The Terrace & Baxter

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve shared any personal posts on the blog. After returning from the trip to England and Italy in May, my schedule got busier than expected. I introduced everyone to Baxter in early June, planted all the flowers and bushes on the NYC terrace garden in mid June, kicked off the Children’s Book Readathon in late June, and mentioned I’d started writing my next book in early July. With all these priorities being the focus of my day, as well as a massive about of reading and book reviews, getting online has been happening less frequently. We start the actual children’s book reading segment of the readathon in ten days and I will announce this upcoming week which book I’ve focused on writing. For now, I thought I’d share some photos on Baxter and the NYC terrace garden.


If you’re new to my blog, a brief introduction… I live on the top floor of a 12-floor building in the middle of New York City where there’s very little green. Without a backyard, nature, and grass, it felt too plain and dull… hence why we turned the terrace into a giant garden with potted trees, flower boxes, growing vines, outdoor furniture, and a new water feature. It runs the length of the whole apartment and then wraps around both sides part way. I’m quite lucky to have this outdoor space, and when I roll out the awning, it’s actually not too bad even on a particularly hot day given the wind this high up keeps it a bit cooler.


Baxter, a black and tan shiba inu puppy, is officially 4 months old and proving to be quite the little devious one. He’s actually adapted quite well with the overnight sleeping and ‘doing his business’ side of things. He’s only about 15 lbs. but quite SOLID. It’s like a brick wall when he goes on a running race around the apartment and slams into me. He’s finally received all his shots and was allowed to go to the park last week. He’s learning how to walk on his leash and play with other dogs. I’m very happy with his progress to date, but he also started official training this week to fix a few small issues. He’s almost sitting on command, but next we’ll focus on come, stay, and leave it. The only real concern so far is he’s a biter! It’s totally play-biting, and he only does it to W and to me. He’s an absolute perfect angel whenever anyone else visits. I spend most of my day cleaning up dirt he’s eaten out of potted plants, stuffing from stuffed animals he’s ripped apart, and spraying bitter apple on things. Last night, as we’re watching a movie, the lights started to flicker. It was in the middle of a torrential rain and wind storm, so we assumed that was part of the issue. After a little research, we found that Baxter had actually started biting an electric cord we thought was well-hidden behind the couch. Thankfully that ended with only a harsh lecture and and early bedtime! Maybe he’s learned his lesson, too.






More updates in a few weeks. Hope you enjoyed a little peek inside my life at home right now!


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


  1. Jay this is a little Heaven you have there!!!! A small slice of green paradise 😉 And Baxter is a little pirate LOL. I am happy you went back to share some slice of your day to day life. I miss your 360 posts! So thank you and enjoy your terrace with Baxter 🙂

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  2. Thank you for sharing a bit of your private life. You have an oasis right there in the middle of NYC. Looks to be quite a lot of work keeping up maintenance of the plants but well worth the effort. You’re probably the envy of your neighbors. and Baxter? Well, he will probably end up being one of the great loves of your life. What a cutie, mischievous and all.

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    • Ah, Mary. You always say the most wonderful things. I appreciate it. It’s been a good summer and I am very lucky. Baxter went on his first train trip to visit my parents today. He was not a fan of his carrier, but he survived.


  3. Your terrace is beautiful! Ahh, the puppy days. Good times. My girl, Cheyenne was a biter too. She grew out of that, and became a licker instead. Now, you can’t go anywhere in the house, barefoot, unless you’re cool with having your feet cleaned. Puppy days are rough, but also go incredibly fast! I remember when I could pick Chey up, like it was yesterday…now she has some grey hair! It’s hard to be mad at the little monsters too, but it’s all worth the trouble. 😊

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  4. James, as a fellow New Yorker, I understand how lucky you are having that beautiful green terrace. Not many New Yorkers get there personal outdoor space. I hope Baxter enjoys it and you have some festive outdoor get-togethers with family and friends.

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  5. I love your terrace and Baxter is so sweet. I am addicted to gardening and planting up tubs to add dimension to our little ground level plot. If I lived up in the air like you I would want a terrace garden, but when I see balconys and roof gardens I wonder how they manage to water them without watering the neighbours below or the whole building collapsing with the extra weight!

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    • I appreciate it. And you’re so right. Our neighbor below once came to tell me that my sprinkler was dripping over the side and on to their window and then into their apartment. It was minimal, but it was because the waster was pooling on the edge and kept pouring down in 1 spot. I fixed that.

      We do have a drain pipe (you can see it in one of the pics) so it must go somewhere! 🙂


  6. Oh my gosh! Your garden is just exquisite Jay! It’s like a little pice of paradise in the middle of NYC! And Baxter, how cute is he? I remember Lacey at that age chewing on everything in sight. And her baby teeth were needle sharp, I have a tiny scar on my index finger where one of them scraped me while we were playing one day. Anyway, he’s absolutely precious and thank goodness he didn’t electrocute himself!

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    • Hi Kim! I appreciate it. We do have a bit of paradise in a very urban place. I am quite lucky.

      Like needles, you are absolutely correct. Ouch, a scar! That’s no good. LOL I know it happens, I’ve had scratches to date and I’m just waiting for the first bleeder.

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  7. So much green and blossoms. Lovely terrace garden. I don’t have a green thumb so I appreciate those that do. Baxter is getting big. Exploring too, huh? We have a cat that eats cords. Scares the tarnations out of me. Bet Baxter enjoyed the dog park. Give him a hug and doggy toy from me.

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    • Poor cat. What are they thinking? Sometimes I want them to get a mini shock from it (not to permanently hurt them) just so they realize it’s bad and never do it again.

      I will give him your messages later tonight. We took him on a train to visit my parents today. Just got home. He’s sleeping on the couch!!!


  8. your roof terrace garden is splendid. What an oasis in the center of the city. Baxter is a cutie. it is a bit like having a toddler or an infant who can crawl.there is no end of mischief they can get up to! thanks for the update!

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  9. Your garden terrace looks spectacular, Jay!! I love all the container flowers and the furniture that fits so nicely into the space. BEAUTIFUL!!😊

    Baxter is a cute little devil (and I mean that affectionately). When I had our German Shepherd she used to chew up EVERYTHING until she got a little older. I think she was teething because we’d find her little baby teeth around the house. Interestingly, our cat used to chew electric cords, but only thin ones like lightening cords for our Apple devices. 🙄 When he’s feeling feisty he still does it, but not as often since he’s almost 18 and can’t be bothered. Out of habit I still try to keep them concealed.
    How big will Baxter get? He’s quite small at 15 pounds, although solid.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures with us today. 😊

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    • Hi! Thank you so much. I appreciate it. Everything came together nicely outside.

      He is cute and a devil! 🙂 everything? Poor German Shepherd! I can see a cat doing it. Feisty sounds like a good description.

      Baxter will be about 30 pounds tho I fear he may be more.

      I’ve made a lot of progress with my latest book. Can’t wait to share it with a few early cozy readers. Shocking how fast it’s come together. Nervous too!

      What’s new by you?

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  10. Hi James! I loved reading your update. I can’t believe what a beautiful garden you have right in the middle of New York City! And Baxter is just doing his job as a puppy. I have a cat who recently turned one and I do miss some of the lovely vases and dishes he decided to knock over just the hear the “kaboom.” He kicks things over less often these days, but when I hear a crash coming from another room in my house, I don’t even bother to get up and look at the damage right away. It is what it is.

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  11. Baxter is definitely a cutie and I think I can just picture curling up on that sofa with a good book and enjoying the lovely weather all the time. Looks like such a peaceful place to hide out away from the busy city. 🙂

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  12. Glad you shared the pictures. Your roof garden is beautiful. What a wonderful space. It always amazes me to see how beautiful these roof gardens can be. Don’t see many of these in So. California. All the best, J.L.S.

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  13. You need to install a LOVE button! What a beautiful garden terrace Jay! It’s breath-taking. How I wish we could meet so that I could invite myself up (hee hee) for a glass of wine and playtime with Baxter! I’m great at puppy play! Thank you for showing us your stunning terrace! Are you or is W the master gardener? I adore the fountain, the inpatients and all of the care you’ve taken to make such an oasis in the middle of the city! Please give Baxter a smooch for me. He looks like an adorable stuffed animal, but he also has that mischievous glimmer which delights me (because I’m not his parent! LOL). Best of luck with puppy training! Thanks again for sharing him with all of us!

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  14. Wow! To have that sort of outdoor space in NYC is AMAZING!! I won’t even THINK about how much it must cost!! 😂😂😍 Baxter is absolutely adorable! He’ll probably grow out of the biting. That’s the problem with getting male animals of any sort, they tend to be more aggressive when young. I still have scars from my cat… But, he was possessed by Satan. I’m pretty sure I’ve exorcized that demon and he just sleeps 17 hrs a day now. 😉😂

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