Appreciate Your Waiter Or Waitress If You Eat Out Today – They Work Hard and Deserve It

May 21st

Good late morning everyone!  I started my morning wrangling cats!  It was time for my 2 cats to go for their 6 month dental cleanings, so with one protesting in her carrier, and the other clinging to my shoulder in her pink sparkling harness and leash, we headed out.  More protests AT the vet’s office but both were delivered unhappily to where they needed to be.  A quick trip to Trader Joe’s and I’m home again, racing to get this to you!  So here we go!


National Memo Day – was National Memo Day.  Why? Nobody knows!  I couldn’t find who created it, why they created it, or when they created it!  But apparently Memo’s were important enough to someone to put this one on the calendar.  So I suppose in honor of this day grab a pen and paper, or even a post-it note, and scratch out a memo!  I’m someone who lives by list – I list everything, so I suppose in a way, I celebrate Memo Day . . . well, EVERY day!

National Waiters and Waitresses Day – How many of us have eaten out and had horrible service by our waitress or waiter?  And how many of us have gone out to eat and have AMAZING service, the kind that makes you want to go back to eat there again very soon?  We’ve all experienced both.  I hope that no matter which type of service you received that you tipped accordingly.  We tip to show appreciation for the service we receive, but sometimes I wonder if anyone realizes how little your waitress or waiter makes hourly.  The U.S. Department of Labor allows for wait staff to be paid FAR less than the minimum wage because tips are received.  Some states mandate a minimum wage that is different and higher, but some are allowed to pay so little that it’s insulting.  The wait staff depend on their tips for survival!  My daughter is a waitress/bartender and she is incredible at her job.  Anyone who dismisses wait staff for what they do have obviously never been in this type of service position.  This job requires strength, stamina, good mental math skills, an amazing memory, a sense of humor, an ability to deal well with rude people and an unending amount of patience.  So, what is an acceptable amount to leave? Between 13% and 20% is about right.  One easy way to do it in my state is to just double the sales tax!  That leaves a fair 16.2% tip, and is always one I feel good about leaving.   Thank your waitress or waiter today and every day, in addition to the cash you leave. They need to hear appreciation, just like all of us do.

Sister Maria Hummel Day – Berta Hummel was born in Massing, in Bavaria, Germany.  She was one of the seven children of Adolf and Victoria Hummel, raised in a warm, loving and strongly devout household. They lived above her father’s dry goods store.  When she was a child Berta showed creative artistic talent and developed quite a local reputation for her art.  When she was 12 her father encouraged her artistic talents and enrolled her in boarding school at Sisters of Loreto about 20 miles away.  She continued her studies through the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich, and eventually chose to follow a religious calling that she and felt for some time.  After she became a nun, in her spare time she spent her time painting pictures of children, which were sent to a publishing house by the Sisters.  Long story short her art began to sell, and soon afterward the owner of a porcelain company looking for a new line of work started basing figurines on her art.  Interest in the figurines exploded and now, all these years later, these figurines are collector’s items and loved all over the world.  (That was the severely condensed version)

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day – We’ve all  heard that beauty is skin deep . . . but is it really?  Yes, we perceive physical beauty on a person’s outside appearance, but today we are challenged to turn beauty inside out and look to the inner beauty in the people we see.  When it comes down to it, a person can be physically beautiful, but so gnarled up and dark on the inside that it makes them hideous.  At the same time, you can have someone who is overlooked physically, seen as plain to the eye, but the beauty on the inside is so stunning that the love and kindness just radiates out of them.  This is the type of person that others are drawn to – heart to heart.  Today turn the popular media’s idea of beauty upside down and inside out and look at the actions and attitudes of people who are truly beautiful on the inside. 

This Day In History

1881 – The American Red Cross was formed.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Strawberries and Cream DayThis classic combo is a must when fresh strawberries are in season. Looking for something different? Try the delicious duo in one of these creative sweets.







Mmmmm Strawberries and Cream do sound good!  I don’t have any, but they sound lovely!  Maybe you can enjoy some since I can’t. . . . in the meantime, I have a few things to do before loading up the dog for HER appointment at the vet’s, and to pick up the kitties.  It’s a run-run-run kind of day!

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