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hat2jarviswelldressedAs you know, we Whimsies are big fans of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and even though we no longer sit down here and have a weekly roundtable discussion about it, we still watch and enjoy the show. What you may not know is that some of us in Whimsieville are even more entranced by SHIELD’s sister show, Agent Carter. And some of us (like me) are most entranced by that show’s pivotal character, Howard Stark’s butler, Edwin Jarvis (as portrayed by British actor James D’Arcy).

Ah, Jarvis! Where do I begin? Okay, how about this? Let’s start with…he’s so good-looking, in a classic, old-fashioned clean-cut sort of way. Trixie may prefer the muscle-bound Thor with all his long crazy hair, and Tessie is partial to the sometimes unkempt Fall Out Boy Patrick Stump in his hats and tee shirts, but for me, the vision of Jarvis in a 1940’s suit, vest and tie, with a handkerchief neatly folded in the breast pocket, topped by a clean shaven jaw and every hair in place, is just the thing to set my heart aflutter.

Now, as if that wasn’t enough, how about a man that makes you laugh? You know how you’re always hearing that a woman wants a man with a good sense of humor? Well, I don’t know if Jarvis necessarily has a “sense of humor,” (if he does, it’s very dry) but he does provide a good deal of humor. And most of it is in his language.

Let’s start with the accent. Trixie is not the only one who loves a British accent, thank you very much! And Jarvis’ speech is the epitome of proper enunciation. He uses his calm and soothing voice to deliver important information, unintentionally melding humor into his extensive vocabulary. Take a listen:

Now, what could be funnier than that? Well, how about this—Jarvis attempting to impersonate an American police officer:

Oh, that Jarvis! He’s always making me laugh! isn’t he simply…jarvelous??

But it’s not just what he says, he can do physical comedy as well. Watch him here trying to take on Peggy:

Haha! And of course nobody can beat Peggy. Except here he does, and at the end of this clip, who should walk in but…his wife! And she doesn’t seem to have any problem with her husband lying on top of the attractive Agent Carter.

Which leads to my next point. The next thing I love so much about Jarvis is his relationship with his wife, Ana. First of all, she’s so cute! Isn’t she? And they just go so well together. I can’t quite figure them out, they are like no other couple I have ever seen before, either on TV, in movies, or in real life. She apparently loves him and trusts him completely, and for his part, he is obviously completely devoted to her.

pcgroupBut then that’s no surprise, because if there’s one word you could use to describe Jarvis’ character it’s that exactly: devoted. As a butler, he is completely devoted to his employer, Howard Stark. Stark could trust him with any secret. As Peggy’s partner in espionage, Jarvis is the picture of reliability. He will do anything to help her. And for his wife…well, here we pull out all the stops. Jarvis is so devoted to Ana that when she is shot by the villainess, even though it turns out she’s going to live and be okay, Jarvis can think of nothing but revenge.

In fact, he is so intent upon revenge, that in a very un-Jarvis-like moment, he hauls off and SHOOTS Whitney Frost… in cold blood! Unexpected. Of course (unfortunately) she’s imbued with supernatural powers, so she doesn’t actually die, but I must tell you, it was a shocking moment for all of us here in Whimsieville.

So shocking, in fact, that Miss Chrissy fears that as we near the final episode of this season of Agent Carter (a season, which, we are afraid, may be the last, as the star Hayley Atwell has apparently been offered another show—good for her! But bad for us Agent Carter fans….) the “powers that be” may decide that Jarvis has to die. Oh no! May it never be! Has that one moment of passionate indiscretion branded him as irredeemable? I certainly hope not!

And that’s why I’m writing this now, instead of after this coming Tuesday, when the season will be over. I want this to be my tribute to the wonders of Jarvis, not his obituary. If the next few days ends in his obituary, I will cry and cry. As will the rest of us here in Whimsieville. But, there is one ray of hope…

Mr. Russ, who knows Marvel comics much better than Miss Chrissy or the rest of us do (except perhaps for Trixie) insists that the “powers that be” are NOT going to kill Jarvis. Mr. Russ insists that Jarvis must jarvisjiflive on to become a part of Tony Stark’s life, to serve him when he is an Avenger, and to provide the inspiration for the brilliant Mr. Stark’s even more brilliant computer, J.A.R.V.I.S.

So, we will cling to the hope that this coming Tuesday will not spell the end for our most devoted and loyal friend, Edwin Jarvis. We will all be glued to the television, and no matter how it all turns out, even if there are no further seasons of Agent Carter, though we will all be sad (because frankly, this is just about the best thing we’ve ever seen on TV), we will take consolation in the fact that Jarvis will always live on, in the comics, in our memories, in our hearts…and in re-runs!

ICONSo, as everyone knows it’s January, and that means Winter is in full force. Now, I am happy to report that Whimsieville is in that portion of the country where the weather gets cold sometimes, but it very rarely gets so FRIGID that you can’t even move because it’s simply too uncomfortable. No, our kind of cold in this part of the country is the kind that makes you glad to turn on the fireplace tvand dress up in your warm winter jammies, and have a nice cup of hot cocoa while sitting in front of The Weather Channel, watching the wall-to-wall coverage about the blizzard currently attacking our neighbors to the North. Oh, we do feel so sorry for those poor people up there, who may lose their Electricity, and their Heat, and will have to stay bundled up in more than simply Winter jammies just to keep from being so terribly uncomfortable.

I know what that’s all about, because once upon a time I lived in a Hoard in the North, and the Hoarder was not a very organized sort of person, and sometimes she would forget to pay her power bill in the middle of Winter, and then we would all be FREEZING until she searched all around in the dark to find her coat and galoshes and headed out to go pay that bill, and finally the Electricity and the Heat would come back on and we could all breath a sigh of relief and slowly warm up again. I don’t miss those days at all, so when I think of the people up North who might end up in a situation like that, but there’s no amount of money they can pay, they just have to wait for the Linemen to come and fix their power lines…well, it’s just too sad to think of.

But hopefully that will not happen to too many people during this Storm, and everyone will have plenty of warm jammies and coats and mittens and hot cocoa on hand so they can all stay as warm and toasty as possible until the Weather passes.

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As for us Whimises, we do enjoy watching The Weather Channel when there is a big weather event brewing, and so today that is where we find ourselves, parked firmly on the living room couch, watching the cold weather all day long. And isn’t this just the perfect opportunity to have a little Fashion Show of all our Warm Winter Jammies? So here I go: I’ll tear myself away from the weather coverage just long enough to extol the virtues of Winter Jammies.

coldtessFirst of all we have Tessie, and it appears she has found the comfiest jammies ever stitched together! As you can see, she is all in white fleece, like a little lamb, and not only that, but she’s also wearing a hood to keep her head and ears warm! And not only that, but her hood has little ears on top so she does in fact look somewhat like a little lamb, doesn’t she? I asked Tessie and she said the hood in no way impedes her ability to hear the television coverage of the storm, and she does so enjoy looking like a little lamb, so she’s just going to keep on wearing that hood, even though with the fireplace going, we are nowhere cold enough to actually need such a thing. But that’s Tessie; sometimes she’ll get an idea in her head and just go with it.

coldtoots Now! If you want to talk about getting an idea in your head and just going with it, you should take a look at Tootsie! This past Christmas Tootsie found these adorable red Santa Claus pajamas, which she wore all during the holidays, and now she barely ever wants to take them off! Tootsie has decided that “red and white stripes” is her new favorite fashion motif, and she looks for stripes in everything she sees! Santa Claus was exceptionally good to Tootsie this year too, this being her first real Christmas in a long, long time, so she’s exceptionally fond of the big man with the large white beard. As everybody knows, I have my own favorite superheroes (Thor…Hulk…) and now Tootsie has hers too.

Eventually I imagine Tootsie will have to switch to something else to wear, but with the wind blowing outside, and so much snow on the TV making us shiver in our feety pajammies, I don’t think she’s giving up this outfit anytime soon!

coldtill Since Tillie is Tootsie’s very best friend in the whole world, she’s supporting the Christmas madness by also choosing a pair of Christmas jammies. Tillie’s jammies are pink, though, and covered in multiple images of Santa Claus. The very best part of this outfit, though, if you ask me, is the Santa Claus feet! How darling! Tillie’s outfit does not employ the “red and white stripes” fashion motif seen in Tootsie’s outfit, but I think I detect a red and white polka dot theme around her collar. Well, coldtrix whichever way you go, red and white are the colors of Christmas, and while we all had a wonderful Christmas, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wearing Christmas jammies all year long, if that’s what you like, I’m thinking once the weather begins to turn, Tillie too will turn her fashion sense to something a little more “season appropriate.”

Maybe to something like I’m wearing? Here you see me in the classic blue and white Winter jammies covered all over with POLAR BEARS! While not specifically Christmas-themed, polar bears scream COLD like few other animals can. And yes, you’ll notice that my jammies also include that cute fashion detail of actual polar bears on my feet. Well….not actual polar bears, that would not be very comfortable or very safe, but you get the idea…

So, that’s our Winter Jammie Fashion Show! And now….it’s back to The Weather Channel!

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So, here’s how it happened.

First of all, you’ll remember that in the past, we Whimsies have always dressed up in our traditional Halloween costumes of a Pirate, a Pumpkin, and a Princess Ballerina Fairy. But this year Tootsie has joined us, so we are four Whimsies with only three costumes! Oh! What to do, what to do?

A decision was made to open up the entire Wardrobe and put on our Thinking Caps and see if we could use the resources at hand to put together a new Halloween costume.

Well! Opening up the entire Wardrobe, we began to run into all kinds of tops and bottoms and dresses and hats and accessories, and ended up having a ton of fun revisiting all our old, familiar apparel, trying on favorite pieces in no particular order. And because we were putting on clothes in no particular order, we soon found that we were all wearing stripes and polka dots together—gasp!! As any well-dressed Whimsie knows, you never wear stripes and polka dots together! ::Shudder:: It simply isn’t done.

Yet, we were doing it.

So then Tillie suggested that in our stripes and polka dots and crazy hats and patterned socks, we were barely recognizable as Whimsies—whom everyone knows are always impeccably and fashionably dressed. In some strange way, we actually felt more like we were in disguises. In fact, we found it so odd to simply look at each other and see Whimsies wearing such an odd conglomeration of patterns, that when all was said and done, we decided that these crazy outfits could very well serve as the Halloween costumes we were so desperately trying to create. Quite by accident, we had found the very thing we were looking for!

Can you say “Serendipity”??

So here we are, for our somewhat unconventional Halloween portrait, a group of Whimsies masquerading as Anti-Whimsies…or Pseudo-Whimsies.

(Shhhh….don’t tell anyone. But it’s really us!) 🙂

sailorwhimsizedhat2It seems a long time since any of us have visited The Wonderful World of Whimsies. Not to say we aren’t running into pretty Whimsies on a constant basis, just that we’ve been so very busy lately, we haven’t had much time to write about it. But the other day I saw this adorable Whimsie in a cute little sailor suit, and I just have to say a word or two about her.

First of all, how can you not notice her beautiful hair? LOVE the curls! What a cute and perky style, and her hair color so perfectly matches her big, beautiful brown eyes. And somehow—I don’t know if it’s her hair, or her collar, the magic of photography, or just plain magic—her smile looks so wide and happy. I’ve heard Whimsie smiles described as “Watermelon” smiles, and isn’t that just the case for our pretty little sailor girl?

But now for the outfit! Or should I call it a costume? Because Whimsies aren’t usually sailors (although, who knows? Perhaps this one is!) so whenever you wear an outfit that says you are something that you really aren’t, wouldn’t that be a “costume”? Trixie may tend to disagree with me, because her Marvel superheroes wear “costumes,” and they really are superheroes. Oh, I guess we could get into a long discussion about the defining characteristics of the word “costume”….but let’s not!

Let’s just enjoy the sailor suit on this happy Whimsie. superheroThe red, white and blue theme makes her All-American, and the red and white stripes of her collar even emulate the American flag! The tidy little blue knot around her collar makes you wonder how many hours this Sailor Girl has spent practicing her knots on her very own costume. I mean outfit. I mean…oh, never mind.

You know what? Even though it’s Halloween, and wearing a “costume” would be totally appropriate, I’m choosing to believe this Whimsie actually is a sailor. We Whimsies here in Whimsieville tend to shy away from adventure, but that doesn’t mean all Whimisies are necessarily of the same spirit. I think this Sailor Girl, with her wind-tossed curls and sun-kissed freckled face, is sporting such an expansive watermelon Watermelon smile because she’s getting ready to ship out on her next adventure very soon!

We can only imagine…

But then, imagining is such a big part of what we Whimsies are all about.

tillieiconsummerhatThough the Weather here in Whimsieville has not yet been notified, Summer is now officially over. The time for wearing shorts and running barefoot is quickly coming to an end for this calendar year, and we know there may only be a few more weeks, or even a few more days, of this hot steamy weather that is so appropriate for our colorful Summer Wardrobe. So while there is yetl time, we want to dress up and go outside to run and play in the sunshine and have our pictures taken in our Summer Best.

We always like to take our pet Dinosaurs along with us for any outdoor activity, so naturally they accompany us on this photo shoot. You know, of course, that Dinosaurs will not sit still for photographs until their bellies are full of leaves and berries, so before we can even think of posing, we decide to first let Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty graze around in the grass, chomping on the greenery.

The best eatings are on the very edges of Whimsieville, so the Dinosaurs keep making their way further and further from the homestead, into the tallest weeds. Only Tessie is willing to accompany them, since the outfit she chose includes a sturdy pair of sneakers. Tootsie starts to go too, WHIMSIEDINO2but quickly returns when she finds a burr with her bare foot. Ouch! Tootsie’s a tough tomboy, so she doesn’t cry much, but returning to the shade, she ‘s happy to cool her tootsies in the cool grass.

WHIMSIEDINOWhile we wait for Tessie to return with the Dinosaurs, let me take a moment to mention how very proud of her I am for being bold enough to head out alone to the very edges of Whimsieville. She’s come such a long way since I first met her, when she was so terrified of the possibility of meeting a dog (or a wolf) even the slightest distance from the back door. Mr. Squee, our official “Dogcatcher,” has not actually done much in the way of catching any dogs, but he has put out the word, laid down the law, and scared away any dogs (or wolves) that might even consider getting close to Whimsieville. It’s now pretty well known in the neighborhood that dogs and wolves are not welcome in Whimsieville, and they respectfully keep their distance. Tessie has developed a deep level of trust in Mr. Squee’s ability to protect the property,but I think, also, she is beginning to realize that not all dogs are monsters. Maybe someday she might actually be able to watch a movie with a dog in it! We can only hope…

allwhimsiechairBut here she comes, back from her tiny adventure with our Miniature Dinosaurs, and those four little ones certainly look contented, and almost ready for a nap, so best to get them to pose for pictures before they all fall asleep!

Here then is our official Summer Portrait, a happy group of Whimsies in the sunshine, wearing our Summer colors and accompanied by our pet Dinosaurs! Let’s take a moment to explore how each of us is using Fashion to celebrate the end of Summer.

As previously mentioned, Tessie has chosen to wear sneakers, She expertly coordinates the delicate floral print of these very girlie sneakers with simple black shorts and a pink and white striped top. Nothing fancy going on here, she’s just ready for adventure, and at the same time looks so very feminine.

Trixie goes bold with yellow and white. Now, you may not think there is anything bold about the color combination of yellow and white, but remember that us Whimsies solidly cling to the belief that “Nobody looks good in yellow.” Well, guess what? We may just have to change our minds on that one! Trixie has found a darling pair of yellow flowered pants, which she matches with her simple white tee, and tops the whole thing off with a white seersucker hat. You may not be able to see it in these photos, but there is the tiniest little yellow ribbon on that hat! Oh yes, Trixie has most definitely overcome her fear of Yellow! That is practically as impressive as Tessie overcoming her fear of dogs!

Now for Tootsie, recovering from a burr sting on the bottom of her foot, but still smiling to beat the band. Despite Tootsie’s penchant for denim, today she has chosen soft clothes in soft colors to celebrate the end of Summer. Tootise is our little tomboy, but today she certainly looks girlish in sherbert hues of pink and green. Or should I say….strawberry and lime? Tootise has tied a huge pink ribbon around her head, to keep her hair away from her pretty face. And aren’t we proud of the latest addition to our little Whimsie family for being willing to experiment with a new kind of look?

allwhimsiecloseupFinally, here I am, also in sherbert-y colors, but totally working the plaids. The plaid of my hat is blue and green, while the plaid in my skirt is green and pink. No, they don’t really match, but it’s Summer, and we’re outside, having fun, so who cares about matching? Summer Fashion is more about feeling good than it is about looking good, though when it comes right down to it, you know what? Not only do I feel good, but I think I also happen to think I look great in my crazy conglomeration of Summer colors!

So there you have it. The End of Summer. To some degree there’s a hint of sadness in the passing of one Season, but at the same time, we celebrate the arrival of another: our beloved Autumn! We all had a great Summer, with each of us going on a special Adventure with Miss Chrissy and Mr. Russ, and we will always have those great memories. And we can always hope for more Adventures in the future.

So now comes Autumn, with its own particular charms! And here we go, a bunch of happy Whimsies at the height of Fashion, with a menagerie of Miniature Dinosaurs, piled into a metal basket we found lying about in the yard, pretending it’s a boat that will carry us off into the Future of Everything Life Has to Offer, in this coming Season, and in all the unknown Seasons that lie beyond the horizon!

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