She didn't trust ads on craigslist, and therefore she couldn't trust people who trusted ads on craigslist either. Not enough to live with them, so she could at least trust craigslist as an indication of who to avoid. Cross-referencing the wanted section of the newspaper with the site, Mabel marked out another name. No good. Otherwise she wasn't particularly picky, perpetually unbothered and caring very little about the lifestyles of those surrounding her. But the single remaining roommate ad on the page, unmatched by any search on the internet, told a different story in its plain black and white text- an intimidatingly lengthy and particularly specific list of requirements in bold. And as her pen hovered above the paper, a quick scan revealed that not a single one eliminated her from applying, which elicited a surprised hm. Scribbling the address onto the back of her hand instead, Mabel grabbed her winter coat from where it was draped over the back of a chair and promptly left the motel she'd be staying in the better half of a month to scope the place out. Whether the other was at home or not was no matter.
It was close enough to trek by foot even with her minor limp, well connected by public transportation but branched off enough that it didn't seem too busy (at least at this time of afternoon.) There was even a nearby park with a currently iced-over lake. Which was all nice itself, but the dealbreaker would be the apartment, scanning and squinting at the numbered buildings as she strolled down the sidewalk. It didn't have to be big, which was difficult to tell from the outside, but it had to be in a decent state of repair. She could afford a place falling apart on her own with her monthly disability check, but that's not what she wanted.
Ignoring the bell, Mabel gave a sharp knock at the door, paused briefly, and followed it with two more swift cracks of her fist against the wood. If nobody answered, she could probably manage a glance inside through the windows, and she considered the best approach to such as she waited.