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Title: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 20, 2009, 12:22:57 PM
Recently I was going through some stuff and I found this old slate of mine, you know the kind pioneer children would use for their schoolwork, and I started doodling around. This is what I wrote:
Mama & Papa,
Alexei is ill again. We are doing our best. Would you please send up (scribble) Spasibo.
We miss you a lot. It is maddening that we are just a floor above you but we can not see you.
We have so little, pencil paper more food warmth enough beds nyet!
Can you believe it? We love you with all our hearts and souls.
Olga
Tatiana
Marie
Anastasia
Alexei
 

I was making up something about that they were prisioned somewhere else other than Alexander palace, Tobolsk and Ekaterinburg, and not allowed to see each other even thoguh they were in the same building, confined to different floors.

It was so funny when I read it ater. I thoguht I would post it just for fun.
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: clockworkgirl21 on December 21, 2009, 01:07:05 AM
I've done things like that before.

While I was supposed to be taking notes in school, I preteneded to write diary entries for OTMA.
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 21, 2009, 11:03:29 AM
That's funny. I do that too. Once I wrote some notes that were supposed to be from OTMA and Alexei to each other. I have this litle book that I write pretend OTMA diary entries in sometimes. I could post them soon.
Andrea
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 21, 2009, 04:44:54 PM
O.K. here's the letters:

Dear Olga,
Boo! I hope I scared you! Nastya
Tatiana,
Boo! I hope I scared you and that you'll get blown away, he he! Nastya
Mashka,
Boo! I hope you were scared! Meet you in the bushes- let's trick the big pair! Nastya
Dear Alexei;
Boo! I hope you are well. I think I'm going to play a trick on the big pair. Nastya
Nastya, what sort of trick? Alexei
Anastasia- I'd be happy to help you. What's the trick? Marie
Dearest sister Marie,
I do not know what the trick will be, perhaps you could help me think of one? I would be in indebted gratitude.
Your sister, Anastasia

They were written on halloween, that's why there's the boos. I'll post the diary entries soon, there are quite a few.
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 25, 2009, 03:20:54 PM
O.K. here's a pretend diary entry I made for Anastasia last year:

5 December 1913
Alexei's hemophilia had flared up again and Mama and Papa are not at home! I suppose it's from the snow and Alexei's getting frostbitten and all. Mashka went to look for Dr. Derevenko and could NOT find him, so went for Dr. Botkin. She could not find him or Gleb either. Olga went for Father Grigory, and got into an argument with him-imaginge, arguing with a preist!-about Edward, prince of whales:
F.G.- I hear your father is considering edward the prince of whales as a husband for you, Olga. What is your opinion...do you wish to meet him and so?
O-(abruptly)- I am Russian and will remain russian, not become british just because of some 'suitable husband'
(olga said husband mockingly) at that father grigory said "excuse me," and left. Olga started after him, but he cleared his throat and she thought better of it. So now, until someone finds the doctors, it's just OTMA and Sonia to take care of Alexei.

more later...there's a lot. it's not very real to real, meaning that wouldn't have happened, but it's fun.
Merry Christmas! 

 :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: Grand Duchess Jennifer on December 25, 2009, 08:30:36 PM
That's cool! :)

Actually, in the summer of 2008, my sister and I made a diary of Maria for 1913. Looking back, I see it was terribly unrealistic; back then, the Romanovs were just a royal family with a sad end to me, and though I was slightly interested I didn't know much about them. It involves such things as getting prizes for working hard at lessons, and escaping the palace! (Rather silly)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 28, 2009, 12:29:35 PM
That sounds just like what I've done! A while back i made up this story that the IF learned they would be killed before they left Ts.S. & they disgised themselves as peasants, & with their royal belongings hidden in the false bottoms of 2 carts, & with foodstuffs & plain clothes in the tops of the carts escaped to...?? i didn't make up that part, i was too busy describing the clothes...i do that FAR too much in stories. :)
I have to go, but i'll post some more of that diary later.
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: Grand Duchess Jennifer on December 28, 2009, 02:41:59 PM
i didn't make up that part, i was too busy describing the clothes...i do that FAR too much in stories. :)
How did you know that's my bad habit too? :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 28, 2009, 05:13:15 PM
Hmmm.
I had no idea, but I suppose lots of fans of history like historical fashion, too. I even write stories about Sissi just to describe her clothes! I'm writing one now, she & her maids are packing to go on a cruise to the South Pacific, but Franz Josef won't tell Sissi where they are going. I describe everything that goes into the trunks.  :)

Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on December 29, 2009, 08:41:34 AM
Hmmm.
I had no idea, but I suppose lots of fans of history like historical fashion, too. I even write stories about Sissi just to describe her clothes! I'm writing one now, she & her maids are packing to go on a cruise to the South Pacific, but Franz Josef won't tell Sissi where they are going. I describe everything that goes into the trunks.  :)



That's so neat...maybe if you like doing this you should write a historical fiction novel!
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 29, 2009, 10:16:20 AM
I've written some stories already...a few fantasy before i discovered naotmaa, & now i'm writing a story about a peasant girl outside of yekaterinburg who finds the escaped IF. i'm a little stuck, though. :)
I'm also trying to write a 1906 diary for Olga, but it is very boring.

here is a little more of that Anastasia diary, picking up after where i stopped earlier in this thread:

Later
Sonia is preparing a bath for Alexei, although his accostomed essential oils are in the doctor's medical bags. Tatiana just prepared a tray for Alexei, who is laying down under layers
of blankets on his bed. the tray Tatiana prepared comtains tea, chicken broth with beans, hot soup, baked potato with bacon, his medicine, (of course), some hot milk and his other medicine. all this food is to strenghthen him and the hot stuff is for his frostbite. I have to got now, i need to fill alexei's hot water bottles and it is my turn to read to him.

as before said, not very realistic.  :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on December 31, 2009, 10:36:20 AM
I like that! Whenever I try to write things like that I get too into describing food, conversations, clothes, etc. and write that for a long time, so then I get tired of writing and just stop...I'm not very patient :D

You should post the story, that sounds really neat!
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 31, 2009, 10:43:44 AM
I'm glad you like it!

Even later, 8:15
It seems all there is to do is take care of Alexei, help him eat and write. And of course, worry worry worry. What if Father Grigory tells Mama & Papa about what Olga said? What then? When are Mama & Papa going to be home from Moscowarsich*? WHERE are the doctors? Alexei is having his bath while Mashka reads to him. So, while I have free time, I shall look for Gleb Botkin to see if he knows where his father, the doctor, is.

*when i wrote this i thought moscow might have been called something different back then, how silly of me.

more later, if you would like more.
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on December 31, 2009, 10:45:45 AM
I'm glad you like it!

Even later, 8:15
It seems all there is to do is take care of Alexei, help him eat and write. And of course, worry worry worry. What if Father Grigory tells Mama & Papa about what Olga said? What then? When are Mama & Papa going to be home from Moscowarsich*? WHERE are the doctors? Alexei is having his bath while Mashka reads to him. So, while I have free time, I shall look for Gleb Botkin to see if he knows where his father, the doctor, is.

*when i wrote this i thought moscow might have been called something different back then, how silly of me.

more later, if you would like more.

These sound like something she would write! :D
Ohh if you do ave any more, post them! Do you have any "by Tatiana"?
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 01, 2010, 11:33:06 AM
I'm glad you like them!  :) Yes, I do have one or two entries by Tatiana in this little book that I write pretend entires for OTMA in.
Here is some more of Anastasia's:

6 December 1913
I found Gleb! His father is in St. Petersburg and can't come though. Gleb says he knows a little doctoring, so we found Alexei's other medicines and the essential oils labeled:
Alexis.N.Romanov
and then the type of oil or med. When we arrived at the Big Pair's room Gleb announced he was going to pick one of us to be his "nurse" helper/assistant. I thought he would pick Olga or Tatiana, but he picked me!

Later
Alexei now has a fever. his frostbite on his nose is gone, thank the Lord! his toe frostbite is not gone in the least. he has a very not forehead and hands and very cold toes.

7 December, 1913
Yesterday  evening a letter came from Papa. It says he will not be home today as arranged, ut on the tenth, three days from now. I suppose it's for the better, anyways. I prefer it with no frantically worrying Mama at Alexei's bedside, although Papa would know what to do about the doctors. Olga is glad, too. She'd rather not be in trouble because of her argument that happened 2 days ago. I pasted the letter on the other page. He, (Papa,) sounds so loving. I wonder what will happen when he finds out about Father Grigory and Olga;s argument. Gleb says his father is due in an hour or so. Hurray!
To my dear daughters, I regret to say your mother and I will not be home tomorrow as arranged, but on Tuesday, the 10th of December, 1913. I am sorry I could not come home sooner, but affairs of my Tsardom keep me too busy. Your mother sends fond regards to you and Alexei. Fodly, Papa. Postscript: pass this news on to Father Grigory, your tutors and your maids.

Later
Dr. Botkin is here! we are to go to Grandmother's for a break.
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on January 01, 2010, 12:37:55 PM
I'm glad you like them!  :) Yes, I do have one or two entries by Tatiana in this little book that I write pretend entires for OTMA in.
Here is some more of Anastasia's:

6 December 1913
I found Gleb! His father is in St. Petersburg and can't come though. Gleb says he knows a little doctoring, so we found Alexei's other medicines and the essential oils labeled:
Alexis.N.Romanov
and then the type of oil or med. When we arrived at the Big Pair's room Gleb announced he was going to pick one of us to be his "nurse" helper/assistant. I thought he would pick Olga or Tatiana, but he picked me!

Later
Alexei now has a fever. his frostbite on his nose is gone, thank the Lord! his toe frostbite is not gone in the least. he has a very not forehead and hands and very cold toes.

7 December, 1913
Yesterday  evening a letter came from Papa. It says he will not be home today as arranged, ut on the tenth, three days from now. I suppose it's for the better, anyways. I prefer it with no frantically worrying Mama at Alexei's bedside, although Papa would know what to do about the doctors. Olga is glad, too. She'd rather not be in trouble because of her argument that happened 2 days ago. I pasted the letter on the other page. He, (Papa,) sounds so loving. I wonder what will happen when he finds out about Father Grigory and Olga;s argument. Gleb says his father is due in an hour or so. Hurray!
To my dear daughters, I regret to say your mother and I will not be home tomorrow as arranged, but on Tuesday, the 10th of December, 1913. I am sorry I could not come home sooner, but affairs of my Tsardom keep me too busy. Your mother sends fond regards to you and Alexei. Fodly, Papa. Postscript: pass this news on to Father Grigory, your tutors and your maids.

Later
Dr. Botkin is here! we are to go to Grandmother's for a break.
They're actually pretty realistic, good job. Can you post the Tatiana ones? She's my favorite btw.
I've noticed that all of OTMA's real diary entries are very short. I suspect it's because life was very similar day in and day out...I'm exactly the opposite, absolutely nothing will happen and I'll write pages and pages in my journal!
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 01, 2010, 01:20:23 PM
O.K. here are Tatiana's entries: (even less realistic)

Mr. Illich, [imaginary mechanic/steward/odd jobber friend of GDs,] entrusted me with a very strange message to put under a bench in the gardens of the Tadlsk Library. It is in some other language that isn't Russian, English, French or German, all of which I know. It has a Polish eagle on it and is tied in a white hinge. Most peculiar.

It was supposed to be summer 1909, I think. I never went on to tell what happened.
Here is another: (much better than the first)

Oct. 24th, 1909
It is very rainy out. The day has been rather boring, as it is a Saturday, and OTMA has no lessons. We are having cinematogpraph tonight. That will be nice.
Later
The rain has let up. I think Nastya wants to play hide-and-seek. I hope she won't make it too hard for me to find her like she did once last year. She was hiding in Mama's closet behind ALL the dresses at the very end. We searched for over 1/2 an hour. When Olishka, Mashka, Gleb Botkin and I finally found her she said: "I thought you'd NEVER find me and give up and leave me here!" and Olishka said, "nyet, we'd never do that Nastenka dear, we'd look everywhere until we found you, even if it took hours." then Mashka put her arm around Nastya and gave her a kiss and Gleb and I reasurred her that we certainly would never leave her in a closet. And then we went off to lunch.

I think i have another, i'll post it later. Hope you liked the above ones! :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on January 01, 2010, 08:21:43 PM
O.K. here are Tatiana's entries: (even less realistic)

Mr. Illich, [imaginary mechanic/steward/odd jobber friend of GDs,] entrusted me with a very strange message to put under a bench in the gardens of the Tadlsk Library. It is in some other language that isn't Russian, English, French or German, all of which I know. It has a Polish eagle on it and is tied in a white hinge. Most peculiar.

It was supposed to be summer 1909, I think. I never went on to tell what happened.
Here is another: (much better than the first)

Oct. 24th, 1909
It is very rainy out. The day has been rather boring, as it is a Saturday, and OTMA has no lessons. We are having cinematogpraph tonight. That will be nice.
Later
The rain has let up. I think Nastya wants to play hide-and-seek. I hope she won't make it too hard for me to find her like she did once last year. She was hiding in Mama's closet behind ALL the dresses at the very end. We searched for over 1/2 an hour. When Olishka, Mashka, Gleb Botkin and I finally found her she said: "I thought you'd NEVER find me and give up and leave me here!" and Olishka said, "nyet, we'd never do that Nastenka dear, we'd look everywhere until we found you, even if it took hours." then Mashka put her arm around Nastya and gave her a kiss and Gleb and I reasurred her that we certainly would never leave her in a closet. And then we went off to lunch.

I think i have another, i'll post it later. Hope you liked the above ones! :)
I like those!
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 02, 2010, 10:40:07 AM
Really?

Here is a much more recent diary of Tatiana's: (1st entries, i'll post one or 2 entries at a time.)

April 4th, 1908
Had lessons with Olga and Marie. Anastasia was not feeling well, so she did not have lessons, much to her delight. After lunch we went outside and Alexei played with his toy boat on the pond. Then Olga and I read on the balcony, and Mama came out after a little while and we sat and talked.

April 5th, 1908
We had a very tasty lunch: miniature pirogis filled with beef, cabbage and hard-boiled eggs. there was sour cream to put on top, and toast on the side. We are going to have cinematograph tonight.

now that i'm posting them, they seem sort of boring.
I write pages in my journal too, when it is very boring! little things mostly. i write in it during car trips a lot, and i write what we are passing on the road~ funny billboards, odd cars ect.  :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on January 03, 2010, 08:03:27 AM
I like those as well!
I'll just go on and on about something Im feeling and fill up 3 pages...and when we're in the car I do the same thing as you!
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 03, 2010, 12:55:24 PM
I'm glad you like them! here is the next one:

April 6th, 1908
We had a day off lessons to go to St. Petersburg with Papa. We wore dark purple coat-dresses and our hats had what Nastya calls "cake frosting" on them. It is really white netting. At the Winter Palace, we got to play in the gold drawing room and Nastya hid at the last moment and we had to find her. What a shivbzik!

Hope you like it! More later.  :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on January 03, 2010, 01:04:24 PM
Hehe, that sounds just like something Anastasia would do :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 04, 2010, 01:45:56 PM
Hehe, that sounds just like something Anastasia would do :)
I know. For some reason in my Romanov stories I have Anastasia hiding a lot... :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on January 05, 2010, 03:50:13 PM
Well that's very accurate! :) Apparently she hid in trees sometimes. Sounds uncomfortable.
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 06, 2010, 02:47:55 PM
Well that's very accurate! :) Apparently she hid in trees sometimes. Sounds uncomfortable.
You mean she hid up in trees, or amongst them? Amongst them wouldn't be uncomfortable, but up in trees, yes that sounds uncomfortable indeed!  Depends how long she was up in the tree... your legs could get very tired. I could never hide up in a tree for long, i'd be too scared! :) unless, of course, i was on low branches.
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on January 06, 2010, 04:13:49 PM
Up in the trees...yes it is very uncomfortable, I used to try and hide in trees when I was little. Your legs get numb!
Being Anastasia must have been exhausting :)
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 06, 2010, 05:13:41 PM
That is very funny, about being Anastasia must have been exausting!
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 24, 2010, 01:32:27 PM
Here is an imaginary letter i wrote from OTMA to Aunt Olga in Tobolsk:
Dearest Auntie O.
We were overjoyed, so happy to receive your letter. Nastya practicaly jumped for joy... How are you? We are mostly well, and thank the Lord, A. is not sick.
Say hello to baby T. for us... tweak his nose, bounce him on your knee, give him a dozen kisses from his cousins!!! We wish we could see him grow!
It is not so bad here, us all share a room that isn't small, but hot huge, either. Medium sized. Good hearty Russian fodd like Papa and all of us love. Rather warm today,-hurray! We went on the roof and flew A.'s kite. running out of room-Dasvidanya
with lots of love, OTMA & A


i actually did fly a kite on the roof that day :)
it was a small, light Chinese kite...
Title: Re: funny slate
Post by: abbigail on January 24, 2010, 02:44:20 PM
How cute! A kite sounds fun..I haven't done that in such a long time!