So we got behind on the blog updates due to the holidays. We lost power for three or four days (23 to the 27th-ish) which was inconvenient but no major issue. We kept the wood stove burning and were able to go over to Karen's house on Christmas (she had her power back by then). We still had (cold) running water and our stove-top is gas, and since it is winter we put our refrigerator food in a box on the porch.
The birch trees were the most dramatic with the ice weight,
We did not get too much damage, a few lost branches, but they were far away from the house and rather small.
Everything was beautiful encased in ice
Not sure how the bees are doing... too cold to check.