Style Scouting: Vol. 104

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online.

I mentioned in a recent Style Scouting post that I have been having trouble with my hip for two years now. It is not quite bone on bone yet, but it is heading that way.

Since coming home from California, it has gone from being a nuisance to now affecting my life. Some days it is fine and I can do most anything, then it can change in an instant and I can’t even walk.

Two weeks ago, I got a cortisone injection. It helped at first, but now I think it changed something in the alignment of my hip. Now it seems I need to walk with my right foot out at an angle to walk pain free.

It is frustrating for sure. I miss being able to get out and walk for an hour every day like I have been doing for years. I can ride my bike with no problems, so that has become my daily activity as I don’t want to become inactive.

Have any of you, had hip problems and gotten a hip replacement? I fear that is where I am heading. My dad had one and my brother has had both his replaced. Genetics and age. :-(

Now onto this week’s links.


I can’t decide what home I like best in this home design portfolio. They are all beautiful.

This southern beach house.

A basic brick Ranch home gets an amazing makeover!

This little table is having a moment. If it is sold out, you can always make one that looks similar.

It’s the biggest tiny house you have ever seen… and quite unique.


I will be making one of these to use somewhere in my house for fall.


I made this as a side salad for dinner last week, minus the oil and I left the bean sprouts uncooked. It was very good. It is one of those recipes that you can tweak to your liking.

If you are sad about no longer being able to buy a Klondike Choco-Taco from the ice cream man – now you can make them yourself.

Looks good served for dinner and even cold the next day for lunch.

Oh my! I can’t wait to try making this.


When you are not the best at flower arranging, making a few of these may help.

Fun & Interesting

For all you Jetson’s fans – the future may have arrived in July. :-)

I always enjoy reading my horoscope since I was a kid growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s.

If you celebrate Halloween with chocolate, you may want to buy it now.

Just too cute! Maybe wearing it will keep you cooler when it gets super hot outside :-)

Oh no! Let’s find ways to bring color back into our lives.

Something to Think About

I find doing these things does make for a nicer, less stressful day.

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  1. I had hip replacement surgery 4 years ago. It was the best thing I ever did and I wish I had done it earlier. I had my surgery early in the morning and I was home by 3:00. The first couple of days it was painful to get out of bed but I was good the rest of the day. I did exercises every day at home. A week after surgery I was pulling out bushes in my front yard. It is so worth it and an easy uncomplicated surgery that will definitely improve your quality of life.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Joanie – Thanks for taking the time to tell me about your hip replacement experience. It is great to hear that you were home the same day. Very reassuring. :-)

  2. I sure feel for you Diane. I don’t have hip problems, but I’ve had back problems for several years and last year my knees suddenly became very painful. I’ve always been very active and I found it very distressing to be unable to do all of the things I am used to doing, and enjoy doing. Over the past year I’ve learned there are many different treatments to try and everyone’s body is different. For me, learning what helps and what hurts has been very important to manage pain and activity. Good luck with your treatment, and from reading all our comments you know that your readers all care about you and have experienced similar problems!

  3. Just want to mention what I’ve heard from numerous folks who’ve had COVID. They say it always attacks their weak spot, even bone injuries from way back in high school. And takes time to ease up. I have arthritis in my feet so I know bone on bone pain (had surgery) and not suggesting that post COVID is your main problem just suggesting you take time to see. I can’t ride a bike but have learned to walk pretty well again, it stinks, I want to ride a bike, you want to walk. Always something right? Take care, be well.

    1. I would love to know if you had ankle replacement surgery?? I’m uncertain, and nervous about the process! Thank you! I also had a very successful hip replacement surgery! Do it, sooner rather than later!

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi Cindy – Not sure if you meant to leave your comment for another reader, but I will assume you didn’t and will answer it. Sorry to hear that you are having ankle problems. I have not had any other joints replaced, getting my hip done will be my first. I am having it done in two weeks. I am looking forward to getting past it and back at life in my normal mode. I hope you can find relief for your ankle.

  4. I hope you feel better, Diane. Tell those kitties to help you out. I think that will go over good, ha ha

  5. My husband had his left hip replaced at the end of June. The recovery time was about 6 weeks. I helped him a lot during the first 4 weeks post-op. He had in-home physical therapy about 5 times, then occupational therapy 3 times. Almost immediately he felt better on the operated side. The bad left hip caused transferred pain to his knee and he, too, compensated by turning his foot inward in a pigeon toe type walk. That all went away after his operation. The right hip was also giving him problems and he just found out today that his right hip will be replaced August 29. He, who is medical system avoidant, now wishes he had done the surgeries years sooner! I wish you a good outcome with your hip issue.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I had the same problem, compounded by arthritis. I had a total hip replacement. The doctor told me it would be 6 weeks and done and he was right! After 6 or 7 weeks, I never thought about my hip again! Still don’t and it has been 2 years. You should receive a card that states that you had the replacement because it shows up on the scanning machines at the airport. But go ahead and get the replacement, you won’t regret it. Don’t wait too long, it won’t get any better.

  7. Love the tidbit on George Jetson! And the beach house where the foyer has the seashells in the picture frames.
    Take care of that hip issue. Then you can come for a visit and we can enjoy a walk on the beach.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Doray :-). What was new to me from the George Jetson article was that it only ran one season. Well that one season has been running ever since. Looking forward to coming for a visit. XO


    I need to tell you how much I look forward to your Sunday catch-up. Sometimes I get to finish it before I go to Mass on Sunday otherwise I read and devour it on Monday mornings.
    The reason for my comment is not only to compliment you on your blog but I too have a bad right hip. I was lifting leg weights that were a little too heavy and I heard something pop. You know you think you will never get old when you are in your late 30s. Well, I should say, get old so fast!!!!! Anyway, I am having the repercussions of that pop. I had the cortisone shot twice. It lasted maybe 3 weeks. I start physical therapy tomorrow the 9th of August. My orthopedic told me to buy some Voltaren Arthritis pain gel. I put it on 4 times a day, This is not a menthol product, so there is no immediate penetration of relief. But I have been using it for a week now, and I think it has helped. I have bursitis in my hip. It burns all the time.
    This is getting to be a very lengthy comment but try it. I can tell the difference.
    Good luck,

  9. Hi Diane,

    Sorry about your hip problem. Have you tried physical therapy? It does work wonders. I went for eight weeks the beginning of this year and it really helped me. There’s also a wonderful cream available on Amazon called Penetrex that might help you. There is nothing better than having what God gave you, unless it is so bad that you really need surgery.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jane – I have been to PT twice in the past 2+ years. Each for about 6 weeks. I still do the exercises at home and they do help, but not as much as they used to. I have used topical pain creams, but not Penetrex. I will check it out. Thanks for telling me. I agree that I like the hip I have been given, but when it no longer lets me live and move with ease, it may be time to get it replaced. :-(.

  10. Oh the inspiration in this weeks scouting!!!’n I am so excited for the home makeover and recipes. Don’t know where to start but this was an outstanding week of creativity. Wishing you well with the hip.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Laura – Thanks. :-) Some weeks I just seem to find more interesting stuff. So happy to hear that you found a lot that inspired you this week.

  11. My hubby has been having some hip issues. They recommended PT and it is helping. Surgery although not desirable…I know a few gals in their 60’s and one just going to be 60 who have or are having it done. Feedback I have heard the first few days a bite tough but very surprised how fast they rebounded. I would consider checking that option out. They have come so far with surgical technology. You have a beautiful view of the lake from your home and deck area. Think positive and before you know it you will be dancing the jig😍

    Loved all the great links on todays post.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi June – I sure hope I will be dancing the jig after getting my hip taken care of. I have gone through PT two times. One before the pandemic and the other last year. It has helped and I do the exercises daily. They help, but not always. I am glad I posted about it as two other readers gave me the name of a prominent hip surgeon near me. Will be calling his office tomorrow.

  12. So sorry to hear of your hip troubles. My sister, age 71, took a bad fall and broke her hip. She was scared to death of replacement but had too. After she said it was a breeze!!! She went for surgery at 7 A.M.and was released at
    5 P.M. that night!!! She came home with a walker and 3 days later she didn’t need it any longer. Yes, she had a good doctor. I think they have perfected the procedure and no longer is it the big fear. Go for it!!! you might surprise yourself.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Addie – Sorry to hear that your sister broke her hip, but glad she breezed right through getting fixed. It is very reassuring to hear from readers all with positive outcomes. I plan to go for it.

  13. Diane, does your hip pain coincide with your elimination of fats/oils in your cooking? That thought just crossed my mind. I do significant reading on functional medicine and fats and oils are necessary for joint lubrication and healthy brain function. Just tossing that out there. I hope you get some relief from pain soon.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Terry – Thanks for your concern. My hip pain started before I started eating plant based, so I don’t think it has anything to do with that. I think it is from years of playing tennis and step classes and of course genetics. I do eat fats – plant bases ones – all nuts, nut butters and tofu. I just don’t eat fat in the oil form.

  14. Sorry to hear about your hip. I had hip replacement on June 22 and still working thru it. Not a whole lot of pain…had more when I had my knee replaced. Still walking with a cane after 6 weeks, but I am considerably older than you. Keep in mind each person heals differently so your experience will be your own. I did not share my pending surgery with many only because I didn’t want to hear “surgery war stories.” If you have been walking regularly, you should do great!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Carmen – Thanks for taking the time to tell me about your hip replacement. You are a joint replacement pro. :-) I appreciate you telling me story. I agree that we each will have our own experience. Happy to hear yours has been a positive experience.

  15. So sorry to hear about your hip problems. We live in Illinois, and my husband traveled all the way to Columbia, SC (not too far from you??) to have his hips “resurfaced” by Dr. Gross after much research. We call my husband Dr. Dave. LOL. 3 months after his second hip was resurfaced, he hiked all the way down the Grand Canyon , overnighted, and hiked up the next day. He has had no complications, and Dr. Gross is meticulous. His surgery location was located in the same parking lot as a nice/safe Marriott Hotel that I stayed in while he overnighted in the hospital. He has referred several of his friends as well. They too have had excellent results. If you have any questions, please email me.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Deanna – Thank you so much for telling me about your husband’s hip resurfacing. I didn’t even know that was a thing and that a sought out surgeon that does it is right 20 minutes away from me. I have already filled out the form online at his office to set up an appointment with him. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to tell me. I sure hope I am a candidate for it. :-). If I have any questions, I will email you.

  16. your hip story sounds exactly like mine – from 2006. My left hip started hurting and I avoided walking/running for a few days, but as soon as I started back it would hurt again. I tried massage, injections, rest for 3 years until the pain was so intense the only time it didn’t hurt was when I first awoke in the morning before I turned to get out of bed. Finally, in March 2009 I got my life back by having a total hip replacement. I was 51 years old. I have never had a moment of regret or pain after the surgery. Don’t wait, it isn’t going to fix itself. Treat the physical therapy as a full time job for a month after and you, too will have relief. God speed!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sherry – Thanks for telling me about your hip replacement. I am happy to hear that it was a success. It has been two years + since it got bad enough that I went to an orthopedist. PT has helped and the injection did, until it didn’t. I am setting up a new appt with a new doctor to get things started. I fractured my knee about 13 years ago and remember PT being tough, but it got my knee back to normal. :-)

  17. So sorry about your hip trouble. Doesn’t seem fair when you do so much to take care of yourself. A friend had cortisone injected in the wrong location and developed an abscess that wasn’t detected until his hip surgery. If it still bothers you in a week or so you could ask for imaging (sorry for playing doctor).
    I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but I worked in a hospital for over 20 years. I would look at alternative options to replacement surgery, they don’t last forever and they don’t always turn out well. If some days you can walk fine, tells me you’re still able to walk fine. Something aggravates your problem and maybe you can find out what that is.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Carol – Thanks for talking the time to tell me about your friend. I appreciate hearing all the stories. I plan to call the doctor who gave me the injection this week and also set up a new appt with another orthopedist who does hip resurfacing to get another opinion. I sure don’t want to have surgery, but if the arthritis gets worse and keeps me from doing daily things without pain, then I will have to do something. :-)

  18. In 2018, I was 62 and had a hip replacement. I put up with a lot of pain for three years before having it done. I started dragging my leg and my lifestyle was greatly hindered. Why I waited so long is anybody’s guess because I’m pain free now and living my best life!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Heidi – I can understand why you waited 3 years. That is about my timetable, so I get it. It took me a full year before I even went to get it checked. That first appt was 2 years ago. Lately it is hindering my life in many ways so I think it is time. Thanks for taking the time to tell me about your hip replacement.

  19. Style Scouting 104 – does this mean that this is YOUR two-year anniversary of giving me a beautiful Sunday morning read? (52 weeks X 2). Thank you! Always love taking a little time to escape into other ideas and interests.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Carol – I didn’t realize that, but yes I guess it is a 2 year anniversary. Thanks for taking the time to reading and enjoying my blog. That is the best thing a blogger can ever hear.

  20. Betsy Eades says:

    I have had both hips replaced in my 50s. I had an excellent dr that replaces hip from behind without cutting muscles or tendons. I think it is called anterior hip replacement. My dr is in Houston at Willowbrook Methodist. He is Daniel Lee.
    You are up with help and a walker the same day. I went home the next day and was walking with a cane after 4 days. Of course you are tired from surgery but you can walk. I just walked to mailbox and then next day to 2 driveways down and back and then further each day.
    Maybe you can research that procedure or come here. It is worth it.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Betsy – I am glad I posted about my hip as I have learned a lot from readers like you that have gone through replacement and have told me about the different ways that it can be done. I plan to call another orthopedist tomorrow to find out all the options. Thanks for taking the time to tell me about your replacements. It is reassuring.

  21. Get the hip replacement – you’ll wish you did it sooner! I too had both knees and hips done and the hip is an easier recovery. I had surgery on Monday and went grocery shopping the next weekend!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mary – That is great to hear from someone who has had both knees and hips done. My husband had his knee done 3 years ago and was so happy he did. He is all for getting a replacement so I can get back to doing the things I enjoy without pain.

  22. Good Sunday Morning, Diane!
    I agree with Maureen I, why suffer? I haven’t had hip replacement but had knee….best thing I did. In my 60s I needed a cane. Do your research, find the best surgeon and rehab available. Rehab is very important for a good and quick outcome. No one likes to “go under” but it’s temporary compared to years of struggling with mobility and the older you get, the more risks surgery can present. Good luck!

  23. Get a hip replacement before you fall and break. Replacements are faster healing (less than a yr) than if broken (years). You’ll be glad you did.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mick – Yes I agree. Good to keep in mind.

  24. I’ve had both hips replaced the last was last year I came home the same day for both. Didn’t even have to do physical Therapy.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Linda – Wow! That is great to hear. Thanks for telling me about your very successful replacements.

  25. I had hip replacement surgery 20 years ago with zero problems. The new procedures (with incision in the front) are far less invasive and recovery is quicker. You will be amazed when you are able to walk pain-free.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Karen – I am looking forward to walking pain-free. Thanks for taking the time to tell me about your replacement.

  26. Maureen Ingram says:

    Why suffer? Find a surgeon with wonderful reviews. After surgery the healing is uncomfortable for a few weeks, then you are pain free. I have had both hips and both knees replaced and it is fantastic. All set for the years ahead. Do it!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Maureen – Thanks to all my wonderful readers who have commented I have found out that one very prominent hip surgeon in the country is 20 minutes away from me. I plan to call his office tomorrow. Thanks for telling me about your experience.

  27. Very sorry to read your hip is giving you problems. I developed arthritis in my knee a couple of months ago that’s impacting my life too so I understand how frustrsting it is to not be able to the things you’ve always been able to do. Hope you can explore other options like supplements or topical NSAIDS, before a hip replacement becomes necessary.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Barb – Thanks for commenting. I hope you can find relief for your knee. My husband is a golfer and wasn’t able to play anymore which made him very unhappy. He had his knee replaced 3 years ago and plays golf pain free a few times a week now. He is very happy he had the replacement. S

      Since I saw first hand how finally getting it replaced got him back in the game has shown me that I don’t have to live in pain anymore. I have been using supplements, topicals, and paint killers and have been through many sessions of PT. All have helped, but I have noticed the pain is getting worse, so I need to figure what to do next.

  28. I enjoy reading and seeing your posts! Thank you for sharing your gifts of diy and creating beauty. I am sad to hear about your hip issues. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Wendy – I appreciate you thoughts and prayers. XO Thanks for reading and enjoying my blog. It is nice to hear.

  29. Debra Boiyer says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your hip problems. Both of my hips have been replaced and I can say that the discomfort you have is very excruciating. Never fear, it is the absolute best thing you can do for yourself. The surgery itself has come a long way and now there is little to no hospital stay and you come out miraculously pain free and walking on your own. Find a reputable hospital and just go for it. You won’t regret it and your life will be so much improved.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Debra – Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me about your hip replacement experience. It is so reassuring to hear. I am planning on finding out more this week.

  30. I had a hip replacement 5 years ago and I am much older than you. Best thing I ever did. A therapist came to my home several days each week after surgery and within a month I was walking better than ever. Before surgery, I also had a cortisone shot and wound up in the hospital several hours later. I would never get cortisone again.
    I recommend a hip replacement if your orthopedist recommends it. Don’t hesitate.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Shirley – Thanks for telling me your positive experience. I plan on moving ahead after meeting with another orthopedist.