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Cleaning the fuzz off the butts. Again. - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 25th, 2014

10:55 am - Cleaning the fuzz off the butts. Again.

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So laughingmagpie came up with the name Stingray for my boat. Stingrays being a thing that seems to be popping up in my life a bit this year, like Stumpy and that one in the lagoon on Sunday. I like it. It being a shallow-water predator and kind of cool and all.

The idea of naming a kayak seems a bit wanky to be honest, but there's this supserstition where going out in an unnamed vessel is bad luck, and for those of a more pragmatic bent, when the time comes to go offshore and I start mucking about with VHF, it helps to have a name for your call sign. Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.


More sheep. The sheep are more or less endless, you might have noticed. These are the show lambs, which have now been shown and can be divested of their wool. So four lambs at one place (2 x moorit, 1 x gotland and 1 x gotlandxtexelxperendale*). At the other, one lamb and a bunch of crutching.

Here are the two rams that are being kept from that flock:



On the right we have Tock, who won prizes at Masterton show for his good looks. On the left, I can't remember his name but he's busy sprouting what will eventually be a fantastic set of horns. Neither of them were too rapt at being wrestled to the ground and having their nethers shaved - imagine a young man showing off to the laydeez, and then getting dragged off by his Mum to do the chores. Kind of like that.

I am somewhat concerned about my elbow. I first noticed it after doing that 100m fishing at New Year, and I thought maybe I'd pulled something. But it's been 8 weeks and it's still sore and everything I do seems to aggravate it - shearing, crafting, handstands - even sleeping with my arm out of the bed does it. The worst seems to be hyperextension, so I suspect that's what's caused it and that the crafting and fishing are just factors that contribute. It's frustrating because I haven't done a handstand for weeks and I feel like I'm going backwards. *sigh*


Oh, and there's an art thing on Friday that the Hypnotutu will be at, with me in it I guess. I'm equal parts excited and nervous at the prospect of taking it out in public, but it could be loads of fun right? Right? At least hopefully I'll get a few more pics of it, and maybe a video.

And I'm hoping I'll find time in this crazy week to actually test it and charge it up before then, or it could just be embarrassing.

* this one was an embarrassing mistake to do with a randy ram and a ewe that was too good at fencebusting. I suggested they market it on TradeMe as a specialist lifestyle breed. Weirdest looking sheep ever.

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From:meri_sielu
Date:February 24th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Fluffy sheep are fluffy, I just wanna muss their head fuzz! ^_^
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From:tatjna
Date:February 24th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
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I did muss their headfuzz. Then I shaved it off. Now they look really silly! ;-)
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From:fbhjr
Date:February 24th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
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They are quite fluffy!
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From:tatjna
Date:February 25th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
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Not any more!

But yes, these sheep have very dense wool, and their fleeces often come off looking bigger than the sheep.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:February 25th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
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Hopefully your elbow just needs several days off, and then will be fine? It'd be good to consciously rest it just to see if it helps.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 25th, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
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The problem is giving it days off. It does improve if I don't use it, but even using my mouse and keyboard at work or for gaming irritate it, so complete rest is hard to do!

You're right though. ;-/
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From:meathiel
Date:February 25th, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
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Love the sheep on the right - he's purrty! ;-)

Ouch about your arm/elbow ... RSI maybe???
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From:tatjna
Date:February 25th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
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He is so pretty the show judges gave him a lovely yellow ribbon to wear!

And yeah, it could possibly be - a lot of my craft work is repetitive and strenuous...
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:February 25th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
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I am quite chuffed to have found a name you like for your kayak!

I hope your elbow gets better soon. Are you icing it?
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From:tatjna
Date:February 25th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
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It's a fantastic name. Thank you for thinking of it! ;-)

I am not sure if icing my elbow will help - I probably should have done it when I first noticed, but do you think doing it 8 weeks later will help? Or have I missed that boat?
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:February 26th, 2014 02:21 pm (UTC)
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Even at the height of my doctorly prowess, my knowledge was almost all about stuff you're born with, rather than about injuries...

The rule would be that if you're having inflammation (it's getting red, swollen, or painful) from an acute injury, ice is a good idea. But also, if you're exacerbating your original injury with repeated or hard use (like if you have chronic tendonitis from overuse) then ice might still help, since it's still generating inappropriate inflammation, and ice will reduce your pain in any case.


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From:pundigrion
Date:February 27th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
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What a scrumptious colour!
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Aren't they lovely? When shorn they look like they're made of milk chocolate. And one of last year's lambs came out true black as well!
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