Thursday: Hili dialogue

November 19, 2015 • 5:03 am

Well, it’s getting colder as the northern Hemisphere winter approaches, but my email bulletin from CNN warns that our warm fall, which was very noticeable in Chicago, is a harbinger of global warming:

October 2015 was the warmest October on record and the warmest month ever recorded relative to the month’s average temperature, a new NOAA report says. It was the sixth straight month setting a global temperature record.

The temperatures got a boost this year from what may end up being the strongest El Nino ever recorded reaching its peak. El Nino, which is characterized by warming of ocean waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean, is helping to drive global temperatures upward this year, but El Nino cannot fully account for the warming. The overall trend continues to climb higher thanks largely to man-made climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

But as the winter approaches in Dobrzyn, I’m told that both Hili and Cyrus are putting on their winter weight, and you can certainly see that in the photograph below! As Malgorzata says, “They are eating too much and moving too little,” and I’m informed that Hili managed to purloin the ham out of Andrzej’s sandwich yesterday—while he was holding it!

Hili: We both need to exercise more.
Cyrus: That’s true.
Hili: But do we really feel like it?

In Polish:
Hili: Oboje potrzebujemy więcej ruchu.
Cyrus: To prawda.
Hili: Ale czy nam się chce?


10 thoughts on “Thursday: Hili dialogue

  1. El Nino is set to give NZ a hot, dry summer too. In Jan 2008 I took my then 97-year-old grandmother on a drive around the land she lived on since childhood and farmed most of her life. She said it was the driest she’d ever seen it, and official records said it was the driest January in a century.

    Since then 2010 and 2013 have both had significant droughts. This summer is predicted to be worse than any of them. Farmers plan for droughts, but they are coming more frequently all the time.

    1. Have to comment coming from this area – I know NZ is heavy in animal farming but also must have many acres in Hay, and grains such as wheat and flax. Was your grandmother mostly in animal farming?

      1. She farmed sheep and cattle for wool and meat. Until about the 1970s they also grew things like oats, but that was to provide supplementary food for the animals – they never grew crops commercially. She always had an orchard, huge vege garden, and chickens. She even had kiwi fruit back when they were still called Chinese gooseberries, before they were renamed so NZ could sell them to the US and Japan. Like most farms they had a house cow too for their own milk but also like most, stopped once milk could be treated to last longer.

        My sister/brother-in-law are dairy farmers.

        1. Thanks for that. The family type farming in Iowa probably lasted until the 70s but that was about it. After that everything went big and specialized. Back in the 50s we still had chickens, some hogs and the farm machinery was affordable. Grandma sold eggs for extra money, that kind of thing.

          In the 1980s a third of the farmers in Iowa went out of business.

          1. Wool/meat farming is nowhere near as lucrative as it used to be here either, but it has carried on.

            Almost all farm owners here now have university degrees, usually in horticulture or agriculture, and there are many tertiary institutions (above high school, but not university level) that provide training for employment in the farming sector (fish, sheep, cattle, deer, dairy, poultry, trees, horticulture, viticulture, apiculture etc.). The combination of high quality land and workers means they have maintained their ability to carry on and remain competitive.

            It was really about survival. The changes had to be made; we’re a small country that relies on exports. More than 90% of the food we produce goes overseas, and the primary sector makes up the bulk of our exports.

  2. We humans too are caught in this dilemma. Our craving for food and tendency to be less active than we should be. Ideally, we should live a more active life. But, there is always something to distract us – the sedentary demographic. A new book to read, a TV program, web surfing. The only way I can think of to get the balance right, is to take up an active sport. Something that is so enjoyable it’s not a burden to engage in every day. My wife is an avid rower (crew) which solves the problem for her. I’m also a rower, but prefer hiking – if I can manage it with my temperamental back condition.
    I’m feeling my winter weight coming on.

    1. I don’t have all the answers for you at all on this but one place to start that helps most of us is – cut down on the carbs – particularly as you age.

  3. El Niño has meant wet conditions here in Arizona this season, which is much welcomed. We’re in the midst of a decades-long drought and I don’t think this season has changed that all that much, but it’s certainly better than the alternate.

    With luck, we’ll have a good wildflower season in the spring.


  4. Lol, cheeky Hilli!

    If my cat stole the ham from the sandwich I was holding, he’d get some exercise all right… as I chased him around the room!

  5. One can tell that Hili and Cyrus are close companions, but I’m still surprised to see so many pics in which they’re literally walking side by side. So sweet!

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