I told my wife all about my strange experience this morning, and here is her explanation.
1. What was the weird beeping noise on my baby monitor?
My wife pointed out that both the buildings in question have a lot of electronic equipment in them that stays on line. She says there must have been a low amp situation on our grid power, which set off the alert on one of the battery backup systems. Since I have a number of them, by different manufacturers, and some of them are pretty old, that's possible.
2. Why did the chickens and the dogs go berserk?
She says that is exactly the way they behave when a hawk swoops down over the meadow after the chickens. So coincidentally, just as I came roaring out the door, the hawk must have made a pass and taken off.
3. Why did the outdoor cats run and hide?
I use a very low power bb pistol to break up Tomcat fights. I have learned the hard way not to stick an arm or leg into a Tomcat furball. I can't wait til one of them has ripped the other up and I have to pay a big vet bill. But all the cats have seen me use it, none of them like the noise it makes, and I was carrying a Walther P-38, which looks a lot like the bb gun. So that's her explanation of why the outdoor cats made themselves scarce.
4. Why did the indoor cat go hide downstairs under the cedar chest?
She's Himalayan and anything sets her off. My wife says the sound of me roaring down the wooden floored hall in flip flops undoubtedly gave Midori a heart attack and she headed for her favorite hiding place.
5. Why was the satellite dish not working?
My wife pointed out that it shuts itself off in a low amp situation, and then has to run through a long and complicated reboot. If , during the reboot, the power falls to low amperage again, it starts over. So if low amperage on the line precipitated the first noise on the baby monitor, it probably took down the Direct TV receiver.
I am torn between admiration for her analytical ability and annoyance because I am not sure that all these things happened "just so" but I can't disagree with her saying it's possible.
Guess I better call the producer at "UFO Files" and cancel our appointment! ; - )