We, my mom, my aunt, my niece and nephew, picked several baskets full.
After picking them we went home and spread them out on a large old blanket in the sun to dry. A few days later we put them in a big basket in the shed. Knowing that in the afternoons ahead we would crack and shell them.
When my mom went into the shed to gather some walnuts, she saw the a large chuck of them were missing, she thought maybe one of her sons had taken some home, shrugged her shoulders and set to the task ahead.