That's how I feel since leaving the workforce and I just celebrated six years of freedom. I enjoyed my job and it was exciting to work only a few blocks from the White House but I'm glad it is in the past. I retired after 29 years as a legal secretary having worked long days, many nights and weekends. There is not much I miss except perhaps my co-workers, dressing up everyday and the hustle-bustle of the DC streets. Typing lengthy legal documents, deadlines, being at the beck and call of a demanding boss, and the hour-plus commute every morning and evening are not missed. In fact, when I hear the morning traffic report I feel elated yet empathy toward the commuting throngs.
After retiring, I started a calligraphy business for two years until my hands, already overworked from three decades of typing, could no longer bear the strain and it became too painful. I like making my own schedule for cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and all the other humdrum household chores. I like the freedom to procrastinate too! What I've enjoyed the most is having the time to work in the garden and pursue new interests like researching my family history, cookie decorating and this blog.
Dove Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Blue with AmeriColor Turquoise
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Light Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Hint: Just a smidge of Lemon Yellow creates light yellow. One drop of Turquoise creates light blue.
[Design inspired by Bridget’s Baptism Doves at Bake at 350]
Outline cookie with #2 tip in blue icing.
Flood cookie with blue icing.
Pipe dots on back wing with red icing.
Pull with toothpick to create design. Let dry 30 minutes.
Pipe dot for eye with red icing.
Option: Pipe small dot of light color over red dot on eye
Pipe twig with #2 tip in green icing.
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