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Do you allow your cat(s) on coffee table

posted by: atlcharm on 12.28.2012 at 01:03 pm in Pets Forum

My two cats are not allowed on the kitchen counters or the dining room table for obvious reasons. They are allowed on the sofa. I haven't considered changing that because I love cuddling with them up there. What am I supposed to do, sit on the floor when I wanna rub my cat? Jumping on the sofa can be annoying when I have company (usually cat haters). Not sure what to do about that.

My dilemma is primarily the coffee table. Thankfully, only one of them has interest there. I've thought about training her not to jump there, but when she's there it is only because I'm on the sofa. So her being on the coffee table is directly correlated to her being in my presence. She will jump on the coffee table and lay there looking up at me. Of course, if I happen to have food there she may check it out. I really don't care. My worry is when I have company, if we are lounging in front of the TV, of course we will have food and drink there. I am worried that may cat will embarrass me so to speak. What does everyone else do? I'm thinking I should train her not to jump on the coffee table. I'll have to figure out some other way to keep her occupied and entertained if she can't do that. I'm not sure how to train her without it being punishment since I've allowed it for so long.

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clipped on: 12.30.2012 at 12:56 pm    last updated on: 12.30.2012 at 12:56 pm

RE: I need to hide a metal fence and the retention pond behind it (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: frankie_in_zone_7 on 03.06.2008 at 07:19 pm in Landscape Design Forum

I would certainly try to preserve the benefit you have of the "long view" into the green space treetops, which means just planting somewhat lower small trees and shrubs in the foreground to distract you from the fence, provide more of sense of privacy and home-sized scale, but not be a solid thing that looks like stuff growing on a wire fence. You'll never have complete coverage of the fence with something that looks perfect, and it won't ever look like a vine-covered ancient brick wall; so just let it go.

I have really tried to take to heart the concept of visual distraction with something very pleasant to look at, rather than blockade or camoflage, for various utilitarian structures, for not-so-pretty views across the street, and so on.

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RE: I need to hide a metal fence and the retention pond behind it (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: laag on 11.18.2007 at 08:41 am in Landscape Design Forum

Do you own the land in front of the fence or does the property line run along the side of your garage?

Either way, the reason this looks so bad is that you visually claim it. By maintaining the lawn up to its edge it becomes the defining perimeter of your space.

Since you mention that you want to put things on the fence, it sounds like you own what is in front. The last resort would be to put something on the fence, in my opinion. It only reinforces your visual claim to it and will further tie your property to it.

Visually distance yourself from this. You don't have to hide it so much as make it insignificant.If you really look around for ugly things that don't seem to get noticed, you may be surprised how many are around.

If you do not need to use the entire lawn in front of this area, I would suggest interupting the space. Right now there are 3 trees planted parallel to the fence and a rectangular lawn built off of that fence line. It all psychologically works in reverse as well - the rectangle makes you focus on the edge (fence), the row of trees again makes your mind organize around it.

There are two things you can do right away. First you can destroy the rectangular shape of the lawn and move the trees. Secondly, you can take those same psychological effects and use them somewhere else to get the mind to fixate on rather than the retention area.

One way to do that would be to group the trees in a more triangular planting. I would suggest doing that by bringing the two of them to join the one that is closest to the driveway (right of the gate). If you did that, it puts the gate in the back ground and frames the middle of the space. If you did that to the left of the gate, it would reinforce the gat by framing it between the trees and the house.

It makes sense to screen the concrete header, but not with a straight hedge, but with asymetrical depth of evergreens. You could also use the plantings to visually justify an ameoba shaped lawn area that futher breaks the attraction to the fence.

You could also, or instead, add a nice fence (maybe 4' white picket)parallel to your driveway that may turn out in front of that lawn area. That will bring the attention back inward toward the house. You could put a line of trees behind that to reinforce it and nice plantings in front of it as well. The trees behind (or really above and behind) create a layered set of curtains with the fence. This really distracts from the fence and lawn even though they are in plain sight.

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