Big ice storm hit here over the weekend. Freezing rain and freezing fog. Never heard of freezing fog before. Lost a quart of ice cream and had to move a few items across town to a working freezer, but managed to stay warm and home most of the time by burning wood. I just happened to have bought an inverter (after BB mentioned he had one) the week before in hopes of running the insert convection fan should we get hit hard with some weather. Didn't know how that would work but I pulled the battery from a compact, non-essential car and I was happy enough for a $30 investment. On day two, I even hooked up a 15 Watt compact fluorescent bulb (as much light as a sixty watt incandescent) lamp for a few hours so one room in the house seemed almost normal. It was a bit stressful with everyone in the same room so much, but at least we were warm and could read. I may consider getting a deep cycle battery for next time. The compact car battery only lasted about 8 hours of non-continuous use and I only ran the fan about half speed. Luckily I could recharge it at the sister-in-law's place over an extended supper. At one point, about every 20 minutes, I'd hear a limb snap out back and then a second sound of it hitting the ground. It was an eerie sound that happened over and over again at regular intervals over two days. Lots of softwood trees are down around here or have big piles of limbs all around them. Mostly Bradford Pear, River Birch, and Pine trees.