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.

Bluebird Cookies
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
Squeeze bottles
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.

Pipe berries with #2 tip in yellow icing. Let dry overnight.


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  1. These are my favorite so far.Your heart must be really feeling it!!

    1. Thanks Rebecca. These birds look pretty in any color.

  2. Joan, I love this post and your beautiful bluebird cookies! I cannot wait until the day that I, too, can be free as a bird! :) Thanks so much for sharing with us! Hope you have a great Friday, you little free bird. ;)

  3. so nice and delicious, hope to have a try!

    1. Cquek, Thank you. I wish I could share my cookies with everyone.

  4. Oh wow! These cookies are beautiful!! And congrats on 6 years of freedom! My father-in-law is about to be free in a week and he is very excited.

    1. Zainab, Thank you! Best wishes to your father-in-law on his upcoming retirement.

  5. I love your cookies and wish we could get together for some baking!! I have a few more years to go before I can be free.... Pinning these beautiful cookies!

    1. Deb, Thank you and thanks too for the pin. I enjoy visiting your blog every few days. Have a nice day.

  6. I've been retired for five years now and honestly, can't believe where the time goes. Always so much to do :) Three of my sisters were legal secretaries, two have yet to retire but they are counting the days.
    Beautiful bluebird cookies. Isn't this a fun hobby!

    1. Paula, I agree. Time really flies and even though I enjoyed my job, the days dragged when I was working. I guess because this is more fun! Say hello to my fellow legal secretaries. Working for lawyers can be very stressful and I hope they get out soon! Thanks for visiting.


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