Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pianos, Animals, Eggs and a Classic Toy... Oh My!!

The Classic Toy for this week is

Jacob's Ladder...

This wonderful toy is called Jacob's
Ladder because its seemingly endless
tumbling of blocks is said to resemble
a dream of angels continuously ascending
and descending a ladder to Heaven, as
dreamed by the Biblical patriarch Jacob

(Genesis 28:12). Because of the Biblical
connection, and because it was a "nice
quiet toy"
, Puritan children were allowed
to play with it on Sundays.

Some Legends say that one was found
in King Tut's tomb,
which means these
fascinating toys were played with in
Egypt before 2112 B.C.,
when the young King died.

To play with Jacob's Ladder, simply
hold the top block by its edges and
let the rest of the identical blocks swing
downward until the "ladder" is fully open.
Then, holding the top block by its edges,
turn it 180° in a left rotation, until the top
and second blocks are parallel and
touching. When the held block hits the
hanging block, a series of blocks will
begin cascading down.
Then repeat the
motion 180° to the right. Each time you
move the block 180°, a cascade of
apparently moving blocks will flip
to the bottom.

There's a neat trick you can play with
your Jacob's ladder, which will baffle
(and, most likely, their elders)
Fold up a dollar bill into a small
rectangle and tuck it under one of
the tapes.
Then operate the toy.
The dollar will successively
disappear, appear, disappear,
and so on, for no apparent reason!

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During my recent internet travels,
I came upon some very cute
photos of animals on pianos...
For some reason, I felt compelled
to share them today... Enjoy!

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Below you will find this
weeks Embroidery Patterns...

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How many of you have a Jacob's Ladder?
I do, and just like the Slinky...
it's fun and relaxing to play with!

I hope everyone finds a nice "Tid-Bit"
to enjoy this Tuesday!

God bless...

Until another time... Pearl


Faye said...

Pearl,what a sweet post.Hope you have a great day!Blessings, Faye

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Happy Tuesday, Pearl! I never had a Jacob's Ladder, but they sure look fun and fascinating. I bet the ferrets on the piano was your favorite:) Cute pictures! I love Humpty Dumpty patterns. I am still procrastinating in my getting started with embroidery. I just love looking at vintage patterns. Have a nice day! Twyla

luvmy4sons said...

Always entertained when I stop by. Hugs sweet sister!


Hi Pearl,

I read the post about your Mom :)
thanks for sharing it..
Cute photos of animals playing the piano!! Are those your ferrets?!
The clip art is lovely also.
Rec'd my ATC card...LOVE IT!!
Cute patterns to make. I have some just waiting to do...where does the time go??
Hope you are feeling better..I'll email to..

Beth Niquette said...

I enjoy your blog SO much! You are such a creative person. But not only that, you have a beautiful and generous heart. Have a blessed day! (what's left of it, that is!) (grin)

Rue said...

Hi sweet Pearl :)

I used to have a Jacob's Ladder, but had no idea that was what it was called, isn't that funny?

I hope your Mother's Day was beautiful :)


Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Pearl! Now that was interesting, because I never made the connection with the Jacob's Ladder toy, and the name from which it came! Oh me! LOL!

Love the pics of the sweet, adorable animals on the piano! The little black dog was my favorite! And I enjoyed your needlepoint pictures. Do you remember in the mid 80's when they where used with liquid pencils/pens, instead of thread? The fabric pens were not like the ones today. My grandmother did a lot of pillowcases with that technique and those patterns. I would spend the night with her, and we would stay up all night working on our "embroidery!" Does that make sense. I MISS those days! ...but they sure are fond memories!

The post on your mom below was just precious! I hope you had a wonderful Mom's Day! And I hope you and all your "guys" are doing well! "Talk" to you soon! ~Big Hugs, Rhonda :)

Holly said...

Hi, Pearl! I've seen a Jaccob's ladder but I've never owned one. We buy Micah a slinky for Christmas every year. ☺

KatCollects said...

You know I love the bunny on the piano : ) I hope you are having a good weekend.

Kathi said...

Hi Pearl, I have been terrible and not visiting people lately. My schedule has been wacky. I've thought of you often though and prayed for you and your family.

I love those little toys. They are tricky. What darling pictures of those sweet creatures on the piano. Have a good week sweetie. Kathi

Sharon said...

What a fun post! I have never known how to use a Jacob's ladder. I have seen them plenty of times at the thrit stores, but didn't understand what they did. Now I'll have to get one! I liked slinkies when I was little, they are cool!

I love the pictures of the cute animals!

Hope you're feeling well.

Love, Sharon

Tiffany said...

I love humpty-dumpty and all the nursery ryhmes. Very cute!

Marie Reed said...

What a doozy of a post Pear! I just loved it. The Jacob's Ladder history is flabbergasting! I'm swooning for the little piano and hamster picture:) We have a ittle hammy named Rosie in our family!

Heather said...

Hi Pearl! I hope this finds you feeling well! I have never seen nor heard of Jacob's ladder- but if it is a quiet toy then I am all for getting one for my kids! LOL!! I swear everything they have makes noises! They would have a ball with it too.
I love the pictures of the animals on the pianos, too too cute!!
Miss you bunches my dear!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Love the guinea pig on the piano, Pearl. Reminds me of one I had so many years ago. Have a nice long weekend.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Pearl, Hope this comment finds you well! Saw where you haven't posted lately and was worried! Love ya, Rhonda :)

Marie Reed said...

Dearest Pearl.. All of my thoughts and prayers are with you. I was so sad to hear that your health has been declining. My son has been in and out of the hospital recently so please forgive the questions... It's made me perhaps overly worried about everything because of his hospitalization. Do you feel your strength coming back? Was there something more seriously wrong than a horrible burdensome flu? ((Huge Hugs))

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