Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Plan B

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005When a glorious autumn weekend goes from this,007 sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s, to this,004 a cold rain with falling temperatures into the 40’s, you need a back up plan.

Here’s my plan. First, make a big crock pot of chili, without following a recipe.001

While Derek does a little of this,006
I’ll do a whole lot of this.
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It’s always good to have a Plan B. What’s your go to back up plan on a raw and cold day?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

111 thoughts on “Plan B

  1. I think many folks in the country have had their weather change drastically! It was in the 70’s here on Wednesday, and this morning, I heard sleet on our windows. Thankfully, it didn’t last too long!
    Looks like a cozy time at your house!

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  2. Good Morning Jill! We are cold here too.. the polar vortex, shhhh~I know that no BODY wants to hear those two words. We have 3 inches of snow heading our way Saturday.. ick. Your pot of chili looks great. My back up plan for a dreary snow falling kind of Saturday will be reading and CH and I will watch Mizzou play Texas A&M. I think chocolate chip cookies will come out of the oven at some point on Saturday too!

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    • It’s too early for the polar vortex! Ugh, I can’t imagine getting snow this early. I like the sound of your back up plan, reading, football and homemade chocolate chip cookies…very nice! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Pix…be safe!

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  3. Plan B looks great, Jill. When the skies turn dreary and cold, I enjoy making soup, stew, or chili . . . or baking bread . . . or both.

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  4. I love your Plan B. I love slow-cooking on a cold day, having the aroma of the (usually) soup scent the air for hours. And being bundled with my cats either reading, knitting or writing. Where the cats are concerned, we call cold weather, “lap” weather πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend, Jill! Stay warm πŸ™‚

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  5. Wow! What gorgeous scenery. I so miss the colors of fall. That chili looks pretty good , too πŸ™‚ It has been cooler here, but not what I would call cold.

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  6. Plan B is the best! I love days when I can hunker down in the warmth of my house, put a (crock)pot of soup on and just be. We had snow in some areas of CT this morning but not where I live…just rainy, cold and dreary.

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  7. It is definitely colder even inside the house. T-Bob, our cat, napped on the ottoman over the summer, out in the open space of the living room, but now has taken to the futon up against an afghan. Even pets seem to have a Plan A and Plan B in this weather.

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  8. Whoa. let’s go back to the Chilli. What a good idea.

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  9. Oh Jill, your back up plan is the best I know…but before you get to your writing, I’ll be right over for some of that delicious looking chilli, recipe or not πŸ˜€ It’s been very wet here too and definitely colder but the trees are still blazing with colour. No frost yet. Have a wonderfully warm and cosy weekend and tell DFD I hope his team wins πŸ™‚ xo

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    • Hi Sherri! Oh, I wish you were here to enjoy a bowl of chili and a little bubbly. Thankfully, we still have a lot of color, but I know the clock is ticking. Temperatures are going to get into the 20’s tonight…brrrrrr. Enjoy your weekend! DFD says thank you…they’ve got a tough game coming up. Talk to you soon! xo

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  10. I love the pictures, and I love your plan B!

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  11. I’m flying South this weekend for a public health conference. That’s my Plan B. Now, let’s just hope I can make it out of the Cleveland airport and my Chicago connection…

    Your chili looks yummy. A perfect Plan B for this icky weather!

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  12. Pictures DO say a thousand words! Great plan! Me, I want to get to the other side of winter! πŸ™‚

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  13. Gook plan. Chilli looks good. My son asked me to make some for him. Today looks like a good day for it. I’d rather be writing too.

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  14. Yum! Your chilli looks good, Jill! Yes, we’re wondering about a back up plan this weekend too – the weather looks rubbish and will definitely put paid to our walking regime. There’s a new film out about the enigma code which looks good, so the cinema could be an option. There’s no club football here this weekend as the players are all on international duty and I will not allow 12 hours of golf coverage which is always a danger. I find writing difficult with other people in the house which really is a bit ridiculous, I know , but I have a great novel to finish reading and another to begin. Happy days!
    Enjoy your weekend, whatever the weather β˜”οΈ

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    • Ha ha! Good for you for putting your foot down to 12 hours of golf coverage. That usually happens in our house during the British or US Open. I understand, I prefer an empty house when writing, but if the other occupants are being entertained, quietly, and quiet is the key, I can tuck myself away and write. Like yourself, I plan to finish a book and I have a new novel that I’m excited to start. Enjoy your weekend, Jenny and do what makes you feel good. xo

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  15. Love your plan, Jill! I admire anyone who can make chili!
    It’s cold and dreary here, so once I knock off work, I’ll either curl up with my own manuscript or veg out with a couple of DVDs. A friend just brought me some pumpkin bread, so that will be part of my Plan B.

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    • I like your plan too, L. Marie! I love to make chili. I never follow a recipe so each time, it tastes a little different. I’m not big on cooking, but I do love to cook in the crock pot, it makes things so easy. Enjoy that pumpkin bread and stay warm! I’ll be checking in by email this weekend. xo

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  16. That chili looks delicious, Jill! Perfect for this cold weekend. I have a couple of friends coming over for lunch tomorrow. I think I’ll add chili to the menu.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Hi Rajni! The chili turned out pretty good. Not following a recipe, it’s different each time, but it’s always spicy. Can you believe the temperatures we’re experiencing here in Charlotte? I’ve started the count down to spring. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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  17. That chili looks delicious – Siddy and I might pop over for a quick visit πŸ™‚ Orlando won’t come, he doesn’t like swimming!
    Plan B’s due to weather changes are a constant here – we have been getting four seasons in one day for the past month – I so want my spring to arrive and stay!

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    • What a treat to have you and Siddy for a visit. I know all about cats and water, so I understand Orlando’s hesitation. πŸ™‚
      I hope you get some consistently warm weather soon, Pauline. If you can, bottle it up and send it my way. Good luck with your goalfest…I can’t wait to see it. Enjoy the weekend!

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  18. Jill, chili is a good Plan B for ANY cold day! (And who needs a recipe?)
    We’ve been frigid all week in Kansas City, and the forecast is for snow tomorrow. I am not looking forward to winter.
    Stay warm! Theresa

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    • Hi Theresa! If I follow a recipe, nothing tastes good. Cooking without a recipe gives me freedom to spice it up and the end result is pretty darn good. I guess I’m a pantster when it comes to cooking.
      I heard about the snow coming your way…ugh. Stay safe and think of spring. xo

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  19. When it’s cold and rainy, I go into my dungeon and either work on my time machine or my robot werewolf.

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  20. I usually make soup too. I also like going to the movies. I wish I had a time machine like Eric.

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  21. Great minds think alike, Jill–you and I have very similar Plan B techniques–but my soup is Sausage Cabbage Vegetable soup. Last Saturday morning’s high was 71, and the day was gorgeously bright and beautiful. By 4:00 the temperature had dropped to 42. The same thing repeated the next day but with even wider extremes, and we had fog and light snow. While Jim watched football and the soup simmered, I wrote. πŸ™‚

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    • I think we’re related, Marylin. πŸ™‚ I heard about the extreme temperature drop in your area. We were in the high 70’s two days ago and tomorrow morning temperatures will be in the low 20’s. That’s very unusual for Charlotte. With more cold temperatures and football in the forecast, happy writing to you, Marylin!

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  22. That’s a great plan B! I am moving into a stretch of time now that I have to strictly adhere to Plan A haha.

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  23. Seems like we’re experiencing similar Autumn temps Jill. I find I get really tired when the temperatures plummet suddenly – a sign perhaps that it is time to hibernate with the local bears? I like your Plan B and your chili! I’m working tomorrow so maybe I’ll do some writing on Sunday but chances are I’ll read in bed πŸ˜€

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  24. A good, concise explanation of your Plan A and Plan B. The weather here in the Seattle area has also suddenly turned cold, but so far it’s been sunny. My plan B was to find heavy coats, hats and gloves. I still took my walk, but I was well covered.

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  25. I noticed on a national weather report that this Big Chill is affecting much of the nation over the next week. Our morning lows in the early part of the week are expected to drop to the low teens! This is January weather, not November! No Plan B in the Stephens house though, since wild weather is part of life here. πŸ™‚ It hasn’t stopped my kids from getting outside and hitting the trampoline. Like good little hardy Chicagoans, they put on a few extra layers and went out anyway. Fiona came inside after a half hour and stripped off her layers — 7 individual socks on each foot! Much as I don’t like it, I can accept the cold, but I don’t think I can deal with another record snowfall total this winter. It might just put me in the looney bin!

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    • Ha ha! Seven layers…Fiona sounds like me. Unfortunately her layers create more laundry for you, unless she is doing her own laundry. 😦
      I agree, Gwen, this is January weather. When I went to my parents house it morning, it was 23 degrees. That’s unheard of for this time of the year in Charlotte. I’m so ready for spring and winter hasn’t even officially arrived.
      Stay warm and out of the looney bin!

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  26. Jill, my plan B: I ask my husband to make a pot of soupπŸ˜„
    I love your photos! Have a lovely weekend.

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  27. My plans A & B are to curl up in my warm bed! So if plan A fails, it’s plan B to the rescue!! LOL.

    That chili looks delish! Mr. B loves chili and could have it daily! I make a mean one also without a recipe. That’s what’s fun about chili, you can make your own creations. Your plan B sounds perfect to me!

    This weekend we celebrate Mr. B’s bday and our 25th Wedding Anniversary (on Tues)! We are traveling for an overnight on Sunday night and heard that there is a winter storm heading our way! JOY! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your peaceful weekend, Jill! xoxo

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    • This is why I love you, Maria…you’re so smart! A warm bed sounds so nice right now with our temperatures dipping into the 20’s tonight.
      You’re right, making chili is fun. Each batch I make is different, you never know what you’re going to get.
      Happy Birthday to Mr. B and a very happy 25th wedding anniversary! Yikes! A winter storm! Just stay in the warm bed or in the Jacuzzi. ENJOY and congratulations! xo

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  28. That seems like a good plan B to me Jill. Plan B is also coffee, cake and movies πŸ™‚

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  29. Hi Jill. Lovely plan B. Here in Vancouver we are faced with the Arctic front and our temperatures have dipped down this week. We have moved from highs of 70’s to lows of 40’s. It’s going to last for a few more days. Hot cup of chocolate with some chocolate chip cookies would be my plan B. The scene outside my home is fast changing, and soon beautiful colors of fall would be gone. I intend to do some writing staying indoors and keeping warm. I love your photos and chilly looks very delicious. Enjoy and be safe my friend. πŸ˜ƒ

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    • Hi Samina! It’s so nice to see you. Your weather sounds so much like ours with the sudden drop in temperatures. We’ve got a second blast of cold air due to arrive Tuesday. I’m not looking forward to it. Our colors are beginning to fade as well. Hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies…sounds like you’ve got a little sweet tooth, Samina. πŸ™‚ Have a great week and stay warm! xo

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  30. I’d love a bit of your winter chill, Jill! It’s very warm here now that we’re heading into Summer. I love the look of that chili crock pot πŸ˜€

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    • That particular batch turned out pretty good, Dianne. Let’s hope I can repeat the recipe next time. πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t mind feeling some of that summer warmth, as I sit snuggled with an afghan. I hope you’ll share some photos of the creatures that pay a visit this summer.

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  31. Cold and rainy days are the perfect excuse to stay in my pj’s and write by the fireplace. I love your photos! Hope you have a wonderful week no matter the weather. πŸ™‚

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    • It certainly is the perfect excuse, Jolyse. It sounds as though you might be getting some of the white stuff soon. I’m sure you’ll be dreaming of the Keys. Congratulations on your Christmas novella, I really enjoyed it! I started Jeannie’s today. How special to publish a collection with your special writing buds.xo

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      • Thanks so much, Jill, for your feedback. ❀ It was a surreal experience and still loving it. Now I'm learning to balance promoting a book while writing the next. πŸ™‚

        White stuff. No thanks. LOL

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      • I’m sure it’s difficult, especially when you have a full-time job outside the home and children. From what I see, you’re holding your own, Jolyse. I’m really happy for you and I’m looking forward to your next release.

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  32. We have snow on the ground this morning. It is WAY too early for that stuff. LOL. My back up plan is always to paint and make homemade soup. (also without a recipe) But I love your big pot of chili idea. Love that chili especially on a cold day. Your photo story is fab. Love it, but then your posts are always fabulous. I also love Jolyse Barnett’s idea of staying in pj’s by the fireplace. Very cozy. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth.:) I agree, it’s way too early for snow. I do hope you’ll share some of your beautiful photographs…if it hasn’t melted already. Oh yes, Jolyse’s idea sounds nice too. Have a great week and stay warm! xo

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  33. Mmm chili. Even the cold days aren’t too cold where I’m at, but I do like to cozy up to a nice book or watch a movie with the wife when we don’t feel like going out!

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  34. Hard to beat chili for that one – but I’m open to soup, hot chocolate, crackling fires, and a good book!

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  35. Some of my friends think I’m crazy, but I love to go out walking on cold rainy days, particularly if they’re windy, too. But after walking, it’s always nice to curl up with a nice mug of hot chocolate, and either write, read, or draw. πŸ™‚

    Your crock pot of chili looks delicious!

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    • Good for you, walking on a cold, rainy and windy day is how you roll, no judgment here. πŸ™‚ If is was a warm and rainy day, I would join you, but when it’s cold, I’m inside.
      That batch of chili was pretty tasty. πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

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  36. Warm clothes to wear, and something warm in the pot to eat. We went out for a walk, but it was too cold. Came home and cooked instead.

    Mashed potatoes are always a good fix! πŸ™‚

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  37. So glad you got some writing done. I don’t have raw and cold days anymore, since I moved from the north 25 years ago. I watch football, too. When it gets raw and cold in the north, it finally gets nice where I live. So, it’s difficult to focus on writing when beautiful weather finally arrives (since March). I haven’t been writing much. But, you keep up that good work while you’re in the swing. Sending warm hugs from Florida.

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    • I’m happy you’re enjoying the beautiful weather Florida has to offer this time of the year. I know you’re not big on the summer heat, Lori, so enjoy! Thanks for the warm hugs…I’ll need more on Wednesday morning when we reach record breaking low temperatures. Yikes! Have a great week!

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      • Wednesday morning is supposed to be in the 30’s here, which is probably warmer than there still. But, the day time temps will be soooo nice. More warm hugs sent your way.

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  38. We took a long weekend and it rained for part of it. We stayed in and watched some movies and just relaxed. A wonderful weekend. I do miss watching college sports, though.

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  39. Have you got snow, Jill? It looked pretty widespread on the news 😦 I hope it was a BIG pot of chilli. Nice to have an excuse to stay home sometimes but hell when you have to go to work. I’m looking forward to snowy photos. Well, maybe not πŸ™‚

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    • NO! Don’t say that word, Jo! We haven’t gotten any snow, but we did break a record low yesterday morning. It got down to 14 degrees. You’re right, snow and commuting to work is always a major pain. I hope any snow this winter arrives on the weekend. πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely have some pictures.

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  40. Sleeping in, a good book and/or movie, or working on art.

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  41. I think making chili or soup really does warm the soul. I also find cold or rainy weather quite nice for writing in a journal or a notebook. Your Plan B sounds like a great way to spend time inside, Jill!

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  42. Jill that looks like a perfect Autumn day to me, hope you got lots of writing done. I am finding harder to focus on projects in the hotter weather.

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  43. I was going to ask for the recipe too but I see it’s varied – must find one that looks as delicious as that. Plan B is put a woolly hat and gloves on before running πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Roy! Your plan B is definitely a good one, if you want to stay healthy during the cold months. My overall recipe stays the same, it’s just the base that I mix up at times. Sometimes I’ll use tomato paste, tomato soup and diced tomatoes. Sometimes I’ll use Hot and Spicy V8 juice as the base and add the diced tomatoes, etc. Play around with it and taste as it cooks. πŸ™‚

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