As the couple looks forward to moving into their apartment home in the upcoming expansion at Glenaire, you might think that means they are ready to slow down. Actually, they are ready to do more.
The Mullins see coming to Glenaire as an opportunity to share new experiences and meet new friends from different backgrounds, as well as “running around with old friends,” adds Ann. And they can’t wait to bring their own interests and energy into the community.
The couple enjoys traveling, especially local travel around the state (even though the current pandemic has kept them off the road). But their time spent staying-at-home hasn’t gone to waste. In fact, it seems to have only increased their desire to learn new things.
“Cooking has developed into a new hobby. I’ve turned Pat into a first-rate sous chef!” Ann says with a laugh. Ann has also continued practicing mindfulness meditation and loves to play mahjong. She plays online regularly with friends. She is also, in her own words, “more of the fitness nut” of the two of them.
Having decided on Glenaire over two years ago, the couple had looked at a number of other communities. However, Glenaire stood out as the best fit for them because of its reputation, history and background as an ethical, well-run community.
“People we know there are so positive about the staff and the community,” explains Pat.
The expansion was particularly interesting for the Mullins, who are excited to take advantage of its more urban setting and walking-distance proximity to downtown Cary and its shops, restaurants and library.
As a vegetarian, Ann was impressed by the dining options at Glenaire. “It’s a chef-driven menu and I think that is so important rather than an institutional pricing model, which makes a big difference as far as I’m concerned,” she says.
While Pat is looking forward to not having to worry about maintenance, he is enjoying looking at floorplans and thinking about where their furniture will go once they move in “which may be a little bit early,” Pat says, with a laugh. “But we like to plan.”
“We think the whole (expansion) took incredible vision… The whole thing has been well planned and well organized,” says Ann. “And I expect it will be well implemented.”
Retired since 2010, Pat served as the Associate Director of University Libraries at UNC Chapel Hill, working at the school since the couple moved to the area in 1987. “He’s responsible for putting in all the technology in the university library system, but he won’t fix my computer,” Ann quips as they both laugh.
Ann, a lifelong educator, worked in adult education when they moved to North Carolina, serving as education director at the women’s prison and earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from NC State.
Pat and Ann are originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and Indianapolis, respectively. Married now for more than 48 years, they met when they were both graduate teaching assistants at Purdue University.