Flying cows

I woke up at 3:28 a.m. today. Ordinarily I should be dragging right about now, but the opposite has happened. I’m hyper.

In fact, my boss asked me if I drank a mug of coffee this morning. I am not a coffee drinker (I always say I’m not old enough to have acquired a taste for it), but I am on my second dose of Diet Coke for the day. Thus, I’m pretty sure the hyperactivity will continue! (Poor Dan Anderson – the county’s emergency management director – gets to put up with me this afternoon for a road tour of flood damaged property!)

There’s a reason why I woke up at 3:28 a.m. – I had a nightmare involving flying Holstein cows. In my nightmare, a tornado was sweeping across a corn field, picking the cows up and sending them in my general direction.

It was a scene straight out of the movie, “Twister.” The poor cows had all four legs sticking straight up as the wind rolled them through the air like a towel tossing in the clothes dryer. It was not a pretty sight!

Now, a tornado tossing cows about is a rather believable scenario. What wasn’t believable, especially for me, was that instead of running to the basement for cover, I decided to start washing a counter full of dirty dishes. The worst part – well, aside from flying cows – was that the dishes weren’t mine and neither was the house!

From the time the nightmare woke me up until my alarm clock sounded, I tossed and turned and wondered what on earth the nightmare meant. I used to have tornado nightmares a lot, mostly in the first five years after I survived a tornado in Clarkfield on June 16, 1992.

I haven’t encountered tornado damage since June and July, when I reported on the destruction in Osceola and Lyon counties in Iowa. What has happened, however, is that I’ve visited two dairy farms in the last five days. Coincidence? Hmm … maybe. Where’s a good dream (nightmare) analyzer when you need one?

If you have any theories … funny, entertaining, serious or otherwise, please post a comment on my blog. Meanwhile, I better set aside my caffienated Diet Coke for the day or I’ll be bouncing off the walls at home tonight!

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