after the ice stopped forming:
The ice on top of the husks there is about 1/2" thick. I thought I was going to lose a couple of branches off it, but it held.
Second, I've got to show you the neat flashlight I got for Christmas
My parents ordered it from somewhere. It's a grand total of 1.5" long, 1.25" wide and about 9/16" thick. Two leds on the front instead of bulbs
and a crank on the side to charge it
It says one minute cranking will give about five minutes of light, which seems about right. Not something for a primary emergency light, but damn handy to stick in a glove compartment or console or whatever.