Day 2779: Minor adjustments

Yesterday, after making minor adjustments so we could connect beautifully on a ZOOM call, my friend Barbara and I talked about her brilliant realization that major issues like the current pandemic can become much more bearable if you make minor adjustments.

During the call, we made minor adjustments so we could see and hear each other better and we discussed minor adjustments to important relationships, interpersonal strategies, our health, nature walks near us, our living spaces, our diet, our weight, Zen-like attitudes, and high school connections. Here are the photos I took of Barbara while we were talking about minor adjustments:





That’s Barbara showing me a sunset outside her window and also a view within her apartment which reminds her of a Thomas McKnight painting.  Later in the day she sent me a better photo of that view which I should be able to find and share once I make some minor adjustments.  Hold on ….

Those minor adjustments included saving the draft of this post, shutting down my laptop, using my iPhone to find and include that photo, saving the post again, and restarting my laptop to continue creating this post, but I’ve adjusted to the minor adjustments required to bring you these blog posts, every day.

Do you see minor adjustments in any of the other adjusted images I’ve captured recently?




















Yes, I sometimes need to make minor adjustments to my self esteem and reading helpful feedback like Maddie’s helps in a very major way. The minor adjustment I would make to that text exchange is the fact that I am no longer President of my local group therapy organization.  I am having no trouble adjusting to that.

Also, I’m making minor adjustments to the original song I’m planning on singing at my Zoom-based 50th high school reunion in September.  I’ve adjusted this verse …

Now it’s 2020 and we’re all here
To connect over food and beer
To embrace the living and to miss our dead
As we gather here in Marblehead.

… to this …

Now it’s 2020 and we’re all here
To connect and give each other cheer,
To appreciate the living and to miss our dead
As we gather here on Zoom instead …. of Marblehead.

Knowing me, I’ll keep making minor adjustments to that song until I sing it on September 12.

Here‘s “Minor Adjustments” by Zaccai Curtis:

I just made the minor adjustment of following Zaccai Curtis on YouTube.

Please feel free to express minor or major thoughts about minor adjustments in the comments section, below.

Gratitude is another minor adjustment with major effects,  so thanks to Barbara, Maddie, Zaccai Curtis, Thomas McKnight, my family, my high school friends, adjusting cats, and everybody else who helps me create and adjust these daily blog posts, including YOU!




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26 thoughts on “Day 2779: Minor adjustments

  1. Was the removal of that L a minor adjustment?

  2. barbaralipps8

    Ann, Loved your post today and our conversation yesterday. You are always masterful at capturing the essence of what’s important. Zoom is almost as good as seeing you in person. But next time, in person for sure.

    On Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 8:32 AM The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally wrote:

    > Ann Koplow posted: “Yesterday, after making minor adjustments so we could > connect beautifully on a ZOOM call, my friend Barbara and I talked about > her brilliant realization that major issues like the current pandemic can > become much more bearable if you make minor adjustment” >

  3. puella33

    I see your son making minor adjustments walking to avoid the puddles. Ann, I’m looking at your elliptical bike-did you seriously put it together yourself. Mine came in small pieces with no directions just a map, which looked like a jig-saw puzzle. . I want to do it right so it wont fall apart as I’m on it. I don’t think I’m capable. Have a nice day, Ann

    • Oh no! I would call customer service and see if they can help. It seems like there needs to be some major adjustments in order for that elliptical to work for you. Please don’t doubt yourself !

    • Also, Michael put the elliptical together. I had watched him put it together and it looked easy — big pieces with clear directions. I asked him, before you bought it, if it was easy to do, just to make sure, and he said, “Yes.” I told him about this comment and he wondered if it was the same elliptical or whether it had been changed in the meantime.

      Again, I would call customer service. I’m so sorry I gave you the wrong impression (that I had put it together myself) and that you’re having this experience! I hope customer service can help you make adjustments so you get a working elliptical soon.

      • puella33

        It looks like the same one- it’s pink- it weighs 63 pounds, .. so many nuts and bolts. No need to apolgogise, Ann. ThT’A good idea , to call costomer service. I think I’m going to tackle this project in a few days- I had some gom surgery, and I want to wait for the stitches to be removed on Friday. The antibiotica makes me tired, for some reason. I appreciate you thoughtfulness, and I’m touched that you still remember me 🙂

  4. I wish that WordPress made it much easier for you to upload photos and update your blog for us, Ann. I don’t like to think of you having to struggle with that. This was an interesting post, with lots in it. I like the one about relaxing on the sofa but I’m not sure how to balance that with getting things done. However, I do like to test out the sofa quite often.

    I suppose the little bottles of grape were hand sanitizers?

    • It’s not always that difficult to upload photos, Maureen — that photo was a special case because Barbara texted it to me. So don’t worry your kind heart about my efforts to create these posts; I love having this as my morning routine. And I assumed those little bottles were liqueur. I just googled them and, sure enough, they are. They might sanitize hands too, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  5. I believe that all of life is a series of minor adjustments. we do the best we can to tweak, bend, go back, stand still, and move forward, to make it work. I’m so glad you had a chance to minor-ly adjust with your friend and your song will be wonderful.

  6. I need some minor adjustments to my eyes and brain to try to work out the back of the spray paint van!

  7. I’ve been making lots of minor adjustments lately and it’s not surprising that they’ve made a big difference.

  8. Minor adjustments will lead to major improvement. ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)

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  10. Minor adjustments are needed so that cats can vote this year too!

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