Last year after Ike while my yard looked like this.
We lived without power for about 14 days. At first it was kind of fun. Our neighbors met us early each morning with steaming cups of coffee (they had a generator...we did not). We would work in the yard while the kids played outside with no electronic devices
, we would play board games for hours, we would sit outside in the evenings with those same neighbors enjoying wine and laughter. After dinner cooked on gas grills I would sit in the bathroom holding a flashlight so my kids would have light while they showered. (I learned what true friends looked like...though that's a post for another time.) We bonded and we were blessed. Then it go OLD! I wanted clothes washed in the washer and dried in the drier because no matter what the commercial shows...towels do not stay fluffy soft when hung on a clothes line.
About 7 days into the (no longer fun) power outage we received a loaner generator from a friend that had had power restored...it was such a huge gift just to know I wasn't feeding my children out of an ice chest anymore.
So...not wanting to go through that again and living on the coast means that you pay a butt load of money for this
something you hope you never have to use. Ironic right?
By the way...the husband came home and started the generator and it runs beautifully! He did a great job choosing the correct one! I told you I trusted your judgement! hehehe
P.S...I am not recommending or not not recommending this particular brand of generator...however...if we have another storm and it comes through like it should...I'll be sure and let you know.