Memoirs of

A Minnesota Girl


Writer, outdoor lover, amateur photographer, aging grandmother, hiker between surgeries, teacher, wanderer, skeptic

  • Going to the bank to cash a check and leaving check at home
  • Getting time wrong and arriving an hour late at tennis tournament you're in charge of to find 6 courts full of outraged tennis players
  • Singing in the car and overshooting exit by 6 miles
  • Driving to work and half-way there remembering it's Saturday
  • Inserting your ATM card in the gas pump instead of your credit card
  • Putting shampoo instead of conditioner on your hair after rinsing
  • Pulling gas line out of pump while it still running and spraying gas over you and ground
  • Driving from gas station with  gas pump still in tank and pulling pump from its bearing
  • Going to the wrong theater with 12 tickets while the others waited
  • Having GPS refuse to take address, the cover phone no. is wrong, the directions from the gas station do not work, the BPS is barking incorrect directions from back seat where  it had been thrown--arrive at  Stonebrook Golf Club in Shakopee an hour late, when get home discover directions on kitchen counter

I'll bet you can't top this

      prize mistakes


  • Going home from the grocery store without your groceries
  • Driving off from a filling station and forgetting to pay and rushing back before the clerk takes action
  • Noticing you forgot something and searching the car and purse and driving back to get it, only to discover it was in your purse all the time
  • Mailing a letter without a stamp
  • Arriving all dressed up at someone's house on the wrong date
  • Not being able to find a key you hid outside the house in an emergency
  • Talking to someone who is overjoyed to see you for 5 minutes before figuring out who it is.
  • Asking someone about circumstances of his/her life and seeing by their offended expression that you are talking to the wrong person.
  • Driving the wrong way down a one-way street
  • Leaving an expensive camera in seat in the airport
  • Locking yourself out of the car with the spare key inside in your purse
  • Drinking the salad dressing thinking it is the soup
  • Entirely forgetting and leaving your lunch date waiting at the restaurant
  • Losing glasses so often you are obliged to put reading glasses in every room and in the car glove compartment

About the author










Judy McConnell was born in Charleston, West Virginia and moved to Minnesota with her family in 1939. She became interested in writing at an early age, but didn't get around to writing a book until age 73. After graduating in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, she traveled and lived on the coasts for a while before marrying and taking up careers as a teacher, training specialist, and documentation writer. Divorced, she lives in active retirement in St. Louis Park and is the proud parent of two and grandparent of five.

She is a member of Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center.