I Have This Theory About Chocolate....

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"I have this theory that Chocolate slows down the aging process... It may not be true, but do I dare take chances?" --- Author unknown.

Grandbury is a quaint little town located in Hood County, Texas. On the Square are many interesting shops. The city, which was founded in 1873 is rich with history, and has many historic landmarks. The buildings are architecturally intesting; however it was this one, "The Art of Chocolate," that caught my attention!

TWO FAVORITE CELEBRITY QUOTES

"I never met a chocolate I didn't like," by Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) in Star Trek, The Next Generation.

"Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're going to get," by Forrest Gump (Hank Williams).

THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ABOUT CHOCOLATE

Chocolate has been around as long as I've been born and I have found that in my weakest moments, chocolate does the trick for me! I've often heard it said that making it a practice to discover what your strengths and weakness are makes you more attentive to your needs and wants in a critical moment. For years, I've seen, tasted, and was given chocolate Easter Bunnies, a heart shaped box of chocolate Valentine Candy, it was found in trick or treat candy, I was bribed with it, given gift boxes with chocolates and people tried to get me to forgive them their tresspasses by sharing a box of chocolate. My theory about chocolate is this, chocolate has nothing to do with age or maturity. You either like it, or you don't! It may or may not have nutritional value, but at the moment chocolate is melting in your mouth - who cares? Chocolate makes people happy - okay, for some, it may give them a toothache, but that just means others better hurry up and eliminate it so that chocolate is not a temptation to those who suffer from dental decay.  

As seen on this building in Grandbury, chocolate is an art. One of my favorite paintings that I personally created was hand drawn in chocolate pudding and the best part was I could lick my fingers whenever I wanted without spoiling the painting :)

However the aging process occurs, why sacrifice chocolate if it makes you happy? The world is in economic and political turmoil now anyways. As far as I'm concerned, there's only one sure way to overcome stress and weaknesses and if chocolate restores energy and gives me pleasure, who am I to argue with a bar of chocolate or a big box of chocolates?

Today is Thursday and I am thankful for CHOCOLATE :)

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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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You paint with chocolate pudding??  Now that sounds like a fun activity for me and my grandbabies!! Maybe I should wait until they are a little older and can differentiate between pudding and actual paint, LOL!

Jun 30, 2011 01:46 AM #6
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Will Hamm
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Hi Patricia,  Interesting about chocolates  Now I am thinking of making a choc-peanut butter cheesecake.

Jun 30, 2011 01:51 AM #7
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Joan Cox
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Patricia, great Localism post on a shop I am SURE is very popular!     Chocolate does make people's days better when stressed.    Have to eat it inside right now, it is too hot outside, it would melt!

Jun 30, 2011 01:59 AM #8
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
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I've heard only good things about Grandbury, and of course I love chocolate too!

Jun 30, 2011 02:05 AM #9
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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I think your localism post will cause a chocolate shortage today Patricia in many areas! One of my favorite chocolates are the milk chocolate Lindt Lindor truffles...irresistible! Taken only in small amounts at a time, a girl could get carried away!

Jun 30, 2011 02:15 AM #10
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Great post.  Maybe I will age better if I consume more chocolate!  It is worth the try!

 Blooming for you!

Jun 30, 2011 05:02 AM #11
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Patricia - what a great localism post.  I don't know of anyone that doesn't like chocolate but even if they didn't they'd be sure to develop a love for it if they only knew it slowed down the aging process.  I expect Gradbury's THe Art of Chocolate will be runnign low on their supplies soon.

Jun 30, 2011 06:31 AM #12
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Patricia, chocolate is like medicine without a prescription but it tastes a lot better! :-)

Jun 30, 2011 01:14 PM #13
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Patricia, Chocolate...the only time in my life that I could not eat chocolate was after going through the chocolate factory at Hershey Park. I think seeing the vats and breathing in must have gotten too me. I of course quickly got over that! I agree..why risk those anti-aging things that chocolate can do. I'm not gonna chance it!

@ Will..OMG that sounds very very dangerous! Two of my fave flavors together and then adding them to cheesecake..that sounds just WAY too good.

Jun 30, 2011 02:38 PM #14
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Rob - I hope you followed through and bought that nice box of chocolate!

Toni - It's NEVER too late! Indulge! Enjoy! Live a Lot!

Shiela & Larry - I hope today was delicious!

janeAnne - Those chocolate chip scones sound out of this world! Thanks for suggest - I really appreciate it :)

Judy - That sign could be seen a mile away! Whoever designed it was quite an artist and chocolate lover too!

Sharon - I used to teach special ed kids - they loved painting with chocolate pudding! Me too :)

 

Jun 30, 2011 03:32 PM #15
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Will - Choc-peantut butter cheesecake? You just made my heart melt!

Joan - It was 100 degrees today - but it didn't stop me from eating chocolate! I can't afford to get any older, so I'm not about to take any chances :)

Charles - so you heard about Grandbury? That's choc-licious! I guess the word is out about that chocolate shop :)

Wanda - You should have seen me in Swtizerland - Lindt Lindor Truffles - I could bathe in it!

Roy - What a great attitude! You will outlive me!

Lora - I betcha are right about that! I probably boosted their sales - that could to stimulate the economy!

Silvia - WOW! You're a BRILLANT thinker!!!

Cindy - You visited the chocolate factory at Hershey Park - that's unbelievable! Perhaps the Staff at AR would consider having RAINCAMP there. Wouldn't that be something. Are you sure you weren't pregnant when you went through the chocolate factory - that could be the only logical explanation why you didn't eat any chocolate that day. Right now, I can't afford to risk those anti-aging things in chocolate either!

It's been a great day everyone and thank you for sharing your great thoughts and ideas. I actually had a closing today and I got one contract executed for a closing on July 25. Next closing is July 8th. I've been busy - guess I'll celebrate with CHOCOLATE!

 

Jun 30, 2011 03:39 PM #16
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Patricia...Yummy chocolate is good ...   dark and white and light ... hot and cold

oh dear now I want some ice cream

Have a great day

Hannah

Jun 30, 2011 05:50 PM #17
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

I think I'll stop and buy a pound or two of dark chocolate on my way home this evening. That should hold me over the Fourth of July weekend. I like chocolate anytime, morning, noon or night.

Have a great Fourth of July weekend.

Carl and Ceil Winters, Canyon Lake TX.

Jul 01, 2011 01:40 AM #18
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John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
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Patricia - My wife and daughter love chocolate (as do the Grandkids) but I'd rather have some cheetos and cashews. That town looks like a nice place to visit.

Jul 01, 2011 02:33 AM #19
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Debbie Atwood
Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA - Everett, WA
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I am one of those that has never like chocolate but I might have to find a chocolate pill or something if it is going help me to live longer!

Jul 01, 2011 04:30 AM #20
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Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
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Patricia, I like chocolate and have chocolate cake once a week, what happen if someone like chocolate also allergic to chocolate, any substitution?

Jul 01, 2011 04:55 AM #21
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
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Chocolate, dark yummy chocolate! I am sure it helps with elevating the mood as well!

Jul 01, 2011 06:30 AM #22
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Ken and Leslye Huebsch
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Patricia, What a great compliment, Thank you for the 'suggest"! Now... about that chocolate: we are from the Chocolate Capital of the USA.. Hershey - Home of the Great American Chocolate Bar! How can we ever argue with anything pro-chocolate?!  PS.. my favorite is taking a hunk of Hershey's Dark and dragging it through peanut butter!

Jul 01, 2011 07:44 AM #23
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Joshua Zargari
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Hi Patricia.

This reminds me of the movie "Chocolate"...

Did you that in Switzerland they eat more chocolate per person than any other place...

Jul 01, 2011 01:29 PM #24
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Thanks a million for all your great comments. I really enjoyed reading them and feel guilty because I couldn't get back to you sooner to thank you and reply back. Business has picked up here in Texas and the chocolate has been keeping my energy level up.

Thanks again - yes! I've seen Chocolate at least a dozen times. I really like that movie and eating chocolate makes me feel like I'm back in Switzerland :) Someday I pray I get to visit Hersey, PA - now that would be special :) I love brown, dark, cocoa, white, just about any kind of chocolate and I really love Debbie's suggestion to get a chocolate pill to make us all live longer without aging:) Ceil and Carl - you crack me up! I can see you now buying all that chocolate! I sure hope it was good and that it won't be long before you get to post a new profile picture of the both of you, proving to the world that chocolate turns back the hands of time - you're both beautiful!!!

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