Yesterday we were looking for a house for my mom that's just 5 minutes from my house, hidden in an isolate area just a few blocks north of where we live. Everything was normal and then we saw this
It's Sauer Castle! A German Gothic mansion built in 1872 for a German man, his second wife, and their twelve children. It's up on a hilly part of the neighborhood, so it's easy to imagine that it from the property you could see the river and the Santa Fe Trail. It's not occupied, but owned by a jackass in New York who's apparently been really slow to renovate it, which he said he intended to do when the city tried to buy the property so they could renovate it. It's now surrounded by a giant green fence that's eight feet or so high. There's a big sign on the lawn proclaiming the name and that it's a historical landmark.
If it's nice enough, I'm going to try and hike up to the castle, and if all else fails, my mom is going to look at a house near it. I love how the neighborhood has just popped up around it, lots of little bungalows and small ranch houses, a few old shirtwaists, just cropped up all around the house.
I also found a tiny, little, micro-winery four blocks from my house, but I can't find any information on it.
I've been so busy making things. I knitted this 9 foot long lace scarf and matching beret for Ruthie for Hannukah and her birthday. I may also knit up some fingerless gloves. She's just back in the New York from a year in Maylasia, so I think it'll serve her well. I'm also excited for her visit in a couple weeks so we can dye her present. I'm also about an inch away from being done with my first pair of toe-up socks for someone else. Then I got another hat to make, socks and a hat for Milt, socks for mom, a sock monkey for my sister, socks for my mom.
And I'm making bread and cheese this week! I'm so excited. I even have a recipe for hard cheese! All these projectsprojectsprojects have me inspired for next year. I'd really like to:
x. start a window farm
x. start roller skating
x. start swimming again
x. knit the dog a sweater
x. knit myself some new socks
x. start making more food from scratch and stop being lazy
x. figure out how to knit 2 socks at once (the instructions sound easy, make no damn sense on the needles)
x. make a flannel duvet cover for the cheap polyester motel bedspread I thrifted forever ago
x. try to at least 75% of my clothing thrifted or handmade
x. finally take that sewing machine drivers ed class and get to making myself skirts.
x. make fresh pasta!
Things are so so busy. My granma came over for Thanksgiving, her first trip outside the third floor of the nursing home since she arrived as far as I know. She did really well though and was very lucid. I made 3 pies and helped with the turkey, made the gravy and stuffing.
And in just a couple weeks I'm going to St. Louis! My lady friends and I are meeting up for our first big meet up in a couple years! We're going to the City Museum and then potentially some bar-hopping on The Loop with roller skating planned for the next day. I already got my sleeping bag ready for the sleepover on Tess's dad's floor.
I also made my birthmas list. I don't think I'll really get anything on it, but I like making lists none the less. I'm asking for:
x. The Fall on Blue-Ray or DVD
x. A subscription to "Bust," "Bitch," or "Mental_Floss."
x. An apron
x. Footie pajamas
x. An iPod dock
x. An illuminated constellation globe (how fucking FLB of me, but ever since reading about them I want one)
x. Scarlett Takes Manhattan by Molly Crabapple
x. The Waters & The Wild by FLB
x. Vosges chocolate
x. Black Converse Jack Purcells (though I bought some awesome all black leather Converse All-Stars at the Converse Outlet's Black Friday sale and might just have my mom "give" them to me for birthmas)
x. These Simple boots
Also, I had an interview at the KCK public library last week for a part-time job. I'm sincerely hoping they'll call me back. It'd be a stretch to work the hours, but I really want the experience. I even told them during my interview when they asked me why I should have the job, "I don't need any old part-time job, I wanted this part-time job and waited until I found it listed." Ahh, jeez, I hope they call me tomorrow.