringe. I sure hope this is not a long term problem as it really is time consuming.

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  4. Canadian Budget Binder

    Sorry to hear about all that you are going through. We have problems with our dog the past few weeks and has run us up a huge vet bill. The good part is he is in excellent health and we’ve got him all fixed up. I’m in the wrong profession, I should have been a vet I think lol. I hope all works out for you mate… with the pet and condo. Cheers

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Mr CBB. Hopefully I get to that point with my cat soon. It would be nice to be over it and just have the previous vet bills to be bitter about. It does seem like they get paid well. I was totally reminded about that when I saw one drive away in his Mercedes.

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  5. Kim@Eyesonthedollar

    Sorry to hear about your cat. It’s amazing the things a person will do to get their pet back on track. When one of my dogs was sick, I think I cooked her hamburger every day for a month!

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    1. Jeremy

      I’m sure I’d do a lot more if it would help. I also worked from home for a week to be able to feed him more throughout the day. If it weren’t for a busy time at my work I probably would still be working from home. That was nice of you to cook hamburger everyday like that. I’m sure your dog appreciated it.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yeah it would’ve just been a waste of time to dwell on it more and try to recover money, especially considering how much time that all would take.

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  6. Christine @ ThePursuitofGreen

    Seems like a unsatisfactory ending, but you get to move on to better and brighter things! The best part is that you have your act together so you will recoup that money in no time. She, on other hand, is probably going deeper into a spiral of debt and despair. I like to think she is just extremely clueless and didn’t mean to do it.

    Hope your cat gets better! Nothing like a grumpy cat…crazy you have to do everything for him.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Christine. I should try to view her situation like that, but it’s tough. Part of me is still suspicious that she is just busy getting the condo renovated so that she can sell for a higher price.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Mark. We spent plenty of time being bitter and angry, but now that we’re starting to look into other condos again we’re definitely feelign a lot more positive.

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  7. Budget and the Beach

    So sorry about everything with the condo and the kitty. I hope you do find the place of your dreams soon! I had no idea you actually had to do that kind of stuff with the kitty. You’re a good parent!

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    1. Jeremy

      Well at least he is back using the litter box on his own. I really didn’t like having to help him pee. Feeding him manually is frustrating when cooperates less and spits some up, but I love him too much to not do what I can to help out.

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  8. My Money Design

    I can’t believe I totally missed this whole condo mess. I’ll have to go back and read through that fiasco. I’ve had a hard time keeping up on all my behind the scenes projects as well. I’m shooting for end of the month to launch niche site no. 2.

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  9. Arshes76

    Wow how much of a deposit did you lose on the condo?

    Me personally i would pass on purchasing a condo, you may be better of renting and saving and then buying a house. Skip the whole property ladder thing, by the time you sell all your gains may be eaten by realter fees. Try running some scenario numbers. Seems really really risky right now with values falling and likely to plunge come fall.

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    1. Jeremy

      I didn’t lose any of the deposit. Eventually I signed some bullshit release form absolving her of all damages and got it back in full. So in the end I was only out the fees for the inspection and notary. Well that and the ton of time we put into this and the disappointment of it all.

      If you knew the prices of houses here you wouldn’t be telling me to skip the property ladder. we might never be able to afford a house in this city. Realtor fees may eat up a good chunk of any potential gains, but at least our money is going into equity instead of burning away as rent. Property values aren’t dropping here either.

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      1. Arshes76

        You live in Vancouver correct? No offense but I think house prices have already started to fall. Its definitely a bubble and this is the year that it will pop. Its going to happen this fall. Number of homes selling has fallen, check year over year sales. Once the sales fall, prices following (prices are trailing indicator, they fall AFTER sales numbers fall.) I’m sorry to say this but being financially responsible may not prevent a condo purchase from hurting your finances, that’s the part that makes me sad, to watch people who are financially responsible throw their money at a depreciating asset :(

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