Being that most people don’t venture much out of their homes, they pay no attention to things that are really important, like not having the trees and bushes growing in such a way as to make it difficult to walk by. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to bend down to avoid branches (while biking and while walking) and barely avoided being decapitated or face and bodily whipped. How hard is it to prune these growths? I have seriously thought of walking with my pruning shears and helping them out.
Another peeve is the filthy sidewalk. Now mud is to be expected outside but is anyone aware of the dangers of dirty sidewalks? Add a small amount of rain and one will find that the mud becomes as slippery as oil! The sidewalks I have seen like this still have last autumn’s leaves next to them, no attention being taken care to clean even last winter’s detritus.
A visual peeve of mine with lawns is the edging issue. A perfectly manicured lawn does not fit that mold if the edges are not clearly defined and sharp. All it takes is some nice edging to make it all look good, but there are many beautiful lawns lacking this final step.
Another pet peeve is the dog walker who does not do his job and pick up after his or her canine. Luckily, that does not happen all that often in Deerfield, but I must say that it did last week as a homeowner yelled at me from down the street thinking I was the guilty dog owner. I showed him my bag and said that it was clearly someone else.
Oh, if only I had control in the real world, what a prettier place it would be!