Friday, February 05, 2021

A Kindle Callus Weekly Link Round-Up

Another series of storms have worked their way through the Phoenix area this week, and I'm grateful for every drop of rain the state has gotten. Of course, some plants have gone overboard with their celebrations. The sumac trees, for instance, are so burdened with pollen that it's a miracle they can stand upright. I'll be thrilled when they stop trying to reproduce because each time I go outside, I inhale enough to make my face swell, my scalp itch, and my breathing begin to labor. Allergy tablets are taking care of the worst of it, and I figure it's just a matter of waiting out Mother Nature. I do get tired of feeling as though I'm trying to communicate with the rest of the world through a tin can and a piece of string, though. Ah well.

I've been wavering over treating myself to a piece of artwork. So far I've exercised restraint. I haven't purchased anything to hang on the walls full-time since the 1980s. Decisions, decisions.

And while I've been wavering about that, I started doing some prep work for a future blog post that involved taking photos of my beat-up hands. They weren't pretty to begin with, and I've been very unkind to them ever since. Anyway, I looked at my right hand and noticed a shiny new callus that's formed on the first knuckle of my right index finger. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why I was getting a callus there until I stretched out to read a book that afternoon.

In the photo, you can see how I normally hold my Kindle while I'm reading. (Yes, I've got a lovely cover for it in a filled bookshelves pattern.) For me, this is a secure grip that I can keep even when I nod off-- not that I ever do much of that, ahem-- and my thumb is right there to tap the edge of the screen to advance to the next page. The first knuckle of my right index finger rubs against the Kindle cover exactly where the callus is forming. It's a Kindle Callus. Whatever next? *rolling eyes*

Time for me to stop tapping the keyboard and mosey on out to the corral. I hope you enjoy this week's links. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

 ►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. Modern technology is certainly changing the way we live, and that includes where we get calluses, Cathy. Oh, and I know exactly what you mean about allergies. Mine flare up very badly when there's a lot of pollen in the air. Headache, swollen sinuses, the whole thing. I hope your air clears up soon. And I hope there's not too much pollen in Greece, because that's where I'm virtually headed now, to check out that shipwreck (but I bet you guessed that, didn't you?).

  2. More links! Allergies are abundant around here, especially since some plants and shrubs are flowering early. :( The worst for me is when my eyes become tired and itchy and bother me so much I can't read.

    1. My eyes have certainly been dry and itchy lately.

  3. I hope the trees treat you better over the next few weeks. Allergies are no fun.

    As for the Kindle, I used to drop my Kindle on my face while reading in bed and almost chipped a tooth so now I have a Popsocket on the back. I can hold it securely and no calluses! Plus, with the placement I used, I can stand it up while I eat and read.

    I say, buy the art work. You are stuck at home and a nice, pretty piece of art would be so nice to gaze upon. I did a lot of painting in the early days of the pandemic. The pieces are very amateurish but colorful and I get a lot of joy out of them.

    1. I usually read while laying on my side, so I seldom smack myself in the face with the Kindle.

      As for the art, I think I will indulge. The only thing that's holding me back is the fact that I just missed a really good sale!

  4. I love it..."reader's hands." That's, IMO, something to be proud of. :-)

    Great links with lots of things to explore later. Thanks.

    1. You're welcome, Sam-- and thanks for "reader's hands." I like that.


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